The Best Wellness And Self-Care Gifts For Travelers

While it’s always been a necessary part of a balanced and healthy life, wellness and self-care proved has proven to be even more important in times of acutely high stress – just like this year.

So ahead, ten ways (listed in alphabetical order) to give the gift of wellness this holiday season. Not only is everything in this guide suitable for all genders and lifestyles, when the time is right again – will make perfect travel companions as well.

Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics Natural CBD Cream Kit, $230

While CBD is wonderfully versatile and healing on its own, Montreal-based chiropracter Dr. Andrew Kerklaan realized how much more potent it is when paired with other proven ingredients. The Natural CBD Sleep Cream in this holiday bundle, for example, is formulated with melatonin and lavender, in addition to full-spectrum CBD, for a calming sensation.

Equilibria Peace of Mind Gift Set, $79

From the groundbreaking, women-owned CBD company comes this limited-edition set. Elegantly packaged in a limited-edition pouch by artist Patricia Vargas, it holds a bottle of delicious Cranberry Elderflower-flavored Daily Drops (with 300mg of CBD), and a duo of functional, naturally-scented CBD roller oils (Calming and Energizing).

Happy Dance Bath Bomb, $15

Founded by actress Kristen Bell, Happy Dance is a CBD-focused line that’s affordable and uplifting in ways more than one. And the company’s bath bomb – which contains four break-apart cubes infused with hydrating coconut oil and zesty ginger extract for four soaks – makes an especially thoughtful stocking stuffer.

Hello Products 12 Days of Awesomeness, $19.99

Unlike skincare and haircare – where new products are constantly popping up – dental care has been limited and dull. But Hello Products, founded by Craig Dubitsky, is poised to change all that with its with natural and wallet-friendly toothpastes, flosses, and rinses. This bundle is a wonderful way to introduce someone to the brand.

Knesko Skin Luxe Face Mask Kit, $99

While precious gems and stones have long been admired for their beauty, turns out: they can do wonders for your complexion as well. Knesko enlists a proprietary GEMCLINICAL® technology that locks in the skin-healthy properties of diamonds, gold, rose quartz, and black pearl with other proven ingredients, and this sleek kit lets you indulge in all of the brand’s cult collagen face masks.

Kush Queen Flight of Gummies, $149.99

There’s no shortage of CBD companies out there, but Kush Queen by Olivia Alexander was among the first to destigmatize the natural workhorse ingredient by offering approachable and of course, effective products in 2015. Gummies are one of the most popular ways to enjoy CBD, and this trio of gummies (Gummies Rx, Gummies Rx Bliss, Gummies Rx Sleep) not only tastes great, but offers targeted relief.

Lunair Wellness LA Mask in Paradise, $10

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Your Ultimate Cannabis Gift Guide For 2020

Holiday shopping for the weed smoker in your life can be tough. Sure, you can put absolutely zero through into your gift and grab your favorite stoner a gram, an eighth, or a few joints and they will most definitely be grateful. Everyone loves free cannabis, especially people who smoke all the time. But giving people gifts that they may potentially burn through in a single sitting offers similarly fleeting satisfaction for the giver.

Which begs the question: What kind of gift do you get a stoner that’s weed-related, has some staying power, and isn’t corny?

Put down those weed leaf socks and get away from that pot leaf-shaped ashtray. We’re going to guide you through a list of useful products that stoners of all stripes and tolerance levels will absolutely love. These are carefully curated items that we’ve personally sampled, ensuring that each pick is 100% weed-lover approved. Let’s dive into this year’s ultimate cannabis gift guide.

PART I — Herb & Stocking Stuffers

High 90’s 1,200mg Flavored Pre-Roll

$25

A High 90’s flavored pre-roll isn’t just your average pre-roll. Each one packs a powerful punch, delivering 30%-40% THC per joint. That’s enough to get even your hardcore daily smokers stoned out of their minds.

This is no single-use joint — it’s a decadent treat. Each pre-roll is dipped in wax and subtly flavored with tropical notes that will make anyone feel like they’re getting high on a beach in California. Our favorites are the Gelato, Double Cup, and Tropical Punch, but honestly, each is tasty and strong enough to put you on your *ss.

