Lockdown is back in effect, and that means some of our favorite local restaurants have to, once again, close their dining rooms to the public. Although some have made a fairly seamless transition to curb-side pick up and delivery, others are having difficulty converting their menus to go. We all know how important it is to shop local, so how can you help your favorite eateries and watering holes stay afloat? Buy gift cards right now. Keep them for yourself for use throughout the year, or give them as a gift, and I've got five instances where a restaurant gift card is the perfect present.

 

  • gpointstudio
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    Teachers' Gifts

    It has been a rough year for our teachers. Having to pivot to virtual learning and keeping kids engaged through a screen isn't easy. Trust me when I say that your child's teacher probably has enough coffee mugs and chachkies with apples on them. A gift card to a funky local coffee shop or dessert cafe will be well received.

  • SerrNovik
    2

    The Surprise Gifter

    "Oh... You  shouldn't have..." - Ever had someone spring a gift on you when you definitely didn't get them anything? Having a few extra gift cards on hand takes the awkwardness out of that exchange and makes you look like you have life figured out. Way to go you.

  • Prostock-Studio
    3

    Secret Santa

    If your coworkers are still trying to keep the festive traditions of the office, including Secret Santa, then a gift card to a close local restaurant is the perfect way to say "Merry Christmas" and "Treat Yo'self."

  • nd3000
    4

    Dating Dinner Ruts

    "Where do you want to go?" "I don't know... where do YOU want to go?" We've all been in a rut when it comes to date night. Find a few local places you and your SO have never been, buy gift cards from those restaurants and put them all in a card that says, "Here's to trying something new in 2021." Then when the tired conversation of dinner comes up, you can have the gift cards do the talking.

  • ChristianChan
    5

    Thank You

    This year has been challenging for a lot of us. Jobs have been lost. Parents have had to become teachers. Some of us have had to play doctor to our ailing family. But there was someone who might have made it just a bit easier for you to step up to your challenges. Whether it was cash when you needed it, a friend who takes the kids so you can get a break, or a neighbor who shared their home grown vegetables, there is someone to thank in your life. You can't go wrong with the gift of a delicious, local meal.