Physically Distant, Socially Connected: Gift-giving in Isolation
With the ongoing health crisis, many of us are choosing to stay inside as much as possible. While it may be the right thing to do, living in isolation can feel lonely — and, quite literally, isolating. Thankfully, it doesn't always have to be the case, as you can stay connected with your loved ones through gift-giving.
Gifts go beyond birthday celebrations and holidays. In a fascinating feature on Bustle, relationship expert Michele Lisenbury Christensen notes that gifts have the power to nurture our bonds because they show that we care about each other. Although gift-giving amidst this new normal is rather different, it's a meaningful act nevertheless. For instance, you can share your gift of time through virtual coffee dates and hangouts, something we shared as part of our 'Top Tips for Coping with Stress'.
What's more is that you can still send physical gifts that let your loved ones know you're thinking about them during these tough times. That being said, here are some presents that will make your family and friends feel your presence no matter how far apart you may be.
Something to make them laugh
Undoubtedly, the constant flow of news these days can negatively affect anyone's mood. This is why you should definitely consider sending over something that they can have a good laugh over. After all, laughter is the best medicine. On that note, you can check out book stores like Rock Paper Scissors for a funny greeting card that'll give them the giggles. And you can even write down a dad joke or two for more laughs. Alternatively, you can head over to Etsy for a customized pair of socks with your face on them, so they're really reminded of you.
Something to pamper them
As mentioned, it's easy to feel a little down during these unique yet uncertain times, so why not send your loved ones something to help them with self-care in lieu of spa dates? Simply taking their mind off things might just be the breather they need to lift their spirits. To this end, relaxing scents from Discount Candles might just do the trick — you can send a candle based on your friend’s zodiac sign, or choose one from best-sellers like "Bitch Be Gone” and "Fast Luck.” Skincare items, too, can also be good options. Just be sure to look for those that can help promote overall wellness. Case in point, Pretty Me’s review of the AR Vitamin E Cream highlights how it can help with dark spots, oiliness, and dryness. This can not only help your friends feel extra pampered in isolation, but also give everybody a great glow on your next FaceTime or Zoom call.
Last but not least, you can't go wrong with sending over something sweet (that they can eat!) to show how much you miss them. And you don't even have to go to a packed grocery store, since Bon Bon Bon is delivering chocolates in the city through Door Dash and Grubhub. Or, if you have the right ingredients in your pantry, try baking a cake or some cookies! At the end of the day, what truly matters is the thought you put into your gifts.
This article was authored by Jillian Stewart.