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    Apr 8, 2020

    31 Little Things To Make Social Distancing Easier

    See you on FaceTime, my dudes.

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    1. A floral "Caffeine & Quarantine" mug all your coworkers will get a kick out of in your departmental virtual chats (if they aren't too busy squealing over someone's cute puppy).

    Hug & Mug/Etsy

    Get it from Hug & Mug on Etsy for $13.99+ (available in two sizes).

    2. An affordable bread maker to help you join the bread-wagon of everyone who's been lighting up the #StayHome tag on Instagram with absurdly beautiful loaves.

    The Grommet

    This specialized pan/mold hugs the bread to ensure an even crust and thorough baking, but the more important PSA you should know is that you can even use this in the microwave, y'all.

    Promising review: "First time I tried it I couldn't believe how nice my bread turned out. This is an awesome product. I enjoy using it." —Marcia

    Get it from The Grommet for $20.

    3. A "because social distancing" wine glass perfect for all the Zoom happy hours you're hosting.

    Mel's Memorable Makings/Etsy

    Get it from Mel's Memorable Makings on Etsy for $7.95+ (available in 35 colors, including *glitter* options!).

    4. A calming lavender "Quarantine & Chill" candle to help ease whatever it is stressing you out the most right now — a tall order, seeing as it can change every 15 minutes, but this candle's up to the task.

    Zoey's Attic/Etsy

    Promising review: "My friend lives in NYC and this candle gave her the love she needs to get through this hard time." —Brittany Livingston

    Get it from Zoey's Attic on Etsy for $20+.

    5. A set of fairy lights with photo clips so you can print out photos of all your BFFs and hang them over your bed or your workspace to keep you company during quarantine.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "Super cute way of displaying my Polaroids in my room. The wiring is discreet so there is no ugly cords when the LED is switched off!" —UO Customer

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20.

    6. A rainbow maker you can hang on the wall in rooms with natural light to cast beautiful, whimsical flecks of rainbow everywhere, so you can bring some of the magic of nature into your bedroom.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "This is so pretty! I put on my living room window and every morning it creates many rainbows and little light circles looks like so many shooting stars. I love it and my kids love it too!" —Yuriee

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $41.95.

    7. A personalized pillowcase to adorn with your BFF's face, so you can still cuddle with them (read: draw a Sharpie mustache under their nose) no matter where y'all are.


    TBH, if you and your BFF miss each other's doggos, this is also an adorable opportunity to put a puppy's face all over a pillow.

    Promising review: "Bought for a friend as I moved to Australia nine months ago. It was bought as a joke but she absolutely loves it. Pillows for everyone." —Firebox Customer

    Get it from Firebox for $24.99.

    8. An all-purpose social distance card you can send to friends to let them know you're thinking of them in a way slightly more personal than your usual "u up?" text (to swap fruit from each other's Animal Crossing island's trees, of course).


    Psst — you can save yourself a step by sending the shop a message you want to personalize it with along with the recipient's address, and they'll send it for you!

    Get it from Socialholic on Etsy for $4.

    9. A super soft Baby Yoda T-shirt that is, quite truly, a big social distancing mood.

    Hot Topic

    Promising review: "Cozy and cute T-shirt. The material is so soft and cozy. Love that it comes in extended sizes." —Sweet D

    Get it from Hot Topic for $18.32+ (originally $22.90+; available in sizes SM-3XL).

    10. A colorful Harry Potter sorting hat bath bomb so you and all of your friends can get re-sorted from afar — it fizzles out to reveal not only your house, but a little pin you can wear as a badge(r?)* of honor.

    BB Bath/Etsy

    (*I'm a Hufflepuff, sue me.)

    Plus, if you already know what house you are in your heart, you can opt to get a specific one!

    Promising review: "Not only was this the coolest present I have found for a friend, and not only does it smell amazing, but the seller went out of their way to make sure it would get here in time and was so wonderful through the whole process. I would highly recommend purchasing from this shop due to the wonderful service and high quality of products!" —Catherine

    Get it from BB Bath on Etsy for $16.95.

    11. A compact popcorn maker with a literal BUTTER WELL, so you can make yourself popcorn so warm and salty that your social distance movie nights will feel like you're smack dab in the middle of an AMC.


    Promising review: "Pops ALL the corn quickly. Steam vents allow corn to come out just right and not tough. Combine butter and oil all at once and pour in kernels and afterwards a few dashes of salt, and all popcorn, even the cheapest comes out super! Pops any amount small to large and finishes popping fast which is great for popping a second batch. Easy cleanup. Nothing burns on and releases fats with a dash of detergent. Have owned many popcorn makers in multi decades. This one is the best." —Queenie

    Get it from Target for $24.99.

