We just passed day 150 of 2020, and we think it’s safe to say it’s been quite a year so far
- Australian bushfires 👎
- COVID 👎
- J. Lo and Shakira crush The Super Bowl 👍
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle step down 🤷🏻
- Stock market plunges 👎
- Tiger King 👍
- Murder hornets 👎
- Stock market surges back 👍
- JCPenney files Ch. 11 👎
- U.S. begins to open 👍
Despite the many opportunities presented to online retailers over the last few months, none of you have been immune to the highs and lows of the 2020 rollercoaster.
You’ve pivoted, prioritized, and pushed boundaries to keep the digital wheels on your virtual store turning and your sales engine converting. You’ve been scrambling to do everything you can to serve your customers and meet their needs, and we think it’s about time you did something for yourself.
In May, our team members talked to nearly 1,000 different brands who sell an estimated 25,000 different products (probably more, but who’s got time to get that specific?).
We reviewed the brands, did a little window shopping ourselves, and pulled out a few products that are bound to comfort, delight, and get you feeling right as we head into summer.
And if you want to make the treat a little extra sweet, give Route a try and we’ll send you $100 to supplement any impromptu splurge. 😉
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, we’re slowly re-emerging after a long winter and that can mean only one thing: ice cream season is upon us.
LA locals will be familiar with the notoriously delicious Salt & Straw. From day one, they’ve been churning out (see what we did there?) cult classics like Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Gooey Brownie, and, a favorite of ours, Strawberry Coconut Water Sherbet (trust us, it’s amazing).
If you’re struggling to choose a favorite, take advantage of their “pick my pints” deal and grab yourself five flavors to share with friends, family, or… just keep them for yourself.
With Salt & Straw’s “Build Your Own 5 Pint” deal, you can treat yo’self whether you’re in LA, NY, or anywhere in between. 😉
Splendid Spoon – Breakfast + Lunch Healthy Meals Subscription ($95/wk)
Treating yourself doesn’t have to be unhealthy.
We don’t know about you, but some of us are over the mac n’ cheese, canned beans, and Chinese takeout diet. If your idea of treating yourself consists of resetting the system and jump-starting your “summer bod” routine, Splendid Spoon is right up your alley.
Splendid Spoon offers plant-based meal subscriptions with options for every dietary preference and hundreds of healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners to choose from—they have over 40 superfood smoothies alone!
“A mint chip smoothie that’s healthy? Can it be?” You better believe it. Splendid Spoon is the perfect splurge for any and all health-conscious foodies.
Fast Growing Trees – Peace Lily Plant ($39.95)
After the craziness and stress of the last few months, we all could use some serious R&R.
But with most travel restrictions still in place and many businesses still closed, it can be hard to know where to look for some peace and relaxation. Fortunately, Fast Growing Trees, the world’s largest online nursery, has your fix.
Reduce stress and anxiety with a fresh houseplant
Now, if you’re asking yourself, “how can a plant reduce my stress?” Solid question, and luckily, science has your answer. Houseplants have been proven time and time again to reduce stress and anxiety and boost productivity by as much as 40%.
Large, small, flowering, whatever, FGT has thousands of plants to choose from—our favorite this month is their Peace Lily, which with its white blossom and broad leaves is bound to restore your inner chi.
Thanks, plants! 🌱
Vibe – 2.0 Bars ($29.99)
We don’t know about you, but it’s been HARD to get moving and stay active these last couple of months. Just us? Ok, nevermind.
Either way, for a lot of people (definitely us), it’s been hard to find the motivation to exercise. However, it’s a new month, new you (not us) and Vibe has some products to help you kickstart your new healthy lifestyle.
Vibe 2.0 Bars are available for pre-sale and are packed with protein, prebiotics, and as much caffeine as 1.5 espresso shots.
Plus, for every three boxes you buy, Vibe Infusion donates one box to healthcare workers. So, as you’re treating yo’self, you’ll be treating frontline heroes, too.
Summersalt – Designer Swimsuits ($95)
Although pools and beaches may be tougher to go to this summer than we’d like (maybe not 🤞), you know what’s never closed? Your backyard and patio.
Based in Clayton, Missouri, female-founded Summersalt makes earth-friendly swimsuits that’ll help you look fierce as you get your summer glow in style (even if it is only on your back porch).
Designer swimsuit + a freshly prepared pina colada + one episode of The Blue Planet = a solid beach getaway (kinda).
And with patterns like this sassy cheetah print, keep the Tiger King vibes going all summer long, ya cool cats and kittens.
Purple – Royal Seat Cushion ($79)
We don’t know about you, but we were not prepared to work from home. (Hello, 50-hour weeks sitting at my kitchen table!)
After 2 months away from our padded office chairs and an unknown amount of work-at-home days in the future, we think it’s about time we treat our rear ends to a little somethin’ somethin’.
Fortunately, Purple makes these Royal Seat Cushions that are fit for a throne (get it, “royal”).
And if you’re doing better than us and remembered to bring home your office chair, Purple even has versions made specifically for an office chair upgrade. And with over 42,000 reviews and counting, you can rest assured knowing that Purple knows a thing or two about making our backsides comfy.
Treat Yo’Self… Not a Porch Pirate
Like we said (or basically said) in the intro: You are a fabulous human and deserve to be treated every month of the year. You’ve navigated every twist and turn thrown at you in 2020, and you’ve been knee-deep in adaptability when it comes to your online store. All that hard work, though? Your customers appreciate it now more than ever, and that’s why you deserve to treat yo’self.
However, notice that emphasis is on “you” and not on “a porch pirate.” With porch piracy rates on the rise, it’s up to each of us to be vigilant and to keep them at bay. And the best way to do that? Be ready to pick up your package the moment it arrives.
We’ve known some big bummers in our day (cough* season finale of Lost), but even so, nothing quite bums us out like a stolen package. Rather than treating a porch pirate to a new pair of socks or a sweet pad for your booty (get it? booty? …pirates?) use Route Visual Tracking™ to track your package from delivery to doorstep so you can be there right when it arrives.
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