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If you're here, you're likely searching for a unique gift for an equally impressive child with ADHD. We're right there with you! We made it our mission to find the best gifts for kids with ADHD that bring joy and support the needs of a child with ADHD.
ADHD kids often overflow with creativity, energy, and a unique perspective that's truly their own. So our mission in this gift guide is to find toys and activities that celebrate these qualities.
Let's take a look at some wonderful gift ideas that your child might love!
Calming Toys for Kids with ADHD
1. Weighted Blanket
The gentle pressure of a weighted blanket, like the Mosaic Weighted Blanket for Kids, can help reduce anxiety and promote better sleep for ADHD kids of all ages (just be sure to check with a professional about the recommended weight for your child).
Research has indicated that deep-pressure stimulation, like the kind provided by soothing weighted blankets, can help children with ADHD improve focus and relaxation.1Chen, H.Y., Yang, H., Chi, H.J., & Chen, H.M. (2011). Physiological effects of deep touch pressure on anxiety alleviation: the weighted blanket approach. Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering, 31(5), 372-379.
2. Sensory Swing
A sensory swing, such as the Sorbus Kids Child Pod Swing Chair, provides a comforting space where kids can relax, read, or simply enjoy a bit of gentle movement.
Sensory swings can help children self-regulate, promoting calm and focus.2Wink, L.K., Minshawi, N., Shaffer, R., Plawecki, M., Posey, D., Horn, P., Adams, R., & Erickson, C. (2018). Sensory over-responsivity and ADHD differentiating using electrodermal responses, cortisol, and anxiety. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 12, 4.
Toys for Hyperactive Kids
1. Mini Trampoline
A mini trampoline, like the Skywalker Mini Trampoline, is a great way for hyperactive kids to burn off some energy safely indoors. Physical exercise has been shown to help reduce hyperactivity and improve executive function in children with ADHD.3Verret, C., Guay, M.C., Berthiaume, C., Gardiner, P., & Béliveau, L. (2012). A physical activity program improves behavior and cognitive functions in children with ADHD: an exploratory study. Journal of Attention Disorders, 16(1), 71-80.
2. Fidget Spinners
Fidget spinners can be a comforting tool for kids with ADHD. They help kids channel their hyperactivity in a more focused way. They are small, portable, and can help increase attention spans.4Sarver, D.E., Rapport, M.D., Kofler, M.J., Raiker, J.S., & Friedman, L.M. (2015). Hyperactivity in ADHD: Impairing deficit or compensatory behavior? Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43(7), 1219-1232.
Toys to Get Kids Outside
A scooter, like the Razor A Kick Scooter, can be a fun way to encourage outdoor play. It promotes balance and coordination, and physical activity can help with attention and hyperactivity.5Verret, C., Guay, M.C., Berthiaume, C., Gardiner, P., & Béliveau, L. (2012). A physical activity program improves behavior and cognitive functions in children with ADHD: an exploratory study. Journal of Attention Disorders, 16(1), 71-80.
2. Sidewalk Chalk
Sidewalk chalk, like the Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk, provides a simple and creative way for kids to get outside and express their creativity. Plus, drawing can help improve fine motor skills and boost self-esteem.
Gifts for ADHD Boys
1. Lego Sets
Boys (and girls!) with ADHD often have a knack for creativity and hands-on activities. Lego sets, like the Lego Creator 3in1 Deep Sea Creatures Kit, can provide an exciting challenge that holds their attention and fosters creativity.
Plus, Lego building has been shown to improve spatial skills, an area where many ADHD children excel.6Pepler, D.J. & Ross, H.S. (1981). The effects of play on convergent and divergent problem solving. Child Development, 52(4), 1202-1210.
2. Kinetic Sand
Kinetic sand is a sensory delight! It's moldable, mess-free, and can provide a calming sensory experience.
The National Autism Resources recommends sensory items like kinetic sand for children with ADHD to help them focus and calm down.7National Autism Resources. (n.d.). Sensory Tools for ADHD.
Gifts for ADHD Girls
1. DIY Craft Kits
DIY craft kits can be a hit for girls who love to create. They allow for creative expression and can help improve focus. For instance, the 4M Magnetic Mini Tile Art set allows girls to design their own fridge magnets, marrying creativity with functionality!
2. Weighted Stuffed Animals
Weighted stuffed animals, like the RE-LOVE Stuffies, provide a soothing sensory experience. The added weight can help kids feel grounded and relaxed, which can be especially beneficial for those with ADHD.8Sharp, C., Pick, L., Colomer, C., Lin, L., & Mora, R. (2018). The effect of weighted vest use on classroom behavior for children with ADHD. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 6(4).
Gifts for ADHD Teens
1. Fidget Tools
Fidget tools, like the Infinity Cube Fidget Toy, can help teens with ADHD channel their energy in a productive way. Studies have found that fidgeting can improve concentration in children with ADHD.9Sarver, D.E., Rapport, M.D., Kofler, M.J., Raiker, J.S., & Friedman, L.M. (2015). Hyperactivity in ADHD: Impairing deficit or compensatory behavior? Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43(7), 1219-1232.
2. Jigsaw Puzzles
Jigsaw puzzles, like the Galison 500 Piece Rainbow Popsicle Puzzle, can provide a fun and engaging challenge for teens. Plus, completing a puzzle can give a sense of accomplishment and boost self-esteem.
More Present Ideas
These are some gifts and toys that will entertain your ADHD child for years!
How to Choose the Best Gift
Choosing a gift for a child with ADHD isn't about the latest toys or trends. It's about recognizing their unique strengths and interests. These children often have a keen sense of curiosity, boundless energy, and a love for hands-on, engaging activities.
Research has shown that sensory toys, for example, can be particularly beneficial for kids with ADHD.10Mulligan, S., White, B. P., & Hartshorn, K. (2001). Sensory and motor behaviors of infant siblings of children with and without autism. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 55(6), 679-686. These toys engage the senses and can help children focus, manage their emotions, and promote cognitive development. When you're considering a gift, think about how it might engage their senses and spark their natural curiosity.
Remember, the ultimate goal is to find a gift that supports your child's unique journey with ADHD, whether that's calming their mind, channeling their energy, or getting them outside to explore.
Every child is unique, so it's essential to consider their interests and strengths when choosing a gift. Embrace their uniqueness. Celebrate their quirks. This will boost their self-esteem and make them feel accepted. Happy gift hunting!