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Stocking Stuffers for Adults with ADD

Sometimes, small things make the biggest impact. Inspire focus, calm, and creative energy with this list of stocking stuffers hand-picked to stimulate ADHD minds. Add them to your list or delight someone you love this holiday season.

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Learn to Knit Kit: Dishcloth

$16.99

This kit contains everything you need to learn to knit, from the yarn to the directions. Knitting is an easy (and productive) way to keep your ADHD hands busy and your mind occupied and focused. This kit intended for the absolute beginner, and will leave you ready to tackle more complex projects.

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Bath & Body Works Sleep Lotion
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Bath and Body Works Lavender Sleep Lotion

$12.02

Insomnia is a common side effect of ADHD. One of the best scents to help promote a restful night? Lavender. Give the gift of a good night’s sleep with this lotion, which is meant to go on before bed to help calm the mind and moisturize the skin. Its vitamin E and shea butter go a long way toward locking that moisture in, and the essential oils benefit mind, body, and mood.

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New York Times Crossword Puzzle Book
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The New York Times Monday to Friday Crossword Puzzles

$9.30

A busy brain is a happy brain. Keep your puzzler smiling with crosswords from the famed New York Times spread spanning the easiest (Monday) to the hardest (Friday) weekday puzzles. The book contains 50 puzzles and is sure to keep your gearing churning — starting on Christmas morning and not slowing until the New Year.

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Fidgetland Noah, Bernie & Stephie

$12, $10, $12

Fidgetland, featured on the hit show “Shark Tank,” designs discreet, quiet fidgets mostly for us adults who need something to keep our hands occupied. Noah is great for those who like to slide and flip; Stephie flips in almost total silence; Bernie is a ring whose beads slide over each other almost silently. All of them are super-satisfying to play with and do their jobs so well, you won’t want to put them down!

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Infinity Cube Luxury Fidget
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Infinity Cube Fidget Toy

$9.95

Designed as a sleek, quiet fidget to keep hands busy while waiting or concentrating on a task, this toy can fit in one hand, is pocket-sized, and is discreet. Quietly, its plastic blocks flip and fold on ball bearings, and the curved edges are light on the hands and arms.

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Magnetic hermatite rocks
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Magnetic Hematite Rocks

$9.95

Stack them. Put them in a chain. Use them to pick each other up. Arrange them into a wall. This fidget toy, perfect for an office desk, is as calming as a zen garden and nearly as pretty, too. Each kit comes with a velvet bag containing 12 rocks, which can double as awesome refrigerator magnets (but you’ll be too busy fiddling with them to stick them on your fridge). Get two sets for ultimate fidget potential.

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crazy aaron's thinking putty, a fidget spinner alternative and quiet classroom tool
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Thinking Putty

$11.95

It stretches. It molds. It twists. This tactile hypercolor fidget changes from blue to green as you play with it, and it glows in the dark, too. Bounce it, knead it, fiddle with it: the possibilities are endless as you keep your hands busy and your mind open to creative thinking. Great as a fidget toy for adults who need something to do with their hands while they watch a movie or TV show.

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Mini Zen Garden Classic

$19.99

This mini-zen garden comes with the sand, the mini-rake, and the river rocks you need to cultivate your own meditation garden. A great desk toy and a wonderful way to focus your mind, empty your thoughts, and relax on even the most hectic day. Be honest: you’ve always wanted one of these things; I know I have.

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Adult coloring book
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ADHD Workbook and Coloring Book

$10

Let your Christmas buddy know they aren’t alone with this unique stocking stuffer full of ADHD facts and plenty to color, which has been shown to reduce stress and help focus — even in adults. Pair it with some colored pencils or gel pens for maximum coloring potential and you’ve got a cool gift that will not only help raise awareness, but also help with calm and focus.

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Knock Knock Pad
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Knock Knock This Week Pad

$5.60

This pad lets you organize all your weekly to-dos in one place, and even get a jump on next week, giving you both the daily picture AND the big picture at a glance. It’s something very valuable to people with ADHD, and not available in many conventional planners. When you’re done with a week, simply rip it off and start a new one. Comes with 60 sheets to keep you going to next Christmas and beyond.

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  1. So, there’s some good and some bad in this list, for me.

    First: I dislike seeing suggestions for “aromatherapy” stuff mixed in for things like this. I get that some people do find pleasure and benefit in them, but ya’ll realize some of us have scent sensitivities, right? Fake floral scents in particular set off my asthma! Not exactly conducive to helping me sleep, lol.

    Also, am I the only person who is cool with/enjoys coloring as a soothing activity very much, but HATES the “adult” coloring books for that?? Like. They’re always so detail-dense and visually busy!! Like. CLUTTERED, visually. It just sets off my anxiety/overstimulates me, especially if it’s a particularly busy pattern, where my eye has temporary trouble differentiating the line work sometimes (e.g. counting a number of stripes to see where I might want to place a particular color to make a specific kind of pattern gets messier sometimes). A lot of these Adult Coloring Books are pitched as ways to “relax” and “focus” but I can’t exactly focus/relax/meditate calmly if my eyes and mind are too busy getting hung up on heavily busy patterns!

    About the only “aimed at more than kids” coloring books I’ve seen that might work for me are maybe the “Coloring DC Comics” type books I’ve seen recently, where you have a literal comic book to color in; that’s probably because the comics they adapt for this are usually popular ones well-known for CLEAR and UNCLUTTERED artwork meant to communicate a story (and also, originally meant to be colored by a third party, usually, so of course, you try to make the artwork easily-block-out-able in a lot of comic art). Especially things like Bruce Timm’s art, which is sort of cartoonish and therefore has nice blocked-out areas for color. Even those though I don’t think I could color in the actual book, because my perfectionist streak would be like, “what if you screw up?? then the whole book is messed up!” (which yeah okay that’s an anxiety thing and I should tell my brain to shut up, but that is hard, yo). Lol I’d love one of those but I’d probably photocopy to practice each page 😛

    The fidget toys make more sense to me than the aromatherapy thing or the coloring book, but I often use them more for anxiety (movement to put the energy from hyperarousal into), than to keep hands busy during TV and such – because I need more “direction” when I’m sitting passively in a normal room (movies for some reason in the theater, feel more immersive, but TV at home, not so much). I’d want something like a coloring book (that isn’t cluttered!) for that, actual busywork with a *directed goal*, you know? (Ah yes, the eternal struggle of Balancing The Exact Right Amount of Stimulation Without Being Overwhelming lol).

    Knock Knock makes some pretty cool products, though; I wish this pad had some slots for the weekend, because it’d be perfect for me then, but it’s neat as a concept. I have used, and love, another organization pad of theirs though that some ADHDers may appreciate: there’s one they’ve made (hopefully still available) that is for grocery lists called “All Out Of” I think? That I adore. It’s organized by section the way a grocery store would be, first off (making it super easy to stay on task in the actual store and easier to not forget things), and it’s in a checklist form, you literally check a box off when you run out of/need stuff, it has a bunch of common potential items prefilled next to checkboxes (e.g. milk, eggs, juice), but it also has blank slots for you to add your own specific additions (we usually add Hummus for instance, which IIRC isn’t on the prefilled list but is a common staple for our households because it allows easy quick tasty protein snacks). It’s extremely handy, especially in households with multiple people, I think even neurotypical people would benefit but for ADHDers it’s AWESOME, I think 🙂

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