If you can, try to get your hands on the full sample pack for an extra sweet gift.

Buy it here.

Caviar Gold Cavi Cone

caviar gold

Price: $15-$45

A single Cavi Cone by Caviar Gold offers an almost psychedelic experience, no matter how experienced the smoker. Each Cavi Cone joint features Caviar Gold’s premium infused kush dipped in 92% pure liquid THC and then dusted in kief, offering an intense experience that’s not for your novice smoker.

Buy it here.

Lowell Farms Lowell Smokes Eighth

Lowell Farms

Price: $45

Lowell Farms produces some of the highest quality herb in California and their products are always beautifully packaged, like the Lowell Smokes Eighths, which have everything you need to get your smoke on. Six high quality filtered joints, thick high-quality match sticks, and a strip to light them on all packed in a convenient carrying case that fits in your pocket, purse, bag — hell, you can roll them up in your sleeve like you’re James Dean.

The THC in these joints is top shelf, hovering just above and below 20% THC and offered in a variety of strains geared toward sleep, creativity, chilling out, and any other type of marijuana enhanced hang you can think of. This is the perfect gift for the smoker who loves joints and is way classier than gifting an eighth in a plastic vile.

Buy it here.

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Carrie Underwood Sings With 5-Year-Old Son Isaiah for ‘My Gift’ Christmas Special

Carrie Underwood is gifting fans with some serious Christmas cuteness. The celebrated songstress decided to turn to her adorable son to sing a duet on her new album, My Gift — and the recording is featured in her new streaming TV special.

Underwood took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a sweet snapshot of showing her singing with her 5-year-old son Isaiah as part of her new My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood, which dropped on HBO Max on Thursday.

“So happy we captured the sweetest voice in this special moment in time,” Underwood wrote alongside the photo of herself and Isaiah recording their duet. The celebrated country crooner shares Isaiah with husband Mike Fisher, as well as 1-year-old son Jacob.

“My own Little Drummer Boy will be a part of the #MyGift Christmas Special beginning this Thursday on @hbomax! #MyGiftHBOMax 🥁🎁✨” Underwood added in the caption.

The adorable nickname is clearly appropriate given their duet is “The Little Drummer Boy,” which Underwood recently told USA Today is “a central song” on My Gift.

“Thinking about what would make it special, I have a very special duet partner, my son Isaiah. He loves to sing,” she shared. “I just thought his sweet little voice would sound perfect.”

Apart from her collaboration with her son, Underwood also performs a duet with John Legend as part of the album and the TV special.

Together, the two perform a stunning rendition of “Hallelujah,” as Legend plays the piano and an angelic Underwood joins him in belting out the emotional, stirring tune.

ET’s Rachel Smith spoke with Underwood in October, and the songstress excitedly reflected on her collaboration with her little boy as part of the holiday album, which dropped in September.

“He loves to sing…and he has such a giving, loving heart about him and I could just hear his voice on it,” she told ET, explaining how at first she didn’t know if he would want to do it. “So he goes in there and he just gave it his all and it’s so pure and it’s so special and he’s throwing his hands in the air and just so expressive when he was singing it.”

“I was so proud of him, just for giving it his all and the love in his heart because he does love Jesus,” she continued. “At 5 years old he knows, and he was giving all the love. I’m very proud of him.”

My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood is available on HBO Max now.

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Target’s gift card sale returns this weekend. Here’s how to save 10% off and how the promotion has changed

This weekend is the best time of year to buy Target store gift cards.

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Target’s annual gift card sale returns Saturday with some changes. Instead of being a one-day sale, it now lasts two days and will continue through Sunday, Dec. 6.

The maximum discount also increased to $50 off a maximum of $500 in gift cards purchased, up from $30 last year.

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But the biggest change is to get the 10% discount, available in-store and online, you have to be a member of Target Circle, Target’s free loyalty program. The discount can be used only for one transaction at Target or Target.com per Target Circle account, according to the offer’s details.



