Holiday gifts with a vision

Shop CNIB offers great gifts and stocking stuffers for people with vision loss

TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Not sure what to buy your parents, grandparents or that special person on your holiday list who's living with a loss of sight? Why not skip the malls and consider one of the many easy-to-use and helpful products available through Shop CNIB?

Home to everything from large-button phones to talking cooking timers to burnless oven mitts, Shop CNIB offers Canada's largest array of accessible products and technologies that make life with vision loss easier.

"Many people aren't aware of just how helpful these kinds of products can be - not only for people who are blind, but people with even a mild loss of vision or those who may just have a little trouble reading restaurant menus," says John M. Rafferty, President and CEO of CNIB. "For instance, something as small as a pocket magnifier or a talking watch can make a huge difference in someone's life."

For example, the "sock lock," which retails for $3.50, not only ensures socks don't go missing come wash day, it's also a great stocking stuffer for anyone - whether they're living with vision loss or not.

Other featured Shop CNIB products for holiday gift giving include talking watches which announce the time at a touch of the button, retail from $40.65 to $44.95. These watches are available in both men's and women's styles and are available in a choice of finishes and watch bands.

CNIB's talking calculators, which announces all digits, functions and calculations are also very popular stocking stuffers this time of year, as are large-print playing cards, which retail for $4.85 and make game night a cinch for people with low vision as well as those with average sight.

The best part? Proceeds from Shop CNIB sales go directly to CNIB's vital services for Canadians of all ages who are blind or partially sighted -like emotional support, the CNIB Library and independent living support, which empowers Canadians with the skills to do everyday activities like travelling and cooking without sight.

"You might call buying from Shop CNIB a 'win-win' situation," says Rafferty. "That is, Shop CNIB products not only help those who are buying them, but they also help the thousands of CNIB clients who turn to us for support each day."

Shop CNIB gifts can be ordered by phone or online and shipped across Canada - right to your own home, the home of your gift's recipient or the Shop CNIB store nearest you. To ensure your purchase arrives in time for the holidays, be sure to place your order on or before December 6 for pick-up at your nearest Shop CNIB store, or by December 15 for delivery to any other location.

You can also visit one of Shop CNIB's many retail locations across the country for a chance to try out the products yourself and get recommendations from Shop CNIB's friendly, knowledgeable staff.

To browse Shop CNIB's products or place an order now, visit

About CNIB
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. To learn more, visit or call the toll-free CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642.


For further information:

Sarah Snowdon, Specialist, Corporate Communications
416-486-2500 ext.7157


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