For the longest time, I viewed Amazon Prime primarily as a way to get books for class at the last minute. All of that changed, though, when my boyfriend and I had to cope with a 3,098-mile space between us for three months.
Unable to hug each other when we were sick, when we stressed over work, or when we celebrated our birthdays, Amazon Prime became our way of maintaining a physical, tangible presence in each other’s lives. On his birthday, I sent him a care package complete with rum cake and birthday candles, and I sent his roommate a birthday banner to stealthily string across their room. During my intense work crunch, he sent me gifts of chocolate and roses.
In what may be my favorite use of Amazon Prime, though, on one day of no particular significance, I discovered that my boyfriend had ordered me a box of Oreo cookies. With only $6, a click of a button, and a bit of thought, he had made me feel so cared for. This, I think, is something we can all do for each other.
While changes in technology have led people to send emails instead of paper cards and emoji-laden messages as shows of support, they have also made it much easier, faster, and less expensive for consumers to send each other gifts by post. What’s more, what technology hasn’t changed is how freaking exciting it is to get a package in the mail, amirite?
So next time your mother is sick, think about sending her a humidifier, some chamomile tea, or a lavender eye pillow. Is your brother starting a new school year? Send him some bad*ss pencils. When your cousin is about to leave for an exciting trip, send her a travel journal. Significant other having a bad week? Send him some Oreos. These gifts may be small, but they mean the world.
Here I’ve included what I consider some of the best gifts on Amazon Prime – share yours in the comments and spread the love!
- Ginger Ray Pastel Perfection and Gold Foiled Happy Birthday Bunting Banner, Pink, $11 – When you can’t make it to the party, send a party.
- Tortuga Caribbean Coconut Rum Cake, 16-Ounce Box, $17 – So many good things at once.
- Picnic at Ascot Bold Picnic Backpack for 2, $78 – A great birthday or wedding gift.
- MoMA Sky Umbrella, $55 – So classic, so New York.
- Yodo Water-Resistant Soft Fleece Picnic Blanket Tote (59 X 53 inches), $16 – A must-have for the warmer months.
- Epica 18-Oz. Glass Beverage Bottles, Set of 6, $18 – Perfect for the eco-friendly style maven in your life.
- Stash Tea Chamomile Herbal Tea, 100 Count Box of Tea Bags in Foil, $16 – What’s more relaxing than cozying up with a cup of chamomile?
- Moleskine Cahier Journal (Set of 3), Large, Ruled, Pebble Grey, Soft Cover (5 x 8.25), $11 – I feel like all the cool kids have these. They make me feel so posh.
- Sakura 30062 6-Piece Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set, Black, $9 – A perfect pairing for the Moleskine journals, the ink comes out smoothly and doesn’t bleed through to the other side of the page.
- One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book, $10 – This diary lets you compare what you did on a certain day of the year across five years in a single page.
- Lavender Eye Pillow, $13 – These are so relaxing, perfect for naps and meditation.
- Vicks Nursery 1 Gallon Vaporizer with Night-Light, $15 – Not glamorous, but so necessary when fighting sickness or winter dryness. Add baking powder for extra steam!
- Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Landscape, 10-Pack, $18 – For that friend who buys coloring books. (Not that I own one or anything.)
- Palomino Blackwing Pencils – 12 Count, $23 – Excessively chic.
- Christian Lacroix Voyage Travel Journal, 7 x 10 Inches, 120 Ruled Pages, $32 – This travel journal has POP-UPS. What else is there to say?