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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

MICHAEL KORS Pointelle Cable Knit Infinity Scarf

Recommended by: Mindy H.

Infinity scarves are so convenient – just loop them over your head once or twice, depending on the length and desired look. No fancy knotting skills required.

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!

Apparel

Cargo Sweatpants

Recommended by: Thad D.

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

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.

Fair Harbor One Short

Recommended by: Nevin S.

Fair Harbor makes versatile shorts that are lightweight, have no button or zipper, and I use them for working out, swimming and going out to dinner.

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.

Not Your Mother’s Leave-In Conditioner

Recommended by: Tana Z

This leave-in conditioner makes it easier to brush long hair. And because press down pumps do not work for me, this squeeze pump feature works perfectly for me to hold and operate.

Olay Moisturizer with Easy Open Lid

Recommended by: Mindy H.

An easy open a lid! What seems like a small attention to detail is actually a huge step for independence when you have dexterity issues. I love their retinol 24+ peptide fragrance free formula for my sensitive skin. Request an easy open lead when you add this stocking stuffer to your bag.

Books Planners & Journaling

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.

Storyworth

Recommended by: Mindy H.

This is gift all done online. They email you or whoever you gift it to a weekly prompt – favorite childhood memory, what they learned about having kids, their favorite trips. At the end of the year, they turn the stories into a book.

Tradd Street Series, by Karen White

Recommended by: Mindy H.

If you like a sweet romance with a hint of the paranormal thrown in, this is a great mystery story. Great characters that are well developed and likable. Couldn’t put them down!

Electronics Tech

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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Amazon echo

Recommended by: Skye A.

I use Alexa to turn my lights on and off and I like the reassurance that it gives me when I’m home alone. If I fall, I can say “Alexa, call….” and I don’t have to worry about being stuck without being able to call for help.

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

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.

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!

TOMS Hyde Wedge Bootie

Recommended by: Mindy H.

I find sitting in a chair all day in a wedge to be incredibly comfortable. I love the classic Toms wedge bootie that laces up the front for easy on and off.

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.

Blank Comic Book For Kids

Recommended by: April S

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

The Complete Cursive Handwriting Workbook for Kids

Recommended by: April S

We love this big, spacious book to help young kids learn cursive and to write.

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!

Yoga Blocks

Recommended by: Thad D.

Yoga blocks make getting up from the floor easier. I keep yoga blocks in just about every room in my home so that they are never too far when I need them.

Cordless Electric Kettle

Recommended by: Thad D.

This cordless electric kettle is a pleasure to use. It heats quickly and is safer than using a gas flame or stovetop.

Personal Care

Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush

Recommended by: Mindy H.

Dry brushing is great for your circulation, and is a fantastic skin exfoliater. No water required. The long handle allows you to either reach hard to get places on your body, or makes it easy for a helper to use. Be sure to read up on the proper way to dry brush!

Exerpeutic 2000M Motorized Electric Mini Exercise Bike

Recommended by: Mindy H.

This bike is amazing. It can be used as a hand bike, or set it on the floor and pedal with your legs. It is motorized, so for me, holding on and running my arms through the pedaling motion is great exercise, but you can power it yourself if you choose.

Rock tape original water resistant kinesiology tape

Recommended by: Amy S.

This tape is one of my favorite things because I have a lot of lower back pain. This tape helps manage pain and even stays in place during pool workouts.

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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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.

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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