Friday, January 8, 2021

Five Friday Favourites

First Friday Favourites of 2021! I hope everyone had a nice Christmas and are slowly getting back into the swing of things. 

I had a nice Christmas and it was nice spending time with friends and family and as always I got some lovely gifts. Then on boxing day Megan begged me to take her to the shops to buy some black nail polish (which she really needed apparently) so that was an adventure (and one I hope never to repeat), but I did get some bargains so I really shouldn't complain too much. I then spend New Years with some bible study friends and while I wasn't planning on staying up until midnight I did and then paid for it the next day. 

I am currently enjoying being on a break and doing absolutely nothing, next week I am going away for 4 nights which will be nice and then I will slowly get back into the swing of things after that. I can honestly say that after a rough 2020 it was needed and getting diagnosed with burnout on top of a major breakdown meant if I didn't do something about my mental health things would go from bad to worse. My dizziness has once again increased as is the pattern so that's great and with that comes fatigue, random headaches and having to get used to the increased dizziness. I honestly thought by now things would be slowly getting better but that's not happening. So it looks like come February/March I will get to repeat all the tests I did last year (yay...). I actually don't see my doctor for 4 weeks as he's away for 2 weeks so this will be the longest I have gone without seeing him which is crazy. I am praying that repeating all the tests will show something this time round as I know something is wrong and I am wondering how long I can keep living like this for. 

This weekend is busy with a wedding tomorrow and then on Sunday I have to pack for the week away. Weddings always leave me drained and to be honest they're not my favourite things, also tomorrow is meant to be really hot so that's another challenge to deal with. But thankfully on Monday I have 5 days away down by the beach with a pile of books, the ocean steps away and a great ice cream place 5 minutes drive away so I am looking forward to that. 

I did my usual yearly recap here if you haven't already checked out. Onto Friday Favourites...

Best Bear Ever by Liz Climo - I love Liz's drawings and I bought this book a couple of years ago and it still makes me smile. Spend a year with Liz's characters and see how they celebrate key events and seasons. I have actually ordered her other two books because I read this one so often and I love the characters so much. 

DIY Hamilton clutch - so I really wanted a new clutch for Hamiltion (I know I'm not going until July)
and I couldn't justify buying one, so I remembered I had this gold clutch (I bought it from Kikki K ages ago) so I decided to up cycle it. I realised that permanent vinyl sticks to leather so I just cut out the Hamilton logo along with the lyrics "I'm not throwing away my shot" from matte black vinyl I had and applied them to the clutch. It's stuck to the back of the clutch so depending on how I hold it, it can be visible or not. 

Lego Ice Cream Dream Puzzle - I currently have this puzzle sitting on the coffee table waiting to be put together (I have sorted all the pieces) and I really love the image. It was an impulse buy off Amazon and I can't wait to do it, though I don't want to start it before I go away so it will be at least a week until I begin it. The image is really clever and while it is 1000 pieces I am hoping it won't be too hard to do. 

Sodastream Spirit - I got this for Christmas and we use it daily, it makes sparkling water super easy. We keep 3 bottles in the fridge with cold water ready to go so we can have sparkling water whenever we want. I love how it also cuts down on waste and you can recycle the gas cylinders by trading them in which saves you money as well. 

Hamilton Australia Auld Lang Syne - I am so excited to see this cast perform this year and this performance was beautiful. Highly recommend watching it even if you're not a Hamilton fan.




Thursday, December 31, 2020

Dear 2020


Dear 2020,


How do I describe you? The year I got chronic consistent dizziness that still doesn't have a cause/treatment/diagnosis? The year I became obsessed with Hamilton and I regularly sing one of the many songs out loud? The year my mental health got so bad due to having chronic dizziness that there were days when I felt really fragile like I could break any minute? The year of COVID which shut down the world? The year where everyone's plans got cancelled because of COVID? Or maybe the best way to describe it is the year the world turned upside down and we're having to accept a new normal whatever that may be. 

I started this year having various medical tests and hoping that these dizziness spells wouldn't be


permanent. I tried to live my life as best I could, doing whatever I could to stop the dizziness taking control of my life. I applied for jobs and had interviews, praying that I would get a job soon. I saw a specialist physio and I was forced to give up chocolate and try a migraine diet to see if vestibular migraines were the cause of my dizziness. 

