No matter which holidays you celebrate, spending time with family and friends is important. In light of COVID-19, coming together will inspire feelings of joy and nostalgia. That said, holiday celebrations will look a little different this year.
State safety guidelines discourage indoor gatherings, especially large ones in small settings. Public officials also advise against taking public modes of transportation. In all, the annual journey back to hometowns may be problematic. Of course, those over 50 and people with chronic conditions are at higher risk of COVID-19. However, health experts maintain that, for the majority of people, airline travel is relatively safe.
In anticipation of the holidays, major airlines have instituted hygienic practices and installed HEPA filters in cabins.
But, that just means that we’ll have to be a little more creative this holiday season — and begin planning earlier for safe celebrations. We can stay healthy and still enjoy many popular holiday activities.
Activities and Gifts That Forge Emotional Connections
Like every holiday season, this one will come with the characteristic practice of exchanging gifts. But, this year, why not give some extra thought to personalizing your gifts?
Some gifts are actually centered on meaningful interactions. For the most direct, natural experience, consider “virtual meetings” on Zoom or dozens of other collaborative online platforms. All of these activities are no touch/no contact in nature.
Online chats have their place, but you can also modify your shared time by “attending” virtual events together. Try virtual events sponsored by museums, zoos, theaters, and schools. Attend with your grandchildren and then discuss your experiences.
COVID-Safe Holiday Gifts for Seniors
You can give baskets filled with gifts that you select: favorite snacks, fluffy socks, handmade holiday candles, imported cheeses, and aromatic herbal teas. And then, why not propose some face-to-face time on the screen while you and your loved ones enjoy those goodies? If you’ve run out of ideas for holiday gifts, check out Town and Country’s 31 gourmet food gifts for everyone on your list. Trust us: you won’t be disappointed!
COVID-Safe Holiday Gifts That Create Life-Long Memories
Gifts can be memories, and during the holidays that means a lot. Framed photographs are very special gifts. So is food made from cherished family recipes. Express your love in gifts that lift spirits and make the holidays extra special.
COVID-Safe Holiday Gifts for Spending Quality Time Together
Many seniors have remained in isolation for months. This has given rise to new, creative ways to spend time together. Some gifts can be an invitation to the receiver to try something new — or indulge in an old passion from bygone years. Puzzles of all kinds, a starter-set for artwork, special books, a beginner’s crocheting kit: All can be absorbing, mentally stimulating, and plain satisfying.
Giving an Online Experience
The online world has entertainment potential that no one can exhaust. Why not give a gift that does two things: directs your loved one’s attention to digital experiences through Kindle Unlimited and Netflix streaming and helps broaden their horizons?
You can also give a bi-monthly escape room subscription — allowing your loved one to “escape” from a virtual room by solving puzzles. Know some lovebirds who are struggling with prolonged shutdowns? If so, send a datebox subscription to bring the romance back into their lives.
If you have a relative who’s musically inclined and has always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, a six-month subscription to online guitar lessons makes an ideal gift. In all, experience gifts are rising in popularity: 63% of U.S. adults now prefer them to material gifts.
The Gift of Learning
Many people experience pride and satisfaction in learning new things. Fortunately, many websites around the world offer courses on every imaginable subject. If you and your loved one sign up for an online course, you can share a memorable learning experience together. And, you’ll have material for meaningful conversations over the phone, by email, or on Zoom.
The Gift of Service
If your loved one is in quarantine or just needs to avoid crowded malls, why not set up a dinner delivery from a food provider or restaurant? The food is left on the doorstep, so this is also a no-touch/no-contact gift.
David York Understands the Need for COVID-Safe Holiday Gifts for Bay Ridge Seniors
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