When the first lockdown was announced last year, we were amazed at the emails from employers looking for cosy gifts to send to their employees. Many of whom were working from home and adjusting to new work routines. Sending those blankets with their boss’s words of heartfelt appreciation in the gift notes, really made us feel we were sending a gift of love and acknowledgement. It got us thinking of other genuine and heartfelt ways to show our appreciation from a distance to a loved one, employee or even a stranger. Keep reading for some inspiration:
Write a personalised note recognising hard work
A handwritten note can go a long way in showing your appreciation from a distance. Employee appreciation, especially during these times, is crucial for any sized business. Not only that, but who doesn't love receiving a beautiful card? Why not browse Etsy for some fantastic cards to send! Here are a few of our favourite cards.
Gift them a restaurant DIY meal kit
It's no secret that the restaurant industry has taken a hit with the coronavirus and multiple lockdowns. Many have pivoted and created some delicious meal kits that are delivering nationwide. There's a meal kit for every age and tastebud! A few of our favourites are Paco Tapas, Honest Burgers, Bao at Home Kits and Dishoom's Bacon Naan Roll Kit.
Send a surprise Care Package
For many of us, we haven't been able to see our loved ones in person for almost a year. Grandparents and those with pre-existing or chronic health issues have been on high alert since last March. Why not put together a small care package to send them? It doesn't have to be a big package. Even just a few sweets, a lovely candle, and note can go a long way in making someone's day! If you feel like going big, you can always add one of our XL throws to wrap themselves up in. A blanket is a hug you can send in the post!
Donate to a local charity
For a unique, heartfelt act a donation to a local charity can go a long way. Not only will you be helping an organisation in your community but potentially a stranger too. One of our favourite local charities is Caring in Bristol whose goal is to not only end the stigma around homelessness but help end homelessness in the community.
If there is something you are passionate about but can't do due to lockdown restrictions, research and see if there is an organisation that needs your help. Love animals? Donate to a rescue! Playing music brings you joy? Donate to an organisation that is raising funds to give kids instruments at home. Here in Bristol, Digilocal will take and refurbish your old laptop for a child lacking homeschool resources and there are similar schemes in other areas, too.
Stay cosy and stay connected
We do hope the above helped inspire you. Don't forget to show yourself some heartfelt appreciation too!