Gift giving is a cornerstone of the holiday season. Some people are easy to shop for – you know them really well or you know that they appreciate anything thoughtful. Others can be challenging – they already “have everything” or are extremely particular. And, with the pandemic thrown in, shopping for and giving gifts hasn’t been the same! Maybe you aren’t seeing the people you normally do for the holidays… Maybe you haven’t seen certain friends for a few months and aren’t sure what they like anymore… So, what can you do?
We recommend these simple ways to stay organized and stress-free while gift giving this holiday season during a pandemic:
Shop by family unit.
First, organize your list making, shopping, and wrapping based on who lives together. Determine which gifts you have to ship and which you’ll be delivering in person. This will help you prioritize which gifts need to be purchased and wrapped first. Remember that shipping times are taking longer than usual amid the pandemic, so build in extra time for that! Obviously, be sure to take care of the people you know you are going to see; the ones you live with and the ones you are gathering with to celebrate the holidays.
Order gifts online.
For the people you won’t be seeing in person for the holidays, order gifts online and have them shipped directly. Most sites will let you add a gift message when you are checking out. This is a great way to really personalize gifts for family and friends that don’t live near you because you can choose something that they’d love even if it’s not available near them!
Who doesn’t love a gourmet treat during the holidays? And, gifts of food are great options for clients and family members you just aren’t sure what they’d want. OMG! Pretzels variety packs are a great option! We have options for everyone – sweet, savory, original flavors, or create your own by mixing and matching our eight bold and innovative flavors! Orders over $40 ship free!
Instead of sending gifts this year, focus on the spirit of togetherness that the holidays are about. Make thoughtful cards with updates about your family to send to friends you haven’t been able to see during the pandemic. Invite small groups of people over for a small get together to just spend time with one another in a safe way; connecting with people can be a real gift during these challenging times! Make fun holiday videos to send to friends and family; it’s sure to put a smile on their faces (and it’s free!).
No matter what you plan to do this holiday season, make your gift giving fun and easy. Remember, it’s the thought that counts!