The COVID-19 virus has turned everyone’s world upside down. There is no escaping it, and there is no point trying to play pretend as though everything is as it was pre-coronavirus.
But we here at the Mom Collective are not quitters.
Us moms are survivors!
So for the holidays this year, we are going all out to make sure our friends and family know just how much we love and care for them.
Now more than ever, it is so important to reach out and make or refresh connections with other people.
However, we still have an obligation to keep ourselves and others SAFE. This makes traditional retail shopping a questionable activity.
Don’t worry. We have got your gift giving needs covered.
Here are 5 COVID safe gift ideas for 2020.
Custom Hand Sanitizer
Everyone needs hand sanitizer these days. There are plenty of reasons to invest in hand sanitizer for the long haul, but you have a few ways to go about it.
You can buy customized, tiny bottles full of sanitizer, or buy the bottles and fill them yourself. The fun thing about these bottles is that you can print unique labels on them, make them as portable as you’d like, and even attach them to keychains for the user’s convenience. Buying hand sanitizer in bulk and filling the bottles yourself saves you money.
However, these tiny bottles can create a ton of unnecessary waste.
Instead, you can buy your loved ones bulk hand sanitizer with added scents and essential oils to make it unique to them!
Everyone else has to deal with the noxious odor of alcohol-based hand sanitizers these days. Give your family and friends a little respite with some pleasant-smelling sanitizer.
As the days get chillier and we are pushed further and further into the recesses of social isolation, it is easy to get sucked into the grey, unrelenting vortex of the internet.
But sometimes, you have to be the adult in the room and pry your children’s screen-strained eyeballs from the rube tube (and maybe even your spouse’s) to get in some real-world socializing, sans computer.
Board games are prepackaged fun that can be customized for your family’s needs. Is your clan a bunch of math nerds? Are you pop culture trivia buffs? Heck, do you like trains?
There is literally a board game out there for everyone! Even people that don’t like board games. 😉
Subscription boxes existed long before COVID-19 hit, but there was nothing like the explosion of subscription boxes available today.
Coronavirus has been a natural breeding ground for businesses which fill the gaps left by social distancing. Services which can maximize the distance between distributors and consumers are going to flourish in this new retail market, which focuses entirely on convenience and safety for the end user.
Take, for example, kidpik, a kids clothing box which gives parents a full WEEK for their children to try on new clothing at home. With free delivery and returns.
Kids will have fun switching up their wardrobe regularly, and parents will appreciate the convenience of having a full, styled wardrobe delivered straight to their door whenever their kids hit a growth spurt.
Subscription boxes are truly tailored to the needs of the recipient, and, just like board games, there is sure to be one to fit every taste.
We all need to make peace with the reality that masks are here to stay.
Instead of mourning the death of maskless public selfies, we should focus on making new, happy memories in our masks (6 feet apart, of course!).
There are plenty of ways to customize masks for your friends and family:
- Print inside jokes on the front
- Buy novelty masks
- Buy masks with images from children’s favorite shows
- Make them yourself
The best masks have adjustable ear straps.
Be conscientious of the fact that people who wear glasses require different mask features to avoid fogging up their lenses. A metal wire in the nose helps keep the fabric flush to skin.
Food Delivery Services
The key to giving gifts amid coronavirus is finding a gift which helps solve a problem the gift recipient might have.
While no one wants yet another reminder of the ways in which coronavirus has eradicated our “old” normal, the best way to show others we care for them is by reminding them that we are thinking of them and considering their needs.
Delivering food to friends and family is a nice reminder that they are valued. If you know the person or family well enough, take it upon yourself to have some groceries delivered to their home. Parents of young children will be especially grateful.
Or, better yet, gift them a credit for grocery delivery or takeout services. Yum!