Surprises from afar with remote gifting

Distance can be hard. When it comes to remote gifting, the possibilities for creativity are endless.
Cassidy Dawes Graves
Cassidy at SmartGift
April 13th 2020Apr 13, 2020

These days it can feel like all relationships are long-distance. Due to social distancing restrictions and the COVID-19 pandemic, many people find themselves unable to see their friends, family, or even their partner for an indefinite amount of time. For everyone's health and safety, this means no gatherings outside of your household or COVID bubble for birthday parties, in-person holiday celebrations, or restaurant reservations. Things are going to be different for a while. However, people are finding new ways to connect with their loved ones and are proving that family and community always finds a way to prevail.

One of the simplest ways to show someone you're thinking of them is with a gift. It doesn't have to be extravagant—even a small token of appreciation like a note can brighten someone's day. Plus, SmartGift's digital gifting technology lets you send thoughtful, unique gifts that are always on time and come with contact free delivery. Though you may not be able to wrap it yourself, there are plenty of ways to get creative with the experience. Here are some suggestions for meaningful and fun gifting from afar.

Most people are used to going into an office or other type of workplace day after day. Now that working from home is the norm, you don't get to see your coworkers the way you used to. Browse through our collection of gifts for coworkers, and when you see one that catches your eye, send them the gift link through email or through our Slack app. They'll surely appreciate it more than yet another meeting invite!

Some people are quarantining with their families, but many others now find themselves far from the ones they love, without knowing when they can plan trips to see their parents or relatives. Whether you're looking for gifts for mom, gifts for your sister, or even gifts for your cousin's new baby, help warm their heart further by including a free greeting card. Choose from sweet sentimental messages or playful puns, whatever they'd love more.

Friends are an invaluable presence in our lives, and it can be hard not seeing them. Pick out some small, fun gifts for friends and schedule a virtual evening of drinks or movies. Text each of them their gift link with a funny GIF that reminded you of them, and ask them to open it while you're all (virtually) together. Watching their reaction is almost as good as being together in person.

The average couple probably didn't imagine they would be in unexpected long-distance relationships, especially if they don't actually live very far from each other. This can be a strange adjustment, but why not lean into romance and send each other gifts for a virtual date night? Whether it's old-school flowers and chocolates or a tasting flight to enjoy while staying at home, send a gift to your partner by emailing them the gift link alongside a love note. If you want to get even more creative, write them physical love letter and mail it to your sweetie, and then send them the link for their gift.

This period of our lives may seem difficult, but it won't last forever. And while everyone stays at home to flatten the curve, it's more important than ever to remind the people in our lives how much they mean to us.