The current chaos that is this continuing pandemic has been hard on all of us, but its especially hard on relationships! If you’re missing your BFF and want to send them something to cheer them up consider one of these pandemic gift ideas!
As we move into month six of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s no denying that our current health crisis has taken a mental toll on virtually everyone. Whether you’re back at work with extra precautions or you’re continuing in your attempts to be productive from home, this “new normal” has been accompanied by high levels of stress. And while it’s important to care for yourself first during these uncertain times, it may also do you some good to shift your focus to those you care about.
Even if you can’t be with your BFF in person, you can show them how much you care by sending them a gift that will brighten up their day — even if they’re still staying home as much as possible. Here are a few thoughtful ideas for pandemic gift-giving you might want to keep in your back pocket for when things get rough or you want to put a smile on your loved one’s face from afar.
Flowers or Plants
Plant parenthood has become popular in recent years, particularly among millennials. But that doesn’t mean new additions aren’t welcome — especially with so many people working remotely. Studies have found that people who work in enriched spaces with art or plants are 17% more productive than those working in lean spaces.
Being surrounded by plants can also improve our moods and help us breathe more deeply. But if succulents aren’t your friend’s thing, you can gift them a beautiful bouquet instead. Around 37% of flowers purchased are used as gifts, so they’re the perfect way to show you care. Plus, they aren’t something we’re always inclined to buy for ourselves.
A Subscription Snack Box
While many people are concerned about gaining the “Quarantine 15,” a little bit of weight gain is only natural in the midst of a major crisis. With so few things to enjoy, edible creature comforts are often on the top of the list. And while there are plenty of snacks at any local grocery store, it’s a lot more fun to open a package of cookies or chips when they arrive as a gift in the mail. Why not sign your friend up for a snack box subscription so they have something to look forward to over the next few months?
Around 2,760 packages are shipped every second — and while USPS delays are becoming more common, there’s a pretty good chance that a priority box of perishable goods will be delivered on time. There are plenty of themed options to choose from that feature exotic snacks or snacks that will delight the eater’s desire for both savory and sweet.
Having a box of goodies show up at your recipient’s door can be a great way to encourage your friend to treat themselves after a stressful day.
A Streaming or App Subscription
With few entertainment options available outside the home, most of us have been holing up on the couch for the last few months and devouring every trending show on Netflix. But if your BFF doesn’t have Hulu or Disney+, now might be a nice time to gift them a subscription so you can watch some of your favorite shows and movie together (but separately).
Even if they have cable, getting them access to a subscription service they don’t already have will allow them to binge some new favorites for as long as the pandemic lasts.
Not seeing your closest friends — except through a screen — can be rough. But sending a small gift to your loved ones can make you feel a lot closer, even if you still have to stand at least six feet apart.