By Natalie Koch
The holiday season is getting closer and closer, and it’s easy to lose track of time when it comes to gathering things for a Christmas list or being able to by things for your friends, family, and loved ones. Shopping is harder to accomplish this year due to the pandemic, so that can add an extra layer of stress as to how to buy something for a special someone, or, more important, what to buy them. Luckily, the journalism staff was able to come up with a small list of ideas of things that you can ask for or consider buying for others.
Clothing can always be tricky to shop for online, but there are few exceptions. For example, sweaters! When nearing the cold months of winter, it’s nice to have something cozy to be able to wear. Sweaters aren’t as much dependent on size, making them easier to shop for online. Fuzzy socks would also be appropriate for the upcoming winter, and another type of clothing that’s easier to purchase online.
With all the stress that 2020 brought, some other useful gifts would be items to bring a person peace. For example, scented candles, essential oils, or sugar scrubs. Not only are these types of items easily accessible online, they’re also quite useful for the stress of the year. There are quite a few small/fair trade/local businesses that produce these types of things, so it’s also beneficial to them during the pandemic.
Lastly, what most people find themselves wanting for Christmas is for everything to go back to normal again. While the hope of a vaccine still is in question, it’s hard to promise any possibility of things returning to as they were by the 25th. However, you can give people a gift that will give them hope. For example, a disposable camera or a scrapbook of memories before the pandemic struck. Gifts like these can remind people of the way life used to be and the hope of their lives when the virus is under control again.
There are quite a few other gifts that would be fun to make or by for your loved ones this holiday season; these are just some that our staff came up with. Remember, the best gifts come from the heart, so engage in the spirit of gift giving in whichever way is best (and safest) for you. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Journalism 2 staff!!