Living in Lockdown: Creative Ways to Staying Connected
Welcome to the second instalment in our new Living in Lockdown series, in which we hope to inspire, support and spread positivity during this challenging time. If you missed the first Living in Lockdown: Giving Thanks then we were talking all about unique and thoughtful ways we can all say thank you to the special people and keyworkers in our lives.
This time we are focusing on the different ways we can all stay connected with family and friends, even if we can’t physically see them.
Going for long stretches of time without seeing family or friends has become very much a reality, which is really hard for so many of us. However, there are lots of ways to still stay connected and feel close. Showing loved ones you are thinking of them means so much at the moment, which is why we’ve created a range of gifts within the Rainbow Collection focused on exactly this!
Despite being apart we can stay connected through the joy of gifting
Despite being apart we can stay connected through the joy of gifting with our Personalised ‘Always Connected’ Keyring, Personalised ‘Always Connected’ Mug and Personalised I Love You Auntie Mug. All of which share the happy colours of a rainbow, that will certainly brighten up their day.
For the book lovers
For the book lovers we have the Personalised Bookmark with Child’s Drawing on and Personalised ‘We Can’t Wait To See You Again’ Bookmark, which has three spaces for your most precious photographs, as well as a chance to add your own message and who the gift is from. Reading has become such a popular activity for many during lockdown, so giving the gift of a bookmark is not only useful, but also a daily reminder for loved ones that we are all in this together.
There are currently so many grandparents across the nation that are sadly missing their grandchildren immensely, but by sending them a Personalised Child’s Drawing Coaster for Grandparents you can make them feel more connected. A reminder of the happy memories, a chance for a grandchild to showcase their latest drawing skills and a constant reminder for a grandparent that they are missed too.
Hugs from those we love is something so many of us miss every single day and while we may not be able to physically hug quite yet, sending a Personalised Hug in a Mug is as close as we can get. Have fun taking a photograph of you or your child/ren sharing an open hug, upload it on our website, along with who the mug is for and from and we’ll do the rest! Before you know it, your loved ones will have a Hug in a Mug that they can treasure forever.
There are so many other creative ways we can help to feel more connected with loved ones of all ages, including:
a lot of us may not have really used FaceTime much before lockdown began, but now it really is a new way to stay in touch. Being able to see a friendly face can make all the difference to someone’s day.
Send a letter or postcard
the classic form of communication that has certainly become more forgotten over the years.
Do online activities together
There are quite a few different video call sites, such as Zoom and House Party, that enable you to play games with your friends/family. It’s such a fun way to spend an evening, is social and the perfect excuse to get everyone together.
Grandparents are really missing being able to see their grandchildren, so organising a time for them to read a book over FaceTime or Skype can help to make them feel more connected.
Learn a new skill together
It could be asking your loved one to teach you how to knit or cook a family favourite recipe or crochet or play a new card game etc. A bonding experience for both of you and best of all you’ll learn a new skill too.
Host a quiz night
Spend some time putting together a quiz and invite your friends/family to take part virtually. The quiz could be funny, challenging, interesting or on a specific topic.
It’s so important to stay connected with those important people in your life for everyone’s wellbeing. However you choose to keep in touch we hope you and your loved ones are staying well.
Guest blog written by Helen from Treasure Every Moment