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11 Gift Ideas That Adults with ADHD Love

Our gift ideas for adults with ADHD range from discreet fidgets to time-saving tools and self-care necessities — all recommended by ADDitude readers. Discover more holiday gifts and stocking stuffers suited for ADHD brains.

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Gift Ideas They'll Love: Presents for Adults with ADHD

ADDitude readers recently told us about the presents they love to receive — and give. The arts and adventure enthusiasts among us recommended giving “experiences” via tickets to a concert, theater performance, or sporting event; or purchasing a membership to a favorite local museum. Others suggested giving book lovers a subscription to Audible or hungry minds a subscription to Master Class.

“Listening to a book that I enjoy while doing boring or difficult tasks keeps me occupied and stops me from focusing on the negative aspects of the task,” one ADDitude reader said.

Here are more gift ideas for adults with ADHD:

MindPanda Therapy Stress Ball
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MindPanda Therapy Stress Balls


These MindPanda Therapy stress balls are the perfect squishy fidget to ease anxiety and promote calm. The set includes three themed balls (gratitude, mindfulness, and positivity). Each Lycra-wrapped ball is filled with a high-strength TPR gel and features inspirational phrases, such as “As you think you become” or “Be. Here. Now.” Each ball is infused with a subtle fragrance of either lemon, rosemary, or jasmine. Choose from soft, medium, or hard and get to work — these are ideal for squeezing, tugging, and bouncing. They’re also BPA-free and contain zero latex, making them safe for sensitive hands.

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Carson Dellosa Today's Plan Notepad
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Carson Dellosa Today’s Plan Notepad


Despite this notepad’s small size, just 5.75 by 6.25 inches, it provides many ADHD-friendly features to keep you organized. Each sheet of paper says, “Today’s Plan” and includes a to-do list section, a ta-da checklist box, and a brain dump area. Use it to jot down reminders, grocery lists, goals, and more. The 50-sheet notepad easily slips into pockets and purses.

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Speks Flex Building Set
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Speks Fleks Building Set


Fidget toys remain a popular gift among ADDitude readers. “I am 50+ and love my higher-end fidget spinners,” wrote one. The Speks Flex six-piece building set provides a tactile, creative way to fidget and get creative. Flex parts are made with silicone and neodymium rare earth magnets, so pieces can snap together, pull apart, or twist into seemingly endless combinations. Each set has two colors and a small magnetic tray to display your creations.

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Gratitude Journal
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Gratitude Journal


Self-care is a must for people with ADHD — though prioritizing it often feels impossible. This guided Gratitude Journal provides writing prompts for the morning (appreciation) and evening (self-reflection), which are meant to be completed in five minutes or fewer. Pages are undated, so users can begin jotting down their thoughts whenever they are ready, take a break, and start again. (The Gratitude Journal lasts for six months of daily journaling.) Additional features include inspirational quotes, daily affirmations, and weekly challenges to help users practice mindfulness and incorporate positivity into their lives. The journals are made using recyclable, sustainably sourced paper, and the natural linen fabric cover comes in eight colors.

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Paint by Sticker: Music Icons
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Paint by Sticker: Music Icons


Gifts reminiscent of childhood can bring a smile to any adult’s face. As one ADDitude reader said, “Puzzles, coloring books — anything that was a favorite as a younger child is still good to give.”

The Paint by Sticker book is the grown-up, less messy version of the Paint by Number books popular with kids. Paint by Sticker: Music Icons includes everything you need to create ten vibrant, full-color “paintings” of iconic musicians: Elvis, The Beatles, Beyoncé, Cher, Prince, Kurt Cobain, Madonna, Nina Simone, Dolly Parton, and “Weird Al” Yankovic. Just find the sticker, peel it, place it, and watch your “painting” come to life. Additional Paint by Sticker categories include dogs, cats, plants and flowers, masterpieces, and birds.

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Worry Stone Set
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Worry Stone Set


Crystal worry stones aren’t just pretty conversation pieces; they also make a calming and discrete fidget. Their small oval shape makes them easy to slip inside a pocket or desk drawer. Each polished worry stone has a thumb-sized indentation in the center. To calm fidgety fingers, lightly trace the outline of the imprint with a finger. Hold it in your hand, noticing the cool, smooth touch when practicing mindfulness, meditation, and breathing exercises. This two-piece set includes a tiger’s eye and an amethyst worry stone.

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HoMedics Portable White Noise Machine
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HoMedics Portable White Noise Machin


It’s impossible to achieve a peaceful night’s sleep when disruptive noises keep you tossing and turning. The HoMedics white noise sound machine can help you or a loved one catch much-needed Zzzs by blocking out distracting noises. Choose from six sounds: white noise, thunder, ocean, rain, summer night, and brook. The white noise machine also includes a 15-, 30-, and 60-minute auto-off timer. The white noise machine weighs just eight ounces, making it portable, and ensuring you can get some solid shuteye even in unfamiliar environments.

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Loop Quiet Earplugs
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Loop Quiet Earplugs


Say “goodbye” to the frustration of jamming one-size-fits-all, disposable earplugs in your ears only to have them pop back out. The Loop Quiet earplugs are a modern and stylish alternative. Available in multiple colors, Loop Quiet earplugs are made of soft silicone and come in four different sizes. When worn correctly, the round shape of the noise-reducing earplug sits perfectly in your ear and won’t stick out. The earplugs have a noise reduction rating (SNR) of 27 decibels. Bonus: The earplugs are reusable, washable, and come with a carry case, providing a sustainable solution to those ill-fitting disposable plugs.

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Tile Mate Essentials Pack
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Tile Mate Essentials Pack


The promise of this product is simple and powerful: Just attach a Tile to your most easy-to-misplace items, such as keys, purses, or bags, then use the Tile app to find them when they go missing. The Tile Mate Essentials four-pack provides the same ease-of-use, but much more versatility. Place the slim Tile in your wallet, plop the Tile sticker on remotes or water bottles, and leave a Tile Pro in your car. The Tile Pro has a range of 400 feet, so you’ll never again circle the parking lot looking for your vehicle. Maybe attach the original Tile to a pet collar to keep tabs on the sneakiest of your four-legged friends.

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Amazon Basics Magnetic Dry Erase White Board
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Amazon Basics Magnetic Dry Erase White Board


Keep track of appointments, assignments, and more on this magnetic dry-erase white board, which is ideally suited for families living with ADHD. “A dry-erase white board is essential to have on my wall in my kitchen/living area,” said a woman who responded to our survey of favorite gifts. “It is the best place to put things down as soon as I think of them.”

This basic white board from Amazon is 36x24 inches and includes mounting accessories, one whiteboard marker, two magnets, and a pen tray.

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Mucal Fidget Rings
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MUCAL Fidget Rings


Fidget discreetly with an eight-pack of unisex spinner rings that come in different designs and sizes to fit your mood or style. This gift is appropriate for adults and older kids and helps to curb nail biting and anxiety. The MUCAL fidget rings are made of hypoallergenic stainless steel. Rings offer various sensory inputs. Triple interlocking rings or rings with a sandblast finish or chain provide different textures. Rings with a sliding function offer a subtle way to occupy restless fingers.

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