One of the most difficult aspects of the Covid-19 lockdown may be the fact that we don’t get to see our family and friends as often as before. Even though it’s been just over a month for most countries, Sunday dinners with the family and pub visits on a Friday night with mates can feel like they were ages ago.
From another perspective, we may actually be the luckiest and most comfortable generation in history to go through a pandemic. We are able to call our loved ones and hear their voice anytime. We can even see them through video calls. Thanks to the advancements in technology, we can also spend quality time with them through online games and puzzles, which you would normally do in a physical get-together!
Show your loved ones that you are thinking of them
By letting your friends and family know you miss them, you can make them feel happy and uplift their mood in these trying times. Hearing from you while sitting at home It can be the high point of their day, especially when they are experiencing loneliness.
This can also have a good effect on your mood during isolation. Not just through socialisation but also by the joy you receive by making a loved one happy!
Thanks to the internet, there are many ways to show people you love them and you’re thinking about them, even if you’re not next to each other. Sending them a small gift online is a great gesture to show you’re thinking of them.
Here’s a list of gift ideas to brighten the day of your loved ones with a warm surprise:
Their favourite food
What’s better than a pizza delivery out of nowhere while being on lockdown? You can order a favourite dish for a loved one to have it delivered at their door. Most places will also put a note of your choice with the food to make your friend happy!
A good read
A book gift can mean a lot, especially how much you know that person and their likings. You can order a book by their favourite author and have it delivered to their address. This would brighten their time in isolation and give them something genuinely fun to do.
Online course or membership
Thanks to the advanced tutoring streams online, you can give a loved one the opportunity to use their time in isolation in a productive way. For example, you can purchase their favourite author or cook’s Masterclass and ask them to write you a short story or cook you a dish once the lockdown is over.
Favourite wine or liquor
If your friend has a refined pallet, sending them a bottle of their favourite wine or liquor can be the perfect gift. Just make sure they spare two glasses for you and them so that you can celebrate together once the lockdown is over.
Keeping a diary is a wonderful way to empty your mind and unload your emotional burden. By gifting a diary, you can help your loved one spend some quality time with themselves, taking a short, inward journey each day to relieve them of stress and clear their mind.
An artist and crafts set
If you know that your loved one has always been keen on arts or crafts, this may be the perfect opportunity to give them a little nudge and show them you care. An arts or crafts kit can help them spend quality time improving their skills during isolation.
The best gift is to be there for them
While all these ideas are good to show your loved ones how much you think of and care for them, what’s most important is to be there for each other. Giving them a call just to say hello, listening to their thoughts if they are feeling down and just generally making them feel that they’re not alone is the best thing you can do and probably what they need the most.
Don’t forget that those gifts would also be perfectly suitable for your best friend: yourself! Remember to take care of yourself both mentally and physically, and keep in mind that this will all go away soon.