I know Valentine’s Day is around the corner because I notice the red heart shape chocolates in the candy aisle at my local grocery store. If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift that is not chocolates for your loved one that has attention disorder, here are several ideas.
Books about ADHD and relationships
Reading about ADHD and specifically about its effects on relationships can be a great gift! There are lots of books out there and I strongly recommend picking one up and learning more about ADHD. Many times, this knowledge can lead to honest conversations about ADHD and its effects on your everyday life.
One off my favorite books on this topic is “Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? Stopping the Roller Coaster When Someone You Love Has Attention Deficit Disorder” by Gina Pera. If your husband, wife, partner or roommate have ADHD, this book is a must-read! I strongly encourage both partners in the relationship (with and without the attention challenges) to read this book. The author presents the effects of ADHD on relationships in a realistic and practical light, and it is loaded with many useful tips.
A ring that can also serve as a fidget is the most appropriate ADHD Valentine Day gift I can think of. A spinner ring is a super-subtle way to fidget in public. Repetitive motion helps relieve anxiety and as a bonus feature this ring has a choice of different motivational words inscribed on it. My personal favorite is “You got this”.
You or your partner can wear ADHD apparel with pride. You can find T-shirts, sweatshirts, socks and even jewelry that all provide the opportunity to accessorize with ADHD pride. I’m a big fan of the funny T-shirts such as https://fidgetland.com/shop/t-shirts/ . or the ADHD is Awesome Cute Funny Squirrel Animal Tote Bag.
Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
Noise cancelling headphones can be a great gift as they can be a useful tool to reduce distractions. Noise cancelling headphones work by blocking out the external noise physically and utilize passive noise cancellation by creating a seal between the headphone cup and your ear.
There are a variety of models and brands that have noise cancellation, one of my preferred options is the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, Bluetooth, Over-Ear Wireless Headphones. I like the beautiful design and the voice speaking system. What’s really cool about the noise cancelling feature is that you have levels and you can control how much you want to block the outside world. If you buy any Bose headphones make sure you download the right app for that product. Bose has so many of them and it’s easy to download the wrong one since they all have similar names.
Digital gift card
If you are reading this blog right before Valentine’s Day or the supply chain challenges are affecting your ability to choose a gift in time then you can always go the route of getting a gift card. If you are purchasing a gift card for someone with ADHD consider the option of a digital gift card. Regular plastic gift cards are never in my wallet when I need them or are misplaced - a digital version can address that. Amazon e-gift card
Ask your partner
I would like to remind you and that in addition to all these great ideas you can also ask your partner if there’s anything they would like for Valentine’s Day. Sometimes that simple question may result in a very surprising answer. You might be planning a complicated date night and gift, while your partner may want to stay home in there pajamas and watch a movie together. If you do choose to ask your partner, remember their answer !! If you have ADHD I strongly recommend writing their response to this question in your phone in a location you can find later!
Wishing you love,
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