With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the holidays are looking a little different than usual this year. Staying home and self-isolating both help to keep your loved ones safe, but missing the time you would usually spend with your friends and family is heartbreaking, even when it’s for a good reason. Even shopping in person for gifts to mail might be ill-advised depending on the public health guidelines where you live. Luckily, you can still shop online. Nothing can replace lost time, but the perfect holiday gifts can help you show that you’re still thinking about your loved ones.
Keep Their Pets in Mind
Many people have spent the past nine months working from home whenever possible, which means they’ve spent a lot of time around their pets. Dogs, cats, and other animals everywhere are delighted with the recent surge in attention. Their toys, on the other hand, have seen better days. When you’re shopping for gifts, consider buying toys or accessories for the pets that have been there for your friends and family when you couldn’t be.
There is a wide range of pet products available online. The perfect gift is out there no matter what animal you’re shopping for or what your budget looks like. Plush dog toys and chew toys are cute options if you’re looking for a gift for a dog. The simple joy a dog displays when they have a new toy is sure to brighten your loved one’s day, even if they’re spending the holidays alone. Consider a catnip-scented mouse or a feather toy on a string if you’re shopping for a cat. The best pet-related gifts are ones that allow your loved one to interact with their pet.
As much fun as a cat tree that resembles a castle, anything with a bell or other noisemaker or treats would be, be mindful of potential space restrictions, dietary problems, and the fact that your loved one probably wants to sleep at some point. Gifts should be fun and enjoyable for your loved ones and their pets, not annoying or messy.
Anything Involving Food
With most restaurants closed for dining, many people are tired of cooking for themselves. The grocery shopping, the dishes—it’s inconvenient and time-consuming. Keeping in mind food allergies, intolerances, and preferences, edible gifts are a great option this year. Whether you’re buying your friend or family member a few months or a year of a subscription box, meal prep kits, or just a nice box of chocolate, they will appreciate it.
By shopping online, you can find a food-related gift for even the pickiest of eaters. You can find subscription boxes for chocolate, wine, fresh fruit and vegetables, international snack food, beer, tea, coffee, steaks, and more. If that’s not something, you think your loved ones would like, consider setting up contact-free grocery delivery or something similar, especially if they’ve been nervous about going to the grocery store for health reasons lately.
Self Care Gifts
It has been a hard year for everyone. You may have lost your job or someone close to you either to COVID-19 or something else. If you’re a parent, you might be struggling to homeschool your children while also working from home. Maybe you watched as your retirement savings evaporated when the stock market tanked. It was an election year in the United States, and no matter how you feel about the outcome, the unrest and uncertainty have been exhausting. In short, you and everyone you know could use a break.
In the face of everything that has happened this year, the idea of self-care might feel trite. However, it’s more important than ever before. Doing a facemask, an at-home pedicure, or taking a bubble bath probably won’t solve any of the problems your loved ones are dealing with. The gift of self-care, on the other hand, can show them that you care and give them a few minutes of peace in an otherwise hectic year. While you’re shopping for your friends and family members, why not order something for yourself? You deserve rest just as much as they do.
Give Gifts That Give Back
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the inequalities and injustices many people in our society face, particularly children, the elderly, and low-income Americans. The pandemic has increased the number of Americans facing food insecurity by 17 million, bringing the total number of people going hungry in the United States to around 54 million. That’s a hard number to imagine, and you might feel helpless when you think about it. You’re just one person, after all, and even if you’re not struggling to feed yourself, your financial situation might not be stable. That’s why, when you’re shopping online for gifts this holiday season, look for companies that donate a percentage of their profits to a charity or nonprofit whose cause you support. If you’re going to spend the money anyway, it might as well go to a good cause. Besides, some companies match donations, so your gift can have twice as much of an impact.