Post-pandemic gift ideas
In many places around the world, the coronavirus pandemic is still affecting people’s lives. With the blocks still in place, friends still aren’t able to come together like they once did.
However, in other places, especially where the number of vaccinations is high, things start to return to normal. And “normal” often just means being able to spend time in person with the people in your life for the first time in over a year.
With the holidays and gatherings resuming, now is a great time to bring a gift.
But choosing a good gift for someone takes some thought. Know their tastes and hobby is important. What do they like to do for fun? During the pandemic, a person may have started a new hobby, such as painting. It is important to know.
When I asked friends on social media what they would most like to receive as a post-pandemic gift, the top responses were travel, live music performances, and cuddles friends and family.
Associated Press writer Katie Workman gives her insights in a recent story. We share them with you here.
For the food lover
With the restaurants closed, many people learned to cook. Luckily for the donor, there is a lot you can give to those who love to cook.
If you are coming or visiting an area known for a certain type of food, bring it. In the United States, according to Workman, that could mean cheese from Wisconsin, maple syrup from Vermont, peaches from Georgia or peanuts from South Carolina. I would add Florida oranges or Alaskan salmon.
Other gifts could be special cooking oils or sauces. Fresh grass plants for the kitchen also make a good gift. Cookbooks and cooking utensils can also be thoughtful gifts for friends who love to cook. Or you might want to make them happy apron to protect their clothes while cooking.
For the facilitator
It is easy to buy for people who often entertain or throw parties. Any gift that adds to the fun of entertaining is a good idea. Giving flowers as a gift or a bottle of good wine will never be a bad idea. But after more than a year, you might want to think of something very special as a gift. You can give them items that they can use at a party, like pretty glasses, a nice cake stand or decorative serving bowls.
Think of items to decorate the table. Beautiful fabric covers for the table or napkins make beautiful gifts. Knowing their favorite colors can help. Beautiful candles to light during dinner are also a pleasure. And fun games are also a good choice.
For the art lover
Some of the best places to find unusual gifts are gift shops in museums. In a museum gift shop, you can find some interesting gifts that you probably won’t find in other stores.
Of course you can find art books and posters. But you can also find bags, coffee mugs or puzzles all decorated with famous works of art. Again, knowing what your friend likes is important.
For the gardener or the plant lover
If anyone likes to grow things in a garden, You’re in luck. There is therefore a lot of things you can give them as a gift. Gardening tools are always useful. Colorful containers too. These can be used by outdoor and indoor gardeners.
A bird feeder is an unusual gift. And who wouldn’t want more birds? Plus, garden or yard decorations can be great gifts. Again, make sure you know the style of the person. Otherwise, your gift of a garden gnome drinking a beer in his gnome’s underwear could be a gift.
There are many ways to say “Thank you”. or “I missed you.” or “Well, wasn’t it a crazy year!” But probably the most important gift you can give is to be there… in person.
I am Anna Matteo.
Katie Workman reported this story for The Associated Press. Anna Matteo adapted it for VOA Learning English. Susan Shand was the editor.
Words in this story
leisure – not. an interest or activity performed for pleasure
pretty – adj. attractive to look at generally in a simple or delicate way
decorative – adj. used to make something more attractive : used for decoration decorate – v. make (something) more attractive usually by putting something on it
table napkin – not. a piece of cloth (such as a cloth or paper) used at the table to wipe lips or fingers and protect clothing
poster – not. a usually large printed sheet that often contains pictures and is displayed in a public place (to promote something)
puzzle – not. a puzzle made up of small, irregularly cut pieces that must be put together to form a picture
garden – not. an area of soil where plants (such as flowers or vegetables) are grown
gnome – not. an imaginary dwarf supposed to live inside the earth and guard a treasure
embrace – n./v. putting your arms around someone mostly as a way to show love or friendship