Gifts for left handers on International Left Handers Day and beyond…

If you are a lefty, you probably have a few gadgets that are specifically designed for you already and if you aren’t a lefty, you may know some and are looking for gifts for left-handers.

Gifts for left handers

Whatever your case, grab yourself a cup of coffee and prepare to be amazed at what products are available for left-handed folks these days!

Keep your eyes open and you’ll spot lefties struggling with pens at school or work, trying to get-to-grips with can openers, and trying not to smudge ink in their notebooks.

While being a lefty isn’t always a barrel-of-laughs when trying to use scissors or fumbling with cutlery, most lefties are glad to be a little different and wouldn’t change their lefty ways for all the tea in China!!!

10 Surprising facts about lefties!

  • Only 10 percent of people around the world are left-handed and this has been the case since records began.
  • There are more left-handed men than women.
  • Go back in history and you’ll find that left-handed people were considered inferior, and extremes of this were that being left handed was also associated with witchcraft.
  • To shake hands with your left hand can be a sign of disrespect. This originates from the Middle Ages when folks would wipe their ass with their left hand after taking a dump!
  • Tennis ace Rafael Nadal changed to being a left-handed player when he actually started off as a rightie!
  • Fans of The Simpsons will probably remember that character Ned Flanders opening a store for left-handed people. He named it “The Leftorium”.
  • Fans of baseball and boxing will tell you that left-handed people athletes are called “southpaws”. The term originated in baseball to describe left-handed pitchers.
  • Scientists have discovered that left-handed people have an increased risk of dyslexia, ADHD, and some mood disorders, according to a 2010 study. (link huff post).
  • A study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease found that lefties are more likely to suffer from negative emotions. (link huff post).
  • Unlike humans where about 90% of us are right-handed, cats, rats, and mice are just as likely to be left-pawed as right-pawed.

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What is International Left-Handers day?

August 13th is International Left-Handers Day. It was first celebrated in 1976 and was introduced to promote awareness of the problems faced by left-handed people living in a right-handed world.

Left-handers day celebrates the uniqueness of left-handers (who only make up approx 10% of the world’s population) and recognizes that hundreds of millions of lefties in today’s society have had to adapt to using right-handed tools and objects.

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Which products are available for lefties?

It’s not only scissors that lefties have difficulties with! Left-handers definitely have a trickier time than their right-handed counterparts. No matter where you go and what you do, it seems that everything is more difficult if you are left-handed.

Slicing bread, opening doors, taking notes, writing on whiteboards, making dinner, and even opening a bottle of wine is a heck of a lot more challenging, because just about everything has been set up for a right-handed world.

Here at Everyday Ape, we don’t like to marginalize minorities so we have compiled a list of the most useful tools and gadgets for left-handers. From potato peelers to prevent finger injuries to pencil holders that are designed to be used without smudging your work, we hope you enjoy our list of the best gifts for left handers.

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Corkscrew

Lefties will tell you that opening a bottle of wine can be a total pain in the #$*! When using a right-handed corkscrew, there is a big chance that it will enter the cork diagonally which can hinder the process and make a mess of the cork.

Thankfully, there are now left-handed corkscrews which are made to be turned anti-clockwise, freeing up your left hand to hold the bottle.

The best corkscrew for left-handers is made by Hahn Homewares. Its sleek minnow styling features a “nose” that hooks over the bottle for leverage and it is also equipped with a blade for cutting foil.

This lefties corkscrew fits easily into your pocket and makes an excellent gift when attached to a good bottle of wine!

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Desk Chair

If you are a student, you have surely noticed that the tables of desk chairs are fixed to the right armrest. Desk chairs with a table fixed to the left armrest do exist but they are not very common.

We’ve found a beauty for you, however. This left-handed desk chair is an affordable and compact solution for those that don’t want to splash out on a separate desk and chair. Our featured folding desk chair provides all the benefits of a right-handed folding chair in that its portable, lightweight, and easy to store if needed.

The Flash Furniture Premium Steel Folding Chair with Left Handed Tablet Arm is constructed with 22mm x 1.2mm steel piping with double support cross rails for extra strength. With riveted steel components and non-marring glides, this desk chair for lefties is our top pick for students.

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Fountain pen

The issue with fountain pens is while the body of the pen is fine for left-handers, that the tips are made for right-handed use.

Here is a great left-hander’s fountain pen that can make you’re writing look just as neat and tidy as everybody else’s. The Pelikano Junior was actually designed for kids that are learning to write but is also favored by left-handed adults, too.

This fountain pen has a specially-designed ergonomic grip to ensure correct finger placement and a medium nib (with a rounded tip) which makes it much easier to push without it catching on the paper.

This very popular lefties pen has a strong plastic body and can accommodate Standard International Long or Short Cartridges or a Converter.

