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40 gift ideas guaranteed to cheer up loved-ones in isolation

Whether it’s their birthday or not, these presents will put a smile on their face

Leanne Bayley

Life in lockdown isn’t how any of us expected to be spending 2020, and whether your loved ones are isolated at home alone 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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flowers-to-send

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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champagne-hamper

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 on lockdown. 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

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gifts-box

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

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face-mask

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

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massager

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, £41.99, Amazon

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cheese

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

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lake-paint-by-numbers

Paint by numbers has become increasingly popular during the 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

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just-checking-in-card

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

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cannaray

CBD might not be the likely choice for a gift to a loved one in self-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 

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sweets

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

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luxury-nuts

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

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harry-meghan-book

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

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jo-malone-perfume

Looking for the perfect isolation birthday gift? Try Jo Malone's new Yuja Cologne. The cologne is apart of the Blossom Limited Edition collection and is a distinctive and exotic scent and is enhanced with woody depths of cedarwood and a resinous touch of fir balsam.

Yuja Cologne, from £52, Jo Malone London

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hugging-pillow

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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calligraphy

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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afternoon-tea-treats

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 

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sanitiser

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

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journal

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, £16, Anthropologie

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asos-box

How perfect is this self-care kit? It's packed with mindful activities and cosy night-in necessities, as well as high-tea infusions and mocktail recipes. It also includes yoga card packs to help you to destress, one position at a time.

Calm Club Big Night In Box, £34.99, ASOS

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brownies

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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mug

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, £13, Notonthehighstreet

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keep-smiling

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 

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jumper

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

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disney-1

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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chocolate-hamper

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

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snapfish-book

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

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missguided-jumper-grey

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, £20, Missguided

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gifts-kindle

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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tada-and-toy-parcel

These packed-full parcels from jewellery brand Tada & Toy would bring a smile to anyone's face! Available in two sizes, each purchase includes a donation to Cook-19; the organisation providing cooked meals to key workers in the NHS who are isolated or unable to cook for themselves or their families. Plus, the boxes are packed with incredible goodies from chic small businesses including Genevieve Sweeney, Yolke and of course Tada & Toy - how adorable are those moon stud earrings? 

Care packages, from £75, Tada & Toy

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quarantine-card-queen

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

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portal

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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gifts-language

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!

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haypp

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

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gifts-bow

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

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gifts-chocolates

And if all else fails? Nothing brings joy like a gorgeous box of chocolates!

Monty Bojangles truffles, £8, Amazon

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white-company-diffuser

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

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photo-gift

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, Not On The Highstreet

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clean_and_fresh_as_hand_care_kit

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 

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gin-gift

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

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Make someone's day with a HELLO! subscription! We are currently offering 50 per cent off during the coronavirus pandemic - get 2 months for £9.20, 3 months for £13.80 or 6 months for just £29.90. 

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