50 Gift Ideas to Make Your Pandemic Holiday Shopping a Breeze

My love language is gifts, which means not only do I get joy from receiving gifts, I get the biggest thrill out of finding the perfect (or what I think is the perfect) gift for those that I love. While I do thoroughly enjoy shopping, the age of online ordering has made holiday gift giving a breeze – for better or for worse. 

I highly recommend making wish lists, either for all gifts or individual ones for each person you buy for. I throw things on there throughout the year so it’s simple when a birthday, christmas, or other special occasion rolls around. I use Amazon Wishlists for everything that can be bought there, but I also keep a note on my phone where I can add quick ideas from anywhere. Any time Jess (or anyone!) mentions that they’d like to have something, I pop it into my note to remind me for later. Although a lot of these things are probably pandemic-everyone-is-at-home-and-bored themed, many will be useful beyond COVID-19, I promise! 

Another great feature of Amazon is choosing your delivery day – after the thrill of getting a package every day wore off I really started to think about how wasteful it was, so now I set my delivery day and all my orders for the week get rolled into as few boxes/deliveries as possible.

You can also shop small AND local on Amazon! While I’m not saying it absolves all of the mega-monopoly guilt you may have for shopping on Amazon, it does help. You can filter by local (really just regions – not super localized), military family-owned, black-owned, women-owned, and more

Another general shopping tip I want to share is using Rakuten. To be honest, I was skeptical whenever I’d see ads for Rakuten (formerly eBates), but it’s legit and I use it as a browser extension so that when I am shopping on a website it’ll pop up a little notification if there is a cash back offer for that website. I’ve earned over $60 this year on things that I was purchasing anyway. 

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50 gift ideas for anyone on your holiday shopping list

Do you have any go-to gifts or something you’re excited to give this year? Tell me your “must gives” and what is on your wishlist in the comments. Happy gifting! 

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