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Left-Handed Gifts for Lefties

Updated on January 7, 2011

Left handed stuff for left-handed people!

Are you looking for gifts for lefties? You've come to the right place! Lefties have it tough. Only 1 out of every 10 people are left handed so most tools are designed for right handed persons: from scissors to baseball gloves to computer keyboards and clothing. Lefties have no choice but to adapt to living in a world designed for righties and they need to do this early on. I should know, I'm one of them.

Thankfully, there are now left handed products like furniture, school supplies, and other items that make it easier for a lefty to adapt in this world. Read on to learn more.

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How about some lefty watches? - Premium gifts for that special left handed someone.

Nothing can make a lefty feel more special than a premium gift designed especially with his/her comfort in mind.

Invicta Men's 3330 Force Collection Lefty Watch
Invicta Men's 3330 Force Collection Lefty Watch

Designed specifically for lefties, this Invicta Black Bull gold-tone stainless steel men's chronograph timepiece places the watch's oversized crown and chrono pushers on the left side of the dial.

 
Seiko Men's SKA293P1 Left-handed Diver's Kenetic Watch
Seiko Men's SKA293P1 Left-handed Diver's Kenetic Watch

Designed for diving, this kinetic watch from Seiko offers bold sporty styling and technological excellence. The 45 mm brushed and polished steel case showcases a black dial with large luminous hands (including a seconds hand), bold luminous markers, and a date display. Other notable features of the watch include a screw-down crown, situated on the left side of the case, that's designed specifically for diving, and a water resistance rating of 200 meters.

 

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, more popularly known by his pen name Lewis Carroll was left-handed.

One of the major inconveniences left-handed people experience in life is the lack of lefty-friendly writing tools and equipment. The following is a great video from the Anything Left-Handed. It features advice and demonstrations on writing left-handed for parents and teachers of left-handed children so they can learn how to adapt early on.

A specially-designed pen for left-handed writers and students

Yoropen Executive Pen, Black Grip, Black Ink
Yoropen Executive Pen, Black Grip, Black Ink

Yoropen is a revolutionary new pen uniquely designed for more comfortable and strain free writing. The ergonomic design helps relieve writers cramp and other writing discomforts. Yoropen is suitable for everybody but is especially good for left handers, students and those with writing difficulties such as Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Calluses and RSI. Yoropens unique change of angle makes it easier to see what you are writing, the finger support helps relax fingers when writing and Yoropens special grip can be adjusted left for left-handers and right for right-handers.

 

Left Handed Pens - Affordable pens designed with the lefty in mind

The following pens are also lefty-friendly but are priced mid-to-low range. Teens and students in particular will love the colorful design.

Left-handed Office or Class Room Chair

All my school-going life I've had to bend my left arm at an awkward angle, without elbow support at that, just to be able to take down notes in class because almost all the school chairs are made for right-handed children. Having dirty hands all the time was not uncommon too because ink would always smudge on my left hand as I wrote from left to right. Fortunately there are now classroom chairs that were designed with lefties in mind.

Black Tablet Arm Office Class Room Chair, Left Handed
Black Tablet Arm Office Class Room Chair, Left Handed

The Most Comfortable Tablet Arm Chair on the Internet. Perfect for Classroom, Seminar and Testing Rooms. Chrome Plated, Steel Rod Frame. Molded and Textured Polypropylene Plastic Seat and Back. Available in Right and Left Handed High Pressure Laminate Tablet Arm with Black Finish. Handle Hold integrated into chair back for easy handling. Under Seat Book Storage Basket. Protective Floor Glides to guard against skidding and marring.

 

Of course there are tools other than pens that can be used for writing - Left handed accessories for the computer.

Logitech MX 610 Left-Hand Laser Cordless Mouse
Logitech MX 610 Left-Hand Laser Cordless Mouse

At last laser precision for lefties only. The Logitech MX™610 Left-Hand Laser Cordless Mouse lets left-handed users enjoy the comfort and control of an advanced laser mouse— without compromising their natural work style.

 

Pair it with this left-hand love mousepad.


Ergonomic Left Handed Keyboard by A4Tech
Ergonomic Left Handed Keyboard by A4Tech

Exclusive left-handed numeric keypad, patented natural_A shape key structure, laser inscribed keys. Compatible with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000, XP & Mac OS 8.5 9X. Available in ps/2+ USB

 

A work station for lefties.

