Let's be honest, we're all over it by now. The hardest thing about the Coronavirus lockdown is that we can't see our friends and family - and for most people, summer is a season of travel. This summer is going to look a lot different than past years, whether that means the cancellation of your exotic trip to a far-flung location, or simply that you can’t visit family and friends for a long holiday weekend. Even though trips and visits may be off-limits for now, we can still host the odd virtual games night and thankfully now go on socially distanced walks with one person from outside of our households.
With the non-essential shops closed and lockdown continuing through birthdays, holidays and celebrations; it's worth remembering that these special occasions are *still* going ahead, despite the current situation. If you've got any spare change burning a hole in your trouser pockets, consider sending a loved one a lockdown gift to brighten their weekend. A well-timed drop-off or package in the post could make the difference between a bad week and a good week for your friends and family. Here’s where we stand on lockdown gifts: Send them, just use your judgement. Letterbox gifts have become a godsend while we social distance. So here are 8 great “host-less” quarantreats for your family and friends.
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Who doesn’t love a bunch of beautiful flowers? It appears that almost anything can fit through a letterbox these days and flowers are no exception. This is why the Bloom & Wild range is perfect for isolation; they come in a box that can be posted through the letterbox, and the receiver gets to arrange the flowers themselves. Bloom & Wild are our first choice, being one of the best in Britain, offering unique, exciting and contemporary bouquets. If you’re feeling especially generous, there’s an option to prepay for a subscription of either 6 or 12 months, with a gift sent every month.
SPA ‘NIGHT IN’
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We’re all craving some pampering. Real spas are out of bounds for now, but there are health and beauty companies still willing to bring the experience to you. If the coronavirus lockdown has left someone you know in need of a little TLC, then the perfect gift would be a self-care kit packed with mindful activities and cosy night-in necessities. Missing your fix of Lush products? Their website was closed for a short time due to COVID-19, but they're back! The brand has launched three gorgeous new kits which can be posted through your letterbox, each one featuring exclusive and global best-selling soap and hand care products and guess what, they’re natural! Check out our recent blog about wellness and how to create a blissful spa-like experience at home.
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Smooth, rich and irresistible… nothing brings us happiness like a gorgeous box of chocolates! It’s the ultimate luxurious treat that almost everyone will appreciate. A box of chocolates delivered straight to their door in a range of tasty flavours - what friend wouldn't be delighted with this? You can make it the perfect gift, and lockdown may become just a little more enjoyable. There’s never been a better time to support small businesses by giving something to a loved one. So step inside Studio Chocolate, our #1 pick for chocolate artistry, lovingly handmade in Nottingham and they ship nationwide.
SOMETHING TO READ
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The gift of a great book is one they’ll love - you can either send them one in the post in a beautiful, cohesively designed parcel that’s sure to delight any book lover. Otherwise, buy them a Kindle subscription app, which they can read on any iOS device, Android, Mac, or PC. This unique book subscription will give them access to unlimited books, magazines and music and features literature’s best-loved classics. A great way to instantly treat your friend to a good read when physical delivery times are longer.
MAKE IT PERSONAL
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You don’t have to make huge gestures to let someone know you’re thinking of them. A personalised gift will probably bring tears to their eyes - a keepsake to help them look back on this time for years to come. How about a beautiful photo album, or a personalised journal so they can write down their thoughts and feelings while on lockdown? Personalised gifts are designed to bring hope and love - they’re truly thoughtful and show your friends and family just how much you miss them.
THOSE WHO LIKE TO DRINK
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Talk of a special gift! Is there really a better way to help boost a friend's day than by sending them a bottle delivery? There's a tasty selection for every occasion, from beers and wine to vodka and spirits. If it’s a special occasion, why not send your loved one a gorgeous hamper full of treats. Inside the basket, they'll find a rustic selection of delicious food and drink for the dream garden picnic! The Champagne gift set is a favourite with Fortnum & Mason customers; perfect for anyone who's celebrating something special while on lockdown. Once their delivery has arrived, call them up and have a glass via Zoom to help them celebrate their day virtually.
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It’s warming up nicely, we all want to take advantage of the good weather while relaxing in the garden. Stuck with what to buy your plant-loving friends? Gardening can be a powerful therapeutic tool, especially in these challenging times. If you know someone who has always wanted to grow their own veg? Then an excellent starter kit will help them grow. A gorgeous gift for green-fingered friends or budding gardeners who are looking to make the most of their outdoor space during the lockdown. This gift will give your gardening friends a step in the right direction, it’s a must-have for creating the backdrop for those alfresco lunches with your household this summer. Sending your loved one a thoughtful gift in the post will boost their spirits, particularly if they are spending their birthday in isolation. For easy gardening project ideas, head over to our blog archives.
Know someone who loves all things handmade? Textile lovers of the world unite! Inject some pattern into your space to lighten up your lockdown. Persian and Oriental rugs are fabulous home accessories to add to your space - from transforming a dull and empty room to finding the ideal placement. They come in a huge variety of colours, patterns and sizes - there is something to bring out everyone’s creative flair. Take a look at our top 3 picks above and shop all here.
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