Leanne Bayley Looking for birthday present ideas, or just a sentimental gift to cheer up a loved one in lockdown? These isolation presents are guaranteed to put a smile on their face…
As lockdown continues, we’re all doing our best to brighten up our daily lives. Whether you have a vulnerable relative, a friend who’s dealing with anxiety about this crazy world, or you’re merely missing your work colleagues and your daily chats in the office kitchen, we’ve rounded up the ultimate gift guide. From birthday presents to ‘miss you’ gift ideas or something to cheer others up on those grey days, here are the best buys to help you feel connected to your loved ones…
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Who doesn't love a bunch of beautiful flowers? Bloom & Wild's are perfect for friends in isolation; they come in a box that can be posted through the letterbox, and the receiver gets to arrange them themselves. A perfect indoor activity.
Flowers, from £23, Bloom & Wild
In one simple gift box, you can pamper your loved one, show them you care and treat them to some tasty snacks. Packed full of delicious biscuits, a pukka cuppa, a refreshing face mask, quote cards and more, it’s sure to put a smile on their face.
Thinking of You gift box, £12.99, Etsy
This set includes a bouquet of flowers, shortbread and a gorgeous calming candle. Bliss.
Thinking of you gift set, £40, Marks & Spencer
In these challenging times, it’s important for us all to remember that everything is going to be ok. Gift the crafters in your life with this embroidery hoop kit which allows them to practice mindfulness whilst sewing at home.
Everything Is Going To Be Ok Mini Motivator Craft Kit, £14.95, Notonthehighstreet
You can’t go wrong with a box of goodies from Hotel Chocolat. This is an effortless chocolate gift that would be perfect for any chocolate lover.
The Everything Hamper, £27.50, Hotel Chocolat
Indulge in this edit of a self-care kit, packed with mindful activities and cosy night-in necessities, as well as high-tea infusions and mocktail recipes. Looking to unwind on the go? Yoga card packs help you to destress, one position at a time.
Calm Club Big Night In, £34.99, ASOS
This is one of those gifts that will make someone go ‘WOW’ and it’ll immediately put a smile on their face. Ideal for a chocoholic.
Chocolate bouquet, £29.99, Amazon
Lockdown chocolate gift set, £13.96, Etsy
Staying indoors doesn’t have to be boring. Marks & Spencer’s pamper gift bag includes everything from prosecco and chocolate truffles to a Calm Candle, hand wash and lotion.
Pamper Gift Bag, £30, Marks & Spencer
The ultimate gift of kindness – the HELLO! x Kit Heath Kindness necklace , which has been spotted on the likes of Lorraine Kelly, Saira Khan and Andrea McLean. It features an oval charm of two interconnected elements to represent protection and support. The necklace can be worn showing the smooth outer layer or reversed to reveal the core that is cradled inside and bears a tag branded with our special message of kindness. What’s more, every purchase sees £5 go to charity.
Kit Heath x HELLO! Kindness necklace, £99.99, Kit Heath
Aptly named the ‘Life Doesn’t Always Grow To Plan’ Letterbox Gift, this £5 package is truly unique. Described as a “little box of calm,” inside they’ll find a pot of Hidcote Blue lavender seeds as well as planting instructions. Over the next few weeks, they can watch with pride as their lavender grows into a beautiful purple plant filled with the most tranquil scent – divine.
‘Life Doesn’t Always Grow To Plan’ Letterbox Gift, £5, Notonthehighstreet
The Relax Letter Box is full of luxury goodies guaranteed to put a smile on their face. Perfect for an at-home pamper session, this care package contains all of the essentials needed for a chilled night in, including a Galaxy chocolate bar, Galaxy hot chocolate sachet, mini marshmallows, Womankind Pukka Tea Bag, mini bath fizzers, scented tea lights, a facemask and a gel collagen eye mask.
Relax Letter Box, £11.50, Etsy
This personalised pillow will likely make someone else's day.
Personalised pillow, £36.95, Notonthehighstreet
If you know your loved one is bored of watching movies and the weather isn’t warm enough to enjoy some time outside then puzzles are a great way to help them stay entertained – especially ones that are personalised! Pick a sweet photo of friends or family that can be made into anything from a 100 to a 1000 piece puzzle – it’s a great way to remind someone of a special memory.
Personalised puzzle, starts at £19.99, Myphotopuzzle.co.uk
The gift to help someone create a calm zone inside their home. They can light the Feel Refreshed Travel Candle, sit back, relax and breathe… Prepare for the perfect night’s sleep with a spritz of the pillow mist before bedtime, enjoy a deep night’s sleep and look forward to a fresh tomorrow.