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It’s a rare chance to save on gift cards, which year after year are among the most popular and requested gifts. Last December, Target had a one-day gift card sale with 10% off store gift cards both in-store and online and in October discounted gift cards by 5% for two days.

If you’re not giving the gift cards away as gifts, they can be quickly added to the Target app to redeem at checkout and used with the Target Circle, which launched nationwide in October 2019.

With the free program, members earn 1% on nearly every purchase to redeem on a future Target trip and take advantage of other discounts including a birthday discount.

Shoppers with a Target RedCard credit or debit card aren’t eligible to earn 1% with the loyalty program when they pay with a store-branded credit or debit card but will continue to get 5% off store purchases including select gift cards year round. However, store gift cards are excluded from the cardholder perk.

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Target gift card promotion fine print

Here are some of the exclusions of the offer listed on the Target Circle offer, which can be saved to accounts early:

  • Valid beginning Dec. 5 for a one-time use purchase in-store or online.
  • Gift cards purchased online can be delivered via email, mail or mobile.
  • Offer valid for one transaction up to $500 in Target GiftCards ($50 maximum discount) at Target or Target.com per Target Circle account.
  • Offer does not include Target Visa Gift Cards, Target Mastercard Gift Cards, Target American Express Gift Cards and gift cards issued by other retailers such as dining, lifestyle and entertaining
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Weekend Sip’s 12 bottles of Christmas has gift suggestions for everyone on your holiday list

Let’s put aside all the problems of 2020 and turn our attention to the holidays. That means it’s time to joyfully head off shopping for friends and family, for colleagues and neighbors and maybe even for ourselves.

And that means it’s time for a Weekend Sip tradition: the 12 Bottles of Christmas.

Once again, we’ve compiled a list of a dozen bottles, covering the categories of wine, beer and spirits. (And ice cream, too!) We’ve selected items at varying price points, so you can gift anything from a simple stocking stuffer to the sip of a lifetime. Needless to say, the list doesn’t strictly apply to Christmas — the picks will generally work for any holiday or occasion.

Need more suggestions? You can always refer back to our picks from 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Oh, and one more thing: Happy holidays!

The ugly sweater bottle (er, can)

We’ve never quite understood the ugly Christmas sweater thing. Such apparel may represent a gleeful way to subvert the season, but it’s still, well, ugly. But we can embrace the ugly sweater when it comes in liquid form. And that is the idea behind Almanac Beer Co.’s Ugly Sweater LOVE Hazy IPA ($16.99 for a four-pack). The Northern California craft brewer, which specializes in what it calls “farm-to-barrel” beer, describes this super-tasty IPA as a “jolly” sip with notes of mango and cantaloupe. But it’s the image on the can of an ugly sweater that may be the real selling point for some. Almanac also puts together other festive holiday items, including a 12-can Christmas sampler and an eight-can Hanukkah one.

The red bottle

You’ll need to have deep pockets for a bottle of Beringer’s Eighth Maker Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon — it’s a whopping $400, which is pricey even by California trophy-bottle standards. But this sip, from the producer that calls itself California’s longest continuously operating winery, may just be worth it for its hearty taste (think blackberries and black cherries, says the Beringer team) and yet surprisingly delicate texture (the tannins are “fine grained,” the producer notes). The packaging is as superlative as the bottle, with the glossy wooden case almost worthy of being used to store prized jewels. The bottle’s name refers to Mark Beringer’s role as Beringer’s eighth winemaker — the company was founded in part by his great-great-grandfather Jacob.

Mijenta ($50) is a clean-tasting tequila with a variety of flavor notes, from honey to pineapple.


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The green bottle

In this case, we mean “green” not in the color-minded sense, but in the save-the-planet one. And Mijenta, a small-batch tequila producer, says it takes the environment seriously. The company’s sustainable practices include ensuring all of its packaging — the label and box — utilizes the waste from agave, the plant that goes into making tequila. It’s a laudable mission, but the tequila itself — in its “blanco” (meaning un-aged) iteration ($50) — deserves praise as well. The sip is clean-tasting with a variety

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Chobani employees share the best gifts for home cooks 2020

Most of us have been cooking at home a whole lot more during the pandemic—so chances are there’s someone on your list who would enjoy a food-related gift. To drum up some inspired ideas, we turned to the foodies at Chobani (the beloved Greek yogurt company that has expanded into oat milk, coffee creamers, and even cafes) for some curated suggestions. These are the best food gifts they’ve given, received, or put on their wishlists. Bon appétit!

