Understanding Rare Chromosome and Gene Disorders

Gift ideas and useful websites

By Unique’s Family Support Officer, Marion Mitchell.

For those of you (like me) who find it hard to buy gifts for your chromosome/gene cutie, I have created this to help us all find suitable gifts (whether for Christmas, birthday or other event). It’s a list of books, toys, websites, clothing and other items that we’ve heard about or people have said their children like and we’re sharing in case other families would find them useful too. Let me know if you would like to add any suggestions (email

Please note: Unique is in no way endorsing the companies listed or any of the products, this is just a list collated from suggestions made by Unique members. Parents should thoroughly check out products for safety before purchasing them.


  • Book Trust  Based in the UK
  • in the UK
  • in the Republic of Ireland. A book series, titled ‘Off we Go!‘ has been launched to prepare children aged 3-7 and those with learning disabilities for particular events by explaining ‘what comes next’ on an outing.  There are six books covering Going to the Dentist, Going to the Doctor, Going to the Restaurant, Going to the Supermarket, Going to the Hairdresser and Going Swimming.
  • Feeling Happy, Feeling Safe picture book for children under 6 (could be suitable for older children with learning disabilities) – stories about getting lost, saying no, strangers, bullying and more. Available from: Kidscape Helpline: 08451 205 204 . Based in the UK
  • Personalised children’s books
  • The Treehouse at Number 9 books and a musical story App.


Online shops for switch adapted toys

Other items/useful websites

  • Living made easy 1309177 The play and leisure section includes various outdoor/indoor toys and equipment for children and young people with disabilities. This includes cycles, equipment for swimming, puzzles, sensory toys and equipment and play equipment for both indoor and outdoor use. Based in the UK
  • Lay-Z-Spa Inflatable Hot Tubs 0800 6120457 Portable hot tubs. Based in the UK
  • Unique tote bag £2.99 including p&p in the UK. To order yours, go to Buying Merchandise and tell us in the box how many bags you would like to order. Then complete your payment and we’ll send them out to you. If you’re outside the UK, please email for costs including shipping.
  • Dream pad™ and Dreampad Mini™ The Dreampad™ and Dreampad Mini™delivers music through gentle, calming vibratio. Based in the USA.
  • Lights infinitylights.comBased in the USA
  • LED writing board
  • There is a facebook group devoted to Christmas presents for children with special needs: A Very SPECIAL NEEDS Christmas

Special needs clothing

Other suggestions

  • Homemade art work
  • Ipad/Iphone, tablet you can buy gift vouchers for apps in many UK shops.
  • Portable DVD player
  • Musical teddies, like tad the frog, etc
  • Bathtub lights on eBay. They float and are color changing! And a few fish you wind up that ‘swim’.
  • Colour changing shower head, available from Amazon/ebay
  • Bubble tube, available from ebay/amazon, or B&M stores and Argos (UK)
  • Torrid starcloths from eBay £60.00

Unique also has a couple of practical guides on the website with regard to larger items like bikes, trikes and outdoor toys. Click Here to read them.