Neom Wellbeing for Day and Night Gift Set, £30, John Lewis
Let them know you miss them with this hug in a mug.
A Hug In A Mug Hidden Message Cup, £19.50, Notonthehighstreet
Not sure what to buy them? Surprise your loved ones with an H&M gift card and give them the opportunity to browse the brand’s incredible clothing and homeware.
E-Vouchers, from £10, H&M
This is such a practical gift – it’s something to do to keep them occupied, and it gives them a treat at the end of it. Double win!
Make Your Own Lip Balm Set, £19.95, NotOnTheHighStreet.com
Tada & Toy’s Sparkle Armour Collection is a curated edit of everyday essentials to use during these times. The collection comprises one of Tada & Toy’s bestselling earrings, the 18 carat rose gold Tiny Star Studs, perfect for everyday use. The box also includes a Tada & Toy x Florence Bridge face mask, hand-made with bejewelled netting over black satin, and a bottle of Saltee Hands to ensure the highest level of protection whilst also nourishing your hands.
The Sparkle Armour Collection, £70, Tada & Toy
Chocoholics will love this! A personalised chocolate bar that will fit in the letterbox.
Personalised letterbox chocolate, £19, Notonthehighstreet
Help them relax with Jo Malone’s Myrrh & Tonka trio which includes a shower oil, body cream and fragrance.
Myrrh & Tonka Relaxation Trio, £190, Jo Malone
We don’t know about you, but receiving post in lockdown was one of the highlights of our days! Why not send a friend this charming pack of cards so they can spread the love and brighten someone’s day? This set is monogrammed.
Monogrammed Writing Set, £34.99, Papier
Self-care is more important than ever and this gift package brings the spa experience home. Treat them to Liz Earle’s Beauty Icons Collection which includes the multi-award-winning Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Instant Boost Skin Tonic and revitalising Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion.
Beauty Icons Collection, £26, Liz Earle
You can now say ‘ey up’ to the Northern guy or gal in your life. Nowt2Wear sell slogan tees aimed at northerners and we love it for being a smile to a friend’s face.
Nowt2Wear ‘Ey Up’ unisex tee, £20, Etsy
Face masks are mandatory, so what better gift than a sweet face mask for a loved one. Snapfish has plenty to choose from – and you can even design your own.
Everything Is Gonna Be Alright face mask, £9.99, Snapfish
You can’t beat a home delivery of delicious brownies.
Brownie Eyed Boi brownies, from £12, Brownie Eyed Boi
Macmillan Cancer Support has collaborated with Snapfish to create a special range of 'Thinking of You' cards in light of people feeling even more isolated right now. Sending one of these cards will help friends, family or colleagues express their support for people going through cancer during this isolating time.
Thinking of you cards, from £1.25, Snapfish x Macmillan Cancer Support
Who needs to go to a fancy grand hotel for an afternoon tea. This hamper of treats will go down a storm!
Cartwright & Butler Thinking of You Hamper , £29.99, Prezzybox
Lonely people need something to look forward to, so this 2021 diary could be perfect. It can be embossed, too.
2021 diary, from £20, Aspinal of London
Gift your loved one something that they can use once lockdown is over, like this afternoon tea experience voucher! With many wonderful UK locations available, the recipient will be spoilt for choice on where to book. A country estate or a lovely modern hotel? The possibilities are endless!
Afternoon Tea Experience Box, £34.99, Buyagift
If you know someone who’s a big Friends fan, then they need this special Monopoly edition. It’ll sure keep them occupied for a few hours and provide plenty of fun, and perhaps, tense moments! Suitable for ages 8 plus, you can play as either one of the six main characters. Will your token be Rachel’s handbag or Ross’s dinosaur?
Monopoly FRIENDS Edition, £23.99, Amazon
No baker’s repertoire is complete if you can’t perfect a fresh loaf of bread. Thankfully Russell Hobbs Compact Breadmaker makes it easy. Your loved ones will be able to enjoy fresh, homemade bread quicker than ever before.
Russell Hobbs 23620 Compact Fast Breadmaker, £94.41, Amazon
Working from home is taking its toll on many of us; both mentally and physically. If they're not fortunate enough to have an at-home desk, they'll almost certainly appreciate being gifted this gentle massager.
Neck massager, £48.99, Amazon
Cheese fans can take their pick at Pong, from British cheddar to the finest France has to offer. We’ve opted for Alex James’ handpicked collection featuring the dreamy softness of No 2 Blue Monday, through the delicate flavours of No 4 Goats' and No 3 Valley Brie, to the monumental, earthy No 5 Grunge. This selection will have you screaming for an encore!