BALT Computer Workstations
BALT Computer Workstations

Designed for left-handed users, this writing surface attachment is perfect for PCs or laptops in cramped spaces. Features: Equipped with security rails and 2" casters (2 locking) Adjustable in height 24" to 33" Optional CPU holder and swivel / retractable keyboard. 39"W x 31"D Gray top with black frame

 

Left-handed Scissors

Cuts, cramps and injuries attained from using ordinary scissors is another major inconvenience lefties face in school and in the office. If you're a right-handed person, try this sometime: Grab a pair of scissors with your left hand and try cutting a piece of paper. Don't be surprised if the experience feels extremely uncomfortable.

The following is another video from Anything Left-handed. It describes why right handed scissors do not work for left handers and the problems left handed children have at school with scissors.

The best multipurpose left handed scissors for the school, office, and home

Fiskars 1294508697WJ Left-hand 8" Bent-left, Stainless Steel - Orange
Fiskars 1294508697WJ Left-hand 8" Bent-left, Stainless Steel - Orange

Fiskars, 8", Left Handed, Bent Blade, Scissors, Red Handle, Special Packing Calls Out Left Handed Grip.

 

Check out this bright and colorful pair of scissors for lefty kids

Fiskars 5 Inch Left Handed Pointed-tip Kids Scissors, Color Received May Vary
Fiskars 5 Inch Left Handed Pointed-tip Kids Scissors, Color Received May Vary

Fiskars Kids 5-Inch Softgrip Left Handed Pointed Scissors have safety edge blades for accurate accident free cutting.

 

Sir Paul McCartney, one of the most famous left-handed musicians.

Left-handed people play guitar or electric bass in one of four ways: (1) play a right-handed guitar right-handed, (2) play a true left handed guitar, (3) play a right-handed instrument that has been altered to play left-handed, i.e. with the bass strings on top), or (4) turn a right-handed guitar upside down, pick with the left hand, but leave the strings as they were - which makes them reversed from the normal order for a left-handed player. (The fingering is the same for methods 2 and 3.) Any style of picking with the left hand (flatpicking or fingerstyle guitar) is considered playing left-handed.

Of course, nothing compares to playing true left-handed instruments so take your pick from our choices below.

RST BK LH Full Size Left Handed Black Electric Guitar Package w/ Guitar, Amp, Strap and Instructional DVD
RST BK LH Full Size Left Handed Black Electric Guitar Package w/ Guitar, Amp, Strap and Instructional DVD

RST Left Handed Guitar: Perfect for many musical styles including rock, jazz, blues and Christian Dual cutaway solid Alder body allows access to the highest frets Die Chrome Tuners The body is contoured for hours of comfortable play.

 

How to play left handed guitar

Baseball legend George Herman Ruth, Jr., more popularly known as Babe Ruth was a lefty.

Having proper left handed baseball gloves can make all the difference in the world. Just imagine, what if you as a right-hander were forced to use left handed baseball gloves? Wouldn't that be uncomfortable? Premium gameplay will not be achieved without true left handed sports equipment so below is a selection of top-rated baseball equipment for the lefty sports enthusiast in your life.

Mizuno Franchise Series GXC91FR Catcher's Mitt (Left-Handed Throw 33.50")
Mizuno Franchise Series GXC91FR Catcher's Mitt (Left-Handed Throw 33.50")

Mizuno's most popular series has been improved for the 2006-2007 Season! Incorporating patent pending Pocket 2 Technology, the Franchise Excel has taken glove design to a new level. By increasing the pocket, or catching area, by 32% over previous Franchise models, the Franchise Excel makes catching easier with more control. Most gloves also feature our exclusive PowerLock technology, the simplest and most secure locking system available, and PalmSoft lining combined with Parashock palm pad for added protection and comfort.

 
Mizuno World Win GWW1301 Softball Fielder's Mitt (13.00-Inches, Left Handed Throw)
Mizuno World Win GWW1301 Softball Fielder's Mitt (13.00-Inches, Left Handed Throw)

Specifically designed to help younger baseball players catch the ball the right way--in the pocket--the Mizuno Prospect GPL1152 youth glove boasts a series of innovations unmatched in the industry. The 11.5-inch glove features Mizuno's patented Power Close 2 technology, with an exclusive outer thumb slot to improve the glove's "closeability."

