‘Tis the season! Spread the holiday cheer with our handpicked, super-practical gifts for the ADHDer on your gift list. We’ve done the hard work and rounded up our top gift choices here so you can be the hero this holiday season.
Our top 12 recommendations for ADHD gifts
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1. Productivity timer
For people with ADHD, time management struggles are very common: especially if you work from home. So give the gift of a productivity timer to break down big tasks that can feel overwhelming into smaller, manageable tasks.
We love this modern, minimalist one from Wayfair that offers four different settings and 2 volume options.
2. Noise-canceling headphones
Noise-canceling headphones are the perfect gift for ADHDers distracted by external noises. Though they may not cancel out noise entirely, they will certainly reduce it, helping them to focus better. These headphones are perfect for listening to white noise, music, or binaural beats to help improve concentration.1
3. ADHD management app subscription
Give your ADHDer an app to help them stay on track. Finally, we’ve got the perfect one: Inflow. This science-based app is the ideal gift to help someone understand neurodivergent brains, build skills to manage their ADHD, and work to get things done.
The Inflow app features a library of learning modules that cover a wide range of topics related to ADHD, including:
- Rejection sensitive dysphoria
- Time management
- Managing emotions
In addition, the app will also provide them access to live coworking sessions and live ADHD coaching in both one-on-one and group settings. The app is a safe space for members to find community and get the guidance they need.
4. Another journal
Okay, so maybe the ADHDer on your list already has a journal… or six. But something is inspiring about getting a “freshie” and feeling like this journal will be the missing piece to finally get your life together.
We looked at tons of them and decided we liked The Five Minute Journal. It keeps the journaling short and comes with quick prompts for the morning or evening to recap the day.
5. Under-desk treadmill
Sometimes called a “fidget-to-focus” strategy, keeping your body in motion helps your brain stay on track. Space-saving under-desk treadmills are a great way to stay focused on work while getting your steps in.
Knock their socks off with this one from Home Fitness Code.
6. Smart mug
It’s not uncommon for people with ADHD to run on caffeine, so a cup that keeps your drink warm for an extra two hours is the perfect gift. You can even pick your ideal drinking temperature, and the mug will heat or cool to maintain the perfect temp.
While it’s more expensive than a regular coffee mug, just imagine how much money they’ll save on forgotten, wasted, ice-cold coffee.
7. Weighted blanket
Weighted blankets can calm some symptoms of ADHD by applying pressure to your body in a way that resembles deep pressure therapy.2,3
There’s no shortage of weighted blankets on the market, but the favorite among connoisseurs is the Bearaby Tree Napper. Though it comes at a high price for a blanket, it’s well worth it for the zen your ADHD friend will feel while using it. This one doesn’t have a filling; instead, the knit layers provide the weight, meaning no dealing with beads shifting inside the blanket.
Or, try this one from Luna with the standard beads, but for only $85.
8. Fidget ring
Fidgeting is an excellent way for ADHDers to redirect stress or anxiety. This fidget ring is always at their fingertips and discreet enough to wear daily.
We found a great slim one and a chunkier style in different colors, so you can choose the right one for their taste.
9. Coloring book
Coloring isn’t just for kids. As an adult (especially one with ADHD), finding ways to wind down and relieve stress. Coloring allows people to tune out the external noise and focus on filling in the pictures.
10. Self-cleaning water bottle
A self-cleaning water bottle is an excellent gift for anyone on your list, ADHD or not. This LARQ Bottle PureVis comes in 5 colors and self-cleans every two hours to eliminate 99% of bio-contaminants. Welcome to the future, people who hate doing dishes!
Find it here on the LARQ website.
11. Apple airtag
Help the ADHDer on your list lose their knack for losing things. They can put it on their keys, TV remote, wallet, or whatever else they are constantly misplacing. It’s a great gift and one of the less expensive items on our list, costing only $29.
Buy it here for only $29!
12. Migraine head wrap
Headaches can be such a, well, headache. They always seem to come at the wrong time and especially for those who have ADHD – it can make focusing even harder than it normally is.
Help your loved ADHDer by getting them a migraine head wrap. When they feel a migraine coming on, all they have to do is pull this thin gout of their freezer, sit back, relax, and feel the migraine melt away.
Buy it here for only $30!
20 honorable mentions
But wait! There's myrrh! Above were our top recommendations, but we don’t want to stop there! Here are a few more ideas for your shopping list:
- Storage unit (for all of their hobby stuff - just in case they want to get back to it!)
- A year’s worth of mini toiletries (to help with novelty each time they run out!)
- Digital wall clocks for any and every room (for the time blindness)
- DoorDash subscription (or other food delivery services)
- Coffee shop gift cards for the caffeine lovers
- Cleaning services
- Organization services (yes, professional organizers are a thing!)
- Bright keychains to make it harder to misplace keys
- Tile trackers (for people that chronically lose their keys)
- Loop earplugs (for auditory processing struggles)
- Gift basket filled with non-perishables (for when they don’t feel like cooking)
- New pens and markers for their new journals (that they may or may not use, but will still be excited about)
- Instant pot or crock pot (for quick meals)
- Bluetooth headphones with a long battery life (to use during those boring chores)
- App subscriptions, like Headspace, Bearable, or Sweepy
- Portable charger (for when they drained their battery doom-scrolling and need to charge their phone)
- Personal friendship coupons offering to be a personal assistant for a day, help clean for 30 minutes, etc.
- Books on their current hyperfocus or hyperfixation
- Moon sand or kinetic sand (for when they need some sensory input to calm down)
- Experiences, like on AirBnB or tickets to a museum or theme park
1 Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines | Listen to the noise: noise is beneficial for cognitive performance in ADHD
2 Occupational Therapy International | The Immediate Effects of Deep Pressure on Young People with Autism and Severe Intellectual Difficulties: Demonstrating Individual Differences
3 Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy | The effectiveness of weighted blankets on sleep and everyday activities - A retrospective follow-up study of children and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and/or autism spectrum disorder