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The Whole Fish Cookbook, by Josh Niland, $37
I really enjoy this collection of technique-driven recipes, named the James Beard cookbook of 2019, and think it is a must-have for anyone who wants to learn how to cook really great fish. It’s a great read, with beautiful images that help teach the fundamentals, all while capturing the importance of fresh and local ingredients. —Jake Briere, corporate chef

Maxi-Matic Elite Gourmet Air Fryer, $50
As a self-proclaimed gadget guru, I enjoy trying new cooking tools all the time. And my Elite by Maxi-Matic Air Fryer is one of my favorite tools when creating buffalo cauliflower. The compact size of the fryer makes it an easy addition in my kitchen and helps me create the best-tasting cauliflower I’ve ever experienced at home. —Rosalyn Emerson, channel marketing director

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Hario Cold Brew Bottle, $35
This is the perfect gift for anyone to take their cold-brew obsession to the next level! Ready with your favorite coffee overnight in your fridge, this simple, Japanese-created bottle makes delicious cold brew to exactly however you like it. —Eddie Revis, vice president, marketing

Amazon Basics Hand Blender, $30
I use this immersion hand blender every week, whether I’m frothing milk for a pumpkin cold-brew foam or trying out social media’s hot trend whipped coffee. This blender takes minimal space for storage and froths quickly with very few dishes to clean. —Morgan VanAlstine, human resources coordinator

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Skura Style Antimicrobial Sponges, 8 for $30
With cooking at home on the rise in 2020, so is the number of dishes to be done. It seems like I could do dishes all day, but not with a smelly sponge that usually tends to leave an unpleasant odor on your hands for hours after. Once I found these antibacterial sponges that last FOREVER and never smell or leave an odor, I converted all of my family and friends immediately. —Jake Briere, corporate chef

Lee Kum Kee XO Sauce, $20
A mix of scallops, shrimp, garlic, shallots, ginger, brown sugar, and spices simmered down into a marmalade-like infused umami bomb, XO sauce brings that umami boost you need in a dish. It holds its own in any savory creation, like stir-fried veggies, pasta dishes, and even as part of a chicken wing glaze! —Adley Tong, R&D scientist

Aerolatte Matcha Frother, $20
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Shop Drew Barrymore’s Holiday Gift Ideas From Small Businesses

Drew Barrymore is encouraging everyone to shop small this holiday season. The actress’ talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show, is sharing Drew’s Little Book of Small Businesses Gift Guide — filled with the star’s handpicked holiday gift recommendations from small businesses from across the country. 

The show has curated the list from suggestions sent to Barrymore’s Instagram, which resulted in over 70,000 submissions. The gift guide features a great range of small businesses from Wichita-based pottery company Del Norte Studio to Boston’s first Black-owned bookstore Frugal Bookstore. Check back on Barrymore’s gift list as more small businesses will be added throughout the holidays.

Be sure to also check out ET Style’s expansive gift guides, such as gifts under $50, home devices, stocking stuffers, fashion favorites, gifts for teens, gifts for men, candles, pajama sets and more. Holiday shipping deadlines are fast approaching, so ensure your gifts arrive on time by reviewing important cutoff dates and delivery options. 

Ahead, shop gifts from small businesses featured on Drew’s Little Book of Small Businesses Gift Guide. 

Del Norte Studio



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Del Norte Studio

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Mexican artist Armando Minjarez’s Del Norte Studio is based in Wichita, Kansas. The studio creates handcrafted, one-of-a-kind ceramic designs such as bowls, mugs, vases, plates and tumblers, “exploring design concepts within the context of public and domestic space,” according to their website.

$45 at Del Norte Studio

Iyanla Vanzant



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Frugal Bookstore/Simon & Schuster

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Frugal Bookstore, operated by couple Clarissa and Leonard Egerton, is the first Black-owned bookstore in Boston. The bookstore promotes literacy among children, teens and adults in their community. Ninety-eight percent of their books are authored by people of color, featuring a range of genres in fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. 