Alex James Co. British Box of Four, £25, Pong
Paint by numbers became increasingly popular during the first lockdown, with many looking for ways to get creative and reduce stress. It may not be something they’d buy themselves, but the painting kit is perfect if your loved one wants to keep busy (they can take hours to complete!), and they get a gorgeous piece of artwork to decorate the house afterwards!
Paint by numbers, £19, Notonthehighstreet
How sweet is this gift/card? This is a thoughtful gift for a friend who’s going through a tough time while on lockdown or shielding.
Thinking of you bracelet, £2.75, Etsy
Going for a walk is one of the best ways to boost your mood, and Don’t Buy Her Flowers has created the ultimate gift package. The Winter Walk set includes everything they’ll need to explore the great outdoors comfortably. From an Ecoffee Cup and Teapigs Everyday Brew to a large scarf and a nourishing lip balm, you can also add optional extras to this package, such as hand cream, cashmere socks and a salted caramel brownie sharing slice.
The Winter Walk Package, £42, Don’t Buy Her Flowers
CBD might not be the likely choice for a gift to a loved one in isolation, but the CBD Oral Drops can be used as a calming supplement before bed to settle the mind – perfect for anyone who’s struggling to get some shut-eye during these unprecedented times. Cannaray’s drops have added exclusive Juniper Lime and Coconut Oil flavouring which makes them enjoyable to take.
CBD Drops, from £20, Cannaray
Make someone’s day with a HELLO! subscription! Subscription prices start at £5.99.
Brighten someone’s day with a personalised photobook, reliving the best of times with happy memories. CEWE has a range of gifts including personalised phone cases and jigsaw puzzles, but this large photobook has more than enough space to fill with dozens of photos and tell your story.
Large portrait photo book, £28.99, CEWE
You just can’t go wrong with sweets, can you? GettingPersonal.co.uk is selling this personalised retro sweet jar crammed full of old school favourites. From cola bottles to love hearts, foam shrimps to double-dip sherbert.
Retro sweets, £19.99, GettingPersonal.co.uk
How adorable is this pearl ‘sisterhood’ bracelet? It features a solid 9ct yellow gold initial of your choice flanked by freshwater white pearls which symbolise wisdom – the ideal gift for one of your dearest friends.
Sisterhood bracelet, £130, Aurum + Grey
If your usual cinema-loving pal can’t do their favourite thing, gift this fab retro popcorn maker set for a lovely gift.
Retro popcorn maker, £34.99, Vonhaus
Finding Freedom – the highly-anticipated book about the details of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s life together is a real page-turner. Days will whizz past once your loved-one starts this book.
Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan, and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, Black Friday price £5.99, Amazon
Looking for the perfect wind-down gift? Try Bloom & Blossom Pillow Spray. Enriched with soothing ingredients and relaxing hues, the formula is fuelled by a botanical blend of natural ingredients. 99% naturally derived, the spray cares for your body as nature intended. A potent fusion of Frankincense and Linden Blossom, the fragrance helps to create a calming environment. What's more, Rose Flower Water packs the spray with healing, anti-inflammatory power, while also infusing the spray with a calming scent.
Bloom & Blossom All Night Long Calming Pillow Spray, £18, Look Fantastic
How cute is this?! Ideal if you’re in a long-distance relationship, or perhaps a loved-one is in self-isolation and is feeling lonely. The ideal gift! Long-distance gifting is now a huge trend.
Hug me pillow, £19.36, Etsy
Not just any silver necklace, this pretty star-charm design comes with a sweet ‘miss you’ message which can be personalised.
‘Miss you’ necklace, £5.50, Etsy
Perhaps you have a single pal who’s really feeling lonely in lockdown, or someone who’s in a long-distance relationship and can’t see their partner. Lily Allen’s Womanizer is proving to be a big hit in 2020.
Lily Allen Womanizer, £89.99, LoveHoney
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Have a friend who’s really creative? He or she will love this Calligraphy guide for beginners.
The Ultimate Guide To Modern Calligraphy and Hand Lettering for Beginners, £6.99, Amazon
Hand sanitiser is still one of the most wished-for buy around, but most bottles are fairly… well, boring. This, however, from genius brand Screen and Shield is the best smelling version of hand sanitiser – the perfect present right now. With three sizes available; from pocket size to large bottles, you’re all covered.
sasHANDS, from £3, ScreenAndShield
The perfect journal for someone who needs to slow down. With prompts like weekly priorities, special places, things I don’t need to do lists, and much more.
