2020 is most likely going to end in an uncomfortable place: atop a second..? Third? (I mean, to be honest, it doesn’t matter the number) coronavirus wave, which means the prospect of having a conventional holiday season filled with office parties, and family and friend gift exchanges, are dashing away faster than Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve.
SO — to mitigate whatever feelings you may feel about that, we’re presenting to you a holiday gift guide filled with gift ideas to give yourself. (Because let’s be honest, if any of us are going to get through winter, we’re going to have to start taking our self-care to the next level.)
1. ALL the streaming subscriptions
Look, now’s not the time to hit the gym or run amongst strangers on busy streets. However, now *is* the time to subscribe to literally any and every streaming service you can set your eyes on. Remaining entertained and distracted on days when the news is quite literally too much is an absolutely valid thing to do during a pandemic.
2. Lux face masks because who knows when this will be over
Although you may be the only person looking at your entire bare face in person these days, talking to people in person may actually be a thing once a vaccine is widely distributed.
Prepare for those inevitable awkward “first-time out of quarantine happy hours” by giving your skin all the love right now. Although I suggest getting whatever face mask or skin care you’ve been putting off buying because it’s too expensive, any old face mask you love will do. I, for one, am a fan of the super affordable (and sustainable) Lush line.
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3. Snack delivery
No one will bring you holiday snacks this year because they love you and don’t want you to catch COVID. That being said, you can still indulge your sweet or salty tooth by getting a snack box delivered to your home.
4. A rescue pet
I’m not saying you *have* to adopt an animal, but I am saying that having an adopted animal in your home can make life better.
Although I may be biased (I’ve 5 critters of my own), now is a perfect time to adopt a new pet, especially if you plan on sheltering in place or working from home and don’t plan on going anywhere until spring (if even then). Consistency and remaining home when you have a new pet are two keys to successfully training and getting to know your new furry companion.
5. Stupid-expensive pajamas
You’re most likely incredibly tired of seeing your same pajamas day in and day out. So, what better time to invest in some truly cozy, comfortable pajamas for the winter season?
Although I’m certain you can find a pair of pajamas that are more luxurious than Cozy Earth’s “long” pajama set, I think that this set’s stellar reviews (they are 5-star rated on the brand’s site) and breathable fabric make this pair a winner. Choose from three colors.
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Abbie Stutzer is a queer, non-binary writer living in Kansas City, MO. You can find them doing witchy stuff at home with their numerous pets or at the local animal shelter saving lives. Contact Stutzer via email@example.com.
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