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Here’s What to Buy for the Person that Needs a Social Media Break

Posted November 24, 2020

This is probably the person everyone feels like right now. The head down, buried in a Twitter thread, on a walk, drowning out all the noise from nature and (hopefully) not capsizing into a giant fountain. It’s the gal that can’t pull herself away from a quality Reddit thread or a guy that finds himself shopping online during a Zoom call. It’s the person we all encourage to “be more present” even though the blue glow of cell phone lights are drowning all of us every evening. So, what can you buy the sweet, innocent human that needs a phone break? Things that will tempt them away from the addictive madness. And we have just the list for you.

1. A Boho Yarn Kit

These are so adorable! Buy a Boho Yarn kit from Rose & Loon for your screen busy friend. They come perfectly packaged in a bag with full instructions and the giving keeps on giving. Keep the cool craft for yourself, or give it to someone you love.

2. The Perfect Pumpkin Painting Kits

Well isn’t this the cutest thing we’d ever seen? And the best distraction ever! Pumpkins (really) go all holiday season round, so this $28 kit makes a great gift for the person that should be distracting their fingers from the “double tap” button. An extra plus, plus: once the pumpkins are done, you can give them to family and friends. 

3. A set of fun puzzles. Or, let’s be honest, a paint by numbers kit.

Von Maur is a great option for a variety of puzzles and games. They also have some paint by numbers kits that will be the perfect turn-down for your person that needs to get away from screen time. We all need to go back to our childhood roots! An additional fun craft you can try if you really love the puzzle, you can glue and mount it on your wall pretty easily. Here are some tips. 

4. 3 Lonetti Sister’s Meatball Mix

You can’t say no to a fresh batch of meatballs! This should distract an avid social media user for a while. Ann, Steph and Kate of 3 Lonetti Sisters packaged their Italian grandfather’s meatball recipe and produced a bold and flavorful batch for those who want a good, old school cooking distraction. From their roots in Calabria, Italy all the way to the East Side of St.Paul, Minnesota. While not full-blooded Italian, their mother would always say, “We choose to celebrate our Italian heritage.” Salut! 

5. An outdoorsy coloring book, of course.

The best thing about turning away from your phone, is that you have the option to feel like being a kid again. It’s science! According to studies, the act of coloring requires repetition and attention, so you are able to focus on the activity, rather than your worries.

6. A really good book. 

Urban Outfitters has a lot of great coffee table book options that make wonderful gifts. And there’s no better way to pull someone away from their phone than introducing them to a good book. A few of our favorites: a bucket list book, a book on Frida Kahlo, a book on anxiety, and basically every single other book at the store. 

7. A hammock because, why not?

Get outside, social media fiends! Paddle North in Rosedale Center is a great store for outdoor options like kayaks and those with an adventurous lifestyle. Put away the phone, buy them a hammock and call it a day.

8. A handmade cribbage board.

Rose & Loon has an amazing set of handmade cribbage boards you can choose from for a gift. If anything is going to pull someone away from their phone, it’s a competitive option that pairs well with popcorn and good beer. They’re $65 and effortlessly unique, so will be a great hand-me-down gift someday. 

You can download the full shopping list on the Rosedale Center app!

Enjoy holiday shopping, friends!

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