The holiday season is upon us, a time of joy, celebration, and the delightful task of finding that perfect gift for our loved ones. For parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles with a special child with autism in their lives, this season brings a unique opportunity to show their love and understanding. We know that selecting the right gift can be both a heartwarming and a challenging task. That’s why we’ve consulted with the staff at our clinics to compile a list of autism sensory toys and gifts that are not just fun, but also beneficial for children with autism. These toys are adored by the kids at our clinics and are sure to bring a smile to your child’s face. So, let’s dive into the world of thoughtful and inclusive gift-giving and make this holiday season a memorable one for the special child in your life!


Sensory Toys

Textured Balls These baby autism sensory toys are made of soft, durable silicone, kid-friendly, washable and reusable, and the right size for babies’ tiny hands to grip. The sensory balls have a bumpy texture appearance and the multiple textures can more easily stimulate your child’s skin and tactile development. Price range: $12.99-$20.99

autism sensory toy- Tube Gel puzzle, blueSensory Tube Gel Puzzle – the ultimate fidgeting toy designed to alleviate stress and provide entertainment, excitement, and satisfaction. This sensory toy is specially crafted for children and adults dealing with anxiety, stress, autism, ADHD, and ADHD. The sensory toy’s vibrant colors offer visual and auditory stimulation and a gratifying tactile experience during play.  Price range: $12.99-$14.99

BUNMO Super Sensory Stretchy Stocking Stuffers 6pk – Stretchy Strings provide a unique tactile experience with 6 different textures and tensions that satisfy the senses and provide a pleasant sense of calm. Great for kids and adults with anxiety, stress, Autism, ADHD, and ADD. Price range: $6.99-$12.99

Sensory animal themed mini mats

Sensory Mini MatsFosterToy Sensory Mini Mats are designed with eight different animal sensory mats, each with distinguishing textures, providing an exhilarating tactile experience. Price $28.98


Toys for Gross Motor Skills

Little Tykes First Slip and Slide – This cute and bright playing set is perfect for Beginner slide, sized is 3 feet long and safe, especially for younger kids. Age- 18 months – 6 years. Price $34.99

Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper for Kids – Pogo sticks make great active toys for kids because they help train hand-eye coordination, balance, and gross motor skills. Crafted from durable foam, this is an ideal first pogo stick for kids; each jump makes a fun squeaky sound. Price $16.99

Textured stepping stones for kidsNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Stepping Stones for KidsIncludes 6 durable plastic stepping stones in 6 bright colors! Perfect for kids 3+ and up to 150 lbs., they can be used indoors or for kids outdoor play. These active autism sensory toys promote coordination skills & balance! Price $24.99-$39.99

Spinner-X Seated Spinner Sensory Toy – Help promote activity indoors and out, relax, and develop your child’s motor skills Price $89.95

Toys to Help Build Basic Fine Motor Skills

Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog – Colorful quills help kids build color recognition, sorting, and counting skills through fine motor skill games. hedgehog themed autism sensory toy
Price range: $8.49-$15.99

Fine Motor Cactus –  Specially designed with little ones in mind, Carlos the Pop & Count Cactus helps kids as young as 18 months build counting, color, and preschool fine motor skills! Price $15.99

Toy piggy bank with coinsFisher-Price Piggy Bank – Includes 10 colorful coins with numbers or animals on each side for put-and-take play. Price $17.99

Rainbow Stacker Wooden Ring Educational Toy – The Melissa & Doug Rainbow Stacker Classic Toy features 8 smooth, easy-to-grasp wooden pieces to stack on a solid-wood rocking base. Price $6.37

Baby Spinning Toy: A great cause and effect toy that is engaging and helps practice fine motor skills. Is a useful toy to work on color recognition as well! Price $18.99

Toys to Help Build Basic Intermediate Motor Skills

multi colored bird sorting toy/game

Birds in a Nest Sorting – Birds come in two sizes and six vibrant colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple), so they’re easy to sort, match, and count. Price $15.14

Counting Dinosaur Matching ToysThis set is not only fun, but also promotes early enlightenment learning by encouraging hands-on sorting, simple counting, color recognition, and 3-D spatial logic while stimulating toddlers’ minds. Tweezers are designed for toddlers and are a great tool for practicing grip and finger strength. Suitable for boys and girls aged 3-5 years old to play with. Price range: $10.99-$11.99

Multi colored bendy building autism sensory toySquigz – Encourages a child’s imagination and interaction, as well as aids in the development of motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual thinking, and concentration. Useful occupational therapy toys; they also make a great relaxation tool for adults. Price range: $38.99-$49.99

4-in-1 Montessori Farm Toy Set– These toys also serve as valuable educational tools for children aged 1-3 years. They promote color and shape recognition, sorting abilities, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and foster creativity. Price $34.99

Toys to Help Build Basic Advanced Motor Skills

Snap-n-Learn Llamas – Build new fine motor skills with every snap! Price range: $13.49-$14.99 multi colored plastic Llamas for teaching letters

Therapy Putty This is a great item for children who enjoy sensory stimulation! It comes with 4 different putties each with different levels of firmness. It’s also a great tool to strengthen fine motor skills. Price $18.95

Matching EggsEach plastic egg contains a different color and shape, making them very visible. Working on opening the eggs and being able to push the 2 halves of the eggs back together themselves. It teaches colors and enhances fine motor skills. Price $17.99

Pretend Play

Plastic grocery cart and food for kids pretend playGeyoga 10 Pcs Kids Community Helper Dress-Up Vest Career  Pretend Play CostumeDurable material: the role-playing vests are made of waterproof and durable polyester, reusable for a long time; The dress-up clothes are easy to clean. Price range: 18.99-20.99

Grocery Cart with Lights & Sounds – Basket & Play Food – These toys foster creativity, improve motor skills, and are great for tons of pretend play. Price 14.99

Kids Cleaning Set for ToddlersOriginally designed for children to pretend to do housework, this kid’s cleaning set will help your child imitate and learn the actions of adults doing housework, and develop a great sense of confidence and achievement. Price $18.99

Other Creative Autism Sensory Toy Gift Ideas

Dress Learning BoardsHelps develop fine cognitive skills, motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving. Price $19.55 dressing boards to teach kids skills for getting themselves dressed

Bubble Machine – Many children enjoy watching tons of bubbles float and pop! It’s a great toy to create language opportunities as well as work on fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.  Price $29.95

Children playing a whack-a-mole game

Stomp Rocket – Stomp rockets are great for cause-and-effect play. Many kids enjoy counting down to “blast off” or saying, “Ready, Set, Go!” Price range: $19.99-$24.99

Whack A Mole Game –  This game not only helps teach hand-eye coordination, but it is also a great way to teach taking turns. Price $29.99


Remember, the perfect gift is not just about the item itself, but the love, understanding, and connection it represents. This holiday season, as you choose a gift for that special child, you’re not just giving a toy, but also a moment of happiness, a spark of creativity, and an opportunity for growth. We wish you a heartwarming and fulfilling holiday season filled with laughter, love, and unforgettable memories. Happy holidays and happy gifting!


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