Recommended Sensory Gifts for Kids & Adults
Squeeze it, touch it, get lost in its colorful glow; no matter your preferred route to a sensory experience, there's a product out there to captivate you or someone else in your life.
We carry a wide range of sensory gifts for kids of all ages, including these fun and functional essentials. These are our sensory favorites, products we've tried, tested and approved for multiple age groups and various sensory needs. These favorites include chewies and chewelry, fidgets, lighted toys and projectors, smooth and bumpy things, plush toys, swings, massagers, body sacks and more.
For Those Who Like to Chew
Chewing can play an important role for some kids with sensory processing disorders and those without. If you've ever bitten your nails while stressed or chewed on gum while taking a test, you understand the kind of relief chewing can provide; it can reduce anxiety, help with concentration and more.
Kids and adults who enjoy chewing or use it as a coping mechanism may chew on clothing, pens or pencils, hair or other items. Give them a safe alternative to chew on instead with durable Chewy Tubes, a fashionable ChuBuddy necklace, or something more discreet such as a ChuBuddy bracelet.
For Those Who Need to Keep Hands Busy
Little (and big) hands can sometimes get in the way. Other hands need a job to help the mind focus. Still others could benefit from additional practice to improve dexterity and fine motor skills. Whatever the intended purpose, we offer a wide range of fidget toys and products to suit your recipient's needs.
Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty is an all-time favorite because it's satisfying to squeeze, interestingly textured, fun to listen to and it never dries out. An Oddballz gel ball
helps to satisfy the need to fidget while providing an interesting array of colors to look at while they change and morph with every squeeze. Both toys are also great for improving hand strength and fine motor skills.
For Those Who Like a Visual Experience
For some kids, a light is more than a light. Lights, like touch, can provide a unique and fulfilling sensory experience for those who crave sensory input as well as those who are soothed by it. If your child or adult recipient enjoys soft and colorful lighting for relaxation, try a fiber optic light or a lava lamp.
For those who crave input from lights as part of an exciting sensory experience, try a dazzling and exciting ceiling light or an immersive light-up sphere that's available in up to 20 inches in diameter.
Our 3-foot bubble columns are a wonderful addition to any playroom or sensory corner, providing both soothing and visually stimulating sights. Kids can watch fish bob up and down while interacting with hundreds of small bubbles, and the LED in the tube alternates automatically between seven individual colors.
For Those Who Want Pressure Input
Deep pressure input can be calming as well as exciting for kids and adults of all ages. Some like to crash, others like to be hugged or squeezed, and
In addition, swinging and deep pressure input can also strengthen proprioception (spatial awareness), balance and coordination. A
hanging swing such as this one
is a great addition to a playroom, therapy setting or sensory exploration area. It gives those who want it a space of their own - or will fit two, provides plenty of security by being covered on three sides, and features a swivel fixture that allows free swinging in all directions, for a smooth and easy ride.
A comfort weighted blanket is a must-have for any home with kids who find comfort in feeling pressure, particularly while resting or sleeping; a body sack provides as much or as little resistance as the wearer wants.
Finally, for those who like things rough and tumble, check out our
crash pads. These soft yet firm landing spaces are as good for lounging as they are for jumping and falling; the versatile nature of these products make them wonderful additions to classrooms or for therapy settings.