Gift Guide: Support Disability-Owned Business, Accessibility, & Inclusion
Updated: March 2, 2021
The holidays are a time when many people enjoy gifting thoughtful items to their loved ones. This gift guide highlights several disability-owned business and features accessibility- and inclusion-focused products.
This holiday (and year-round) gift guide features gifts for everyone in your life, from cookie gift packages to inclusive greeting cards to advocate apparel and accessories.
For the Foodie
Collettey’s Cookies 🍪
Collette Divitto, who has Down syndrome, turned her passion for baking into a business. She founded Collettey’s to share her delicious cookie recipes (check out the “Amazing cookie”) and help create jobs for people with disabilities. Colette’s cookies are sure to spread some joy this holiday season with a cookie line-up from peanut butter to chocolate chip to oatmeal raisin. Collettey’s also sells gift packages with all the goodies.
Give the gift of yum to the dear foodies in your life. Collettey’s Signature Gift package includes a dozen delicious cookies, a mug to dunk the cookies in, and a story card right from the founder, Colette.
For the Book Worm
All She Wrote Books 📚
All She Wrote Books is a book store that amplifies underrepresented voices through its thoughtfully curated selection of books spanning across all genres. Founded by Christina Pascucci Ciampa, All She Wrote aims to showcase books that speak to those who may often feel unrepresented in bookstores, like people with disabilities.
All She Wrote has a collection of books written by and for people with disabilities. Among the collection is Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig, disability advocate and creator of the Instagram account @sitting_pretty.
“Sitting Pretty offers an honest look at disability and its effects on identity, love, money, and self-worth. Writing about the rhythms and textures of what it means to live in a body that doesn’t fit, Rebekah reflects on everything from the complications of kindness and charity, living both independently and dependently, experiencing intimacy, and the false idea of ‘ableism.’”
For Lovers of Art and Design
SixDotCo is an Etsy shop that makes beautiful, handmade Braille greeting cards with watercolor illustrations. The shop’s tagline “What Words Feel Like,” indicates its mission to make accessible greeting cards for those who rely on Braille.
The cards are tactile and visually appealing. One reviewer said, “Loved getting to send my blind grandfather a ‘get well soon’ card that he could read on his own.” Another reviewer remarked, “What a beautiful way to make the world a little more inclusive…I was finally able to send a congratulations card that my friend could read.”
In a year where many of us are apart, send the gift of a hug with a warm greeting card.
Looking to send inclusive holiday and greeting cards to your loved ones? Go on – send a warm hug in the form of a greeting card.
Raine Collective ☀️
Brooke Sipek is the owner and founder of Raine Collective, which is based in Austin, Texas. Brooke is a Deaf artist and explains that the goal of the shop is to create a collective of Deaf women makers specializing in accessories and gifts.
Raine Collective features handmade geometric earrings, party supplies, and seasonal ornaments.
These glossy, geometric earrings will delight artsy folks looking to add an element of design to their outfit of the day.
For the Fierce Advocate
Advocate Like a Warrior 💪
Advocate Like a Warrior is an online shop that sells apparel, homeware, and accessories that all sport the same message: Advocate like a warrior. The shop is run by Multiple Sclerosis warrior and advocate Jenna Green, who is an outspoken advocate for people with chronic and invisible illnesses.
A great gift for advocates, the Advocate Like a Warrior tote is useful for any outing and occasion.
Girls Chronically Rock ⚡️
Keisha Greaves is a motivational speaker, the founder of Girls Chronically Rock, and the Massachusetts State Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Girls Chronically Rock offers inspired fashion celebrating Muscular Dystrophy and other chronic illnesses.
Girls Chronically Rock features accessories and t-shirts in multiple collections, including a Rare Disease collection, a Black Lives Matter Collection, and protective face masks.
This “Girls Chronically Rock” t-shirt supports Rare Diseases, defined as a condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people.
For the Style-Savvy
Two Blind Brothers 👕
Bryan and Bradford Manning, two brothers with Stargardt’s disease, founded Two Blind Brothers to help give back to the blind community. Two Blind Brothers makes super soft, comfy clothing, and 100% of the profits go to Foundation Fighting Blindness. The company also employs blind people through organizations like Industries for the Blind.
From December 1st through December 20th, Two Blind Brothers has a “Shop Blind” event, in which you can make a purchase and receive a mystery item. Don’t worry, Two Blind Brothers guarantee you’ll love what you get. You can also shop their full collection if you prefer.
This super-soft NY Skyline Graphic Crewneck has raised Braille accents on a NY skyline, a braille “tag” with the word “feel” in Braille, and the shirt’s color in Braille on the hemline, all to create a functional and stylish piece.
Alexis Ander Kashar, a Deaf civil rights attorney and entrepreneur, launched RoseBYANDER. In Ander Kashar’s career, she advocated for a more accessible society and learned the power of human connection through meaningful conversations. She discovered that jewelry could look good and spark connections in which people share their experiences and learn more about one another.
RoseBYANDER signature Love Sign™ Pendant Necklace depicts the sign language symbol for “I love you.” The necklace represents a universal meaning of love that one can wear as a symbol of love, advocacy, and community.
The mini pendant necklace is a small yet mighty accent to any attire.
For the Self-Care Obsessive
Hotsy Totsy Haus 🛁
Hotsy Totsy Haus is a luxury bath and body brand with the catchphrase “Unapologetically Extra.” Christi Leonardi, a deaf single mother and Anthropology graduate, founded Hotsy Totsy Haus in 2014. Hotsy Totsy Haus has the perfect gifts for those who enjoy a luxurious self-care moment, from creamy body butter to mesmerizing bath bombs.
Give the gift of self-care. The recipient of the Moonstruck Amethyst Cluster Bath Bomb Brick will be enchanted by this luscious vegan milk bath bomb as it melts. They’ll be struck with scents of sandalwood, black tea, and fresh-cut roses and surprised by rose, jasmine, and gomphrena buds.
Do you know of any other disability-owned businesses or accessibility- and inclusion-focused gifts? We would love to hear from you! Share them with us in the comments section below. 💬
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