If you’re wondering what to get for your loved one with a brain injury this holiday season, then look no further.
Below is our list of the best gifts for brain injury that help with recovery. (All links are non-affiliate.)
It covers a variety of price ranges so there’s a little something for everyone. Enjoy!
Stocking Stuffer Gifts for Brain Injury Patients
Here are a few small, simple gift ideas you can use for someone who has had a brain injury:
1. Fidget Spinner
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For TBI patients who struggle with anxiety or attention problems, a fidget spinner can be the perfect stocking stuffer. Both kids and adults can benefit from spinning this little toy and releasing their stress.
2. Chinese Meditation Balls (Baoding Balls)
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Similar to a fidget spinner, but hundreds of years older, these metal balls are small and light enough to hold in one hand. They are used to improve finger dexterity and motor skills, which is crucial after brain injury. They also are great stress relievers!
3. Essential Oils
Essential oils can help relieve depression, reduce stress, and even improve cognitive function after brain injury.
There are lots of great options when it comes to books for brain injury patients and their families. One of our personal favorites is Over My Head, the story of a doctor’s stunning recovery brain injury.
The book, written by the doctor herself, details her incredible recovery journey, showing how she progressed from losing nearly all of her cognitive abilities, to regaining a full and happy life. All told with a wicked sense of humor.
5. Book Holders
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If your loved one struggles to hold books, a book holder can be a great gift to help them read more easily. A nice wooden book holder will also look good in their living room and bedroom, unlike some of the plastic options.
6. Vitamins for Brain Injury
Make sure your loved one is getting all their essential nutrients by giving them some vitamins for brain injury. The most important vitamins are omega-3 fish oil and vitamin B-12.
Check with their doctor first though before buying anything to ensure the vitamins don’t interfere with any medication they might be taking.
7. Pill Sorters
A pillbox sorter can make a helpful gift for brain injury patients, especially if your loved one struggles with memory problems, or has to take multiple medications per day. The pill sorter can show the person which pills to take at what time, and help them know whether or not they have already taken it.
8. Adult Coloring Book
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An adult coloring book can provide another way to help your loved one reduce their stress. It also is great for improving visual processing and fine motor skills.
Don’t forget to also give them something to color with, such as watercolor pencils or markers.
9. Dry Shampoo
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This one might seem like an odd gift, but it can be extremely helpful for brain injury survivors.
For many TBI patients, getting their hair wet will trigger a migraine, and sometimes their arms are too weak to shower and rinse their hair. Dry shampoo is quick and easy to apply and will let the person be able to style their hair even when they can’t take a full shower.
10. Hair Dryer Holder
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This is another gift to help your loved one style their hair. This hair dryer holder mounts to the wall, allowing the person to brush their hair with two hands without having to worry about also holding a heavy blow dryer.
11. Salt Lamp
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Salt lamps make excellent gifts for brain injury patients because they purify the air and improve sleep quality. They can even boost cerebral blood flow and serotonin production!
12. Prepaid Bus Pass
For TBI patients unable to drive, giving them a prepaid bus pass means giving them the gift of freedom to leave the house whenever they wish.
If the person finds public transportation too overwhelming, another good option is to get them an Uber or Lyft gift card. That way they can take private rides to where they need to go.
13. FlintFit Recovery Exercise DVDs
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These DVDs contain exercises guided by licensed physical therapists. They can be a great, inexpensive option to help the person continue their therapy activities at home.
14. Water Bottle with Measurements
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Staying hydrated is crucial to help promote healing after brain injury. This water bottle comes with a schedule of how much water intake you should have by a certain time of day, so your loved one can always stay on top of their hydration.
Premium Gifts for Brain Injury Patients
Living with a brain injury can get expensive, especially during recovery. You can help your loved one out by giving them a gift they might not be able to afford for themselves.
Below are some great, premium gifts for the brain injury survivor in your life.
15. Noise-Cancelling Headphones
To help your loved one with brain injury avoid sensory overload, consider giving them noise-canceling headphones this holiday season.
