Most countries, including the United States have been trying their best to self-isolate these past 6 months in response to the global pandemic caused by the Covid-19 outbreak on December 31, 2019. Since March, many businesses have closed or asked employees to safely work from home to avoid catching or spreading the virus. Weddings have been canceled and many safety guidelines have been released to help communities contain or manage the spread of Covid-19. But self-isolating for a long time can lead to some mental health issues. (Read more: Covid-19 & Mental Health Awareness Month: How to Stay Calm During the Coronavirus Quarantine) To stay connected with friends, family, and loved ones, many have taken to Zoom meetings and other video call apps to chat and catch up. Online shopping has also become a blessing, especially for those who cannot go out to do their normal grocery shopping. Speaking of online shopping, it has also helped us send each other gifts, especially those celebrating their birthdays in quarantine. In fact, curated below are some thoughtful quarantine gift ideas for self-isolating friends and family. Whether it’s for a birthday or simply a “thinking of you” present to cheer someone up, these thoughtful quarantine gifts will surely put a smile on their face.
Thoughtful Quarantine Gift Ideas for Your Loved Ones
1. A yummy, luxurious hand wash to remind your loved ones to frequently wash their hands and make it an enjoyable experience.
Times are tough but we’re tougher! One thoughtful way to remind our loved ones that we care is to give them a gentle nudge to take extra care, especially in these trying times. Make basic hand washing a better experience with the Molton Brown London Orange and Bergamot Hand Wash, an energizing hand wash that contains orange oil with bergamot and orange blossom aromas. It leaves hands not only clean, but also luxuriously fragrant. It features a top note of bergamot, a heart note of neola, and a base note of musk fragrance. Made in England. This hand wash has an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “This one bottle will last a single person 7 months—so for $60 per year and a few months you can have this soap—and the smell just makes me feel better – warms my heart and refreshes my soul—Buy this to cheer up any day!” Leo Muscarello
2. A nostalgic candle that is reminiscent of your hometown or anywhere that’s special to you and your siblings, friends, or loved ones.
After six months of quarantine, a lot of us are feeling a little homesick for our “old normal.” Some are feeling homesick for their actual homes that they can’t travel to just yet. The Homesick Candle in Virginia offers a delightful respite from all the chaos in the world today. Each Homesick candle is crafted using input from locals in various states to create scents that embody the places it represents and call to mind our true homes. The Homesick Candle in Virginia features scents that remind you of a soft rainfall mixing with notes of pine needles, sandalwood, and honeysuckle, a blended fragrance that drifts from the mountains to the bay. This candle is made of an all natural soy wax blend that is hand poured in the U.S. The comes in a 13.75 oz glass and has a burn time of 60 to 80 hours. This candle has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “Bought as a gift for my daughter who loves in Germany and it makes her feel at home when she uses it. Light scent too so not too overwhelming.” Tamara
3. An easy to care for plant that’s totally low maintenance for your loved ones who are starting to cultivate their green thumbs.
Gardening and taking care of plants has become the new favorite hobby of many. For those who are looking to start out, go for the American Plant Exchange Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii Live Plant, which are indestructible house plants that don’t need too much water nor fertilizer. This low maintenance plant is one of the top air purifying plants identified by NASA, which means it’s good for your home! The Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii or snake plant, as it is more commonly known, is known to remove at least 107 known air pollutants, including carbon monoxide and nitrogen monoxide, formaldehyde, chloroform, benzene, xylene, and trichloroethylene among many others. It also has a higher efficiency of absorbing carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night. This American Plant Exchange piece has an overall rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “This plant is awesome! Way bigger than I expected and such a value for what you get. Much cheaper than at the store. It comes in a plastic pot that you would need to re- pot soon after you receive it but it’s really beautiful and doing well. I bought it several months ago and love it!” Taryn Holowka
4. A chunky knit throw blanket that can envelope them in your warm hug even from afar.
Perfect for the chilly Fall weather, the Sterling Letter Handwoven Chunky Knit Throw Blanket is a great gift for friends and family who are far away. If you can’t hug them, this throw will hug them for you! Providing the perfect warmth this season, these blankets will make them feel comfortable and cozy while they self-isolate at home with a book or some good old Netflix. It’s made of premium acrylic yarn that’s breathable so that it won’t feel too hot. Its soft chenille yarn provides a perfect knit design that also adds to your home’s aesthetic. Measures 40 x 48 inches. This knit throw has an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “I love my new throw! It feels simply luxurious. Sooo soft and comfortable with openings that make it breathable which is perfect for keeping snuggle temperature just right. It looks fantastic on my couch! The color goes perfect with any style or decor and I might use it in my bedroom too. It feels very durable as well so it’s not only pretty but practical. This one is going to be the house favorite, for sure!” Elsie Scalia