In March however Australia had the first death from COVID and things started moving quickly. My parents who had hoped that 2020 would be the year they would go to Peru were forced to put their plans on hold at first for a couple of months and then indefinitely. The state shut down and we were put on lockdown, schools were closed as were gyms, cafes and churches. My church actually had to close it's doors for the first time since the war which was crazy. Families were separated and we spent Easter alone not going to church and not seeing any family which was really strange. Zoom became a part of our lives and it was funny "going" to bible study and church through computer screens from the comfort of our own homes. 


My dizziness continued to cause issues and COVID came at the right time as I found myself being scared to drive long distances and needing to restrict myself in what I did. My only real outings were to my doctor, pharmacy and to see my psychologist. Slowly though things in my state started opening up again as community transmission was non existent, except for a hard boarder which meant no one could get into the state from anywhere (it's only now just slowly opening back up again). Meanwhile in the rest of world things were going from bad to worse and I have never been more thankful to live in Australia. 

My dizziness however didn't ease up and I spent a small fortune on specialists and medical tests and tried so many different types of medication and which did nothing (the irony being that a lot of these medications listed dizziness as a side affect). It's now a wait and see what happens with fortnightly doctors appointments to check in regularly.

I had hoped to have a job by now but instead thanks to Covid I struggled to apply for many jobs however the government increased my job seeker allowance due to Covid (and paused all job seeker

requirements for a few months) so I was able to afford all the specialist appointments and medical tests mentioned above. I was able to give my savings a much needed boost. 

Towards the end of the year I did have a few job interviews but none of them lead anywhere, there were two positions that I really wanted and it came down to me an another person both times. Both times it was hard and I let the tears fall afterwards because each time in forever I let myself believe that this period of unemployment was over. But God has a plan in all this and I know that in his timing I will get a job. 

In July this year Hamilton was released on Disney Plus and I never in a million years thought I would love it as much I do. The musical helped me get through some dark periods and I still listen to the soundtrack on repeat. What started out as me jokingly saying to a friend that we should see Hamilton when it launches in Australia next year has become a reality with me and two friends going to see it in July almost a year since I first watched it. Its been really beneficial to have it to look forward to and we're all counting down the days. 


This year I ended up splurging on a big purchase I bought a Cricut Maker, I figured after spending so much money on medical appointments and tests (which lead nowhere) I deserved to spend money on something I wanted. It was really overwhelming at first but I've since gotten a lot more confident using it - I've made cards, so many vinyl labels, made iron on decals for bags and just used it to be creative. I've also loved making personalised gifts for people, gift giving is my love language so it has been great to create things for people that I know they will love. Overall has been a good distraction to have it and I use it at least once a week (if not more!). 

I continued to volunteer with ReachOut and did a few speaking events over


Zoom and also got involved with National Fairy Bread day in November which combined my favourite things - sprinkles, baking and ReachOut. I did age out when I turned 26 which means I'm not a Youth Ambassador or Forum Moderator anymore but I am still involved and hope to stay involved for as long as they will let me. I love promoting ReachOut and also helping reduce the stigma of mental illness in young people so it's not something I want to stop doing anytime soon. 

Apart from consistent chronic dizziness my mental health has been something I have struggled with and it's been hard to confide in people about how I am really doing. I am so thankful to have an amazing psychologist and an amazing doctor who have treated me for many years and know my mental health. I have cried in both their offices multiple times this year. My doctor has told me that anyone who is going through a chronic illness it's almost a given that their mental health will suffer (especially if a diagnosis can't be found like mine) so unfortunately it wasn't a surprise when I started to go through a depressive episode. I have had these before but never this bad and I've really had to take it easy on myself.  I also started showing signs of burnout due to unemployment so my doctor wrote me a medical
note so I could take a break from looking for work and have 2 months off. The Monday before Christmas after yet another job rejection the tears started to fall and they wouldn't stop, I cried for almost the whole day and experienced two mini panic attacks. This was a combination of burnout, dealing with consistent dizziness, unemployment and everything in between. I think I just really needed a cry and I had been pushing down all the feelings for so long. This year has been really hard on me and I have coped remarkably well (according to both my doctor and psychologist) so for me to get to the end of the year and have this breakdown is expected and it was coming for a long time. The reality is that I'm not fine and I can't see myself being fine for a long time because I don't have it in me to keep fighting and pushing myself through these tough periods. Until the end of January I am on a break and I am enjoying doing whatever my heart desires and not feeling guilty. 

