The Language of Love: Gifting during Covid-19
By now, you’ve probably missed a few birthday, holiday, wedding or graduation celebrations with family and friends. Staying connected to loved ones we cannot physically be with, can become a daunting task. Of course, you could try more Facetimes, Zoom calls, and virtual hang outs, but none of these compare to the emotions felt by a real hug (or even a high five).
Humans are incredibly social by nature and although the practice of social distancing and self-isolation are meant to protect us, they can also have a valid overwhelming toll on our emotions and mental health. At Yes She May, we’ve been adapting to face the expressive changes of our newfound reality. Self-care is an important step towards overall well-being. We’ve found that gift-giving during difficult times like right now, positively affects our own mood as well as our loved ones. The joy of gift-giving has always been an integral part of Chinese culture – not just for birthdays and celebrations. Gifts in Chinese culture called “liwù” or “礼物”in standard Chinese are given casually as a symbol for appreciation and love. Besides, with the amazing invention of delivery service and online shopping, a smile is now just one click away!
Have a friend that could use a pick-me-up? Why not send them an unexpected surprise? Here are some of our favorite “giftables” that we’d also want to receive during distressing times like right now (feel free to send me one *wink):
Chesapeake Bay Candles
Certain scents can positively affect our mood. In fact, it’s been scientifically proven that burning a scented candle has many health benefits such as promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety/stress to induce high quality sleep. Chesapeake Bay Candle has a large variety of scents and fragrances to help friends and families relax during times of anxiety. Balance & Harmony is a melodious fruity scent made with sweet pear, dewy waterlily, and green rainforest blossoms to help add a feeling of balance in our chaotic lives right now. Another favorite scent of ours is Stillness + Purity, an upbeat mood-enhancing fragrance infused with Moroccan rose water, fresh peony, and soft muguet rests.
La Belle Vie’s Paris Based Jewelry
You might be thinking that it’s a little senseless to be buying jewelry right now when we don’t have anywhere to go but just like fragrance, jewelry has been shown to provide an extra confidence boost. Nonetheless, dressing up for the grocery store has become the new norm. Add a bit of sparkle to your “running errands” look with the The Marianne Necklace from La Belle Vie Paris. This elegant necklace is made with sterling silver and includes a classy natural white mother of pearl medallion in the center. Inspired by Paris, La Belle Vie’s jewelry collection is the perfect gift for your globetrotter friend who just can’t stop reminiscing about her last trip.
Loom.ist's Turkish Blankets
Next on our wish list is Loom.ist’s Turkish Blanket which comes in three colorways: Marine, Blue, and Linen. This 100% Turkish hand-loomed cotton blanket is both tastefully stylish and outrageously huge, perfect for sharing with a loved one or wrapping yourself burrito-style.
Cherapy's Therapeutic Pillows
Also a favorite of Oprah’s, yes the Oprah Winfrey, Cherapy’s Therapeutic Pillows are the perfect gift for your stressed out friend or family member. Working at home includes a lot of sitting which can cause aches and pain from bad posture. This therapeutic pillow will help ease daily stressors while providing that relaxing “ooooo” and “ahhhhhh” sensation. We love the sustainable Cherries Therapeutic Heat Pillow because it not only features a super cute print but it is also made from recycled cherry pits and is handmade in Maryland.
Moonlit's Sleep + Skincare Products
Give the gift of amazing sleep with Moonlit’s beneficial skincare products. The Sleepy Spritzzz 2-in-1 Facial Toner + Sleep Mist promotes healthy skin while helping unwind at the end of the day with calming chamomile and lavender essence. We’ve all probably been taking more naps than usual during Covid-19 – so why not promote better sleep with the Let Me Sleep Eye Mask. This eye mask is made with 100% high-grade mulberry silk and is designed to block out distracting light to increase melatonin production. Lastly, the Cloud 9 Silk Pillowcase is for your lavish sleeping beauty friend who just can’t get enough rest. Also made with 100% high-grade mulberry silk, this pillowcase has anti-aging benefits and promotes radiant silky hair.