Holiday gifts for socially distanced loved ones

Keeping physically distant from our friends and family at this time of year goes against all our instincts. And yet it’s critical to staying safe and slowing the spread of the virus.
Fortunately, there are still plenty of ways to show how much you care. Best of all, some of these suggestions lead to time spent together, from a safe distance.

Have coffee together.
Invite your loved one to have tea, coffee or a glass of holiday cheer with you remotely. Pick a time that works for both of you. Ring them up on your favourite video chat app. Then sip your drinks, share memories and plan that party for when it’s safe to connect in person again.

Send a gift locally.
Send flowers to your mother in Moncton or cookies to your brother in Burnaby. Many companies deliver globally and many local companies have websites to use from afar.

Honour them online.
Perhaps your loved one is a teacher, a farmer or a passionate gardener. Give a gift in their honour to help a disadvantaged family overseas. The World Vision gift catalogue is a personal way to make a difference together.

Write that letter.
You know, the one you’ve always wanted to write. Perhaps you’ve never shared how much they mean to you. If that’s too mushy, share some of your favourite memories. An email is just fine. It’s the words that matter.
Don’t let the distance be a missed opportunity. This could be the start of a wonderful new tradition for you and your loved ones.
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