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Guitar

Famous left-handed guitar players include Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Albert King, and Paul McCartney. The ones that are still living will tell you that playing the guitar without your dominant hand strumming is really tough and that turning the guitar the other way round (to play it upside down) actually doesn’t work for anyone except Kurt Cobain or Jimi Hendrix.

Guitar companies have now realized that there’s a big demand for left-handed guitars with lots of companies now making left-handed versions that are just as good as their classic right-handed counterparts.

The Fender CD-60S LH is one of the most popular guitars for left-handed musicians. It is an affordable yet high-quality instrument with great tone and awesome playability. Made from top quality solid spruce and mahogany, the CD60-S LH is a fine guitar for the bedroom or campfire and will delight left-handed fans of Fender’s playability and sound.

Currently, the CD60-S LH comes in a bundle with every accessory that you need to start playing immediately. The hard case keeps the guitar safe while you are on-the-go, there’s an easy-to-use clip-on tuner, a strap for playing standing up, spare strings, an Austin Bazaar instructional DVD, and on top of all that, Austin Bazaar also includes a polishing cloth to keep the instrument in tip-top condition.

If you are looking for a great left-handed electric guitar, check out the Fender Squier Left Handed Electric Guitar which is packed with loads professional features. Its design is based upon the time-tested features of the iconic Fender Telecaster.

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Mouse

It’s not difficult to spot the left-handers in your office because their mouse will be on the left side of their computer. While this may seem a solution, it only goes halfway to addressing the issue as the buttons will be back to front.

This left-hand ergonomic vertical mouse by Jelly Comb is specifically designed to fit the natural position of the palm and to be easy on the wrist muscles. It has 6 buttons, a nano USB receiver and it’s easily the best mouse for lefties available today.

We love the auto power-saving function with the mouse automatically entering power saving mode after 10 seconds of being on standby and/or after 8-10 minutes of being in sleeping mode.

The Jelly Comb mouse is equipped with two internet navigation buttons which are conveniently located on the left side of the mouse to provide slick internet browser control with minimal movement of the hand.

This left handed computer mouse is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux and fits notebooks, PCs, Laptops, Computers, Macbooks and other mouse equipped devices.

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Peeler

Peeling fruit and veg can be a risky pastime for lefties! Previously the choice has been to use the right hand (which they often have poor control over) or to peel away from them using the left hand (which can be tough on the knuckles). Thank the good lord that there are now left-handed peelers so lefties can prepare dinner without any fear of losing their fingertips.

The best veggie peeler for BOTH left and right-handed people is the Spring Chef Premium Swivel Vegetable Peeler. It is our number one choice because it works so darn well. The twin stainless steel blades stay ultra-sharp which means that your veg is peeled right the first time and you won’t have to peel the same area multiple times.

This ergonomic peeler is comfy in either hand and is designed to be easy-to-grip, even with wet hands. It comes with a convenient hook so it can be hung for easy storage and it’s totally dishwasher safe.

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Ruler

Another great product for left-handed students is a purpose-built ruler. Just try drawing a line of a certain distance with your left hand and you’ll see what we mean! As you draw the line, the measurement on the ruler is obscured by your hand so manufacturers have made rulers on which the numbers run from right to left to solve the problem!

With a mirrored design, the Helix Shatter Resistant Left-Handed Ruler shows graduations orientated from right to left! This layout helps left-handed students to improve their measuring skills and it’s also much easier to use the edge to draw a straight line.

The Helix ruler has both inches and metric graduations so is recommended for young students learning to measure or for lefties that are annoyed with using products that weren’t designed for them!

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Keyboard

The obvious problem with keyboards for lefties is that just about every keyboard on the market has the numerical buttons on the right-hand side. For left-handers, having to move their dominant left hand to the right side of the keyboard is awkward and slow, to say the least.

Salvation has arrived in the form of keyboards which have the ten-key setup (number keys) on the left side, so left-handers can speed up their work/browsing by being able to enter numbers with ease. Our recommended keyboard for those that are left-handed is the B945 Light Strike Optical Gaming Keyboard.

The features and functions of this amazing computer accessory are just too many to mention but in a nutshell, it’s made from lightweight weapons-grade anodized aluminum, has an exclusive advanced nano-coating layer (for water resistance and to protect against corrosion), 100% Anti-Ghosting and N-Key Rollover, and it’s fitted with a reinforced space bar with double springs (for maximum accuracy and durability).

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Spiral Notebook

Any left handed student will tell you that writing as a left-hander is a problem because it’s just about impossible not to smudge your writing with the side of your hand and it just gets worse if there’s a metal spiral digging into your hand, too!

Lefties need not worry any longer as there are some really nice left-handed spiral notebooks available which have the spiral binding on the right-hand side instead of the left. This puts an end to discomfort and that annoying spiral marking on your hand after you write something down.

Lefty’s The Left Hand Store offer a Left-Handed Logo College Ruled Spiral Notebook which measures 9 x 11″ and has 100 college lined pages. These cool notebooks open from left to right and have the spiral on the right side for left-handed writing convenience.