These headphones will help the person fall asleep at night, and can also be useful when traveling through loud environments.
16. Weighted Blanket
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Anxiety is a common problem after TBI. That’s why weighted blankets make an excellent gift for brain injury patients.
Weighted blankets offer users “deep touch pressure” which gives people feelings of safety and comfort and promotes better sleep.
Shop for weighted blankets from Gravity Blankets » (expensive but better quality than other brands)
17. Weighted Eye Mask
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A weighted eye mask can also be helpful for brain injury patients who struggle with anxiety and sensory overload. This particular eye mask is full of lavender which will help the person relax, and comes with hot and cold inserts to relieve headaches.
18. Meal Delivery Subscription
Getting the right nutrients after brain injury is crucial. Unfortunately, eating healthy can also be expensive.
To help your loved one have the best chance at recovery, consider gifting them a subscription to meal delivery service, such as HelloFresh. You should choose dishes that include the best foods for brain injury to make sure they get all the fuel they need to help their brain heal.
19. Adaptive Utensils
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If you get your loved one a meal service, you might also want to get them adaptive utensils.
There are utensils that cancel out shaking and keep the spoon or fork stable, which can be great for brain injury patients with hand tremors. There are also utensils with large handles and straps that can help those without a good grip.
20. TENS Unit (Electrical Stimulation)
A TENS unit or an NMES machine can help improve muscle function and relieve pain in brain injury patients. In fact, multiple studies have shown that using electrical stimulation in conjunction with exercise leads to greater improvements than just exercise alone.
If your loved one has impaired hand movement after brain injury, it might take a long time for them to regain function on their own.
Fortunately, MusicGlove is a hand exercise device from Flint Rehab that combines music and gaming for an immersive rehab experience, and is clinically proven to improve hand strength and dexterity within two weeks. It works by motivating users to perform hundreds of exercises, which engages the brain’s neuroplasticity and helps it restore function.
All this makes MusicGlove a great gift option for TBI survivors.
22. Virtual Reality System
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Not all brain injury patients can use VR, because it might exacerbate their dizziness and nausea. But for those who can use it, a virtual-reality system makes an awesome gift for brain injury patients.
People who use VR after brain injury see a significant boost in their cognitive and motor skills, including “attention abilities, emotional awareness, and balance.”
23. Automatic Shut-off Appliances
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Automatic shut-off appliances can make a huge difference in the life of a brain injury survivor because they allow people with memory problems to live safely on their own. The appliance will automatically shut down after a set time, which eliminates fire hazards and other safety issues.
You can purchase automatic stove turn-off products, automatic shut-off crock pots, and even automatic shut-off coffee makers.
24. “Calm” Subscription
“Calm” is a meditation app that helps people fall asleep or simply relax through soothing stories and guided meditations. Perfect for the TBI survivor who struggles with anxiety or insomnia.
25. Speech and Cognitive Therapy App Subscription
If your loved one struggles with speech, memory, or other cognitive skills, there’s an app that can help them improve their abilities. The CT Speech & Cognitive Therapy App contains thousands of exercises – designed by licensed speech therapists – that will improve cognitive function after brain injury.
26. Alexa and Google Home Devices
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Virtual assistants like Alexa or Google Home can give brain injury patients more independence in their home.
These devices can be programmed to turn on the lights, turn on the TV, play soothing music, and give reminders, such as when to take medications. They can even order groceries! An excellent gift option for brain injury patients who could just use a little extra help.
27. FitMi Home Therapy
FitMi is designed to help brain injury patients improve their mobility at home.
The device encourages high repetition of exercises, which, like the MusicGlove, activates neuroplasticity and helps the brain rewire itself faster. That’s one of the reasons why patients who use FitMi see so many improvements, as the reviews demonstrate.
Finding the Best Gifts for Brain Injury Patients
We hope this list helps you find the perfect gift for your loved one with brain injury.
If you are looking for more fun options that also promote recovery, check out our guide to the best games for brain injury.