What We Want To Give—and Get—During A Pandemic

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You’ve got to keep a sense of humor. Period. This year has really been Pur-Hell (pun intended). Which means spreading a little holiday cheer has never been more important.

According to gifting expert Sade Awe, there’s no occasion too large or too small for giving a gift.

Not surprisingly, Christmas is her favorite season of the year. Her company, EAZY GYFT, offers curated boxes sourcing the best of the best in every category.

“I wanted to take the guesswork, stress and time out of seamlessly selecting and sending gifts to everyone on your list,” she says. (You had us at less stress.)

Still got holiday shopping to do? Let us help.

The Luxe Self-Care Box

Who couldn’t use some extra pampering just about now? Sade’s pulled together an ultra-luxe assortment to choose from. There’s also EAZY GYFT boxes for those with a sweet tooth or in need of a better night’s sleep (everyone!).

Virtual Reality Headset

If you can’t physically get out of the house, here’s a way to do it virtually. This headset and two small controllers offer a wide variety of VR experiences, from live concerts and films to climbing Mt. Everest.

Electronic Bidet and Toilet Seat

Okay, we admit this is an unconventional gift idea. But after this sh!tty year, some things are really worth the upgrade. This high-end bidet mists, provides light white noise, heats the seat, and has a drying feature.

Deck the Stalls Set

According to the uber-clever Poo-Pourri website, this is for “those intimate holiday gatherings—little spaces with lots of odors.” If you haven’t tried these innovative—and effective—toilet bowl spray, you need to buy one for yourself.

Automatic Expresso Machine

This one is a splurge—but this will definitely be welcomed by anyone who’s not making daily trips to Starbucks or their fancy office coffee machine.

Snack Mountain

In times like these, you can never have too many snacks. This combo is better than the office vending machine. (Think Cheez Its, Famous Amos, and Cracker Jack—and yes, we all deserve a prize for getting through this year.)

Light Therapy Lamp

A top treatment for seasonal affective disorder (SAD)—not to mention quarantining—this desk-friendly lamp will deliver a healthy dose of “natural light” no matter what the weather.

Meditation Headband

While you can’t literally gift someone peace of mind, this high-tech headband is the next best thing. Along with tracking brain activity and providing live feedback during meditation, it includes workshops, goals, and an app to demystify meditation altogether.

Master Class

Ever want to learn design and architecture from Frank Gehry? Or how about interior design from Kelly Wearstler? Master Class lets you learn from the pros—at home—via videos on the company’s online platform. Over 90 courses are available, from home and design to sports and gaming.

Pewter Waste Basket

It’s been a trash year. Let’s make the most of it. So it’s only apropos we end with the crème de la crème of wastebaskets: Cast in pewter. Baroque curves. Handcrafted by Italian artisans. Yes, it’s from Neiman’s. And no, we’re not kidding that it sells for just under $1,000.

2021 can’t get here fast enough.


Elaine Raffel

Having left the corporate world to launch her own freelance creative business, Elaine Raffel is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the mega-talented Dallas homebuilding community. She credits her work with top fashion and design brands for teaching her one inarguably valuable lesson: that truly great work is always a collaboration.

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