Whether you’re practising social distancing or just trying to avoid the crowds, staying at home can get boring after a while. We’ve come up with a list of fun things to do at home (with kids, or not) to make yourself feel a little better during the COVID-19 crisis. Plus, some of these ideas will help you support small businesses. Psst… Travel plans cancelled? Read till the end if you’re itching for a “safe getaway”!
#1 Have a spa day at home
Create a DIY spa using some of your favourite skincare and body care products. Local skincare brand Rock & Herb has a fab range of cruelty-free, plant-based creams that help with pigmentation issues and acne-prone skin. There’s also free shipping for orders above $70! For body care, Trimmings carries Karin Herzog, a Swiss brand known for incorporating active oxygen to detoxify and boost circulation. Alternatively, get a professional and opt for a home massage – the folks at Aleyda do it well! Or, if you’d like to support your favourite spa, consider getting vouchers for future use.
#2 Cook up a storm
If you’ve yet to venture into cooking, now’s the best time to start! Use leftovers and change up the flavours with a cuisine you’re yet to discover. We love Indian Spicebox not just for its easy and healthy recipes, but also for its ultra-useful spicebox kit, The kit features a fun cookbook, as well as nine types of organic spices sourced from small farms in India. For fresh groceries and produce, order online at Sasha’s Fine Foods and Open Taste. Or, if you prefer not to lift a finger, support your favourite restaurant by getting takeouts, or fix your cravings with food delivery from Foodpanda, Deliveroo and Grabfood. Pacific Marketplace by Pan Pacific offers a splendid selection of takeaway items, from handcrafted hams and sausages to artisanal breads and dainty cakes.
#3 Try something fun with the kids
On our site, we’ve got loads of fun ideas on things to do with kids at home. For one, Amazon offers plenty of child-friendly games and activities to keep the little ones occupied without stepping out of your house!
#4 Catch up on Netflix
Catch up on that Netflix series everyone’s been talking about! Pour yourself a glass of bubbly (or beer, or gin!) and get cosy. Hit up these online stores for a wide range of wines with free delivery.
#5 Get a whole new look – entirely online!
There’s nothing quite as therapeutic as retail therapy, but first, think about what you need and don’t need in your current wardrobe. After you’ve decluttered and cleared out unwanted clothes and accessories (donate them!), you can now invest in quality pieces you really like. Love a little French chic? Locally-based brand Capsule by Juliette has a gorgeous selection of jumpsuits and dresses in unique hand-blocked prints. There’s also a Cluny Court store if you prefer trying before buying, and if you’re feeling well enough to head out. For resortwear that’s suitable for the beach and the office, check out our Readers’ Choice Awards winner White Ginger. Complete your look with a comfy pair of espadrilles from Italian shoe label Superga!
If you’re into gemstones, you’ll love Lustre Jewellery for its chic line of handmade accessories that won’t burn a hole in the wallet. Other jewellery favourites include the dainty designs for everyday wear from Embrace Jewellery, and Stones that Rock for easy-to-match pearl and crystal arm candies.
The best part? All these stores offer free local shipping so you can shop online!
Up for a staycation?
If you’re healthy and well enough to head out, there are loads of great staycation deals and offers available at top hotels at the moment. Until 31 May, Concorde Hotel is running a WOW Package staycation priced from $79 per person per night. And until 31 April, One Farrer Hotel & Spa has rolled out a special package for two adults and one child ($198 per night), which includes buffet breakfast, complimentary parking and late checkout.
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