No single phrase is more closely associated with 2020 than Covid-19. The global pandemic has disrupted jobs and lives around the world for the last year, and a lot of people are stuck at home, either due to job disruption, illness, or quarantine.
For those who are in lockdown, loneliness becomes a major problem. Humans are social animals and crave connection, but Covid-19 restrictions have made physical contact virtually impossible for many people.
With restrictions like this, and everyone already a little fragile, a Covid-19 diagnosis can be difficult to cope with. Even for those with little or no symptoms, a diagnosis means a full quarantine, pulling them away from the limited social contact they still had.
All of this makes get well gifts for folks home with Covid-19 more important than ever. Here are some suggestions.
With Covid-19, this classic gift gets a little more complicated. Many folks with Covid lose their sense of taste, smell, or both. If this is the case, giving them a box of delicious chocolates may feel more like a taunt than a treat.
Fortunately, that isn’t everyone’s symptom. Many people have no sensory related symptoms at all.
For those with no sensory symptoms, food is one of the most comforting things available. A bar of delicious chocolate or tart gummy may be the closest thing to a hug from a friend when you are quarantined.
Choose custom treats based on what the person loves. If you have specific memories of eating something with them, give them that. This will make the gift mean even more since it will be a way to share a special connection.
Many people who have lost senses with Covid say that smelling aromatic food was the first clue they were recovering, so even if the person cannot enjoy those chocolates or cinnamon candies right now, it will be even more of a treat when they begin to recover.
If giving food isn’t appropriate, how about a more literal warm hug? Consider things that can make them feel comforted and warm.
Blankets might be the perfect gift for someone stuck at home, especially in the winter months. Many people with Covid-19 have complained of never feeling warm enough, so an extra layer will surely be appreciated.
For comfort more than warmth, you could also consider a weighted blanket. These literally feel like someone holding you so that they can provide comfort for a person stuck in a quarantine room alone.
If blankets aren’t practical, consider socks or slippers. No one wants cold feet, and shoes that are worn outside bring many germs into the house.
Another option for comfort is pajamas or sweat pants. This is especially helpful for those who aren’t really symptomatic but are still stuck at home since you can change shirts and still be comfortable from the waist down on a Zoom call.
One industry that has benefited from all the folks stuck at home is food and grocery delivery services. You could have dinner or groceries delivered to their house and dropped off.
Even if someone is extremely symptomatic, they will still need to eat something. Having soup from their favorite restaurant delivered can give them sustenance and comfort.
To summarize, navigating what to do when someone you know gets Covid-19 can be tricky. Hopefully, this list of get well gift ideas has helped give a starting point of how to reach out. Regardless of what gift you give, the most important thing to do for someone stuck at home with Covid-19 is to reach out and let them know you care.