A Guide To Inclusive Shopping
Our 2022 Holiday Gift Guide Is Here!
The holiday season is here. Unfortunately, the chronically ill and disabled communities aren’t always at the forefront of the mainstream shopping experience. However, inclusive shopping is possible! We wanted to bring forth some of our favorite brands and shops with our 2022 gift guide proudly featuring affordable products owned by individuals living with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
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PATTI + RICKY
Something For Everyone… Literally!
Patti + Ricky is the Adaptive Fashion Marketplace for adults and kids with and without disabilities, chronic conditions, patients, seniors, and caregivers. Patti and Ricky formed the inclusive lens through which Alex Herold (CEO and Founder of Patti + Ricky) sees the world. Alex wanted to create an online department store where every product is curated with Patti (Alex’s Mom) and Ricky's (Alex’s Cousin) approval in mind. The mission is to continue to spread the love, understanding, and acceptance that Patti + Ricky passed on throughout their lifetimes.
Price Point: Varies
EXCLUSIVE PERK: USE CODE Capable15 for 15% off + Free Shipping at checkout!
You Can Never Go Wrong With A Good, Clean, Candle
Trish Baden started the company while recovering from Lyme Disease. Motivated by her love for candles, she learned to make clean candles (100% natural soy wax with pure essential fragrance oils. Flores Lane has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, Vogue, Refinery 29, Instyle, Bazaar, Glamour, My Domain, The Zoe Report, and more.
Price Point: $35
ALYSSA K. SILVA
The Perfect Gift For The Lover of Aesthetic
Living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), Alyssa has very limited mobility throughout her body. However, that didn’t stop her from her love for drawing. With just one finger, Alyssa uses her phone to illustrate cards, prints, stickers, and more! Each product is made with the intention of meeting you wherever you are in life and providing some encouragement for what lies ahead.
Price Point: $2.99 - $30
EXCLUSIVE PERK: USE CODE HOLLY for 10% off at checkout!
A Gift With You In Mind
Three best friends co-founded Mighty Well based on co-founder's experiences living with chronic illness, disability, and long-term medical devices, and theirs as her caregivers. Their mission? To help turn sickness into strength with best-in-class medical supplies and consumable educational content that help improve the overall treatment journey. The Self Care Case is Mighty Well’s latest customizable organizer. Designed to hold your critical care and wellness needs all in one, you can take your life’s “biggest” little essentials with you wherever.
Prince Point: $39.95
Gifts For The Jewelry Lovers
Alissa Wrenn Smith is the designer, creator and owner of Shop Wrenn. She started making jewelry since she was in her early teens, even making rhinestone belts for friends. The economy was still badly suffering from the recession when Alissa started Wrenn Jewelry so she sought to create affordable jewelry that could be enjoyed and make women feel beautiful without breaking the bank. You could treat yourself without feeling guilty and we all needed a little something to bring up our spirits. Druzy jewelry was just hitting the scene and Shop Wrenn very quickly became known for their Druzy designs. Still to this day Shop Wrenn makes a large selection of Druzy jewelry, focusing on the Natural Stones, and still some varieties of plated colors.In 2013, Alissa was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins follicular b-cell lymphoma on top of having a long time struggle with Crohn's disease. The life changing diagnoses inspired her to start making custom one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces with special meaning.
Price Point: Varies
EXCLUSIVE PERK: 15% off with code CC2022
We Couldn’t Leave Out The Kiddos
PunkinFutz creates award-winning sensory play products and accessories to meet a broad range of adaptive needs. All of PunkinFut'z employment is adaptive! This shop was founded by a mom of two children with a range of disabilities (one of which is now an adult!). PunkinFutz’s Sensory Set was named one of 20 Best Sensory and Fidget Toys for All Ages by Good Housekeeping Magazine (July 2022)
Price Point: Varies
EXCLUSIVE PERK: USE CODE CCHOLIDAY for 30% off at checkout (Valid through 12/31!)
NDEAM celebrates both the past and present contributions of workers with disabilities in America. Importantly, NDEAM serves as a mechanism through which supportive and inclusive employment practices and policies for all workers, especially those who have a disability(s) can be showcased, advocated for, and encouraged.
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