2023 Gift Guide for People Living With ALS

Ashley RosenbrockFoundation Blog, Home Page

On Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or any day this holiday gift season, it’s never too early to start looking for the perfect present. If your holiday shopping list includes someone who is living with ALS or a caregiver, we’ve compiled a list of gift ideas to help make your shopping a little easier this year. Our support services team contributed these recommendations from their experience providing resources and support to people living with ALS and their families. 


Tablets and Smart Home products serve a variety of purposes and can be a very useful house/life upgrade this year. Karen Raley Steffens, RN, CHPN, CCM, a support services coordinator, recommends investing in Google Home products to help keep you connected, while Anne Marie Doyle, MA, CCC-SLP, with her extensive experience as a speech language pathologist, suggests boogie boards (writing tablets) and voice amplifiers.


Whether you choose to shop for physical gifts or one-of-a-kind experiences, we have tons of ideas to add to your shopping list this year. Rochelle Walwer, LCSW, a support services coordinator, recommends memberships to places like the Morton Arboretum or Chicago Botanical Garden, which have accessible trails, and accessible theater tickets to shows right here in Chicago.

Capturing those memorable moments:

Sometimes a fresh set of photos or a simple greeting card can mean the world. Rochelle recommends Wi-Fi digital photo frames as a great way to display photos and share with family and friends.

Personal care: 

Everyone deserves a little time for self-care and relaxation. Easton Stevenson, LCSW, a support services coordinator, recommends warm blankets for sitting or resting in a wheelchair. Gift certificates to a spa or salon are also a great option for more in-depth pampering.

Making daily life a little easier:

Living with ALS changes a lot about day-to-day routines, and simple things can help make those activities less of a challenge. Rochelle and Michelle Shaker, MSW, LCSW recommend adaptive clothing, which can be found online from many retailers.

Accessibility and Ease of Movement 

Give the gift of comfort and independence this year. Karen recommends these devices which can help with making daily activities more accessible.

The Les Turner ALS Foundation is committed to providing a diverse range of resources, ensuring that all families are equipped with the necessary tools to navigate their ALS journey with confidence and resilience. Please make a gift so we can continue to deliver that care and support. Together, we will create a world free of ALS.