    12. A "Calm The Chaos" journal to give you a soothing way to unwind and disconnect from news apps at the end of the day.


    Each day of this journal comes with guided suggestions for ways to check in with yourself, your priorities, and how to best take care of yourself and people you love.

    Promising review: "I was surprised at how these simple prompts help me to reflect on simple moments of joy and blessings through my day, and also help me to set goals and purpose for the following day! It takes about 10-15 minutes to complete each day and has become a peaceful ritual I look forward to before bedtime. Five stars from me :)" —MissKriss

    Get it from Anthropologie for $14.95.

    13. A Tom Nook plush that will keep you company in lockdown, whether he's serving as a very easily surprised coworker or assessing how many bells the pie you're baking is worth.

    Box Lunch

    Pie baked from the peaches you grew with your bare hands on your island, of course.

    Get it from Box Lunch for $16.90.

    14. A mess-free cookie scoop for all your new dessert-related adventures, so you can bake your heart out without touching too much with your bare hands and get those *chef's kiss* perfectly round cookies you can easily stack for storage.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Promising review: "This cookie scoop is easy to use, high quality construction. I've had the bigger one for two or three years, and I use it all the time. It's faster and neater than a measuring spoon, the grip is cushioned, it's easy to wash, and it still looks brand new. I just have the smaller one and I'm just as happy with it." —Bmgi47

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $11.19+ (originally $13+; available in three sizes).

    15. A personalized baking journal so you can chronicle all of your quarantine-themed baking experiments as a pseudo recipe book/diary for your future self to peruse.

    Made By Ellis/Etsy

    If you really, truly want to lean into the chaos, here's a cursed BuzzFeed recipe for "4-Layer Pie" you can put in as your first entry (don't say you weren't warned).

    Get it from Made By Ellis on Etsy for $15.48+.

    16. A Zoom University T-shirt that complies with the current school dress code of sweatpants, slippers, and snuggly things, because we are all alumni of the internet now.

    Spunky Pineapple Co./Etsy

    Get it from Spunky Pineapple Co. on Etsy for $23.79 (available in sizes SM-XXL and nine colors).

    17. A pair of snuggly USB-powered heated slippers to keep your toes toasty for all the Netflix marathons you're embarking on.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "Got this gift for my significant other, who is a profound puppy lover. She adored them very much and uses them a lot more than she thought I might. They heat up a lot more than expected and although they are very large, the footbed is as snug as a glove." —heverlybills

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $35 (available in three styles).

    18. A book scratch-off poster so you can make like Hermione Granger and read your way through lockdown, one classic novel at a time.


    Promising review: "Recipient is an avid reader. Always with a book in her hand. Although some of the books were already read by easy scratch off. It gave her a reason to reread others. Some not on her radar but now added to her future reads. Great idea...and it's not limited to the recipient. Others can share these must reads." —Vicki

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $15.

    19. A s'mores maker to bring the fun of outdoors indoors, because if we were all being honest with ourselves, s'mores were the literal only reason any of us ever considered camping anyway.


    I appreciate ya, nature. I just appreciate chocolate more.

    Promising review: "I very very rarely write reviews, but I had to write about this one! I bought this for my boys for Valentine's Day, they love s'mores and thought it would be the perfect little gadget. Let me just say, it definitely meets my expectations. Once the electric coil warms up, the marshmallows toast pretty quickly over the 'flame.' Taste just like they do when made outside on a fire pit! It's pretty small but you can easily do two marshmallows at a time. I would definitely recommend this product!" —dlw317

    Get it from Target for $19.99.

    20. A set of cat-themed tarot cards purrrfect for first-timers, complete with a guide on how to pull the cards and how to interpret them so you can do readings for yourself and all your friends over FaceTime.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "Great size and shape, very easy to shuffle. Bright and colourful, too. These funky little cats make a not so great reading less troublesome." —Inde

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $19.95.

    21. A beautiful printed glass water bottle to remind you to stay hydrated, because it's easier to forget than ever now that you're kicking it at home.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "The iridescent water bottle is not only beautiful, but it's also of very excellent quality. The blue to purple shine is rather eye catching and quite stunning. The bottle holds the perfect amount of water and I have not worried about it breaking like I have other glass water bottles." —Alisye

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $16 (available in three styles).

    22. A starter set for yoga complete with all the basics, including a yoga mat, a yoga block, and a stretching strap, so you can join your friends on all the Instagram Lives offering free classes right now. Achieving mindfulness and flow indoors? Bring it om.


    Psst — the set comes with access to free instructional classes, too!

