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Our Editor-In-Chief, Mindy Henderson, and our MDA Ambassadors shared some of their favorite products, then looked high and low to curate even more fantastic items that celebrate universal use. Some are adapted for specific purposes, and ALL were chosen with the community of individuals living with neuromuscular disease, and other disabilities, in mind. You're sure to find something for everyone on your list.
Just don't forget to treat yourself!

Meet Our Ambassadors

Click on the buttons to read all about their favorite products and life hacks.

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Amy S
April S
Ira W
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Quest Presents... the Holiday Gift and Giving Guide

Accessories

Pop Sockets

Recommended by: Skye A.

My pop socket is my most used item. It allows me to have a better grip on my phone, especially when taking photos. They come in so many different styles, making it easy to find one that fits your vibe!

Kate Spade Slim Bifold Wallet

Recommended by: Tana Z.

This wallet is lightweight and has an easy open-shut snap closure. I love it because it keeps my cards and cash organized and secure, minimizes fumbling at checkouts, and offers fun colors and prints to choose from!

The Belt Bag

Recommended by: Mindy H.

I love the size of this bag. Big enough to carry a phone, some money or credit cards and a lipstick, but not so big that you have to reach way in and dig around. Easy flap open. Can be worn as a Crossbody, or get creative with the strap and find a way to attach it to the side of a wheelchair

Apparel

Iconic Luxe Short Sleeve Midi Dress

Recommended by: Mindy H.

I have this dress in almost every color. Easy to pull on, stretchy but not clingy, full and flowy. For me, in a seated position, it hits right on top of her feet, for a cute maxi dress look.

MZROCR Womens Sleeveless Nightgown

Recommended by: Mindy H.

I am SO picky about sleepwear. I look for things that are easy to move in, soft and durable. This nightgown comes in 1000 colors and checks all my boxes.

Cargo Sweatpants

Recommended by: Thad D.

Cargo sweatpants are comfortable, functional clothing that are perfect for wheelchair enthusiasts.

Beauty

Ralph Lauren White Tea Eau de Parfum

Recommended by: Mindy H.

I am super picky about fragrance, and this is one of my favorites. Slightly floral, slightly fruity, definitely not over-bearing! I get compliments on this perfume all the time.

Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara

Recommended by: Mindy H.

I’ve tried every mascara on the planet and this one is #1. It is hard to reach up throughout the day and wipe off mascara remnants from under or over my eyes. This one doesn’t go anywhere, and truly makes you look like you are wearing lash extensions.

Take the Day Off Makeup Remover Micellar Cleansing Towelettes

Recommended by: Mindy H.

I am crazy for these face wipes. No rinsing required, so you don’t have to worry about leaning over a sink. Gentle enough to use on your entire face, neck and eyes. But, will still takeoff stubborn waterproof mascara.

Books Planners & Journaling

Erin Condren LifePlanner Collection

Recommended by: Mindy H.

I am all about organization and journaling. I love the spiral-bound feature of these journals, and love how they keep me organized for the year.

On My Own Two Feet, by Amy Purdy

Recommended by: Mindy H.

Amy Purdy is a motivational speaker, double amputee and snowboarding Paralympics medal list. She is one of my heroes, and I absolutely love her book and her story.

She Moves Mountains Spiral Journal

Recommended by: Mindy H.

I love a good spiral-bound notebook because I find it easier to open and hold in my place then a regular bound notebook. Love the simplicity, and positive messaging of this one.

Electronics Tech

Nest Thermostat

Recommended by: Ira W.

This is a must-have for anyone that lives independently with limited mobility. This thermostat truly brings independence to another level by allowing you full control of your living space temperature through a smart phone app.

Elements FireCel Mega 6 Hand Warmer

Recommended by: Ira W.

This is a must have for anyone with NMD who likes to be active outdoors during colder weather months. It is lightweight, long-lasting, and warms your hands within moments of turning it on.

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Vivo Remote Control TV Wall Mount

Recommended by: Mindy H.

