Lockdown – who ever thought that word would be part of our everyday vocabulary?
Yet, in spite of our best efforts as a nation, we find ourselves back on the lockdown rollercoaster – and although it is becoming less of a novelty, it isn’t getting any easier.
While the pandemic brings many challenges, one of the biggest is being separated from the people we care about. We miss the little things – like dropping over to see family members for a morning coffee or meeting a friend at the park for a walk – and the big things, like birthdays, anniversaries, and other milestones.
For many, it’s easy to feel isolated, frustrated, and depressed. But there are ways we can stay connected with our nearest and dearest – even when we can’t be as near as we’d like.
Let’s talk about how gift-giving is a powerful way to show you care when you can’t be there. And how a little care package can be the perfect remedy to the lockdown blues.
Send A Care Package When You Can’t Be There
The Power Of Giving Gifts
Humans have been giving one another gifts since we first started walking upright. Even in the days before consumerism existed, humans presented offerings to people they hoped to build relationships with – whether between individuals or tribes.
According to science, gift-giving is far more than just an exchange of material goods. It has measurable social and neurological benefits. Exchanging items of value (whether that value is material or sentimental) makes the gift-giver and the giftee feel good.
This is backed up by research, which shows that the human brain releases a burst of dopamine (the feel-good chemical) when giving AND receiving gifts.
Naturally, we like those endorphins, and we like feeling good. So, the positive emotions created from the act of gift-giving and receiving are remembered, creating a strong connection between people.
How To Show You Care When You Can’t Be There
The magic of giving gifts is that those same positive emotions are experienced even when you’re not able to hand the present over in person.
You can still foster those bonds from afar, sending actual feelings of happiness to others via a care package. And as a happy bonus, getting an endorphin rush of your own when you purchase your gift, send it away, and hear from the recipient that they’ve received it.
In lockdown, these little moments of happiness are even more precious. When we are feeling lonely, anxious, bored, and stressed, a gift is worth much more than its material value. It’s a ray of sunshine that lets someone know you’re thinking of them – and that sunshiney feeling can keep the grey clouds at bay.
As we’re well into our second year of pandemic living, many of us have likely experienced the non-event that is the lockdown birthday – or the lockdown anniversary, graduation, or other meaningful life events. It’s really no fun, especially if you’re stuck in a tiny bubble!
Sending gifts and care packages for these events is a great way to remind your loved ones that even though you can’t be there in person, you’re still thinking of them.
Stay Connected – Send A Care Package
Just because you can’t be there in person, doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected to your special people!
Whether you’re helping someone celebrate a lockdown birthday, congratulating someone on a new baby, or just sending a bit of sunshine, a Gift Shop care package gift box is a fantastic way to show you care.
Regardless of whether your recipient is a chocoholic, wine lover, savoury snack eater, homewares hoarder, or fan of body products, we’ve got you covered. We have a wide range of gift boxes packed full of NZ made products to mark any occasion.
Head over to our shop to browse, and you’re sure to get inspired to reach out and make someone’s bubble a little brighter!