This year has been hard and while I want to say I have come out of this stronger and I know God has a plan in all of this, I'm finding it hard to believe. But I will keep trusting in God throughout all this and praying that 2021 will be my year, the year when things work out and go my way and the year I can end on a high note. 

Despite the many tough times good things did happen in 2020; friends got engaged and married, my cousin had the cutest baby boy, friendships got strengthened, I learnt new skills and I managed to finally deep clean my room and throw out so much stuff. But saying that 2020 I am not sorry to see you go and I hope I never have a year quite like you again. I am praying that 2021 will be better for everyone not just me. 

Love Erin

Friday, December 11, 2020

Five Friday Favourites

Two weeks until Christmas, can you believe it?! Next Friday we have the extended family Christmas gathering which will be fun and it will be great to see everyone.

I am currently taking a break from looking for a job, my doctor told me I was burnt out and if I didn't take a break now it wouldn't end well. I had to agree with him so I gladly accepted the medical note that excuses me from looking for work until the end of January and promised I would avoid Seek and other job searching websites until the new year. 

This past Wednesday my and some friends had a girls night and rewatched Hamilton, talked and just ate all the snacks. It was the perfect night and I am so thankful to be friends with these girls and I can't wait to see Hamilton with them next year. 

Onto Friday Favourites...

Frank Green Eeyore Ceramic Reusable bottle (1000ml) - I wanted an insulated 1 litre water bottled that wasn't super bulky or heavy and I found one. I had been eying this one off and was able to get it for 20% off at the Black Friday sales. 

Neutrogena ultra sheer face and body sunscreen stick - I like wearing sleave-less tops in Summer and because of this it means my shoulders are prone to sunburn, I find it helps if I have sunscreen on me so I can regularly reapply when I am out and about. I like this stick as it's a good size and the sunscreen doesn't make my skin greasy.

The Hamilton Polka - Weird Al is a genius and this song only proves it. It sums up Hamilton in 5 minutes and is super fast paced and catchy.


Mount Franklin Passionfruit sparkling water - this water is so good and it's great for when you want
something with fizz but not the sugar. You can also get it in lime, raspberry and mango flavours but passionfruit is the favourite in my house. 

Tilly and Type stickers - I love stickers and I seem to have a problem with buying them, so I couldn't resist buying the new stickers from Tilly and Type. They are really good quality and I like the sayings on them.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Five Friday Favourites

This past fortnight has had it's ups and downs, it feels like for every good day I have I have two bad days not just with dizziness but also mentally. But I am thankful to have friends and family who support me during the tough days and provide me with distractions and let me vent when I need to. I was lucky enough to team up with DollarSweets and ReachOut for Fairy Bread Day on Tuesday which was really fun, I think I went overboard baking all the fairy bread treats but once I started I couldn't stop. Thankfully I have plenty of friends and my doctor

who love my baked goods so I was able to share the cake and cookies with them. I didn't get either job I interviewed for which sucks and I am over applying for jobs that are just dead ends, I know God has a plan in this but it's just hard. Christmas is coming at least according to the many people who were at the shops trying to find a bargain at the Black Friday sales today. My sister and I made the mistake of shopping today but we did pick up a few good things on sale including this cute Christmas apron. But I have to admit I am counting down the days and embracing all the sparkle and glitter that comes with Christmas. On Sunday me and a friend built my Lego Elf House and while it was a bit challenging it was fun building it with a friend and it looks great next to my Lego gingerbread house. Tomorrow the plan is to set up the Christmas tree and other decorations which will be nice and then at night after church I am going to check out the Christmas lights in the city with some friends. Then next Friday I am going to start baking some gingerbread because nothing says Christmas like baking gingerbread and the whole house smelling amazing. 

Onto Friday Favourites...

2021 A6 Weekly Diary - I have to admit I am feeling ready for 2021 to come especially now that I have a new diary which is already starting to get filled up with various events for the new year. I really like the layout of this diary and I find the size is perfect for my bag. 

The Perfume Oil Company Bloom - I really like wearing perfume I find it can change your outlook and brighten up your day. I discovered this one in a gift shop I was given a voucher to for my birthday and I really like the scent. It doesn't smell like any other perfume I have, the scent is floral but with deeper notes and makes me feel confident when I wear it. 