 

Left Handed Golf Clubs

Left-handed golfers have always felt out of place, what with all the right-handed equipment that is more widely available. The following are wise choices for the lefty golfer.

Left Handed Kitchen Tools

The kitchen is another place left-handers have a lot of trouble in but thankfully, lefty-friendly tools are now available in the market. Watch this video, again from Anything Left Handed, that demonstrates how to use left handed kitchen items and utensils like the bread knife, slicing and steak knives, cutlery, tin opener, can opener, jarspoon, corkscrew, peeler, decorator, and zester.

Lefty tools for the left-handed cook

Shun DM0706L Classic Left-Handed 8-Inch Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife
Shun DM0706L Classic Left-Handed 8-Inch Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife

The large 8-inch blade of this left-handed chef's knife makes it ideal for versatile slicing, chopping, dicing, and more. Like many Asian-style knives, the knife's handle is especially suited to smaller users.

 
Wusthof Classic 9-Inch Left Handed Bread Knife
Wusthof Classic 9-Inch Left Handed Bread Knife

Finally a Bread knife for the Left Handed Cook. The Classic 9-inch bread knife has the serrations cut to the left side of the blade.

 

Famous left-handed people - Guess what, lefties rock!

The first step in adapting to a right-handed world is to look for proof that we are not alone. Just take a look at all these famous lefties and be inspired with what they've achieved.

The Simpsons' Ned Flanders and his "Leftorium"

The Simpsons' Ned Flanders and his "Leftorium"
The Simpsons' Ned Flanders and his "Leftorium"



Comic strip from Bizarro.com

  • Left-handedness is relatively uncommon and only 90 to 93 percent of the adult population is right-handed.

  • Left-handed people think with their right brains, the side that controls music, art, creativity, perception, emotions, and genius.

  • Most left-handers draw figures facing to the right.

  • There is a high tendency in twins for one to be left-handed.


Cats tend to use their left paw more than their right.
Tools found from Stone Age times were sharpened equally for left and right handed use. Man only developed a preference for right-handedness during the Bronze Age.
The American term for left handers, 'southpaw', was coined to describe left-handed baseball pitchers. It's now also used to refer to left-handed boxers.
Left handers are better at reading mirror-writing than right handers.
Left handers excel at fencing. This is mainly due to the fact that left handers are superior at judging distance and at reacting faster. Half of the world's top fencers are left handers.


Thanks to heightened spatial awareness, left handers are also better at games such as tennis, badminton and squash. In fact, 40% of world's top tennis players are left handed.
If both parents are left handed, there's a 50:50 chance their children will also be. If both parents are right handed, there's only a 2% chance of their children being left handed.
In the Baseball Hall of Fame, over 20% of pitchers are left-handed, compared to 10-12% of the population. And 20% of Mensa members (the association for those with a high IQ) are left handed.
There are more left handed men than there are women.
Left handers adjust better to underwater vision.
Left-handed children who were forced to switch to their right hand were more likely to develop a stutter.
Compiled from various sources. See the websites below for more information, facts, and trivia about being left-handed.

(Cartoons from CartoonStock)

Left Handed Reading - Lefties can always use further information.

A Left-Handed History of the World
A Left-Handed History of the World

About 10 percent of the population is left-handed. However 16 percent of American presidents have been lefties. In fact, a disproportionately high number of left-handers factor in influential moments through history - from Julius Caesar to Bill Gates. Through fascinating case studies of notables from ancient to modern times, Ed Wright explains the secret of lefty success.

 
Left Is Right: The Survival Guide for Living Lefty in a Right-Handed World
Left Is Right: The Survival Guide for Living Lefty in a Right-Handed World

What do Bill Clinton, Jay Leno, Monica Seles, Bruce Willis, Jerry Seinfeld, Paul McCartney, Prince Charles, Keanu Reeves and Oprah Winfrey have in common? If you answer "they are all left-handed," right on, because these famous men and women are among the thousands of left-handers who have left their mark on the world.

 

(Thoughts from right-handed peeps are welcome too of course!)

Are you a lefty too? - How have you coped with using right handed instruments so far?

