We have been stuck inside our houses for quite a while now it seems, due to the current crisis with COVID-19. Luckily, some of us have had the blessing of spending that “stuck” time of isolation with family members and ones we love. However, that is unfortunately not the case for everyone.
Due to state-mandated stay at home orders and quarantine, many of us are far away from those we feel the closest to in our hearts. Or we restrain our urge to visit so we can keep everyone safe. But we miss them. We miss the laughter. We miss the hugs we share. We want to let them know we are thinking about them. We want them to know we care. Especially now.
It has certainly been a challenge to making connections with loved ones during this time. We at The Bradford Exchange would like to offer some ways for you to reach out to those who are important to you by giving them thoughtful gifts of respite, care, and love. Might we suggest a meaningful gift idea from one of the 3 C’s: Comfort, Creativity, and Collecting.
Give someone special the gift of comfort during this uncomfortable time. Our custom-crafted hoodies are made from the highest quality materials and are the very epitome of comfort. We know our loved ones have been spending countless hours around the house, reading news on the Internet, watching TV, working from home, home-schooling little ones, and taking short walks. Giving them one of our comfy hooded sweatshirts to wear is like giving them a reassuring “hug” from afar.
Available in both men’s and women’s styles, these impressive hooded sweatshirts and jackets showcase a wealth of themes and artwork to appeal to different interests, from dragons to Disney, and from MARVEL to motorcycles. Your loved one may have had to postpone their family vacation to the most magical place on earth, but when they slip into that Mickey Mouse or Tinker Bell hoodie you surprised them with, they will feel all that same magic in the warmth of their own heart. We even have a comfy hoodie honoring our dedicated nurses, who are making a life-saving difference in our world right now. Why not send one to a compassionate caregiver in your life! Perfect gifts for the ones you are missing, our hoodies provide the ultimate in stay-at-home comfort.
Another way to share comfort with your friends and family, especially during times of isolation, is with the natural peace-providing properties of essential oils. We offer quite a few collections of essential oils and aromatherapy sets that include artistic diffusers, traditional reed diffusers, and bottles of 100% essential oils, meant to help de-stress and replace anxiety with harmony, peace, and comfort. We know many people are missing their regular visits to the spa and salon because of closures, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still send them the gift of luxury and relaxation. Plus, you can also discover the potential healing properties and pain relief of CBD when you start a Harmony of Life CBD Subscription for them. Now it seems like the perfect time, doesn’t it?
Giving someone a creativity-inspired gift lets them know you recognize their natural abilities and want them to thrive. It helps keep them from being stir crazy by giving them something to do with their hands and minds during these truly idle times.
If art is their love language, might we suggest an adult coloring book and some high-quality artist’s pencils so they can work on their next masterpiece. Better yet, they can color with the Painter of Light™, complements of our Thomas Kinkade Artistic Escapes Coloring Kit Collection. It’s the perfect way to let go of stress and escape to idyllic times and places where one can explore their artistic side. Adult coloring collections make wonderful gifts for family and friends during this time, letting you connect with them as you share your mutual love of artistic creation and expression.
Perhaps someone you love is spending this time of isolation and quarantine redecorating. That is perfect! Because we offer many ways to bring beauty, light, and tranquility into any room in the home, through our artful table centerpieces, picture frames, heirloom-quality music boxes, and other expertly handcrafted home decors.
Maybe your purchase of that one special decor gift will make all the difference in their life right now and in their home. Our stunning Always in Bloom® floral centerpieces, for example, deliver instant inspiration. We know that spring is just outside our door, but it can seem so far away right now. These vivid, hand-created bouquets were made to bring spring right into their home so that your family and friends can enjoy that gorgeous splendor right now, and for many years to come.
It is certainly important to create environments for ourselves that bring us peace and joy, especially during this time. If we can help loved ones do that with one of our works of art, that puts a smile on our face too.
Many have turned to organize, arranging, and cataloging during our current shelter-in-place situation. It eases the mind and gives us something to focus on. Collecting combines all of these natural impulses and adds one more layer: something to look forward to. Luckily, we offer many wonderful things to collect and fantastic collections that were created to satisfy people’s diverse interests and to give them something to enjoy.
From our extensive coin collections and train sets to collectible figurines, sculptures, and memorabilia created to appeal to many different passions, we are a great shopping resource for unique gifts that inspire collecting. And even though you can’t visit right now, won’t your loved ones be surprised to receive one of these treasures from you in the mail? Or better yet, to know that you have purchased one of our subscription collections for them and with it the promise that they will receive something special about every other month or two. That is definitely something to look forward to for both of you. And during a time when we all need it the most.
Another thing that is very important during this time is hope. We are proud to give you the opportunity to share that hope, through the giving of our inspirational collectibles and fine jewelry. If you have family, friends, and loved ones who cling to their faith, we invite you to send them a hopeful reminder that better days are coming. Let them know that you are aligned with them and connected to them through your thoughts and prayers, with a gift they can see each day or keep close at all times. It is these little reminders that keep us going. It is these thoughtful gestures you can make to embrace the promise that we will see each other soon.
We understand this time of social distancing and quarantine is difficult, but we want to help. We want to make things easier if we can. We want to assist you with ways to connect. Please take a moment to consider one of these meaningful gift ideas for those you miss and love. And may the beautiful gifts of comfort, creativity, and collecting bring peace and wellbeing to you and your family in 2020. And in our promising future.Gift Ideas for Family and Friends During Social Distancing and Self-Isolation by The Bradford Exchange