5 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for a Pandemic Care Package

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has the whole world at a standstill, and as countries are
scrambling to stop the spread of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has advised the public to self-isolate. Quarantine can last up to 14 days, and even if you test negative for the virus, it is still recommended to stay at home. Most people feel cooped up after staying in for long periods, especially if they had a very social lifestyle before the infectious disease’s outbreak.

Self-care is important now more than ever, and it is only natural to find a support system in times like these. You can definitely meet up with loved ones and friends and observe social distancing, but the most responsible thing you can do for yourself and for others is to limit contact at least until it’s completely safe to go outside or the pandemic is under control.

So how have you coped physically and mentally? Others have said that it is helpful to establish a daily routine to replace the old one to maintain a semblance of structure. Others pursue new hobbies, like cooking, plants, and doing DIY projects, to help pass time. Your business-savvy friends may also have taken this time to earn extra by selling things online or monetizing their newly made blogs. Setting up an online shop is easier nowadays more than ever, and there are platforms that let you do that in an instant.

Whatever you do, there’s always that someone in your life who’s having a harder time than others are. Extend your concern and friendship by sending them a care package. Here are some ideas.

Home-Baked Goodies

Who doesn’t like baked cookies, bread, and other goodies? Unless the receiver is a perpetual grump, anyone can appreciate this gift. If you have the skills to make batches to send to your loved ones, that makes your gift even better because it shows the time and effort you put into it.
Here are some easy recipes even the most inexperienced baker can make.

When sending home-baked treats, package them carefully to preserve their quality. Put the treats in a separate container in case you’re packing them with other items. Since everyone is doing their best to maintain a safe physical distance, call ahead of time to ask your loved ones or friends to designate a drop-off box for your treats.

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Video-Streaming Bundle

Not all gifts have to be physical, and sometimes, the best thing to do during this forced break is to sit down and watch something entertaining. Your loved ones can always watch TV or use their computers to watch shows, but ads can be tiresome to watch. A streaming bundle that has Disney+, Hulu, ESPN, and even Netflix only costs several dollars a month.

This is perfect for folks who have exhausted every DIY project they thought of and are now looking for something chill to do. The great thing about this gift is that it’s hands-free and it abides by all the social-distancing rules. You can simply send the code to register your loved ones’ account.

DIY Gardening Kits

Almost everyone’s going back to nature. Gardening is a hobby that used to be enjoyed by a few,
but with everyone quarantined to their homes, it’s become something of a trend. In fact, there has been a surge in the number of gardening kits made and sold since earlier this year. Popular plants people want to grow are succulents, flowers, and herbs.

Not everyone has the place to grow plants freely, though. If your loved ones or friends live in a tiny apartment, give them an indoor gardening kit instead.

Luxurious Bath Gift Set

One of the most relaxing things one can do at home is to take a long bath. Make the experience better by sending a store-bought bath set, or you can make your own products using organic ingredients.

Wine or Any Alcohol Subscription

Some people do stay at home with kids all day, and it can be frustrating when everyone wants to go outside and play. Parents can only do so much every day, so why not give your mom and dad friends a wine subscription or of any alcohol they like? Responsible drinking is a great thing to teach children so they can understand the effects of alcohol consumption in a controlled environment.

What gifts have you sent to stressed-out friends and loved ones? Share your thoughts in the