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      rdcbizz 4 years ago

      Being Left-Handed is great! With 3 left-handed children I'm always looking for left-handed gifts.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My mother, who is right-handed, taught me how to crochet by having me sit across from her - she first tried by sitting next to me, and I would end up doing it in a knot

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      nanaygin 5 years ago

      I was lucky that my dad was a leftie so there was someone who help me with writing. But I did hate those right-hand arm chairs in school. You always have to twist yourself to get a better writing position.

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      sherridan 5 years ago

      My lodger is strongly left handed and it has really brought it home how awkward my right-handed world can be for a leftie (mind you, she is so spatially inept she could be dyspraxic). That said, why to right handed Arabs never complain about writing from right to left?

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      Interesting lefty facts. I didn't know they had greater spatial awareness. The most popular lefty tool I've seen is the guitar/bass and scissors. Outside of that I had no clue they made special desks for left handed people.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Being a lefty isn't easy with the tools and such made for a right-handed world. One thing that always makes me angry as a teacher is seeing how my left handed kids struggle with writing, because they were not taught how to write properly. I'm so glad you have the video for this. It's much like the way I help my students. Thanks for this research.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      I am right-hander but i see a lot of troubles lefties goes through. Even now, when we have so much tools made just for left-handers our world is still made for right-handed people.

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      emmajowebster 5 years ago

      I was bought a great pair of wilkinson sword scissors when I was ten - still have them and they are still great! tin openers are a must and I now own a left handed bread knife and I love being able to cut straight slices!

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      gogolf162 6 years ago

      Great information. I did not realize how many issues lefties had.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i find writing on whiteboards and blackboards extremely difficult as you end up wiping half your writing away!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      There are few things I find tricky as a lefty - one is filling in a cheque book - the stubs always get in the way!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Lensrolled to my Left-Handed Gifts for Left-Handed People. I could have saved myself a lot of work if I'd seen that you had the topic covered so thoroughtly.

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      Oh, you always create superb lenses. I am a lefty who really appreciates the thought put into the products on this page.

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      mr1902 6 years ago

      I'm a lefty and have adapted to the right handed world. I cut with my right hand, you the mouse with my right hand, and all other simple tasks in which a device is needed to accomplish. I love being left handed! I've always enjoyed being different than other people, and telling them that i'm in my right mind.Thanks for this sight.

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      Lloyd Pinto 6 years ago from Mumbai

      Blessed by a Squid Angel and will be a featured on my Spreading the Angel Dust Lens

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      I should pass this lens over to my husband, he is left handed and I am right although I can use my left hand a lot. He has the hardest time with scirrors! Congratulations on becoming a SquidAngel!!

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      thesuccess2 7 years ago

      I automatically open a book from the back isn't that a left-handed thing? Otherwise I write LH but use the right for most other things. At school I was told we were the first year where left-handers would not be forced to write RH.

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      Sue Mah 7 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Great lens. I am right handed and so is my husband but both my sons are left handed! I had to use my left hand to see how to hold the pen when I was teaching them to write. we didn't want to force them to use their right hands.

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      Kapalbility 7 years ago

      Oh, I am right handed through practice. I was born left handed, but I was trained by mom and dad to instinctively use right. You can say I was converted, LOL.

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      Kapalbility 7 years ago

      Wow, what an idea! I am right handed, but never knew such objects designed for lefties exist!

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      triathlontraini1 7 years ago

      I'm still waiting for the left-handed steering wheel.

      Very fun lens!

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      This is a fantastic lens! I'm right handed but I play golf like a left handed person, always mis-placed my watch - my mother obliged me to put it on my left arm instead of what I did: the right one seemed so normal... Before visiting your lens, I thought of Ned Flanders' Leftorium... and just saw it here! I'm really pleased to have found this lens!

      Dom.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Awesome! One of my brothers is left handed and I never considered that he would need a watch or mouse specifically made for left handed use! Thank you for the recommendations!

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      I am left-handed only when I write and brush my teeth. I cannot cut or throw with my left hand.

      Other things I do equally well with both hands. Strange. I really like your lens. 5 *****

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Definitely a great and useful niche!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a fantastic resource for left-handed folks!

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      MacPharlain 7 years ago

      Nicely done with some interesting info on left handers. Thanks for sharing!

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Great stuff for a left hander!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Fantastic choices for lefties here!