Old Fashioned Pecan Pie - I know we don't celebrate Thanks Giving here in Australia but I made a pecan pie on Monday night when my cousin her husband and their baby came over for dinner. It was a huge hit and it wasn't that hard to make either. I'm thinking I will probably make it again at Christmas time it was that good. 

Erstwilder X Pete Cromer - this collection was released last Tuesday and some pieces sold out within minutes, thankfully I was able to get the two pieces I wanted (this and this) and there are still some pieces available. The pieces are beautiful and the photos don't do them justice.

Skin Republic foot peel - is it weird that I really enjoy doing these peels? They just make my feet so smooth and Summer ready, because no matter how hard I try I can never remember to moisturise my feet and they really don't get pampered enough. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

National Fairy Bread Day


Happy Fairy Bread Day everyone! I have been fortunate enough to team up with Dollar Sweets and ReachOut to spread some sprinkles and promote young adult mental health :) 

I have been involved with ReachOut for over 5 years now and what started as a way to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself has turned into an amazing relationship and a passion for wanting to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. For those who don't know ReachOut is Australia's online only youth mental health service and it's been around for 22 years. This year due to Covid online health services (especially mental health services) have surged in demand and ReachOut has been busier than ever. So it's important to not only support them (like they support young people) but also promote them so that young people can get the help they need and know it's ok to be not ok.

Some facts about mental health:

  • 1 in 4 young people will deal with some sort of mental health issue and out of that very few will get the help they need. 
  • Unsurprisingly given the above statistic it's no wonder that suicide is the leading cause of death in young people beating out road accidents.
  • You can't tell by looking at someone if they have a mental illness or not. I often get the comment that I don't look like I have anxiety and while I'm sure it's meant as a compliment, it makes me annoyed that people don't take mental illnesses seriously. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it's not there! 
  • Sometimes medication or therapy alone won't fix it. For many people a mix of the two is required. It's all up to the individual and what works for them. 
  • Mental illness can be environmental, chemical or both. For some people it's the type of environments they're in, for other's its due to a chemical imbalance and for others it can be both. Regardless of what it's caused by all diagnosis's should be taken seriously.

 Fairy Bread is an iconic sweet treat here in Australia made using bread spread with a thin layer of butter and dipped in hundreds and thousands (or sprinkles) it's that easy. You can fancy it up with different types of hundreds and thousands, cutting the bread into fun shapes with cookie cutters or using different spreads as a base instead of the butter. 

I was lucky enough to receive this super sweet package in the mail thanks to dollar sweets and I immediately started dreaming up of what I could bake using all the sprinkles. 

It didn't take long to think up a couple of recipes so first up was a fairy bread


cake inspired by Katherine Sabbath, I just took my favourite cake recipe and made it in a square tin levelled it out (and flipped it over) before spreading on a layer of butter cream (tinted pale yellow for butter) and topping it with classic hundreds and thousands before cutting it into big triangles. 

Then I decided to make some fairy bread biscuits inspired by Cookies and Cups. I made my favourite sugar cookie recipe (shared below) cut it into squares and then triangles before baking. After they had cooled I spread a thin layer of buttercream (leftover from the cake) and dipped them in hundreds and thousands. Here's the recipe for my favourite sugar cookie recipe:


Sugar Cookies (recipe from Family Circle kids cookbook 2)

125 grms of softened butter or margarine (I personally prefer margarine in these cookies as it makes them softer)

2/3 cup icing sugar

1 egg yolk (if doubling the recipe just use a whole egg)

2 teaspoons vanilla essence

2 cups of plain flour

 

  • 1.       Cream butter/margarine with sugar, egg yolk and vanilla until light and creamy
  • 2.       Add flour and mix until combined, shape into a ball.
  • 3.       Place in the fridge for 30 minutes and preheat oven for 180 degrees
  • 4.       Roll out on a floured surface or between two sheets of greaseproof paper, until about half a centimetre thick. Cut out into desired shapes.
  • 5.       Place on a tray lined with greaseproof paper leaving a few centimetres between each cookie. Bake for around 10 minutes until the edges are starting to brown.
  • 6.       Decorate as desired or leave plain.

