It’s the time of year where gift-giving is at the top of our minds, which can be a bit stressful. With the pandemic still in full swing, getting out to stores to buy your gifts is tough. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t surprise your loved ones with a thoughtful present.
At a time where many veterans and military families have been in the house and socially distanced, giving your loved one an experience-focused gift can be a great way to create lasting memories and put a smile on their faces!
Having trouble coming up with an idea? No worries, because we have a few here that you can use, courtesy of Big Life Journal! Here is a list of socially-distanced activities to provide your children and your family with safe and exciting opportunities.
Purchase a membership to a local meditation site: There are many spiritual retreats offering events for children and families following social distancing guidelines. If leaving the house isn’t an option, recreate their Zen garden at home.
Help unleash their inner yogi: Looking into helping your loved one find their inner zen with a membership to a local yoga studio in your area offering socially distanced or virtual classes. Yoga is also excellent for the physical and mental health of all ages.
Creative writing classes and seminars: Is there a young poet or short story writer in your family? Look for writing centers in your area or groups that may be offering virtual workshops online and get them a membership/ subscription.
Enroll your budding musician in the School of Rock: is a fun music lesson experience that has virtual options available to help foster instrument play, songwriting, or singing.
If none of these ideas seem to fit for the family member your looking to surprise, don't fret! Big Life Journal has a whole bunch of them, and Don't be afraid to get creative. All of us here at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Veterans Village of San Diego want to wish you and your entire family happy holidays and hope you enjoy the season with smiles and memories!