Slow North Gift Guide: Social Distancing Edition

The holiday season is crazy enough as it is, but throwing a year like 2020 on top of it can make it overwhelming. This is exactly the time we’d usually be at gatherings, cuddling up close to each other to stay warm, but with COVID-19 still surging, we’ve been forced to reevaluate our holiday plans. This could get pretty upsetting or isolating — especially if you’ve been looking forward to seeing the reaction of your loved ones opening gifts. That’s why we’re here to help with our very own gift guide, curated specifically for navigating a crazy holiday season like this one. Check it out:

Care Packages

If you always find yourself pressed for time around the holidays, let us take care of the gifting for you. Whether you’re looking to give the gift of elevation, reflection, or a clean home, you can choose from the prepackaged gift boxes on our store online and have it delivered right to your recipient’s door.

Immunity Boosters

Immunity supplements make great stocking stuffers, and they’re a pretty hot commodity nowadays. Emergen-C is a classic; you can also find natural immune supplements at local health food stores and Whole Foods.

Photo by Nadia Valko

A Coffee Subscription

Coffee dates may be a thing of the past, but the coffee-lover in your life will certainly appreciate fresh beans delivered to their doorstep every month. Better yet, check out these eco-conscious coffee options!

Streaming Service Subscription

Your friends and family may have Netflix already, but are they subscribed to Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime, or HBO? Maybe even dish out a password or two to let your friends freeload on your own account? Nobody should be forced to ride out quarantine without access to TV!

We’re Not Really Strangers Card Game

This year has many of us missing deep, meaningful connections, and this heartfelt card game is all about empowering those kinds of connections. The game involves selecting cards with three tiers of questions, allowing you to deepen your existing relationships and create new ones. 

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Wine. Lots of Wine.

Let’s be honest, there’s someone on your list you know needs it. Check out winc for deliveries of organic, sustainably-farmed wines right to your door.

A Bread Maker

Maybe the bread-making phase of quarantine has passed some of us by, but it couldn’t hurt to gift the baker in your life a state-of-the-art new toy.

Cozy & Sustainable Loungewear

Many of us have been staying at home in comfy clothes during quarantine; why not offer your friends and family a chance to liven up their loungewear wardrobe? These eight loungewear brands aren’t just cute and cozy, but they’re also sustainable, making them the perfect gift for the eco-friendly lounger in your life.

Locally-Made Face Masks

Keep your friends and family safe with a locally-made, reusable fabric face mask. These are made of double-layered, tightly-woven cotton, and they even feature a removable metal nose insert to reduce fogging glasses.

Rupi Kaur’s Newest Work, home body

Kaur’s latest masterpiece, home body, was crafted during quarantine to explore the concepts of love, acceptance, community, family, and embracing change. Like all her work, this is the perfect gift for lovers of beautiful poetry and prose.

Cecilia Seiter
Cecilia is a freelance writer and contributor to Slow North. She writes largely about sustainability, especially as it applies to beauty, wellness, and the future of technology. She is a graduate of the journalism department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is based in Los Angeles, CA.