2020 is proving to be a tough year. With everything going on at the moment, it’s a great time to show people that you’re thinking about them and send them a little something through the post. Lots of us have friends and families who are far away, so the only way we’re getting to connect with them right now is through a screen. While we’re waiting for the time to come again when we can see them in person, give them a great big hug and catch up, it’s worth thinking about little gifts and sentiments we can send – not just now, but at any time. There’s going to be a lot of birthdays and other celebrations that happen under lockdown, so receiving a present in the post will make someone special smile. Here are a few ideas for places that you can order through to show someone you care
The White Company
Voluptuous robes, decadent knitted throws, gorgeous scented candles. In a time when staying home is mandatory in a lot of places, why not make the home extra special? The White Company can be a little pricy though, so check out online offers from sites like LatestDeals.co.uk so you can save a few pennies whilst spreading some love.
Now is a great time to support independent bookstores, and a fab way to stay in touch with your long-distance bestie is to read the same book together and chat about it. Order from a small retailer to keep companies afloat during this time when they’ll need all the support they can get. Even if you don’t read it together, getting lost in a story is the perfect antidote to 2020 so far.
Puzzles and other boardgames are seeing a renaissance when we’re all stuck in with our families and looking for something to do. Even if you’re by yourself and contacting people through Skype, Zoom, or any other video-messaging service, you can always send a friend a boardgame or cards that you already have. That way, you can set up playing together and while away an evening or two chatting and playing games.
Studies have shown that activities that have repetitive actions, such as knitting, reduce stress. If you look for companies that provide basic starter kits which contain everything you need, then this is a perfect gift for the worrier in your life. They can start up a new hobby and it’ll give them something to focus on instead of feeling stressed.
If you’re watching your spending at the moment and want to keep and eye on your bank balance, there are few things more thoughtful than just receiving a card through the post. If you’ve got some cards in a drawer somewhere or can order them online (Amazon have plain postcards that you can illustrate yourself for very low process), then just a few lines of a handwritten message showing someone you’re thinking about them will mean a lot. Remember, now more than ever, it’s the thought that counts.