“Staying Connected” features the many ways you can keep in touch with loved ones near and far. From stories highlighting generosity to tips on keeping in contact, we’ll bring you expert advice, inspiration, and ideas to help you maintain relationships with the people who matter most.

Showing gratitude is invaluable for all your relationships. But the busier life gets, the more challenging it can be to nurture the bonds you share with others — including yourself. Although we’ve been living through tough times, now is a great opportunity to strengthen your relationships with loved ones. From small to big gestures, there are many ways to let your family and friends know how much you appreciate them.

Stay connected via video chat, text, social media, and email

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When it comes to staying in touch, living in a digital world has its advantages. Whether you get together on Zoom, send a text, post on Facebook to say hello, or write out a thoughtful e-mail, reaching out is simple and can go a long way in letting someone know they’re on your mind.

Go old-school with a handwritten letter or card

When was the last time you sat down and practiced your penmanship? Help revive the art of letter writing and reach out to the people you love. Surprise them with a handwritten letter or card. (Bonus: everyone loves getting something other than bills in the mail!)

Send a little something…or a big something

Reaching out doesn’t have to cost a thing, but sometimes a well-chosen gift can make someone’s day. If you can’t think of something to give, we’re here to help with empathy gifts for any sentiment you want to express.

Stay connected with yourself

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Staying connected with yourself is easy to do because the only person it requires is you. Below is a list to get you started.

  • Meditate
  • Enjoy nature
  • Read a book
  • Listen to music, an audiobook, or a podcast
  • Do a solo activity at home, such as organizing or a DIY project
  • Exercise, including at-home workouts
  • Download a self-help app
  • Become a plant parent
  • Feng Shui your home

Empathy gifts to show you care

We can all use a little more kindness in the world. Shop our empathy gifts collection for empathetic gifts to let your friends and family know you’re thinking of them.


Nicole DiGiose is a lifestyle writer who serves as an editor and writer for 1-800-Flowers. Previously, she's been published in Electronic Products, EE Times, Chilled Magazine, and local newspapers based in her hometown.

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