Self Isolating Gift Ideas For Loved Ones
The realization is beginning to sink in…our parents and loved ones with underlying health conditions will be self-isolating for months.
Obviously keeping them safe is top priority and (in the grand scheme of things) gift giving pales into insignificance.
I’m incredibly grateful that right now I am concerned about preventing boredom and spreading kindness. I am fully aware that this is a luxury right now.
That said, this is still a difficult time for everyone and a thoughtful gift could really help to boost the moral of those who are stuck inside and help us to remain connected.
So, with mother’s day, birthdays and anniversaries coming up I’ve been trying to think of some lovely self isolation gift ideas…here’s what I’ve come up with so far…let me know if you have any to add! Some links may be affiliate.
1. Day-out Jar
Write some places you want to take your loved ones on pieces of paper and pop them in a jar. Things like ‘a picnic at the park, the zoo, the cinema.’ When things improve they can select a day out at random for you to enjoy together.
Tokens can be sent electronically too.
2. Gardening kit with organic, ethical seeds
Was there ever more of a reason to get outside in the fresh air and grow your own food!?
If outside space is limited then a windowsill is great for growing salad leaves.
3. Make them a cute pebble bug.
4. A gratitude jar
The health benefits of practicing gratitude have been well documented. Cut up little strips of paper and on each one write the reasons you are grateful for your loved one.
When they’ve read them all suggest that they add to the gratitude jar each evening with their own thoughts.
5. Netflix or Prime subscription
6. A nature journal for them to fill in.
7. A board game.
8. Watercolour set.
9. Crotchet kit.
10. Arrange a digital games night
There are loads of family games you can play together online. Anything from Monopoly to destroying each others Worms!
11. A photo album so they can sort through old photographs.
12. Video chat as you dine together.
Try these fun games to play on Facetime.
13. Video chat as you watch a movie together.
14. DIY kit (add a flatpack bookshelf and they’ll be sorted for at least 4 weeks!)
16. A local milk delivery subscription
17. Car picnic
You may not be able to meet up properly but why not drive to a pretty spot. Park up next to each other for a picnic. Bring your phones so you can put speakerphone on.
18. Veg box subscription
19. A fruit tree
20. Digital book subscription
21. Audible subscription
22. Disney + subscription
23. Donate to a cause of their choice
24. A good book
25. Make them an animation
This is much much easier than it sounds using the ‘I Can Animate’ app.
26. Essential oil diffuser
Essential oils are great for calming anxiety and improving sleep. (If you’ll be diffusing essential oils around babies and children read this first).
27. A colouring book
28. Online lessons
A good time to learn a new language!
29. ITunes gift card.
30. Write some IOUs to be redeemed at a later date.
Any other ideas for thoughtful gifts for self isolating loved ones?