by Jaime Rodriguez, RDPFS Intern
With Valentine’s Day swiftly approaching, you may find yourself in need of accessible Valentines or gifts for your loved ones with vision loss. It can be quite difficult to locate such items in stores; however, there are plenty of ideas online if you know where to search. Following is a list of accessible Valentines and gifts:
If you are looking for greeting cards, check out InBraille’s “hugs and kisses” greeting cards which come in a pack of six and are written in both English and Braille. Get a pack of “Hugs and Kisses” greeting cards by InBraille for $22 from The Chicago Lighthouse.
For school-aged children who want to participate in valentine exchanges, consider the Wikki Stix “Valentine Box & Fun Favors,” which consists of 50 packaged valentines, each containing a valentines activity sheet, to and from cards, and 8 Wikki Stix to decorate them. It also comes with a plain white box to store valentines, which can be decorated using the 24 additional Wikki Stix included in the pack. Find out more about the “Valentine Box and Fun Favors” by Wikki Stix for $25 on the Wikki Stix website.
And if you are in the market for something more personal, such as cosmetics, fragrances, or home products, check out L’Occitane, whose products have accessible external packaging featuring Braille descriptions or tactile symbols, and also sport convenient click-to-close and magnetic-close packaging. To browse their vast selection of products, visit the L’Occitane website.
For more Valentines’ gift ideas such as Braille children’s books, magnets, and jewelry, visit the “Valentine’s Day Card, Craft, and Gift Ideas for Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired” on the Family Connect website or the “Gifts for Valentine’s Day” page on the National Braille Press website. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!