February 26, 2021

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This Week’s Picks: Covid Christmas Gifts



The holidays will look different for many Americans this year as they navigate the ongoing risk of coronavirus amid family gatherings. In order to ensure safety as much as possible, the GDA editorial team is sharing their picks for COVID-friendly gifts this year.

Lenise Willis’ Pick: Stylish Snoozies Mask

At my socially distanced wedding this year, I had custom masks in our wedding colors made for all of our (seven) guests. At that time, masks were hard to get a hold of, and my family raved about the wedding favors. They STILL use them as their primary masks six months later.

So this Christmas, I plan to help them step up their game with a mask from snoozies.

I am crazy about my snoozies mask. First of all, it has a pocket for a filter and comes with extra filters so I feel safer and more responsible when I’m out and about. I also love this stylish paint splatter design that let’s me show off my creative side — it also matches almost any outfit. But the best thing about this mask? It is insanely soft and comfortable! The material feels so good against my sensitive face and since it has a wire across the top, it fits snuggly over my nose and keeps me from fogging up my glasses. Since snoozies has some cute holiday designs, I plan to stuff everyone’s stocking with a Christmas-themed mask. It’ll keep us all safe, while showing off our holiday spirit.

Anne-Marie Earl’s Pick: Moisturizing Gel Hand Sanitizer

I’ve always been a “dirt won’t hurt” kind of mother. My house is almost always tidy (cleaning calms my anxiety), but I’ve encouraged my kids to play hard, explore and get their hands dirty. Well, the coronavirus changed all of that, and now I keep hand sanitizer in my purse, car and diaper bag, just in case there is a chance my kids or I touched something in public. The problem is, not all sanitizers are healthy for skin, and while they work, they also leave dry, sometimes cracked hands.

My favorite sanitizer I’ve tried so far is Defend by Aú. It’s made with 74 percent plant-based alcohol, combined with Manuka honey and Aloe vera to keep hands feeling soft and healthy. It’s made in New Zealand, cruelty free, natural and eco-friendly, packaged in a 100 percent recyclable plant-based bottle. I’m looking forward to the day when I can go back to my “dirt won’t hurt” philosophy, but until then, I’m keeping this sanitizer within reach.

Alex Herring’s Pick: A Sign of the Times

Besides mask-wearing and social distancing, hand washing is one of the best ways to keep coronavirus at bay. Since the pandemic began, my husband and I have been extra-diligent about keeping our hands clean, staying stocked up on soaps and sanitizers, even during the nationwide shortages. As a personal touch, I added this decorative plaque from P. Graham Dunn to our bathroom to remind ourselves (and our very few) house guests how to stay COVID-free. It’s definitely fitting for the times we’re living in, and is small enough to make a great stocking stuffer for family and friends this holiday season.





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