ADDitude Gift Guides

The 2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Adults with ADHD

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year begins now (yesterday, actually)! Supply-chain issues and procrastination threaten to create a perfect storm this holiday season, which is why ADDitude has assembled this gift guide, including best sellers from years past and new ideas they (or you!) will love — and that you need not obsess over. And this time of year, we don’t have energy for more stress.

The Tile is a great gift idea for adults with ADHD
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Tile Pro 4-Pack

$99.99

Tiles are simple. Attach a Tile to the things you absolutely can’t lose but often misplace — think keys, purses, phones, dog collars, AirPod cases, or even your car. Then use the easy Tile app — available for either iOs or Android — to locate its whereabouts when it inevitably gets lost. Super easy and even more appreciated when it saves time and stress looking for a lost object. You can buy Tiles individually, but you will probably want more than one — trust us.

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Large Beanbag Chair

$229.81

Your loved one really, really wants this beanbag — trust us. They might not know it, but as soon as they flop into its enveloping smushiness, they will. ADHD often brings sensory needs, which are not always easy to meet without embarrassment in adulthood. Beanbags can help deliver the deep pressure that many sensory-seekers crave. You’ll probably end up fighting for beanbag space, regardless of diagnosis — this thing is that comfortable. Set it up with a weighted blanket and headphones for maximum relaxation.

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Stainless Steel Spinner Ring Set

$15.99

Adults with ADHD may shun brightly colored fidget spinners, but they do often need something to occupy their hands. These rings are a great solution — a super-discreet fidget that fits over a finger, and whose sliding motion will provide that sensory input that ADHD brains and bodies crave. Unlike most fidgets made for adults, this one is camouflaged: perfect for people who don’t want to announce their ADHD to the whole office. When we scoured fidget jewelry, these rings came in tops for both invisibility and fidgeting satisfaction.

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After the Rain: Gentle Reminders for Healing, Courage, and Self-Love

$13.93

ADHD often manifests as self-doubt and rejection sensitive dysphoria. If you’re a woman with ADHD who has been struggling during the pandemic, Alexandra Elle’s book offers 15 lessons on overcoming obstacles, building self-confidence, and practicing self-love. Elle’s message,

Amazon calls this book “part memoir and part guide,” in which author Alexandra Elle shares her journey from “self-doubt to self-love.” She takes her own challenging experiences and transforms them into life lessons she uses to build a successful career; the book includes meditations and affirmations for the reader to incorporate into their own life. For someone trying to focus on self-care or journaling, this book makes a great gift. One reviewer said, “This book is perfect for… those who are on a healing journey, going through a shift, or a hard time. I absolutely loved reading it and looked forward to it everyday.”

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Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set

$24.99

An ADDitude reader favorite, this mat relieves tension and pain simply by laying on it for 10 to 30 minutes a day. Its spiky discs cover both your back and head/neck areas, which allows this mat to hit more pressure points than most products on the market. Since it helps calm tense muscles and relieve stress, it’s great to use before bedtime — and can also be used not only while laying down, but also while sitting at a desk or on a couch. It’s easy to wash, and its cover is removable.

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Multi-Device Charging Station

$34.99

Are the chargers in your house always hiding? Do they sometimes kidnap your household devices and force you to waste hours searching high and low? This six-port charging station might help. Charge up to six items at once (compatible with most devices) in a convenient place, and you’ll solve several problems at once: lost devices, dead devices, and elusive or inadequate chargers. This also has a handy blue light that indicates when all devices have hit 100%.

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Panda Planner for Goals, Gratitude, and Focus

$19.97

We love Panda Planners. They leave plenty of room — no cramped writing spaces — and the daily planner pages offer lists of tasks, priorities, and two daily check-ins. Endorsed by top psychologists, the Panda Planner encourages picking a “daily habit” every month. And by using reflection and growth-mindset exercises, it helps its users develop a more positive outlook on life. It also pushes its users to review the past, to set goals, and to plan for the future. More than just a planner, it works on self-improvement as well as getting things done in a timely fashion.

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Magnetic Desk Toys

$15.99

Just try to resist playing with this addictive desk toy, which beckons us to create fun little sculptures while yawning through yet another Zoom meeting. Since they’re magnetic, all those teensy balls won’t roll under nearby furniture, never to be seen again. The only struggle here  might be dismantling old creations to build new ones. Best of all, this surreptitious fidget doesn’t scream ADHD; even neurotypical colleagues will be tempted to sneak in some play time.

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Mindfulness Coloring Book

$4.99

Coloring books are proven stress relievers because they provide a meditative-like exercise that tends to relax the brain with a low-stakes activity, says the Cleveland Health Clinic. What’s more, many adults with ADHD like doing two things at once — and coloring (like fidgeting) can help them sit down and actually watch (or at least listen to) that show you’ve been dying to see. Make sure you buy them some markers or colored pencils, too.

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A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD

$21.95

Most women with ADHD endure years of shame and blame about their behavior. They’ve probably also internalized a lot of negative self-talk and beliefs that their symptoms are character flaws. This therapist-recommended book blends traditional ADHD therapy with ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) to help women with ADHD break the negative narratives that have trapped them for so long. Susan Caughman, ADDitude’s editor-in-chief, says, “Instead of offering the usual fixes or treatments for ADHD, this truly radical book shows women with ADHD how to live an authentic life, one free from stigma and shame. With helpful worksheets and practical, inspirational prose, this is a must-read for women with ADHD and the clinicians who work with them.”

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