When you are shopping for someone who is visually impaired, consider gifts that help him live his life more easily. For example, choose items that audibly give information or that have larger-than-normal features. Other gifts could be items that she can enjoy with her other senses. Someone who can't see can still enjoy the delights of food and music.
Just because a person cannot see well enough to read a traditional book like most people can, that does not mean that they can't enjoy the written word. For a visually impaired person who can read Braille, choose a book that has been produced in Braille. Some visually impaired people, who begin losing their sight later in life, for example, do not learn how to read Braille. For those people, choose a few books on tape or CD, along with a tape player or CD player. Many authors record their own books, so this is a fun treat for someone who can't see well enough to read, but who loves literature.
Choose a practical gift that helps him live life more easily. For example, you can find clocks or watches that will audibly tell you what time it is when you press a button. Other speaking items are also made for visually impaired people, such as computers, calculators, appliances and thermometers. Choose a set of stationery that is made for someone who is visually impaired, but not blind. This stationery has thick, black lines so that the person can see where to write.
Oftentimes, people who cannot see well come to love doing things with their other senses, such as listening to music. Choose an MP3 player so that she can listen to her favourite groups and artists whenever she wants. Upload lots of different music on the player for her. You could also purchase tickets to the opera or a concert by a musical group or singer that you know she loves.
Although visually impaired people cannot see their food well, they can still enjoy it. The scents of cooking food, along with the sounds, such as the sizzle of sauteeing onions, can be quite pleasing. So take your friend to a popular restaurant for dinner, or cook her dinner in her own home. Another fun food-related gift could be a food-of-the-month club. You can find all kinds of food clubs, such as cheese, steaks or even beer.