Gifts to fit an active lifestyle
Get out and get more from life with the items featured in this year’s Quest holiday gift guide.
Work and play around the house
|Industrial Garden Hose Cart|
|Portable Accessory System|
|Handle-Mount Grill Light|
Get closer to the ground with BlueSky Designs’ Garden Rocker. The comfortable seat saves your knees and back and a curved base makes it easy to lean into your work. The basic model runs $20 to $35; deluxe cushion and tool holder are extra. (888) 724-7002, or www.blueskydesigns.us.
Gardeners — or anyone who works on projects low to the ground — also may appreciate the Garden Hopper from Step 2. Sturdy and lightweight, this rolling seat also functions as a tool and beverage holder. $20. (866) 429-5200, or www.step2.com.
Watering the lawn and washing the car are easier with the durable Industrial Garden Hose Cart from Brookstone. Featuring four extra-wide pneumatic tires that conquer uneven terrain, the cart has a comfortgrip crank for easy hose winding, and a storage basket so you’ll never again misplace your sprayer nozzle. Includes a 74-inch leader hose. $100. (866) 576-7337, or www.brookstone.com.
Here’s a gift that makes just about every activity easier. The versatile and lightweight Portable Accessory System from Living Eazy features a sturdy tray-top, cupholder and handy hook, all attached to a single lightweight pole that clamps to the wheelchair or walker frame. $400. (877) 511-9699, or www.livingeazy.com.
For all-around fun right in your living room, check out the Nintendo Wii. The Wii Remote serves as your bowling ball, racket, bat or club whenever you want to get in the game. The system runs $250; games and accessories are extra. Wii items can be purchased nearly everywhere consumer electronics are sold. For more information, call (800) 255-3700 or visit www.nintendo.com.
Get ready to grill with the Motorized Grill Brush, which offers an ergonomic handle with push button control, dual revolving brass brushes and a powerful motor to cut through the crud. $30. Keep an eye on what you’re cooking with a Handle-Mount Grill Light. A pivoting head lets you direct the light to where you need it most. $50. (866) 576-7337, or www.brookstone.com.
For healthy, high-quality beef for your barbeque without the hassle of shopping, try Le Cense Beef, grassfed beef that’s lower in calories and fat than grain-fed beef. Choose a holiday gift pack that includes ribeyes, petite sirloins, chateaubriand, filet mignon or New York strips (prices begin at $121), or order individual steaks, roasts, burgers and other cuts. (866) 255-4985, or www.lacensebeef.com.
| Sable WaterOptics Eyewear
| Freedom Tent
| 3AAA Vizion Headlamp
| Turboset Arm Support Cradle
| Wingscapes BirdCam
|Handheld Birds & Software|
Jump into the water with See Worthy’s Sable WaterOptics Eyewear. Flat lenses enable clear, undistorted vision. Prescription lenses are available. Prices begin at $45 for plain; $100 prescription. Call (416) 261-2127 or visit www.sablewateroptics.com.
Check out the first-ever wheelchair-accessible camping tent, the Freedom Tent from BlueSky Designs, which can be set up by a person in a wheelchair and has room inside for two wheelchairs or excess gear. Large pull handles on the interior door and window zippers make them easy to operate. $329. (888) 724-7002, or www.blueskydesigns.us.
Light your way with the hands-free 3AAA Vizion Headlamp from Underwater Kinetics. Offering three beam patterns (spot, diffuse and red diffuse) and large push button controls, the lamp features a beam-angle adjustment knob, extra-wide headband and is waterproof to 10 meters. $35. Call (858) 513-9100 ext. 244, or visit www.underwaterkinetics.com.
Fishing enthusiasts may want to try a Turboset Arm Support Cradle from America’s Fishing Device, which reduces arm fatigue and wrist pain while increasing accuracy and hook-set power. Prices start at $25. Buy the Turboset Rod Pocket at the same time, which attaches to a boat seat, dock or chair and holds your fishing rod. $9. (866) 925-2005, or http://store.afdturboset.com.
If birds are your passion, try National Geographic’s lightweight (only 6.5 ounces) water- and fog-proof, rubber-coated Mini-Binoculars for $55. (800) 437-5521, or www.shopnationalgeographic.com. Or, do your birdwatching close to home with the Wingscapes BirdCam, a weatherproof, motion-activated digital camera that captures high-resolution “candid” photos and videos of birds and other wildlife. Set it up outdoors by a bird feeder or just position it to shoot through a window. The camera features a 3.1 magapixel camera sensor and 32 MB internal memory, and accepts memory cards. $249. (888) 811-9464, or www.wingscapes.com.
Don’t know what the heck that bird is called? Check out the Handheld Birds & Software North American mobile interactive field guide for PDA from National Geographic. You can purchase Handheld Birds as an all-in-one device with Palm Pilot for $400, or simply buy the software for use on your own PDA ($100). (See National Georgraphic contact information above.)
