This year, celebrating the holiday season will be a bit different. Some won’t be able to visit their loved ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic limiting travel, while others plan a simple celebration at home. Another thing that will change is gift-giving. This 2020, holiday shoppers seek out meaningful gifts. Some even plan to stick to homemade gifts such as baked goodies. That’s especially true among shoppers who are on a tight budget due to economic recession or who want to limit trips outside for safety.
If you feel the same way, here are some of the best gifts to give to your loved ones this holiday season:
Gifts that tell a story
It has been a tough year for everybody. But the holidays are always a good time to spread joy and love. You can do it through gifts that tell a story, showing your loved ones that they still have something to look forward to or something nostalgic to cling on to despite all the difficulties they’ve experienced this 2020.
One great gift idea is personalized ringsor other jewelry pieces. Have them engraved with a message that resonates during these trying times or remind your loved one about all the good things in life. Jewelry pieces have always been great gifts but using them to tell a story makes them a more meaningful gift.
Gifts that show you care
The COVID-19 pandemic has set families and friends apart. But there’s one easy way to feel connected to your loved ones this holiday season amid the ongoing global health crisis: send care packages.
Boxes filled with everything from utility items such as soaps and scented candles to trinkets like personalized stationery sets and yummy treats like cupcakes and brownies can bridge the social distance between family, friends, and partners. These boxes are great gifts, especially to those who may have to spend the holidays alone. Make your presence felt by curating your care package for them thoughtfully.
Gifts that offer experience
If your loved one is a minimalist or you don’t want to send gifts that will just take up a lot of room, give them “experience gifts” instead. For kids who love baking, check out baking subscription kits. These kits are just around $30 and come with ingredients they need to make a delicious cookie or brownie. Some kits even have a theme, such as holidays and back-to-school, that can make kids happy and excited.
Steam gifts are a great idea for your friends or siblings who are into gaming. Ask them subtly about new games that they are excited to have and buy and send those games to them as gifts. Gardening kits are perfect for those who’ve found a passion for plants this year, while access to exclusive art or music workshops online is great for your uncle, sibling, or friend who always wants to learn something new.
No matter what they are, experiences tend to be one of the most thoughtful and memorable gifts. You don’t only get to treat your loved ones, but you also help them grow in one way or another.
Often, the holidays can be about excess-tons of gifts, endless rolls of wrapping paper, elaborate meals. But this year is more about consideration and thoughtfulness. You can still make people smile without going over the top. You can show them how you care with a simple package curated just for them. And with a small gift (material or experience), you can remind them that everything is going to be all right-and you’re always going to be there for them-despite the difficulties we all have experienced this year.