A couple weeks ago, Jalila asked us: “What would be a thoughtful gift for a friend and a co-worker who had to cancel their weddings?”
Of course no one needs to get anyone a gift in this situation — a kind word goes a very long way. That said, what an incredibly thoughtful question! Jalila, we appreciate your compassion about how disappointing it is for couples who've had to cancel their wedding because of Coronavirus.
The win/win gift: support both the couple AND a local small business!
The most thoughtful gift possible is a gift-voucher to a local restaurant or spa. Go for something that will make your friend and their fiance feel loved and pampered. This kind of present is a double-whammy: not only are you getting your friend a lovely enriching experience, you're ALSO supporting a local business that is no doubt be facing hard times in this era of social distancing.
Now, granted: a gift voucher to a spa can't be used until we're done with quarantine and sheltering-in-place… but a gift certificate to a restaurant that does take-out or delivery would be a tremendously thoughtful gift for couples who are so tired of eating at home during quarantine.
Regardless of when the couple redeems a gift voucher, the small business gets the benefit of your money right now, when so many small businesses are struggling to stay afloat.
For those of you in the UK, a site called BuyAGift makes this kind of gifting super easy — they offer experiential gifts for couples. Stuff like tea for two, romantic spa-days, wine-tasting, or adventures like ziplining. Almost all the experiences hosted by small businesses in the UK, so when you buy an experience, you're supporting both the couple and the small biz. Any BuyAGift experiences you buy now can be redeemed for 10 months.
But what if you're out of the area or want to give a more tangible gift?
So, let's review here:
- You don't need to give a gift!
- A kind word goes a long way
- The best idea is a win/win gift that supports both the couple AND a local small business.
But. That said, maybe you're out of the area and don't know about local small businesses. Maybe you're want to send a more tangible, physical gift. We've got a few ideas, because there are tons of gift delivery services that can help to connect people even while social distancing…
OFFBEAT: unique couple gifts
SWEET: fresh treats delivered straight to their door
Send a tasty “sorry your wedding was canceled” condolences cake Milkbar! I mean, lookit how delicious and colorful that cake looks — how could the couple not be delighted when a rainbow-flecked three-layer cake shows up at their front door? That'll kill the quarantine blahs.
So yeah, Crack Pie sounds good, but the cakes…. JUST LOOK AT THIS CAKE:
FLORAL & HOUSE PLANTS: Bringing the outside IN
- FLORAL: Have flowers delivered from From You Flowers (affordable!) or Floom (if you want to go for a more unique vibe).
- NATURAL: Help the couple grow during quarantine by sending a living, growing plant gift from The Sill.
Give the unique gift of wine that your friends and family will love. Send a personalized Bright Cellars wine club certificate today and they'll ship the couple their personalized wine matches directly.
Or you could just buy some cheap wine on one of your weekly runs the grocery store, cover up the label with one of these funny wine labels, and leave it on their front porch:
The final word on whether you should get someone a gift if their wedding was canceled
Just to say it again: there is no need to get anyone a gift! Many of us are struggling financially right now, and a loving phone call or a handwritten card (especially a punny one like this) can go a long way toward lifting the spirits of friends who've had to cancel or postpone their weddings.
(Or anyone really — social distancing doesn't mean we can't keep in close communication with our loved ones.)
So, while no one needs to get anyone anything, we do want to say many thanks again to our reader Jalila for asking such a sweet question… it warms our hearts to know that there are folks being so thoughtful about their friends' feelings during such a difficult time. Whether it's gifts or just giving folks a call, now is the time for more love and thoughtfulness.
Love in the time of Coronavirus…