Everyone in the world is ready for the pandemic to be squarely in the rearview mirror. That day will come. For now, caution is still needed when people reunite with friends and family, but it is still a great time for gift giving.
What kinds of gifts are the best gifts in these challenging times? Chocolate gifts, of course!
Winston Churchill once said: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
This simple quote highlights the importance of making connections with people through giving — giving your time, attention, or a gift of some kind. And what we know about gift giving is that it doesn’t need to be extravagant or expensive to be meaningful. All it needs to be is thoughtful. That’s why a homemade gift, or a nice chocolate, can sometimes be more touching than a gift that breaks the bank.
Chocolate makes the best gift (for any occasion) for lots of reasons. And since we all need a little post-pandemic joy, that’s what we’re going to talk about today.
3 Reasons Why Chocolate Makes the Best Gift
1. Personalized Chocolate
After such a long time apart and with things feeling quite uncertain, it’s important to find ways to let a person know that they are loved and that they have been missed. One of the best ways to do that is with a personalized gift.
Personalized chocolate makes the perfect gift for that reason. You can make it really special so that the person you’ve been longing to see knows how much you care. You can choose the flavor of chocolate — white, dark, or Belgian milk chocolate, and then customize it with so many different options.
You can personalize the shape, the packaging, and most importantly of all, you can customize the message that gets laser engraved directly onto the chocolate. You can express things like: “I’ve missed you!” or “Love you!” or anything that’s personal.
Creating a custom chocolate is easy to do, plus you get to have fun, get creative, do something extra special. Things that you can engrave on chocolate are:
- A meaningful photo from the past
- A hand written note
- A date that marks a milestone or important occasion
- A quote that captures what you want to say better than you can say it
Giving a person a personalized gift lets them know that you are thinking about them and love them. And after such a long time of isolation for so many people, personalized chocolate is the perfect way to close the gap and connect with a person again.
2. Gifts for Sharing
“The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have.” Leonard Nimoy said this, and we couldn’t agree with it more.
During the pandemic and lockdown, lots of people have been isolated and alone. But one of the good things that came out of it was that people found new ways to connect. Neighbors checked in on neighbors, people helped each other get online and meet in virtual rooms, and connections were made in lots of surprising new ways. It became very clear how important community, friends, and family really are.
This is why gifts that can be shared are the the best gifts to give. As a recipient of a gift, it’s a great feeling to be able to share it right back, and to spread the joy around. That is often how bonds are made, and how long-lasting friendships are formed.
Chocolate is the perfect post-pandemic gift for that reason — it is perfect for sharing. Whether it’s a box of chocolates or a chocolate bar, sharing chocolate is a great way to bond.
3. Quality Chocolate is Good for Your Health!
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” We owe this true quote to Charles M. Schulz, creator of the beloved Peanuts cartoon. And it really captures that feeling of comfort that people find in chocolate. But more than that, chocolate can actually improve your well-being.
Chocolate comes in a wide array of quality — from convenience store chocolate to super high end chocolate. We aren’t suggesting that you go broke with your chocolate gift, but after such a long period of intense worry and isolation, why not treat yourself and your loved ones to some delicious, high qualitychocolate?!
High quality dark chocolate is proven to have positive effects on mental health and physical well-being. But these benefits don’t come from just any chocolate, it requires a little bit of an investment. It’s worth it!
Good quality dark chocolate contains flavonoids, which act as an antioxidant, protecting the body against toxins like pollution and other chemicals.
The flavonoids/antioxidants are known to do the following:
- keep the heart healthy
- relax and lower blood pressure
- help lower and control cholesterol
- balance hormones in the body
- serve as an antidepressant
Collectively, this has been a trying time for everyone in one way or another. And any kind of boost to our mental and physical health is a good thing, and anything that brings people together and builds community, even small connections are meaningful.
So there you have it — we can hardly think of an item that would make a better gift than chocolate in a world where the future feels so uncertain. Chocolate is meaningful and thoughtful, especially when you customize it with a message; it is easy to share so you can find some common ground and make meaningful connections; and it can actually boost your physical and mental health and well-being.
It’s been tough times for lots of people, and chocolate is the great unifier. Everyone loves it, which is why it makes the perfect gift during these times.