I can’t tell you how many times I’ve typed “sending hugs” into a text message sent to a friend or family member just needing a hug this past year. My intention is always for them to take a moment to pause and know I’m thinking of them, wishing I could offer them some kind of physical comfort, or really even just be sitting next to them.
Now, more than ever, I think it’s important that we acknowledge National Hug Day and send someone a hug who might be needing it.
Since it isn’t safe to physically hug right now, here are some creative ways to send hugs to all the people you love.
MAIL A HUG
- A roll of butcher paper or several pieces of construction paper taped together
- Writing utensil
Have your child lay down on the paper and spread their arms wide like they are giving a hug and trace them. Have them decorate it. Cut it out and fold it like an accordion to fit in an envelope and mail.
MAIL A HUG (again, but a little different)
- Writing utensil
- Hole Punch
Trace both of your child’s hands, decorate, and cut them out. Hole punch the bottom of each hand and tie a long string between the two of them. Mail to a lucky recipient.
In my family food = love and, to me, nothing comes closer to a warm hug than a warm baked good. Make a batch of chocolate chip cookies or homemade bread and drop it on someone’s porch while it’s still warm. Bonus points if your cookies use Hershey’s Hugs as an ingredient.
DROP A WARM DRINK
Mamas, which one of you wouldn’t feel loved by someone dropping off a hot cup of coffee or tea on your porch? None of you? That’s what I thought.
GIFT SOMETHING COZY
Hugs make me feel warm and fuzzy, and so do fuzzy socks, blankets, scarves, etc. Gift your bestie something to make them feel the warm and fuzzies.
I hope this inspires you to send your friends and family all the warmth and love that comes with a hug in a creative, safe way. Have fun! And while you’re giving out hugs, go ahead and give yourself one. Let your kids watch an extra show today, throw your comfiest clothes in the dryer, and take a nice long bath or shower. Put on your warm clothes, go snuggle those kiddos and breathe deep. Sending hugs on this National Hug Day <3