Christmas Life Hacks

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If you’re living with sight and hearing loss, Christmas can be a difficult time. So here are some top tips to help you cope with the festive season…

Avoid the shops

There are lots of reasons to avoid the shops this year, so make things easy for yourself by shopping online. Many online retailers will also wrap and post your gift directly to the recipient too! Remember to visit the Deafblind UK Christmas shop for 15% off gift experiences! If online shopping is not for you, many shops now have ‘quiet hours’ where there is lower lighting, less noise and fewer people.

All in one

Many supermarkets give you the option to buy all your Christmas dinner items in one package, which could be easier than trying to find each item individually, either online or in the shop. During your Christmas meal it may also be helpful for someone to describe to you what’s on the plate and where. For example “turkey is at 1 o’clock, potatoes at 4 o’clock brussels sprouts at 7 o’clock etc.

Get wrapped up

 If you struggle with fiddly bits of cellotape and awkward wrapping paper, then save yourself the hassle and use gift bags or boxes instead!

High contrast

If you struggle to identify what’s what at the dinner table then invest in some coloured glassware and crockery to create some contrast.

Your Christmas list

Let your friends and family know if there are any gadgets you need that could help make your life a bit easier in 2022!

For more practical advice about Christmas, contact our helpline on 0800 13320 or email: info@deafblind.org.uk.

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