Does it seem early for "last minute" gift ideas? It might be, but with so many people doing their holiday shopping on-line, the Post Office, UPS, FedEx and Amazon are all stretched to the limit on delivery services. Wrap up your shopping now and make it easier on everyone! Here are some ideas for timely gift ideas that people can really use this year.
There has never been a better time to purchase beautiful, hand-crafted soaps. With all the hand-washing we are doing, it should be a pleasure, not a chore. An added benefit is that most soap-makers are crafting their soaps at home, as a source of supplemental income, or a way to stay home with children, so your purchase means a lot to the seller. It is best if you can locate a local soap-maker, so your dollars stay in your community, and one good way to find them is at holiday markets and bazaars. But with many of those put on hold this year, you may have more trouble than normal, so here are two of my personal favorites: The Henry Soap Company and Triple H Homestead.
Have you ever spent so much time at home? I haven't, but it has really made me appreciate having something green (and maybe flowering) to brighten up the space, making houseplants a desirable gift. Some plants even help improve air quality. If you are purchasing for someone who lives in a different town, calling a local (to them) flower shop is a great way to go. Explain what you're looking for, and your price range...they will almost certainly be able to deliver it for you. If you don't know what you're looking for, you can always send a gift-card to a local nursery or plant shop and let them pick their own. And of course, there are a few websites that ship gorgeous house plants, like The Sill and Bloomscape.
Zoom-Meeting Appearance Boosters
If you do on-line meetings, chances are you've been thinking about lighting these days. Once you realize how bad your shadowy home office makes you look on Zoom, you really can't unsee it. Enter the Selfie-Ring-Light! If you know someone who does a lot of FaceTime or Zoom meetings, chances are good they will appreciate an easy-to-use light that makes them look better. You can find them online in compact or larger styles.
Not everyone enjoys wearing face masks, but the CDC recently updated their guidelines with the information that wearing a mask not only protects others, but also the individual wearing it. Since wearing a mask is required in most places, and recommended in all places, it might as well be fun! Many people are making masks at home and selling them on places like Etsy or Facebook Marketplace, but you can also find well-fitting masks with sports themes at FOCO or fun designs at Redbubble. Or if you have extra time on your hands, try making some yourself, there are tutorials all over YouTube.
Food Delivery Gift Cards
With restaurant dining so restricted, many people are getting tired of their own cooking. A gift card for a local restaurant or meal delivery service is a great way to enjoy a night out while staying in. It can also help boost the local economy by giving restaurants much-needed business. DoorDash and Grubhub both offer digital gift cards that can be emailed to recipients, making them the ultimate last-minute choice. Delivery services do take a hefty sum of the total, so if possible, get a gift card for the restaurant.
BRUSH ON BLOCK®
What holiday gift list would be complete without BRUSH ON BLOCK®? Since sun protection is important year-round (especially if you want to protect skin from premature photo-aging), it should be on everyone's list. From our new sets with a brush and one or two of our eco-friendly refill packets, to our Protective Lip Oil Trio, we have your gift list covered, and your gift recipient's skin health covered as well! All Brush On Block products feature mineral sunscreen actives that are reef-friendly and great for sensitive skin. December 8-14, 2020, you can save 20% n your purchase with code WRAPITUP, and orders over $50 receive free Priority Shipping.