REGULARLY $16.99

$15.29 at Frugal Bookstore

Estelle Colored Glass



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Estelle Colored Glass

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Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Estelle Colored Glass creates stunning hand-blown colored glass cake stands and stemware. Named after founder Stephanie Summerson Hall’s grandmother who loved antiques, Estelle Colored Glass combines vintage style and modern sophistication in each piece. 

$225 at Estelle Colored Glass

Queen Bee Jelly



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Queen Bee Jelly

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Queen Bee Jelly is an online fabric boutique in Washington, D.C., offering beautiful Ankara fabric, also known as African wax fabric, in striking vibrant patterns and colors. The brand also has a collection of beautiful trims, pins, brooches, lace and mud cloth. 

REGULARLY $8.99

$1 per yard at Queen Bee Jelly

Keller Works



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Founded by Krystn Keller in Mobile, Alabama, Keller Works makes skin and body products for sensitive skin that’s formulated with natural ingredients, free of irritants and allergens. This set includes Elliott’s Body Butter, Elliott’s Salve and Elliott’s Oatmeal Soap — named

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FAMILY AND MARRIAGE: Don’t let Christmas gift giving stress your marriage | Features

“For it is in giving that we receive.” — Francis of Assisi

“Who (Jesus) gave himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father…” — Bible (Galatians 1:4)

As we approach Christmas most of us are thinking of gift-giving and receiving. When we receive gifts, our biggest challenge is having the right attitude, no matter what we think of the gift. We want to believe the gift comes with a sincere heart and a desire on the part of the giver to please us.

Perhaps the bigger challenge is giving gifts with the right attitude. Consider why we give gifts at Christmas in the first place. Whether the world realizes it or not, Christmas should be about the greatest gift any of us can ever receive: the gift of a relationship with God the Father through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. God gives us that gift with no strings attached; He gives it because He loves us.

Often with our spouse we tend to get something without a lot of thought, knowing that it’s expected of us; they would feel bad and we would feel guilty if we didn’t get them something. We tend to take them for granted and give out of obligation. Vance Fry, in an article for Focus on the Family, suggests some ideas as we consider gift giving and receiving at Christmas time.

Spend more time learning and less time shopping

I’ve been on those shopping trips where I wander through a department store with no prior preparation hoping my eye will land on the right gift for someone. Although it may be a little late now, give some thought to things our spouse has shown an interest in through the year. Consider what your spouse’s hobbies and special interests are. This may not guarantee the perfect gift, but at least your spouse will know you made a sincere effort to please them.

Don’t expect your spouse to read your mind when it comes to receiving. Since there is the expectation of giving and receiving between husband and wife, give a few hints as to things you would appreciate but don’t have. Keep in mind appropriate price ranges. Men in particular have a hard time knowing what their wife might like. (We husbands don’t think like our wives and we often haven’t been paying much attention anyhow.) I always appreciate the not-so-subtle hints. I like to know the general gift category and then I can surprise her with the special personalized selection.

Get on the same budget page

It helps if both husband and wife are in general agreement on how much can be spent on gifts. After all, we have to keep in mind our budget for the rest of the year. We often hear of people who spend so much for Christmas gifts that they are paying for them the rest of the following year –

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Long lines for Miami’s grocery gift card giveaway shows need — but why only Publix?

Miami’s city government has spent about $2.3 million of federal COVID-19 relief funds on grocery gift cards to give to residents, part of a series of financial assistance programs meant to help those hurting in the pandemic — but some commissioners are questioning the administration’s decision to only purchase from Publix.

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Long lines seen at distribution locations across each of the city of Miami’s five districts this week show a great need among residents. At an event this week, Mayor Francis Suarez noted the difficulty with serving a limited number of people with available funds.

“We were able to help 500 people in our community get much needed support and help for their groceries during this difficult time,” Suarez said on Wednesday. “It’s very sad to see how many people came and the fact that we had to limit people.”

