While technology has made it easier than ever to stay in touch, replicating the joy experienced through quality time with friends and family is a lofty task. It's an overwhelming time for many, but these unexpected, hands-free gifts and gestures can go a long way in showing your loved ones youre thinking about them.
Help them ease into a mindfulness practice.
Whether or not you were already in the habit of taking some time regularly to meditate, the practice could be extra helpful for your mental health now. Meditation apps like Calm and Headspace can be used anytime, anywhere, and offer tailored meditations for specific circumstances, whether it's getting better sleep, starting your day, or meditations solely focused on exercise. While your loved ones can download Headspace or Calm for free, we'd recommend sending them the cost of the subscription on Venmo.
Give a gift card or subscription to a music streaming service.
Concerts and shows may be canceled for the unforeseen future, but shower performances are very much encouraged. A great playlist serves as an equally great mood booster, so a free month of their favorite music streaming service can keep them dancing until their favorite artist is back on tour. To keep their spirits high, send your loved one a gift card or subscription to Spotify or Apple Music. Be sure to select the Digital option for Spotify and the Email option for Apple Music for a completely hands-free experience.
Share a streaming bundle that checks off all the boxes.
Sporting events have been canceled and Disney parks are temporarily closed. Thankfully, Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu can be purchased together in a bundle on Hulu.com. Electronic gift cards can be purchased online through retailers like Target and Walmart.
Take the burden out of grocery shopping.
For those in quarantine, a typically simple task like grocery shopping can be significantly more difficult. Check in with your friend or family member to find out whether theyre really up for cooking and send what they need through a delivery service like FreshDirect. Another creative idea is a gift card for a meal kit service: The Today Show recommends Blue Apron, which offers approachable recipes for beginners and provides all necessary ingredients (it has vegetarian options, too). To keep both parties safe, choose the "leave at the door" or "unattended delivery" option when possible in order to reduce contact with the delivery person.
Gift a video message from their favorite celebrity.
Perhaps the most coveted virtual gift of all! In times when we can't physically be there for each other, Cameo is stacked with an assortment of celebrities who willcreate personalized videos for someone you care about. This unique concept is a fun way to check in on a friend, and it's sure to be a day maker. The cost of a Cameo video is set individually by each of the talent.[:]