Christmas Gift Ideas for a Sensory Challenged Child

Ok so I know it’s only October, but having kids means you have to step up your organisation skills, and despite previously being a last-minute-shopper, I thought I would get a head start this year, saving myself the annual festive stress.

This is where it gets tricky.

My boy has a bedroom, full of lovely, thoughtful and often expensive toys… that he has NEVER played with. They are quite literally still in their boxes.

He just doesn’t have any desire or understanding of why or how he should play with them, and he’s not the only child out there like this.

After reading up on other sensory-parents blogs, it would appear this is merely a characteristic of his condition. He likes what he likes, and generally this is something that stimulates his senses.

Thankfully there are a lot of things to choose from due to the rise in Autism and Sensory awareness. I’ve picked ones that I will most likely be purchasing myself for my little boy,  but have a good look around all the websites I’m listing as there are some great ideas.

Sensory Direct – Online Store

Stocking Fillers

Blue ChewBuddy – £7.80


Tangle Texture – £17.94


Dual Colour Liquid Set – £17.40


Soft Sensory Balls – £10.74


Bigger Gifts

Latches Board Puzzle – £19.96


Kaleidoscope Lamp – £11.40


Therasensory Ball – £29.94


Cheap Disability Aids – Online Store

Elephant Manipulative Wall Panel – £59.95


Kidz Noise Defenders – £12.99


Beanbag Sensory Cushion – £27.99



Tomy Super Colour Deluxe Aquadoodle – £25.99


So there are a few good ideas for those of you with sensory-seeking children like my boy. I’m sure there will be toys amongst this list that Matthew loves as well as loathes entirely, but I definitely believe these are the best kind of items able to offer him the most satisfaction.

Let me know if you have any other suggestions that I haven’t listed here.

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