5. A versatile coffee mug warmer to make working from home easier and more satisfying.
Let your loved ones enjoy their coffee hot and as they like it even on busy days at home with the Vobaga Coffee Mug Warmer, a heat-resistant and fire-resistant coffee warmer that offers a three-temperature setting. This enables the user to keep his or her coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or any warm beverage warm when he or she needs to. It also features an auto shut off function after working for 4 hours for safety. It is made with a spill-proof design and made with polyimide film materials. This work from home essential is a thoughtful gift, especially for busy moms and dads who work from home and have to homeschool their kids. The Vobaga coffee mug warmer has an overall customer rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “I bought this to go in my home office because it matches my decor and I get tired of my coffee getting cold and having to reheat it in the microwave. I was surprised….I actually like to drink out of a ceramic mug so much now that I started back buying new ones! I also like the automatic shut off feature as well. Great for the price and will definitely purchase again!” Bamagirl29
Creative and Thoughtful Quarantine Gift Ideas for Those Who are Stuck at Home
1. A fun cross stitch kit for beginners to encourage loved ones to express their creativity through sewing.
The Oriental Cherry Cross Stitch Kit in “Wash Your Hands” is a fun way to pass the time and pick up a new hobby while self-isolating. As one of our thoughtful quarantine gift ideas, this kit is perfect for beginners and those who are just picking up the craft. This all in one kit features a floral “Wash your hands” colored pattern that’s very timely. The all-in-one kit includes a pre-printed embroidery cloth, beginners instructions, 2 needles, 10 bundles colored thread, and bamboo hoop for hanging. It’s a great gift for loved ones this season. The Oriental Cherry Cross Stitch Kit has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “Arrived quickly in good condition and everything came as described, with enough thread, and the designs are really lovely. The instructions are easy to follow if you don’t know the stitches. As a beginner this has been very useful and I love what I’ve been able to handmake. My friends were impressed with my work; some found hard to believe it was my first needlework. I highly recommend.” Sam Spangler
2. A set of colorful felt tip marker pens for journaling, coloring, calligraphy, homeschooling, and more!
A versatile gift for anyone who loves writing, the AmazonBasics Felt Tip Marker Pens 24-Pack offers affordability and quality in one neat package. This set of 24 felt tip marker pens come in a variety of colors made possible by high pigment, smear-resistant, water-based inks that are perfect for personal projects and more. It features a no-fray felt tip in medium width for detailing and fills and a durable plastic exterior with matching cap and metal clip. It’s great for those who are into journaling, adult coloring books, calligraphy, and even for moms who homeschool and like to keep notes organized and color-coded. This set of pens have an overall customer rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “I love these! As a teacher, I love ink pens and stationary. These are durable, the colors are great, and I honestly prefer them over name brand. I will be buying these again!” Kelly
3. A fun essential oil bath bomb DIY kit to remind loved ones to regularly practice self care.
Stressful times call for a little self care every now and then. Because we can’t go to the spa just yet, go for a bath bomb that you can make at home! The Urban Kangaroo Essential Oil Bath Bomb DIY Kit includes everything you need to make 15 amazingly luxurious, all natural bath bombs. It features professional packaging, pre-measured ingredients, and a no-mess clean-up to make this experience one that is fun to do at home while self-isolating. It also includes step-by-step instructions so you can easily experience the magic of making your own bath bombs. The DIY kit is hand-packed in California with locally sourced ingredients. Customers love this kit for its scent, value for money, packaging, and also because it’s highly giftable. It has an overall rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “I got this kit to make some little favors for my bachelorette party. As soon as I opened the box I thought the packaging was lovely and simplistic and the instructions were clear. But once I started mixing everything together, oh my god it was amazing. The smell is so natural yet not overwhelming, I couldn’t get enough of it. Really fun and easy project and I think my girls are going to love them.” Ericka
4. An exciting cupcake baking kit for kids and kids at heart.
Another option for thoughtful quarantine gift ideas is the Baketivity Kids Bug Cupcake Baking Kit, which is great for kids who want to learn how to bake or even adults who are just now trying a hand in the kitchen. This amazing kit includes all dry ingredients that are pre-measured and vacuum packed to preserve freshness. It also includes 2 awesome educational activities to enjoy while kids wait to bake the cupcake, easy to follow, step-by-step instructions with pictures, and an easily portable organizer box. Baketivity is great for both kids and kids at heart. Let your inner chef out with this awesome quarantine activity. This kit has an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “I got this for my 5 year old granddaughter and she loved it. My daughter supervised and the cupcakes were adorable. I did not get to taste them, but they said they came out delish. I did see pictures and they looked great!” RG
5. An extremely amusing block stacking game you can play with your partner or adult co-quarantine family members.
Tired of Jenga? Check out the Should We Drink Tonight Tipsy Tower Drinking Game, a perfect game to play with your adult loved ones in between Netflix sessions in quarantine. Tipsy Tower can be played with or without alcohol because it’s 35 games in one! Unique games are printed on each of the 54 blocks, including story time, moose, make a rule, in combination with some brand new ones: god, most likely to, nicknames, truth or dare. All you need to do is pull a block from the tower without knocking it over then play the game or follow the rule described on the bottom of the block. This game has an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “Ordered this as a quarantine game and it didn’t disappoint! Can be played as a drinking game – there’s lots of different blocks so it’s never boring – or as regular Jenga. Also a great price!” Courtney M.
Still self-isolating? These thoughtful quarantine gift ideas will surely put a smile on your and your loved one’s faces so why not send a little something to cheer them up today? For more great ideas on self-isolating and staying at home, check out the stories in the links below.
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