While the COVID-19 pandemic may not keep us from buying gifts for friends and family this year, it will likely keep thousands of us out of the brick and mortar stores we would normally roam come Black Friday. Instead, you’ll find us quietly hunched over laptops and tablets, scouring websites and online stores for the perfect presents to express how we feel about those we can’t reach out and hug anytime soon.
Some 64% of shoppers reported they will shop online during the holidays, according to a recent Deloitte survey of more than 4,000 U.S. consumers. Among those who plan to shop predominantly online, nearly two-thirds of them will shop from a computer to avoid crowds (65%), because they prefer the convenience of shopping at home (64%), and want to take advantage of free shipping or delivery options (60%).
With online in mind, and just in time for all the Black Friday deals, we gathered a collection of pandemic-themed and budget-friendly gift ideas to bring a little humor and hope to your 2020 holiday season.
Good day, bad day, don’t ask glass tumbler. ($13.97 with HOLIDAY30 discount from Personalized Planet)
In case we ever forget, there’s a 2020 top emblazoned with TP to throw in our time capsule. ($12.40 plus shipping on Etsy)
We could all use a little more comfort food from the fabulous Ina Garten. ($17.50 hardcover on Amazon)
Have a holly jolly holiday with this festive face covering. ($12 on Etsy)
In case you want to track your path around the apartment. ($39.99, down from $75 at Walmart.com)
Challenging times call for a classic bag big enough to hold a laptop and a side hustle. ($113, was $378 at Coach Outlet)
For the woman whose feathered friends love her so and needs a mug that says so: “If we had a different mom we would peck her in the legs and run to you.” ($12.99 on Zulily from Hypolita)
The adorableness is strong with Star Wars: The Child ($59.99 on Amazon)
Because we all need nice things on sale. Black Friday special ($39.99, was $139 at Macy’s)
“It’s Fine. I’m Fine. Everything’s Fine.” 2020 Dumpster Fire ornament ($11.16 on Etsy)
Because viral cat videos won’t make themselves. ($40.57 at PetSmart)
Includes a BPA-free plastic wine glass for safer bathtime sipping. ($38 from Uncommon Goods)
Your friends and coworkers will think of you and thank you for this gift all year. (Starting at $5 a bottle.)
Channel your inner Tom Hanks and play chopsticks with your feet on this Black Friday special from FAO Schwarz at Macy’s ($31.99, down from $71.99)
MORE SMART HOLIDAY SPENDING TIPS FROM HERMONEY:
- Create an effective holiday budget — start early, be cutthroat.
- Incorporate these six painless ways to save money on gifts.
- Clear your head and master your holiday spending with these mind-over-money tips from behavioral economist Dan Ariely.
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