It’s a tough time for everyone all around the world and everyone has been dealing with the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown in their own way. We’ve all been home for far too long and this has had an impact on everyone. Some have dealt with it fairly well, while others have resorted to emotional eating, experienced a complete change in their routines and have had to adjust their lifestyles. Needless to say, it hasn’t been an easy ride and some have been harder hit by the pandemic than others.
Social media has been flooded with information about how to deal with the pandemic, checking in with your friends and loved ones, recipes, home workouts and tips on how to stay safe indoors. With the news and an overflow of information, there truly has been an overload of do’s and don’ts during a pandemic. And we’re here to add to it, but only to help you brighten someone’s day. Emotions are high and it takes a lot to uplift your mood in these testing times, and so we rounded up a few things you can order online for a friend or loved one that will surely brighten their day.
A couple of face masks
There’s nothing we love more than self care at home. And of course, self care is a lot more than face masks and bubble baths but a little bit of TLC can’t hurt, especially at the end of a tough day. Sending a gal pal a bunch of her favourite sheet mask will instantly brighten her day and her skin (and we have to admit ours has become a little dull from staying indoors for an extended period). In the midst of all the stress and panic from Covid, receiving some skin care products will mean they’ll get to spend some time pampering themselves and temporarily forgetting about everything that is happening around the world.
A lovely candle
Lighting up a scented candle can instantly uplift your mood. After a day of cleaning, cooking and doing the chores, there’s nothing better than lighting a candle and relaxing. Candles are really proof that there is joy in the little things in life and with so much variety, you can find one at a reasonable price point for every budget. There’s a candle for every mood! A floral scent for a summer evening or a coconut and lime to keep by the bath, the choice is yours!
A box of their favourite brownies
Comfort food FTW! What’s better than receiving a box of your favourite brownies in the mail? We’ll wait until you can answer that! There’s always some comfort in eating your favourite food and some sugary treats once in a while can’t do you any harm. Sending a friend or a loved one a box of their favourite brownies or an assortment of cookies will not only brighten their day, but they can be shared with the whole family so it’ll be good moods all around! Win win!
A gratitude journal
During the pandemic, many of us have taken to journaling and pening down our thoughts. Be it in a gratitude journal, or our everyday diary, writing down your thoughts and feelings can really help to make you feel calm and collected. It is a process whereby you can compartmentalise your emotions and thoughts and having them down on paper can really help you make sense of them. So why not send a friend who doesn’t normally keep a journal, a gratitude journal? Not only will this brighten their day, but it could be a new habit that you helped them to adopt!
A pack of nail colours
Okay ladies, we hear you. It’s been a long long time since we set foot in our favourite nail bar or massage salon and by now we can’t even bring ourselves to look at our hands! If your friend is a regular salon goer, or doesn’t go a week without getting her nails done; we’re sure times must be tough for her. So why not send the nail bar to her! Get your hands on a pack of her favourite nail colours so she can give herself a mani in the comfort of her own home. A variety of colours will keep her busy and will brighten up her day.
An uplifting read
We’ve all found ourselves doing things we wouldn’t normally do while being in self quarantine. Be it cycling or cooking, or watching shows or reading, we’ve all found time for something new or taken up a new hobby or two. Why not send a friend a good book or two so they too can take up a new hobby. If your friend in question has been feeling low, why not send an uplifting read that will instantly lift their mood, or even a self help book can do the trick. There’s so much material out there and your friend will appreciate the gesture and add a new activity to their day!
This is an especially great gift for someone who lives alone. Having a plant gives them something to take care of and also serves as a little companion. Plants have an array of benefits such as purifying the air and increasing creativity and are also a nice sight to look at. Sending over a plant or two will add some greenery to their space and that will instantly lift their mood.