The notebooks’ pages are hole punched on the left side and each sheet is perforated for easy tearing-out. The eco-friendly will also love these left-handed notebooks as they are made from recycled materials.

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Gardening Pruner

Using right-handed shears or pruners in your garden can give left-handers blisters, callouses and a badly manicured garden!

Left-handed garden pruners are an awesome innovation and are different from their right-handed versions because of their reversed blades. This means that lefties can easily see the bushes, trees, and flowers that they are trimming.

Our pick of the bunch is the Felco F-9 Classic Pruner. This left-handed pruner has a one-inch cutting capacity and is a true left-hander’s version of very popular Falco 8 Pruner.

This pruner is ergonomically designed so that the light alloy handles act as an extension of the forearm and the anvil blade is shaped to prevent the pruner from sliding through the user’s hand.

Features include a cushion stop, sap-groove, wire-cutting notch, a fine blade adjustment, and lightweight metal handles. The blades are made from top-quality hardened steel and for peace of mind, the pruner comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

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Mug

Even the simplest things can be awkward for lefties and drinking a cup of tea or coffee is no exception!

This amazing left-handed mug is actually available in right hand or left handed versions. These beautiful one-of-a-kind mugs are created by husband and wife potters at Clay In Motion in Walla Walla.

The handmade mugs are approx 6 inches tall and hold about 14 ounces of your favorite beverage. These very cool-looking beverage receptacles also double as hand warmers that will keep you warm on the chilliest of days.

They are lead-free, dishwasher, oven and microwave safe and proudly made in Milton-Freewater, Oregon, USA.

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Playing Cards

Right-handed folks have little or no idea of the daily problems that lefties face! When it comes to playing cards, if a right-hander fans the deck in their left hand, the numbers in the corners aren’t visible.

Left-handed playing cards solve this problem by printing the card numbers and letters in the right-hand corner instead of the standard left-hand corner. This small change allows lefties to fan out their cards and deal hand after hand with no need to double-check the deck.

Another product from Lefty’s The Left Hand Store, you get 2 decks of truly left-handed playing cards printed with the Lefty’s logo. The suits are printed on opposite corners so lefties can easily fan their cards in their right hand to see the numbers and then play the cards with their usual left hand.

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Scissors / Shears

Every left-hander knows that specially designed scissors are a “must-have” item! Left-handed scissors are made with their blades reversed so that users can cut naturally while still being able to see what they’re doing.

Our pick of the bunch is the Gingher 01-005309 Knife Edge Bent 8 Inch Trimmers. These trimmer shears are a perfect length and are equipped with blades, strong enough to trim and cut multiple layers of fabric with ease.

The longer cut of these shears is perfect for cutting out patterns and trimming seams and the precision ground knife edge cuts like a dream all the way to the points.

One of the main reasons why these shears stand out above all others is the awesome aftercare. Gingher offer sharpening and repair services on all their products (for a fee). Any Items that are sent to them will be restored to their original functional condition within a 3-4 week period.

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Watch

Left-handed watches are different in that they have the controls on the right side. This allows you to change the hour and minute hands without any unnecessary fumbling around or even needing to remove your timepiece when setting it.

When you look for left-handed watches, you’re bound to see a bunch of diving watches. This doesn’t mean that there are many left-handed divers, it is because divers mostly wear their instruments on their left arm! This is very fortunate for left-handed fellows as there they have an awesome range of timepieces to choose from.

Our favorite left-handed watch is from Citizen. The Promaster Diver (BJ8050-08E) features a 48mm stainless steel case and a mineral dial window which make the timepiece look both rugged and stylish. The integrated Eco-Drive technology provides power to the precise Quartz movement using solar energy, so the watch will never need a new battery.

It’s really easy to read in murky conditions and features over-sized indices, hands, and bezel and is waterproof to 1,000 feet (300m). All in all, the Citizen Promaster Diver Watch makes a fantastic gift for left-handers that are into swimming or SCUBA diving.

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Pen and Pencil Grip

Pens & pencils which have any kind of indentation or protrusions are a “thorn in the side” of left-handed writers! But did you know that there are special left-hander grips which you can attach to pens or pencils, so you can write with ease, no matter what writing tool you happen to be using?

Our pick of the best pencil grip is one of the original ergonomic writing aids to help lefties write naturally. The pencil grip improves handwriting and reduces hand fatigue by gently encouraging your fingers and hand to rest in the correct writing position. Unlike most other cheap & nasty pencil grips, this one feels very natural thanks to its ergonomic design and soft, flexible, latex-free materials.

The Pencil Grip is also now used by millions of Americans diagnosed with hand health issues such as Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and tremors. In fact, The Arthritis Foundation officially recognized The Pencil Grip for “helping to improve the quality of life of the millions of Americans with arthritis”.


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