Image above: Festive illustration of scenic pine trees against snow, with a fox in a red scarf holding a snowflake cookie. In a snowglobe-esque circle, text reads “The Original! Disability Holiday Gift Guide 2021.”
I won’t make you spend your time reading my laments about 2021 because right now, we’re all allowed to have moments of joy. And you know what always makes me happy? Putting together the annual Disability Holiday Gift Guide along with my friend Kate Caldwell of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Education for People with Disabilities (CEED) project. This year, you’ll find lots of cool shops owned by disabled entrepreneurs, some book recommendations by disabled authors, and organizations to support. I hope this brings you a little holiday warmth and happiness, too.
So, without further ado, here it is…The Original Disability Holiday Gift Guide 2021!
Brought to you by Words I Wheel By and The CEED Project. Copyright (c) 2021
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Click here for the full festive infographic. Unfortunately, it’s not screenreader accessible, but I’ve got you covered with image descriptions below.
Image description for infographic: Festive illustration of scenic pine trees against snow, with a fox in a red scarf holding a snowflake cookie. In a snowglobe-esque circle, text reads “The Original! Disability Holiday Gift Guide 2021.” Below, on a row of pine trees, are links to previous gift guides. (Note, links to guides are external and not screenreader accessible, but include plain text versions to download.)
Past Disability Holiday Gift Guides
Image description for infographic: Text on an illustration of a wood log reads “Brought to you by Words I Wheel By and The CEED Project.” Below begins the list of disabled-owned businesses, each featuring a picture of an item from their shop surrounded by illustrated frames with winter foliage and whimsical animals dressed in red winter hats and scarves, including a raccoon, a fox, a bird, a reindeer, a chipmunk, and a rabbit. The list of shops is spread out over three slides.
Whimsical, punny prints.
Use code CEED15 for 15% off until 1/2/2022
Image: Graphic of an orange and white mermaid in a wheelchair made of seashells.
Johnnie Jae Official Store
Vibrant, authentic Native-designed gear
Image: Shirt design with red and blue rectangles that says “don’t be ashamed of your scars.”
By Ashley Cowan D’Ambrosio, Joyce Lin, Christine Lew, and Lindsey Muszkiewicz
Unapologetic gear bringing expressions of disability pride to the world.
Use code HOLIDAY2021 for $5 off until 12/31/2021
Image: Neon bumper stickers that say “F*** stairs.”
By Corinne & Brendan
Lifestyle brand celebrating disability and diversity
Use code THANKYOUCEED for 20% off until 12/31/2021
Image: Shirt design that says “If you can be anything, be inclusive.” The word “inclusive” is in rainbow colors.
By Mara Ladines
American Sign Language “I Love You” logo on collections of apparel, accessories, and more.
Use code CEED2021 for 15% off until 12/23/2021
Image: Pink and purple tie-dye shirt with ASL “I Love You” logo.
Hell on Wheels Design
By Sabine Grohowski
Accessories and mobility aids for rad disabled babes.
Image: Wheelchair handlebar with pink metal spikes.
By Ruth Harrigan
Colorful abstract art created with headtracker technology.
Image: Abstract painting reminiscent of autumn leaves in yellow, green, and red hues.
Bright disability-themed enamel pins.
Image: A red heart-shaped pin with white banners and gold text that reads “Don’t be ableist.”
Fun disability-themed enamel pins, stickers, and more.
Use code BIBIPINSWELCOME for 10% off.
Image: A purple star-shaped pin outlined in gold that says “Suck it ableism” with a little cup of boba tea with a straw.
Queer Ivy Art
Queer apparel, stickers, pins, and prints.
Image: A sticker with an illustration of two manatees kissing and little rainbow heart above them.
By April Thompson
One-of-a-kind items and unique services offered by artists, artisans and entrepreneurs around the world who have ME/CFS.
Image: A screenshot of selection of items from the market, including art, jewelry, and clothing.
Made With Care
By Elea C.
Letterpress and watercolor cards and hand lettered prints.
Image: A black card with silver and gold lightning bolts that says “Happy mobility upgrade.”
By Shona Louise
Adorable crocheted animals, keyrings and pin badges.
Image: Tiny multicolored crocheted bee keychains.
By Amelia Klunk
Unique handmade jewelry.
Image: A matching pearl earring and necklace set.
Pins, stickers, and patches reflecting a deep affection for nature and witchcraft.
Use code DIB21 for 15% off until 12/22/2021
Image: ornate black and gold enamel pin with an illustration of a wolf.
Shirts celebrating disability activism. All proceeds benefit the American Association of People with Disabilities and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund.
Image: A yellow shirt with a navy blue and orange drawing of Judy Heumann and the quote “I wanna see feisty disabled people change the world. Judy Heumann” in navy blue text.
Image above: A light blue background with text that reads “Author’s Corner.” Next to the text are two red bows with beige and green berries hanging from them.
Image description for infographic: A light blue background with snowflakes. Text at top says ” Author’s Corner.” Next to the text are two red bows with beige and green berries hanging from them. Below is a list of books with images of the covers next to the text of each title.
The list of shops is spread out over two slides. At the bottom of the first slide is an illustration of a snowbank with three green and red wrapped presents and a little owl wearing glasses that’s seated on top of a pile of books labeled “novels, detective, romance, fantasy.” At the bottom of the second slide is an illustration of a snowbank with two green and red wrapped presents and a little brown fox sitting on the snow reading a book decorated with tiny white stars.
By The CEED Project
Disability Visibility anthology for young people
Edited by Alice Wong
Golem Girl: A Memoir
By Riva Lehrer
Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist
By Judy Heumann with Kristen Joiner
The Pretty One
By Keah Brown
By Rebekah Taussig
What Can a Body Do?: How We Meet the Built World
By Sara Hendren
A Face for Picasso
By Ariel Henley
Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space
By Amanda Leduc
Image above: A dark teal background. Text reads: “#GiveBack. Looking to support a disability-run non-profit this holiday season? Below is a garland with small green and white pine trees.
Image description for infographic: A dark teal background. Text reads: “#GiveBack. Looking to support a disability-run non-profit this holiday season?” Below is a garland with small green and white pine trees. Below is a list of books with images of the logos of each organization.
At the bottom, an illustration of snowflakes falling onto a snowbank with pine trees in the background. Playing in the snow are a little yellow bird in a red hat and green scarf, and a jumping fox in a red hat and scarf. In the left corner is the CEED logo, and in the right is the Words I Wheel By logo.
Autistic People of Color Fund
Provides direct support, mutual aid, and reparations by and for autistic people of color
Disability Rights Fund
Provides resources to organizations of persons with disabilities to advocate for equal rights and full participation in society
Disability Empowher Network
Empowers girls and young women with disabilities through mentoring and transformational learning experiences
Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies
Mission of equal access for people with disabilities before, during, and after disasters and emergencies
Did you buy anything from the list? Are you a disabled entrepreneur? Leave a comment and let us know!
The Fine Print
This post isn’t sponsored. Words I Wheel By and CEED assume no responsibility for any issues with sellers or orders. Please don’t republish any part of this gift guide in print or online. If you would like to share the gift guide via any other publication, please write a little blurb and include the link directly back to this post. You don’t have to let me know if you do this, but I’d love if you did so I can personally express my appreciation. Thank you and happy, happy holidays!