What kind of gift do you get an amputee?
Pretty much the same thing you might get anyone else.
However, depending on the amputee’s type of limb loss, you might need to get an adaptive or inclusive version.
Instead of a bicycle, for example, you should get a handcycle for a lower-limb amputee.
You might need to get an adaptive version of a video game console or controller for an upper-limb amputee.
Instead of a traditional doll or teddy bear, it’d be even better to get one that has an amputation like the recipient (see https://bit.ly/2nVWtZp).
Of course, gifts shouldn’t just be related to the person’s limb loss; they also need to fit his or her personality and interests. Just pay attention and think about it, and there’s a great chance you’ll find a gift he or she will love.
Here are a few more possibilities:
A BOOK ABOUT OR BY AN AMPUTEE.
AN AMPUTEE PET OR A SERVICE OR SUPPORT ANIMAL. Make sure to ask the recipient if he or she wants and is prepared to care for a pet first.
A WATERPROOF PROSTHESIS COVER OR SWIM FIN to help the recipient participate in water activities.
A PROSTHESIS ACCESSORY, SUCH AS A CARRYING BAG OR A DECORATIVE COVER. If you want to go all out, you could even purchase a custom paint job for the person’s prosthesis. (See https://bit.ly/2nc5D3G and pg. 28 in this issue.)
A TRIP TO AN AMPUTEE-RELATED EVENT, SUCH AS AN AMPUTEE CAMP OR CONFERENCE.
A T-SHIRT OR SPECIALTY ITEM, SUCH AS A COFFEE MUG OR POSTER, WITH AN AMPUTEE-RELATED MESSAGE PRINTED ON IT. (See www.livingwithamplitude.com/article/speaking-boldly.)
AMPUTEE-PRODUCED ARTWORK OR TICKETS TO A PLAY OR COMEDY SHOW FEATURING AN AMPUTEE. Give a cool gift while also helping support an amputee artist. For a great place to start looking, see Mouth & Foot Painting Artists (www.mfpausa.com).