Getting a bit bored with your surroundings while social distancing at home? We know we are! What can be done to spruce up, indulge a little, and generally renew yourself and your surroundings? A few subtle things can add up to a big lift to your mood and well-being.
How about the softest blanket ever made? This blanket is the adult version of a stuffed animal and right now, that sounds pretty darn good. Available in several shapes and sizes, our favorite is called “Dreamy Milky Way Cloud White.” At $64.90 on Amazon, it’s large enough for two.
Or try the another popular blanket trend, a weighted blanket that literally hugs you. We know it sounds weird to the uninitiated, but weighted blankets are totally a thing and they just might become your thing. Available in various sizes and prices on Amazon, aim for a blanket that is 10% of your body weight. Be sure to check for coupon savings.
We have a tendency not to think about fragrance, but next to music, it’s the quickest, easiest way to make your home feel a little fresher and a little more special. There are lots of ways to infuse your home with fragrance. Candles work well and have more luxurious scents than air fresheners. We found this set of candles, designed for relaxation on Amazon for $13.99. They look as lovely as they smell.
Or if you dislike the hassle of a candle, how about a pretty porcelain diffuser? It is a dressed-up version of a reed diffuser, so it can go from your bathroom to your bedroom, nightstand, desk or even coffee table. And while these are a little pricey, they are available in Dahlia or Gardenia for $58 at Finkelmans.com. A diffuser lasts up to a year, which is far longer than any candle, and you can purchase refills for only $14-$17 down the road.
How about a little green inside your home? Succulents are the closest thing to a foolproof plant, even if you completely lack a green thumb. Spray them with water about once a month and fuggedaboutit. This tabletop succulent garden from Terrain comes in two sizes and goes anywhere in your house there is sunlight. The small version is $48 and the large is $78. Check out the other plants available at shopterrain.com. They are ideal for more advanced plant people- you know who you are!
We will bet the part of your body that is by far the most neglected is your tootsies. How about renewing them while you are social distancing? This foot mask- yes, foot mask, will leave your feet smelling and looking brand new. But be warned, the dead, calloused skin will come off your feet for up to two weeks, so this is not for the faint of heart! However, if you want feet that are as soft as a baby’s, it might be worth putting up with a little ick. Also available on Amazon for $22.99
Maybe the best thing you can do to elevate your mood is to give someone you care about a gift for no reason at all……and we think we have found the perfect present for this crazy world at bathandbodyworks.com. It is small gift set available in several different fragrances for only $13.50. The gift set contains a fragrance, a cream or lotion and wait for it…….a small bottle of HAND SANITIZER! You just might want to send one to your daughter, one to your sister and one to yourself.