Kids on your list?
Be sure to check out the annual “Toys “R” Us Toy Guide For Differently-Abled Kids, available online (www.toysrus.com), in Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores nationwide — and also at your local MDA office. The Guide features toys that promote education and development, as well as just plain fun for youngsters with mobility or cognitive challenges. To receive a copy of the Guide, call your local MDA office at (800) 572-1717.
When it comes to walking, try REI’s Peak UL Carbon Shocklight Trekking Poles to help reduce fatigue and improve stability. Ultralight foam grips have an ergonomic, contoured shape and adjustable padded neoprene wrist straps. Poles are outfitted with extra-durable tungsten carbide tips (rubber tip protectors included). $149. (800) 426-4840, or www.rei.com.
|Nona's walking canes|
For a more traditional cane or walking stick, try a work of art from Nona’s Canes. Your custom walking cane or staff will be beautifully carved, burned and beaded. Most are made from richly stained oak and feature Peyote Stitch beadwork and buckskin-wrapped handles. Other accents include fringe, imitation feathers, brass beads and glass crow beads. Prices vary. (405) 245- 9307, or www.nonascanes.com.
Let Fido do his part by carrying REI’s Adventure Dog Pack, featuring a saddlebag fit and sculpted, breathable mesh harness with a three-point design that fits most dog shapes. $40-$50. (800) 426-4840, or www.rei.com.
Take a trip
|Hubcap Spoke Guards|
|Hero Extreme Sports Waterproof Wrist Camera|
|Sanctuary (universal charger)|
Getting in and out of the car is easier with the Handybar personal support handle from Avenue Innovations. The universal-fit Handybar requires no vehicle modifications — just insert into the metal striker plate on the vehicle’s doorframe and remove before closing the door. $40. (888) 738-0611, or www.handybar.com.
Accessorize your wheelchair with Hubcap Spoke Guards from Coolhubcaps.com. Designed to look like actual hubcaps, these spoke guards are made from thin durable sheets of polycarbonate plastic that install easily with hook-and-loop (Velcro) fasteners. $110. (888) 414-7061, or www.coolhubcaps.com.
Packing is easier with Wheelchair Bags from Granny Jo Products. Fashionable and lightweight, they secure to walkers, wheelchairs or scooters with durable fasteners. Various pockets make room for keys, plane tickets, cell phones and other necessities. $12-$19. (863) 698-9130, or www.grannyjoproducts.com.
Slice Backpacks from Wheelchair Gear attach securely to the front, back or armrest of your chair, and feature a large, zippered storage compartment that opens from either side, as well as auxiliary pockets on the front of the pack. $38. (609) 653-6787, or www.wheelchairgear.com.
Travel chic while carrying more with the Men’s and Women’s Travel Vests from Scottevest. More than 20 concealed pockets store valuables and necessities. Vests are lightweight, breathable and balance weight evenly. They’re designed for a slimming fit, even with full pockets. $100. (866) 909-8378, or www.scottevest.com.
The Orbit Wheeled Pack from REI fits laptops, electronic gadgets, books, folders and more. The telescoping handle extends so you don’t have to stoop to pull it, and the wheels roll smoothly over sidewalks, carpets and uneven terrain. $100. For longer trips, use the Tech Beast Rolling Duffel, with an easy-access main compartment that’s fully zippered and includes an expandable compartment for keeping dirty laundry separate from clean. Features shockabsorbent wheels and a telescoping locking handle for ease of control. $215. (800) 426-4840, or www.rei.com.
For flying or long car trips, consider the Best Seat from Magellan’s. Alternating pressure point technology lifts and shifts the points where your body rests on the seat, encouraging circulation and preventing fatigue. The microprocessor- controlled pump and valve system is powered by internal rechargeable batteries. The seat measures 18x18-inches when open, and weighs three pounds. $225. (800) 962-4943, or www.magellans.com.
What’s an adventure without pictures to prove it? For hands-free convenience there’s the Hero Extreme Sports Waterproof Wrist Camera from GoPro. This cool gadget allows you to shoot 3-megapixel photos and video, even underwater. Secure the camera on your wrist with a comfortable neoprene strap; one size fits child to adult. $140. (415) 738-2480 or www.goprocamera.com.
Overflowing with electronics? BlueLounge’s universal charger, the Sanctuary, allows you to store and charge cell phones, iPods, PDAs and headsets inside one sleek housing. Compatible with more than 1,500 electronic devices from most major brands. $130. (626) 564-2802, or www.bluelounge.com.
For a little extra stability wherever you are — traveling or even around the house — try the Safe-er-Grip. This portable grab bar attaches via suction to any smooth surface. Press the tab levers to attach; flip them to remove. Priced at around $15; available at general retail stores (try the health care department), or through Mommy’s Helper at (800) 371-3509 or www.mommyshelperinc.com.
Whether this holiday season finds you indoors or out, close to home or far away, happy holidays from Quest and MDA!