Top Tips For Christmas Shopping When You Have a Visual Impairment


My name is Holly, I’m the author of the blog

I am registered blind due to a condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) as I was born at 24 weeks. I have no useful vision as I only have light perception.

I love shopping so I have ways that I implement when I go out shopping.

Shopping can be a challenge for blind and visually impaired people at the best of times, even more so at Christmas, however, it certainly isn’t impossible. Towns and cities are bustling with shoppers and tourists all wanting to grab some bargains for the festive period.

Despite all of this, there are many ways in which you can make shopping for Christmas presents that little bit easier when you have a visual impairment.

Shop online

You could buy many of your Christmas presents from the comfort of your own home and get them delivered to you in a few days. Websites such as Amazon, Etsy and Not On The High Street are some great examples, depending on what you are intending to buy. You could also use Amazon Smile and donate to a charity that’s close to your heart.

Go shopping with a friend or family member

If you don’t want to go shopping on your own then why not go with a friend or family member? You could make a day of it, plus you can’t beat some retail therapy and good company. It can also be a great way of having a catch up with a friend or family member that you haven’t seen in a while.

If you’re looking for something specific then make sure you go with someone that you trust and knows what you’re after.

Support small/local businesses

It’s great to buy from well-known brands and chains but why not support local businesses at Christmas time? They often have some great presents that you can pick up.

Ask for assistance when shopping independently

Many shops are happy to offer assistance if you ask, you could even call them beforehand.

Make a list of what you want to buy

Leading on from the previous point, if you have a list of things that you want to buy from a specific shop, then it is much easier for the assistant to help you find what you’re looking for.

Do your Christmas shopping early!

I know that this is easier said than done but doing the majority of your Christmas shopping early means that you miss the mad rush and you are organised which has got to be a good thing right? 

Those are a few tips for Christmas shopping when you have a visual impairment. Do you have any others to share?

Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

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