 

  


Friday, November 13, 2020

Five Friday Favourites

 Not to scare anyone but as of today it's 6 weeks until Christmas, so do with that information what you will. I am feeling super organised as my Christmas shopping is not only complete but wrapped and ready to go. I am also slowly working my way through all the Christmas movies on my Netflix list as well, I don't care how cheesy they are!

I haven't heard anything back from either job I went for, but I am trying not to feel too on edge about it and I am just giving my anxieties to God and knowing that he is in control. Hopefully I heard back something soon but until I do I am consistently praying about it which I find keeps my anxiety at bay.

This past week the cast list for Hamilton Australia was released and I am so excited, I can't stop watching this video and after reading their bios they seem talented. I know there's over 200 days until I see it (not that I'm counting down or anything haha) but I am enjoying the anticipation and planning the trip. I am hoping by the trip my dizziness won't be an issue but even if it is I will push through it because dizziness or not this trip is happening!

Onto Friday Favourites...

Back to Basics Veggie Crackers - I discovered these crackers when I was doing a cheese platter and was wanting to buy some interesting crackers to add variety. I grabbed the zucchini and almond ones and was pleasantly surprised with how good they were, I've since tried the capsicum and sweet potato ones and they were just as good. One of my go to lunches is veggie sticks, crackers and dip (hummus or something similar) and these really take it to the next level while also filling me up. They're not super cheap but I can make one pack stretch over a couple of lunches which is plenty. 

Briogeo Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioner - I was in Mecca the other day and my sister sprayed this in my hair and I noticed a difference almost immediately. My hair felt softer and smoother and it just seemed more manageable, so I ended up buying it. I should also disclose that it does have argan oil in it which I have reacted to (its from the same family as macadamia nuts which I'm allergic to) when it's in products but as it's really only touching my hair it's not a huge issue and it's diluted so the amount is minimal. 

2020 Christmas Gift Guide - this years guide is filled with small businesses and the amazing goods that they sell. It has a variety of gifts for a variety of people so you're bound to find something for everyone. I should also note that I have tried to choose businesses that won't break the bank, so if you're on a budget you should be able to stick to it. 

The Cul-de-Sac War by Melissa Ferguson - I was given a copy of this book to review thanks to


NetGalley as always all opinions are my own. The blurb reads:

Bree Leake doesn’t want to be tied down. She’s had more jobs than she can count, and she plans to move as soon as the curtains fall on her less-than-minor role at The Barter—the oldest live performance theater in the US. But just when it’s time to move on again, Bree’s parents make her an offer: hold steady for one full year, and they will give her the one thing she’s always wanted—her grandmother’s house. Her dreams are coming true . . . until life at the theater throws her some curve balls.

And then there’s Chip McBride—her next-door neighbor.

Chip just might be the only person who can match Bree’s stubborn streak. She would move heaven and earth to have him off her cul-de-sac and out of her life, but according to the bargain she’s struck, she can’t move out of her house and away from the man who’s making her life miserable. So begins Bree’s obsessive new mission: to drive Chip out of the neighborhood—and fast.

Bree isn’t the only one who’s a tad competitive, and Chip is more than willing to fight fire with fire. But as their pranks escalate, the line between love and hate starts to blur—and their heated rivalry threatens to take a hilarious, heartwarming, and romantic new turn.

I really liked this book, the characters were lovable and it was a fast read. I loved the hilarious pranks (sometimes involving farm animals) and seeing how Chip and Bree's relationship developed from enemies to friends and then something more. I liked how Bree was passionate but completely unsure of her life and just needed some direction which is something I feel like a lot of people can relate to. It was a really entertaining read and I highly recommend it. The Cul-de Sac is available now. 

Maxwell and Williams Festive Friends Chip and Dip Set - my Mum has just bought this set and I really love it. The design is so festive and I love the children of the world pattern is really cute. I also love how it could be used for other things not just chip and dip, you could put chocolates in the dip bowl and gingerbread around or other sweet treats. There's also other pieces in the range that would make great gifts for friends and family members. 

Thursday, November 5, 2020

2020 Christmas Gift Guide

Its 50 days until Christmas so it seems like a good day to post this, also because of as of today all my Christmas shopping is done! 

I am posting this in November, partly because I am the type of person who likes to have all their Christmas shopping done by November but also because I am aware that online shopping will be extremely popular and when you take into account shipping times and possible mail delays it's better to do it now. I really wanted this years guide to focus on small businesses and ways to support those who have been struggling the most. 

