Mama Life - Collaborative Post
It seems like 2020 has lasted forever, but at the same time it has gone in a flash. October already?? With the world in its crazy state, with the COVID-19 pandemic, elections and economic upheaval, the holidays seem like the last thing on everybody’s minds. That being said, Christmas is not far off now, and when the holidays roll around, it is better to be prepared than panic-buying at the last minute. Research has shown that retailers are expected to have delays on delivery times this year, due to more people ordering online than shopping in stores. You get the message - it’s vital that you start thinking about holiday gifts earlier, rather than later! In our family we have about ten birthdays between now and Christmas, so the more gift ideas I can gather, the better.
Don’t worry if you haven’t thought of the perfect gift for your loved ones just yet; that’s what this post is here for! So sit back, relax, and read on to find out some awesome gift ideas for your favorite people this holiday season.
Home Comforts Go A Long Way
Many people around the world have spent more time at home now than they have in their adult lives. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, more and more of us had to move our work to our homes, setting up an office for the foreseeable future while also trying to stay sane at the same time! So this holiday season, why not help out your loved ones in making their home a more comfortable, accessible and beautiful space? We have no idea how long this pandemic will go on for, but we do know that we are valuing our home spaces more than ever at the moment.
What are some great home comfort gifts? There’s the obvious Oprah special - lovely scented candles - but what else would make your family and friends feel special at the holidays? Here are some ideas:
A high quality blanket. Draped over the end of the bed or on the couch in the evenings, a beautiful and soft blanket is the perfect gift.
A movie subscription service. Going to the movies might be off-limits right now, so why not treat your loved one to a home movie subscription service?
Beautiful kitchenware. If the person you’re buying for has a culinary flare, why not buy them something to enhance their passion for cooking. Perhaps a Le Creuset pie dish, or a brand new coffee pot for those morning caffeine hits?
Make It Personal
If you are buying a gift for someone who loves personalized homeware, accessories or clothing, then start looking now. Each year there are more and more beautiful customizations you can create for someone, to let them know you really. All these gifts prove super popular, including:
Custom phone cases. In order to get a custom phone case, you can choose the person’s favorite picture or phrase, and order a case with the photo or writing embellished on the back. Make sure you order it for the correct model of smartphone they have. You could pick a picture of their kids, their dog, or the motivational phrase they use in their Instagram bio! The world is your oyster.
Personalized jewelry. If you are buying for your special someone, make it count. Anyone can pick out a pretty necklace or bracelet, but having personal engravings on jewelry makes it a unique piece which they will treasure for a lifetime. Most high quality jewelry stores offer an engraving service, and going that extra mile will show them how much you love them.
Funny personalizations. Buying hilarious personal gifts will surely put a smile on someone’s face this holiday season. You can get socks with cut-out pictures of their pet, kids or significant other on them; perhaps a t-shirt with a funny slogan or a sign for the doorway that makes their guests laugh.
One of the best types of gift to buy for someone you love is an experience. Unlike a physical gift, an experience can never be lost, broken or thrown away next year. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has limited your options when it comes to experiences - for example, booking a trip overseas might be a little too risky right now - you can still find amazing experiences which are closer to home.
Here are some experience gifts which will brighten up your loved one’s new year:
A spa day. A classic gift, but never unappreciated, a spa day gets them to let their hair down, be pampered, and indulge in the self care they deserve.
An outdoor sports experience. If the person you are buying for loves new adventures, why not book for the two of you to experience a new sport out in the open? This could be a horseback riding adventure, kayaking along the coast, or zip lining through the trees - if you dare!
Tickets to a show. Buying tickets for this person’s favorite band, artist exhibition or similar would really show them you care. Plus, you will have amazing memories from this experience that’ll never fade.
If you took up a hobby you want to share over quarantine, or perhaps you are looking to give sustainable gifts this year, why not spend time instead of money? Homemade scarves and hats, or painted mugs, make unique and beautiful gifts for all the family. Plus, it’s easy to spend money online shopping for somebody, but spending hours of your time really shows them you love them.
We can all agree that 2020 has been a challenge. Whether you have been affected directly by coronavirus or not, our communities and families have all felt desperate and isolated at times this year. This holiday season might not be perfect, but it will certainly be meaningful. Now more than ever we can be truly thankful for our health and families’ happiness, because we have all seen this year how precious life is.
With that in mind, the gifts we give this year should be meaningful and special. Instead of mindlessly buying the trendiest thing, we should all spend a little more time thinking about what our loved ones truly want.