Gift Giving for Disabled People

Living with a disability can present many daily challenges. Tasks that others take for granted, such as slipping on their shoes, working in their garden, or mixing a batch of cupcakes may be impossible for someone with a disability. However, many of these tasks can be made more accessible for the disabled with the right tools. 

 

When you are seeking gifts for a person with a disability, why not consider a tool that could make their life a bit easier or give them more independence? Yes, a warm sweater is always lovely and so is that scented candle, but something like large-handled cooking utensils may be the perfect gift for the aspiring cook that has a hard time holding smaller utensils in their hands. 

 

Giving a gift that could help someone put on their own socks or shoes is a wonderful idea. This helps a person feel more independent and builds self-confidence because they can now do something else on their own. Giving a pain relief pillow to someone with chronic pain is a blessing in disguise. There are countless things that you could do that would bring relief and be a wonderful gift at the same time. 

 

Gift Giving for the Disabled 

 

For those that are disabled, gift-giving can be a little tricky, especially if you have mobility restrictions that prevent you from going out to shop. You do not have to refrain from the gift-giving season just because you have a disability. You can be very creative and come up with the perfect gift for each person on your list. 

 

You can always shop online for your gifts.  But if you would like it to be a little more personal, why not get creative and make something? You can bake your favorite dessert to share, create a beautiful handmade card and add a gift card if you like.  Or make a piece of art for your loved one to display.  Write a story or a poem, make a collage of your favorite photos of your loved one or friend, or create an ornament for their holiday tree. Gift-giving is about giving something from your heart, not necessarily from the mall. 

 

The gift-giving season is coming, and it should not be a time for stress. Gift-giving is about making the other person feel special. Giving a handmade gift from your heart will mean more than any other type of gift. 

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).