Just because the government lockdowns have restricted travel in public doesn’t mean all the consequences of the last year and a half are bad. Sure, for the most part, these things are pretty rough for the majority of people. But there is always a silver lining if you look for it. For example, now everybody is shopping online.
Granted, stores used to have samples, fine customer care, and the potential for positive social interaction. But you also had to travel, prices were a bit higher in some cases owing to specialty stores, and the selection of a brick-and-mortar location just can’t compete with the internet.
So, even though the monopoly wielded by many big businesses acting as digital department stores online may not be something you’re exactly thrilled about, on the other hand, you can save time, money, and frustration with a few clicks of a mouse online; and you’ll likely find better gifts than if you shopped in person.
Here we’re briefly going to go over a few options for gifts that are easy to find online and can be a fine luxurious token of your appreciation that will help others with whom you’re sharing lockdown forget the craziness. Whether you’re living with the person or shipping to them, the following gifts have a lot to recommend them.
1. Buy based on what you know they want
So, you’ve got someone in the family who can’t get enough cigars? Find the kind they like the best and order a box. Sure, the cigars are bad for them, but they like them, and if you get them a box, that will show them you’re paying attention.
There’s a place for such gifts. Think about ice cream. Certainly, it’s not as bad as tobacco products, but it’s still a lethal confection when taken in too high quantities. People need vegetables and exercise, too!
The point is, anything can kill you when taken in excess. So even if somebody has something they want that isn’t precisely good for them, it can be okay as a gift—especially if that gift is ephemeral. Maybe buy somebody ten gallons of ice cream for the year—you can get it in bulk and have it delivered online.
Hopefully, the special person in your life wants things that aren’t unhealthy. Toys, films, books, paintings—you can find all of these online. But regardless, with a gift that someone really wants, the likelihood is, they’ll be really excited and love it. Through the internet, you can buy that thing in bulk, or find just the right one.
2. Buy based on what you know they need
Another way to buy gifts online is to consider what somebody needs, and get them something which fills that need. For a lot of guys, wallets break quickly, because they’re just stuffed with cards or cash. Well, in that case, you might want to consider gifts like Real Men’s Wallets.
Things people need may stick around longer than things people want, also. A solid pair of shoes, a fine jacket, a nice hat, a warm shirt, a set of stationery, a new computer, an instrument, a piece of luggage—there’s a lot to think about here.
3. Find something totally unexpected for the fun of it
You might not get them something they want or need. What you might do is just browse around online until you find something hilariously off the wall, then send that to them. For example, if you’ve got a ten-year-old in your home, maybe get them some candy designed to have the “gross out” factor.
Have you ever heard of that store “Spencer’s”? For a while, it was the hottest store in the mall. But then the malls were slain by the internet, and COVID-19 skipped along in the wake of the web’s destruction to finish the job. However, novelty gifts of the “risqué” nature are available en masse online.
4. Totally digital gifts – like crypto
Cryptocurrency is hot right now. There’s Ethereum, Dogecoin, Bitcoin, Cordana, Stellar Lumens, EOS, Zcash, Compound, Celo, and more.
These gifts have the potential to keep on giving, and the real difficulty is setting up crypto—you’ve got to put together a “wallet”, and all that; but options like Coinbase.com and other, similar investment avenues online make it easier than ever. Crypto represents a fine gift, especially given today’s uncertainty.
Consideration is always the true gift—remember that
As the old saying goes, it’s not so much the gift itself, but the thought that counts. Whether you go with cryptocurrency, some totally unexpected gift, something they want, or something they need, giving always represents an appreciable activity. You’ll feel good, and they’ll feel good. So don’t let COVID-19 stop you. Think of online shopping as a silver lining instead.
Ashley Lipman is an award-winning writer who discovered her passion for providing knowledge to readers worldwide on topics closest to her heart – all things digital. Since her first high school award in Creative Writing, she continues to deliver awesome content through various niches touching the digital sphere.