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The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids with ADHD

The 2020 holiday season carries much uncertainty, but one thing is sure: Creative gifts that channel ADHD energy, pique kids’ imaginations, and keep the family moving will be lifesavers this winter. Here, find toys, games, and other product recommended by ADDitude readers who know what kids with ADHD really love.

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Roller Blades


Basketball canceled? Gymnastics on ice? Keep your active, energetic child (age 6 and up) moving joyfully with these beginner roller skates. Easier to store than a scooter or bike, these flashy roller skates are equipped with laces, Velcro straps, and high-strength buckles to help protect young skaters who might also struggle with motor skills and coordination. We also recommend investing in knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, and a helmet — and maybe a matching pair for Mom?

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Sensory Sack Therapy Blanket


This body sock is a popular self-soothing tool for children (ages 6 and up) with sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder, or frequent sensory overload. The ergonomic design and easy-movement material — 80% nylon and 20% spandex — combats anxiety by allowing kids to simultaneously relax and feed their sensory needs. The sack uses a snap closure that can be easily undone and prevents kids from getting tangled in fabric.

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Indoor Popup Tent


Personal space and privacy at home are rare — and so important — these days. This indoor popup tent provides a welcome escape for young children with active imaginations, and a safe space for retreat when emotional or sensory overload creeps up. The space ship tent fits up to three children, is easy to assemble, and comes with an intergalactic projector toy and 3 space-themed image slide discs

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Remote-Controlled Truck


This remote-controlled dune buggy truck is a favorite among adolescents who find that its sensitive, ergonomic remote control requires a driver’s close attention and quick reactions. Unlike other remote-controlled vehicles, this truck has heavy-duty wheels, hearty shock absorbers, and a strong outer casing — making it an excellent outdoor toy all year long. This highly durable toy comes with a re-chargeable battery that lasts for 20 to 30 minutes – plus a second, back-up battery for adolescents who can’t stop driving.

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Brain Flakes


Brain Flakes are interlocking plastic disks (free of BPA, lead, heavy metals and phthalates) that children (ages 3 and older) can use to make creative original designs and structures. Brain Flakes develop spatial intelligence and thinking, and they are accessible to children with varying levels of motor skills. More than 500 interconnecting disks easily click together, providing a straightforward task for children with inattentive ADHD who reject detailed directions.

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Telestrations Board Game


Telestrations is like Pictionary meets the old-fashioned ‘telephone’ game — a highly engaging family game for up to 8 players. Each player starts with an erasable sketch book, dry-erase marker, and word card. A timer gets turned and everyone draws their secret word, then passes their book to the player on their left. Each player guesses the word associated with the first player’s drawing, passes again, and an image is drawn for the guessed word. Processing speed, vocabulary, and time management are all tested in this fast-moving and hilarious game.

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Wii Console with Wii Sports


As temperatures dip, Wii sports will keep the whole family on its feet with virtual games of tennis, golf, baseball, bowling, and boxing that last a quick but satisfying 10 minutes each. Participation requires basic hand movements using the Nunchuk controller, making Wii games accessible to even young children. It’s also a more active, all-family alternative to more isolating video games. Please note: this is an Amazon Renewed product. Nintendo no longer manufactures new Wii consoles so this product comes without warranty, but is eligible for replacement or refund through Amazon within 90 days of receipt.

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Space Hopper Ball


Children with ADHD (ages 7 to 9) learn best in 20- to 25-minute increments with activity breaks in between. When cooped up at home distance learning, kids can expend loads of energy in limited time and space with this space hopper ball — a timeless favorite. Bouncing up and down can help diminish restlessness, and the ball could even act as a fidget-friendly seat during Zoom classes. This product comes with an air pump for easy inflation.

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Don't Go Bananas Game


This game, based on the ABCD model of cognitive behavioral therapy, helps kids identify emotional triggers and explore ways to change negative thought patterns. Players (ages 6 to 12) answer questions about 5 strong emotions (anger, sadness, worry, fear, and jealously) as they play cards. More thought-provoking questions can be added for tougher gameplay.

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Seesaw Swivel Teeter Totter


This indoor and outdoor seesaw may help improve balance skills in children (ages 3 to 5 years). The seesaw, which teeters up and down and also moves side to side like a merry-go-round, is popular among children who enjoy repetitive movement like the swing at your local playground. Soft ball cushions under the seat absorb the impact upon landing and there are two handles for added security.

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Disney + Subscription

$6.99/month or $69.99/year

Movie and TV streaming services have saved many a Friday night for families during quarantine. If you’ve exhausted Netflix and Hulu, Disney+ could keep the laughter and wonder going full steam all winter. A subscription grants access to Disney shows for children, tweens, and teens, plus the acclaimed filmed version of the musical Hamilton (a parent and child favorite). The GroupWatch feature allows you to stream and view the same movie or show with up to 6 friends: a great way to socialize while social distancing.

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Light-up Air Hover Soccer Ball


A smooth surface is the only requirement for children (ages 5 and up) to use and safely enjoy this light-up soccer ball, which actually hovers in the air. It’s even safe for energetic children to use indoors: a rubber outer rim protects walls and furniture if (and when) the disc ricochets off of them. Red and blue flashing lights stimulate the senses.

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Bouncyband Wiggle Wobble Chair Feet


Has your child ever toppled over backward while trying to balance precariously on two (or one) chair legs? Now they can wobble safely with these “feet” that easily snap onto the bottom of standard chairs. Learning in a wobble chair feet has multiple benefits for children with ADHD and learning disabilities: continuous movement increases blood flow to the brain, increasing attentiveness; and expelling excess energy can reduce stress and increase the time spent on a challenging task. Plus, you can pair this product with Bouncyband’s “wiggle feet (#CommissionsEarned)” cushion, which also promises to alleviate anxiety and boredom.

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Goobi Construction Set


This toy’s multicolor pieces (made with certified BPA free material) inspire kids to construct 3D puzzles that showcase their creativity, build their fine motor skills, and encourage their active experimentation. This Goobi product is made for children ages 3 and up, but it can also serve as a kit for a STEM learning curriculum and comes with a 32-page illustrated instruction booklet.

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Hatch Rest Sound Machine


This multi-functional night-light, sound machine, and time-to-rise alert is customizable and designed to adapt to your child — from newborn to adolescent. For children with pre-existing sleep issues, experts recommend using the device’s sound and color combinations to improve sleep. Functions are linked to your smart phone or tablet, where you can easily program features like white noise, or set an alarm to wake up your child.

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