    Promising review: "I have absolutely no experience with yoga and on suggestion from a friend came to Gaiam. This kit has everything you need to begin your path to wellness. The block and strap are almost essential for a first-timer; they helped me understand the stability of each pose. One of the classes shows you how to use them and WHY. Important for some. Very helpful for first timers. Rodney Yee has a very calming and clear voice. His instruction is simple and concise. For those beginning or those unable to find good beginner classes nearby, this is an excellent start kit. The price can NOT be beat." —Syndria

    Get it from Gaiam for $29.98 (available in three colors).

    Psst — if you're looking for even more places to start your yogi journey, try Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube. She has a complete playlist for yoga for beginners, and organizes routines by length so you can pick them based on whether you have 10, 20, or 30 minutes to spare.

    23. A "Be The Person Your Dog Thinks You Are" T-shirt as a fitting tribute to your favorite new coworker, who is in charge of necessary departmental functions like barking at the window and trying to nap on your laptop after you get up to pee.


    Get it from ModCloth for $34 (available in sizes XS-4X).

    24. A microgreens growing kit for beginners that also happens to be *perfect* for small spaces with low lighting, so you can bring a little bit of nature into any lockdown digs.

    The Grommet

    This comes with a reusable plastic tray, growing instructions, one Super Salad Mix Seed Quilt, and one Spicy Daikon Radish Seed Quilt — plus, it only needs to be watered once.

    Get it from The Grommet for $39.

    25. A pair of Apple AirPods with a wireless charging case so you can still get your at-home workout game on without your roommates knocking on the door and begging you to stop blasting Kesha at eight in the morning.


    Also excellent for taking calls if you're someone who likes to pace around your room!

    Promising review: "They’re everything I did not know I needed/wanted! I was apprehensive to purchase though I’ve purchased them for my children, boy! am I glad I did. I can move around the house freely without having a cord or place for my phone. The battery life is great and they charge super fast! Apple, you’ve done well!" —Acerted

    Get it from Target for $139.99 (originally $159.99).

    26. A Baby Yoda Popsocket you can grip to make it easier to FaceTime your BFFs no matter which couch/chair/bed you happen to be chilling on.

    Hot Topic

    Keep your friends close and your Baby Yoda obsession closer.

    Get it from Hot Topic for $11.99 (originally $14.99).

    27. Or a flexible phone stand you can attach to any tabletop or desk surface when you need your hands free to pull your hair out when you somehow blow it for your whole Zoom trivia team again.

    Urban Outfitters

    IN YOUR DEFENSE, there are a lot of celebrities named Chris and you can't be expected to keep tabs on them all!

    Promising review: "Love using this when I FaceTime or I’m on calls for a long time and don’t want to hold my phone at home. Clips pretty well to surface, the neck is sort of hard to bend but overall nice accessory." —UO Customer

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $16.

    28. A Baked By Melissa birthday cupcake pack to send to friends who are celebrating while on lockdown — perfect for anyone whose favorite cake flavor is "all of them."

    Baked By Melissa

    Each assortment of Baked By Melissa's "Latest & Greatest" cupcakes comes with Tie-Dye (vanilla), Cookies & Cream, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Cookie Dough, Triple Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Chip Pancake, Red Velvet, Mint Cookie, Brownie Batter, Cake Batter, Cookie Butter, and Confetti (also vanilla).

    Get it from Baked By Melissa for $37.

    29. A letter board you can easily prop in your new work from home space to leave a motivational message for yourself, like "Get it done!" or "Stop streaming Tiger King while you're in a Google Hangout with your boss!"

    Promising review: "Super cute! And small in scale so it can be a part of a gallery wall or live alone in a smaller space or above a desk or by the back door. And love the gold painted frame." —Jackie

    Get it from Target for $17.69.

    30. A waterproof long-distance touch bracelet you can pair up with a loved one who's far away, so every time one of you taps it the other one gets a cheeky lil' buzz.


    It even shows you the weather and time wherever it is you and the other person are tapping from!

    Promising review: "I bought these for my boyfriend and myself who live 700 miles apart. These really help make the distance seem shorter as it feels like he's right there with me when I get a tap. I'll be at work and get a tap from him and it brightens my day. A sweet message combined with a tap from the bracelet helps to make me feel better about being apart." —darla

    Get a set of two from UncommonGoods for $98.

    31. An at-home gel nail kit complete with a fast-dry LED lamp, gel polish, and a deep red and fresh pink color to get you Instagram-perfect nails for all the "look at this delicious muffin I baked with my bare hands!" pictures you're blessing the feed with right now.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "Costs so much less than getting a real done at a salon. It last pretty long too, so that’s a plus — also the colors it comes with are pretty staple colors so you don’t need to worry about buying more colors right off the bat." —Chameleon19

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $60.

    The evergreen mood while we all send each other love from a safe distance.


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