One Thing At A Time journal, £6, Paperchase
Storigraphic is a unique personalised book that your loved one can treasure forever – what’s more, they fit comfortably through the letterbox. Use code HELLO10 for free delivery and 10 percent off your first order.
Story book, £19.50, Storigraphic
If there’s one thing we Brits do well in a time of crisis, it’s drink tea. This sweet personalised mug will remind them of you every time they sit down for a cuppa.
Friendship mug, £15, Notonthehighstreet
Miss your travel companion? Or maybe you just miss going on holiday with your pals and you want to add all your favourite photos in one perfect safe-keep book.
Travel Memories photo book, £35.95, Photobook
Treat your loved one with the gift of Apple Fitness+: A new engaging and personalised fitness experience which comes to life with Apple Watch. Working out at home has never been so fun. Customers can use any brand of equipment with Fitness+, and many workouts can be done with no equipment at all or just a set of dumbbells.
Fitness+ will be available to Apple Watch customers as a subscription service before the end of 2020 for $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. Everyone can try Fitness+ free for one month. Visit Apple to order a gift card for a loved one to try.
Let’s be honest, we’re all over it by now. This funny rainbow sweatshirt is guaranteed to put a smile on their face.
Slogan Sweatshirt, £34, Notonthehighstreet
If a loved-one hasn't downloaded any streaming services yet, now's the time to introduce them. Gift them with a subscription to new service Disney+, which has hundreds of classic and new Disney, Pixar and more films to take the boredom off.
Disney+, £5.99 a month
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This is one for the chocaholics. What better surprise than a letterbox delivery of their favourite Cadbury’s classics, from Dairy Milk Caramel to Double Decker? The epic box is stacked full with no fewer than 27 bars. That’ll keep them going in isolation!
Personalised Cadbury’s letterbox hamper, £34.99, Prezzybox
A personalised photo book will probably bring tears to their eyes, and it’s easier to make than you’d imagine!
Photo book, starting at £7.99, SnapFish
Spread the joy with this exceptional calligraphy set complete with nibs, ink, pewter stand and a practice guide.
Coles Gold Calligraphy Set, £22.55, PenHeaven
A bittersweet gift to send but if you have friends who’ve had to, sadly, cancel their wedding day due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this card is a touching way to honour the day.
Happy Would Be Wedding Day, £3.30, Etsy
The gift of a great book is one they'll love. You can either send them one in the post, or buy them a Kindle subscription app, which they can read on any iOS device, Android, Mac, or PC. It'll give them access to unlimited books, magazine and music.
Kindle Unlimited, Amazon
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If you can't afford anything physical but still want them to know you're thinking of them, how about sending a card in the post with a promise of an activity to do together in 2021? Having something to look forward to can make all the difference.
The adverts are everywhere, but the Facebook Portal is becoming increasingly appealing during the covid pandemic. The USP of this nifty device? The Portal’s Smart Camera automatically adjusts to wherever you are – perfect for grandparents to follow their grandkids around the room.
Facebook Portal, prices start at £129, PortalFacebook.com
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Have you both always said you want to learn a language together – or another skill? No could be the time. Download DuoLingo and start learning together over FaceTime – it'll almost be like you're in the same room!
Do you have a friend who’s looking to quit smoking while on lockdown? You’re not alone. Haypp has seen a stampede of people buying its nicotine pouch products as people use lockdown as an excuse to kick their habit and get healthy. The patches contain 4,2 mg of nicotine per pouch making it a perfect fit for you who's a new or relatively regular user.
Haypp Nicotine Patch, £5.28, Haypp
The perfect gift for your nearest and dearest, this must-have collection of mini diffusers features four different fragrances: Wild Rhubarb, Seychelles, Lime & Bay and Pomegranate.
The Mini Diffuser Collection, £40, The White Company
Celebrate a happy memory with this adorable through-the-letterbox photo gift from Not On The Highstreet. You can personalise the ‘Remember when’ card with a favourite snap and a sweet message on the back.
Personalised ‘Remember when’ Slider Photo Card, £15, Notonthehighstreet
Shop these beautiful hand-dipped candles in stunning colourways. A lovely sweet gesture to someone you miss.
Fairholme candles, £9.50, Etsy
Who doesn’t love a bottle of gin? This gorgeous new flavour from British gin brand Warner’s tastes like a beautiful evening during a vacation, thanks to the lemon balm, lemon verbena and lemon thyme paired with London dry gin. Finish with your favourite tonic and herbs for a twist on the classic.
Warner’s Lemon balm gin, £36.34, Amazon
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