Below are some of my favourite small businesses that I have bought from over the years (many as a repeat customer!), I have discovered these though Etsy, going to markets and on Instagram. Most of these stores are budget friendly and have a variety of products that anyone would like.  A reminder that if you're going to shop online make sure you allow plenty of time for the goods to get here, especially as there are some delays with the mail still. 

  • Tilly and Type - I love her prints SO much and was even able to grab two originals this year. You
    can either give these prints as is or buy a nice frame for them. I also love the stickers she does and have them on my phone. 
  • ErstWilder - I actually bought a Christmas necklace earlier in the year from them, but they are known for their cute brooches and there are so many different designs and patterns. 
  • Redbubble - this is a great way to support local artists from all over, as once they upload a design they are then able to choose what products to display it on and they take care of the manufacturing. 
  • Clay and Clasp - super cute earrings and brooches made out of polymer clay. There's so many to choose from and I love how the designs are very Australian. 
  • BCollectionHandmade - a variety of products such as scrunchies (which are amazing quality), small pouches and cushion covers. 
  • Brons Ceramics - I love these ceramic flowers and we have a few bunches in our house. We also sent some to my grandma who lives over east and she loved them. 
  • Arty Mad Fibre Arts - really nice knitted and crocheted products, such as ear warmers, coffee cup cosies and blankets, that come in a range of colours and patterns.
  • Viajera Designs - jewellery made out of recycled sterling silver and raw gems. I love how different the jewellery is. 
  • Bruce Loves You - posters, pins and magnets featuring various pop culture references such as Brooklyn Nine, Harry Potter etc. 
  • ijewellery - really nice solid silver jewellery, I love the range of pendants especially the ones that feature Australian animals on them.
  • AmyLouise - delicate pendants with native flora on them each representing a different month, you can get them in gold, rose gold and silver. 
  • Braw Paper Co. - beautiful stationery, homewares and enamel pins featuring Australia flora and fauna. 
If you don't want to shop online a great way to still support small businesses is to check out local markets and also collective stores which are popping up around the place and stock a wide range of handmade products. 

I am a crafty person and having my Cricut means that I am going to make (pun intended!) the most of it and do a lot of handmade gifts. But even if you don't own a Cricut you can still make gifts that people will appreciate, such as the following:
  • Reusable bags - these bags are super inexpensive and come in a range of colours. You can then
    decorate them with fabric paint, iron on vinyl or fabric markers. I made the ones pictured using a Hamilton cut file from Etsy and some gold iron on vinyl.  
  • Magnets - using polymer clay create a variety of designs and then simply glue a magnet to the back of them.
  • Shrinkydinks - to be completely honest this makes a great gift in itself (especially for kids) but grab some shrink film and draw whatever you want to make keyrings, magnets etc. 
  • Jar of cookies -  I found these jars at Kmart and I love how festive they are (I bought the bird ones), so they will be getting filled with various baked goods and given away to people. This is also a great way to cut down on rubbish as the jar can be reused or recycled as well.
  • Plants - indoor plants are really popular at the moment and if you have any around a lot are easy to propagate (such as succulents) and then you can replant them into pots and give them away as gifts. 
This year I am giving all my immediate family vouchers of some kind just because we don't need more stuff and I would rather give experiences. I like the idea of giving the following vouchers:
  • Local restaurants/cafes - this is a great way to support local and also give people a much needed break from cooking during this busy time.
  • Magazine subscriptions - I like this gift as it's a year round gift and there are so many magazines out there.
  • Experiences - think local museums, theme parks, tickets to particular shows etc. 
  • Small businesses - if you can't think of what to buy someone but still want  to support a small
    business then a voucher is a great way to go. I also love how it gives them a chance to discover a new store. 
  • Self care - think massage vouchers, manicure/pedicure, local spa etc. 
  • Subscription boxes - I am really enjoying The Paper Club subscription box and a 3 or 6 month subscription would make a great gift. But there's so many subscription boxes out there from food related to kids craft related to make up and beauty products there's one for everyone. 
2020 has been a hard year for everyone so go easy on yourself and it's ok if you don't buy a gift for everyone on your list this year or don't put a huge amount of thought into each gift like you normally do. Sometimes a nice card filled with why you like the person so much is more than enough. Just remember that we already have the greatest gift of all - Jesus.