The limitations created by only distributing Publix gift cards are also resonating in some districts where people shop at stores that are more affordable and closer to their homes, such as Sedano’s Supermarket, Presidente Supermarket, Fresco y Más and Milam’s Market.

“For most of the elderly we have, Publix is just too far and more expensive,” said Commissioner Joe Carollo, who represents Little Havana, the Roads and part of Shenandoah.

The city chose Publix as the sole vendor for the first bulk purchase, which came with a 5% discount on each card, according to administrators. On 10,000 cards worth $250 each, Publix discounted $12.50 per card. John Heffernan, the city’s deputy director of communications, said the city initially bought the first batch of cards from Publix “because of their ability to meet the tight time constraints required to quickly implement the programs.”

The money for the gift cards came after Miami-Dade County disbursed federal CARES Act relief funds in November. The city has until Dec. 31 to spend the money, under federal rules. With about $1.2 million out of $3.55 million left to purchase cards, the city might make some changes.

Commissioner Alex Díaz de la Portilla is sponsoring a resolution on the Dec. 10 commission agenda that would give the city flexibility to purchase VISA cash cards of different amounts that would allow people to go to their preferred market, or perhaps to purchase medicine.

By providing cards of $100 to $125, Díaz de la Portilla said the money could be stretched farther to reach more households.

“The residents are the ones that should have the choice of where to shop and what they need to buy. Not government,” Díaz de la Portilla told the Miami Herald. “This should only be about what’s best for our residents.”

The commissioner said residents in his district, which includes Allapattah and Grapeland Heights, would be better served if they could take gift cards to their local preferred markets — especially those without cars who walk to the nearest market.

“Maybe it’s easier to go to one vendor and buy everything, but why not go to local vendors in our community?”

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Miami might tweak gift card giveaway to include more grocers

Miami’s city government has spent about $2.3 million of federal COVID-19 relief funds on grocery gift cards to give to residents, part of a series of financial assistance programs meant to help those hurting in the pandemic — but some commissioners are questioning the administration’s decision to only purchase from Publix.

Long lines seen at distribution locations across each of the city of Miami’s five districts this week show a great need among residents. At an event this week, Mayor Francis Suarez noted the difficulty with serving a limited number of people with available funds.

“We were able to help 500 people in our community get much needed support and help for their groceries during this difficult time,” Suarez said on Wednesday. “It’s very sad to see how many people came and the fact that we had to limit people.”

The limitations created by only distributing Publix gift cards are also resonating in some districts where people shop at stores that are more affordable and closer to their homes, such as Sedano’s Supermarket, Presidente Supermarket, Fresco y Más and Milam’s Market.

“For most of the elderly we have, Publix is just too far and more expensive,” said Commissioner Joe Carollo, who represents Little Havana, the Roads and part of Shenandoah.

The city chose Publix as the sole vendor for the first bulk purchase, which came with a 5% discount on each card, according to administrators. On 10,000 cards worth $250 each, Publix discounted $12.50 per card. John Heffernan, the city’s deputy director of communications, said the city initially bought the first batch of cards from Publix “because of their ability to meet the tight time constraints required to quickly implement the programs.”

The money for the gift cards came after Miami-Dade County disbursed federal CARES Act relief funds in November. The city has until Dec. 31 to spend the money, under federal rules. With about $1.2 million out of $3.55 million left to purchase cards, the city might make some changes.

Commissioner Alex Díaz de la Portilla is sponsoring a resolution on the Dec. 10 commission agenda that would give the city flexibility to purchase VISA cash cards of different amounts that would allow people to go to their preferred market, or perhaps to purchase medicine.

By providing cards of $100 to $125, Díaz de la Portilla said the money could be stretched farther to reach more households.

“The residents are the ones that should have the choice of where to shop and what they need to buy. Not government,” Díaz de la Portilla told the Miami Herald. “This should only be about what’s best for our residents.”

The commissioner said residents in his district, which includes Allapattah and Grapeland Heights, would be better served if they could take gift cards to their local preferred markets — especially those without cars who walk to the nearest market.

“Maybe it’s easier to go to one vendor and buy everything, but why not go to local vendors in our community?” Díaz de

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