As lockdown begins to ease, and we can see our friends and family again, life will get a little easier. But what about the vulnerable people we know and love? They'll no doubt continue to isolate, and while this isn’t how any of us expected to be spending 2020, there is a way to make people smile - with a special gift. Whether your loved ones are isolated at home or spending their birthday indoors with only their immediate family, now is an ideal time to buy them a gift to show how much they really mean to you. Whether you're looking for 'miss you' gift ideas or something to cheer them up on their special day, we've found the best presents they’ll love receiving...
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Who doesn’t love a bunch of beautiful flowers? Bloom & Wild’s are perfect for 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 £28, Bloom & Wild
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Talk about a special gift! The Champagne gift is a favourite with Fortnum & Mason customers and is perfect for anyone who's celebrating something special while shielding. A zoom wedding gift perhaps, or a special delivery for an upcoming wedding anniversary, this would make a special arrival on the doorstep.
Champagne box, £60, Fortnum & Mason
This sweet box may not mean much to you, but receiving it through the letterbox will likely make someone else’s day. Filled with the type of indulgent treats we don’t always buy ourselves, it’s perfect for any occasion.
Letterbox gift, £19.95, Notonthehighstreet
Face masks are now 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
Who doesn’t love a cocktail? They'll be able to say cheers to the weekend with a bottle of Liberation’s pornstar martini. You can even get cocktails delivered on-tap to your loved one’s doorsteps by using the newly launched Cocktail Cruiser.
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, £37.99, Amazon
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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
Chocoloholics will love this! A personalised chocolate bar that will fit in the letterbox.
Personalised letterbox chocolate, £12.12, Notonthehighstreet
Paint by numbers became increasingly popular during 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 lake canvas, £13.90, Amazon
How sweet is this gift/card? This is a thoughtful gift for a friend who's going through a tough time while on lockdown.
Quarantine wish bracelet, £3, Etsy
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, £30, Cannaray
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, £125, Aurum + Grey
Rita Farhi's label is the ultimate luxurious treat. This selection box is guaranteed to please as it includes a tempting mix of cocoa-dusted almonds, assorted hazelnuts, chocolate-coated almonds and brazils.
Rita Farhi Luxury Nut Assortment, £14.99, Selfridges
Know a royal superfan? Treat them to a subscription of TrueRoyalty.tv, the world’s first and only on-demand TV service devoted to premium royal content. They can watch endless documentaries about Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and more!
Gin glasses gift set, £29.99, Vonhaus
Upcoming book Finding Freedom - about the details of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's life together - isn't even out yet, and it's already set to become a bestseller. Pre-order now and make sure your loved ones are the first to read it.
Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan, and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, £9.99, Amazon
Looking for the perfect wind down gift? Try Jo Malone's Lavenderland Travel Pouch. The cool woody fragrance captures the scent of English lavender and silver birch trees in the morning light. The set also includes the Pillow Mist which is a divine addition to someone's bedtime routine.
Jo Malone's Lavenderland Travel Pouch, £99, Jo Malone London
How cute is this?! Ideal if you're in a long-distance relationship because of the lockdown. Or perhaps a loved-one is in self-isolation and is feeling lonely. The ideal gift!
Hug me pillow, £9.99, Amazon
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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, £5.99, Amazon
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Who needs to go to a fancy grand hotel for an afternoon tea when John Lewis has this? This hamper of treats is a best seller for a reason - it'll go down a storm!
Afternoon tea hamper, £100, John Lewis
This limited edition duo is for your friend who loves their skincare products. The set features brand-new, invigorating Pro-Collagen Neroli Cleansing Balm with the original anti-ageing icon, Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. Dreamy!
Pro-Collagen Duo, £95, Elemis
Hand sanitiser is still one of the most wished-for buy around, but most bottles are fairly... well, boring. This, however, from genius brand ESPA, is the chicest version of hand sanitiser we've ever seen - the perfect present right now.
ESPA no-rinse hand cleanser trio, £15, LookFantastic
How about a beautiful monogrammed journal for someone to write down their thoughts and feelings while on lockdown? It would make a lovely gift.
Gardenia Monogrammed Journal, £5, Anthropologie
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
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London-based private chef Nicola Richman makes the world's most delicious salted caramel brownies. Trust us, they're insanely, mouthwateringly delicious and oh-so gooey. Order a pack of four or eight (priced at £13 and £23 respectively, including P&P) by messaging her on Instagram. You can even include a little note in the brownie box or add a candle for someone's birthday.
Salted caramel brownies, starting from £12, @nicolarichmanfood
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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, £10.40, 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, £47,94, Photobook
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The ID bracelet dates back to the 1930s, when servicemen would wear one inscribed with their name and rank. This Edge of Ember delight is engraved with a positive message to remind you to 'keep smiling'.
Keep Smiling bracelet, £75, Edge of Ember
Treat your loved one with this amazing beauty care package. The monthly treat will surprise and delight the recipient every month with 5-6 travel to full-size beauty products presented in their beautiful, iconic pink box.
Beauty subscription box, plans start from £8.50, Glossy Box
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, £32, 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 £29.99, SnapFish
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, £2.92, Etsy
And on that note, Serenata Flowers has launched a 'Lockdown Wedding Bouquet' as a safe and thoughtful gift to give a loved one on what would have been their special day – a promise that even though their wedding may be postponed, for now, the big day will come and be all that they hoped for.
Lockdown Wedding Bouquet, £49.99, Serenata Flowers
Relatable jumper alert?! If you're joking with a friend that you both have no clue what day it is, surprise her with this jumper.
'What Day Is It?' jumper, £16, Missguided
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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 once isolation is over? Having something to look forward to can make all the difference.
Self-isolation birthday card, £3.29, Moonpig
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 £149, 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. Ruby Berry contains 4,2 mg of nicotine per pouch making it a perfect fit for you who’s a new or relatively regular user of pouches.
Nicotine Patch in Ruby Berry, £5.50, Haypp
There’s never been a better time to support small businesses by gifting something to a loved one. We love Millie Saisons, a Prince’s Trust-supported entrepreneur and young ambassador making gorgeous silk hair accessories, but check out Instagram to find others near to you and help keep them afloat in tough times.
Tie hair ribbon, £15, Millie Saisons
And if all else fails? Nothing brings joy like a gorgeous box of chocolates!
Monty Bojangles truffles, £8.50, Amazon
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, £12, Notothhighstreet
Missing your fix of Lush products? The brand's website was closed for a short time due to COVID-19, but they're back now - and with these gorgeous letterbox products to boot! The brand has launched three new kits which can be posted through a letterbox, each one featuring exclusive and global best-selling soap and hand care products. Perfect if you know someone who needs a bit of TLC.
Hand Care Kit, £25, Lush
Who doesn't love a bottle of gin? This gorgeous new flavour from British gin brand Warner's tastes like a beautiful summer's evening, 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, £40, Amazon
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
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