Anything I can operate from my phone or with a remote gives me an extra layer of independence. This TV wall mount allows you to raise, lower or swivel your 37″ to 70″ television with the press of a button on a remote control.

Footwear

Billy Footwear

Recommended by: Leah Z.

So happy I found a brand of shoes that fit my KAFO’s. The footwear features front zippers for easy, accessible wear. So many styles: sneakers, winter boots, and (my personal fave) rainboots! Fun fact: I wore Billy Footwear on the set of “Marry Me”, on the set of Sesame Street, and at NY Fashion Week.

Toms Alpargata Shoes

Recommended by: Ira W.

These have been my go-to pair of shoes for years. These versatile, stylish, and lightweight shoes are durable and easy to put on and take off. There are so many pattern options that you can wear with any outfit!

Chuck Taylor Low Top All Stars

Recommended by: Tana Z

These are one of few tie shoes that I can just slip my feet into and the flat bottom keeps my feet flat and my toes from curling over. They’re a timeless, edgy addition to any look.

Kids

Blank Comic Book For Kids

Recommended by: April S

This is a great blank comic book for creative, art-y kids!

Lands’ End pajamas

Recommended by: April S

Easy to pull on, soft and cozy pajamas come in a number of different fun designs to match your kids personality.

Adaptive Kids’ Cat & Jack™ Backpack

Recommended by: Mindy H.

These backpacks come in multiple patterns to reflect your child’s personality, and are designed to fit an ambulatory child, or a wheelchair or stroller. Lots of pockets and holes and compartments for tubes and cables.

Kitchen/Home

High-back Office Chair

Recommended by: Thad D.

For me to sit at a desk, I need a chair that provides support to my upper back and neck. This high-back desk chair is comfortable and supportive, even after a decade of constant use. It is the only chair that I sit in!

Unecrin 720 Degree Universal Splash Filter Faucet

Recommended by: Skye A.

I love this faucet attachment! I can easily wash my face and hands and brush my teeth without splashing water all over the counter or having to extend my arms further to reach. (Note: Be sure to check for correct sizing before ordering.)

Cold Brew Mason Jar iced Coffee Maker

Recommended by: Nevin S.

I love to make my own cold brew coffee and this easy-to-use Mason Jar with handle and flip cap lid is perfect. Just add water and pour. The glass is also durable so if you drop it, it doesn’t break.

Personal Care

Homecraft Pick-up Reacher

Recommended by: Ira W.

This is possibly the most durable and dependable reacher on the market. It has a superb grip feature and a great lock and holding mechanism that makes picking any object effortless.

Oral-B iO Electric Toothbrush

Recommended by: Ira W.

This lightweight electric toothbrush features several different brushing speeds, has a long-lasting charge (great for travel), and can be modified with multiple types of brushing heads. The toothbrush also features a phone app that can track your brushing habits and offer helpful dental hygiene advice.

Recumbent Bicycle

Recommended by: Thad D.

When my mountain bike became uncomfortable and began to cause a lot of pain, I was able to keep biking with a recumbent bike. Recumbents feature a reclining feet-first posture that is much more supportive, comfortable, and safe – and are so much fun!

MDA GIVING

Volunteer

Recommended by: Mindy H.

Give the gift of your time and sign up to volunteer with MDA. From volunteering at summer camp, to volunteering at fundraising events, or joining our grassroots advocacy team as a volunteer to use your voice to change legislation, there are lots of options for you to get involved.

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Donate to MDA

Recommended by: Mindy H.

Give the ultimate gift and help MDA continue to send kids to summer camp, fund important research and provide world-class care through our network of care centers across the country. Make a one time or a monthly donation in honor of or in memory of someone you love.

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Quest Magazine Subscription

Recommended by: Mindy H.

Sign up for a FREE subscription to Quest Magazine for yourself or someone you love, and receive four issues of Quest Magazine annually. Inside this adaptive lifestyle magazine you will find personal stories, science and research information, and resources to help you live as independently as possible in all areas of your life.