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85 gift ideas to cheer someone up who might be going through a tough time

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

Leanne Bayley

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, the end is in sight, but that doesn't mean people aren't struggling right now. 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 tough days, here are the best buys to help you feel connected to your loved ones...

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flowers-to-send

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

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happy-jar

This is such a sweet gift for someone. The directions are as follows: Find a happy thought or moment from your day, write it on a note (included), fold it up and pop it in your happy jar. Then one year later - or when you're feeling down in the future - you open your happy jar and read all the happiness and joy you had.

The Happy Jar, £12.74, Amazon

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love-you-hamper

This includes Selfridges Selection Milk Chocolate Enrobed Rose Caramels, Dame-Jane NV Rosé Champagne, Biscuiteers I Love You Biscuit Card, British Rose Petal Conserve, and a wicker basket.

Love You Hamper, £70, Selfridges

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personalised-plant

If your friend has taken up gardening during lockdown this would make a truly special gift - his or her own personalised plant pot. It can even be engraved with a motif of that month's birth flower and its meaning.

Personalised plant pot, £40, Letterfest

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flower-necklace

This quirky but cool gift really shows you're thinking about that certain someome - each month's birth flower is set in clear eco-resin.

Birthstone flower necklace, £34.59, UncommonGoods

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1-box

In one simple gift box, you can pamper your loved one, show them you care and treat them to some tasty snacks. 

Thinking of You gift box, £15.85, Etsy

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you-book

Looking for a unique gift that’ll show them how special they truly are? What better gift than a book... all about them!

The Book About You, £29.99, Prezzybox

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love-tee

Jewellery designer. Laura Gravestock has launched her first ever T-shirt and we love it - no pun intended. This would make a great gift for someone you, erm, love, and the lovely lilac shade will put an instant smile on their face.

Love Tee, £25, Laura Gravestock

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sancturary

The new De-Stress Bath Salts with Magnesium smell absolutely delicious in the bath and help to soothe away aches and pains, relieve stress & tension, whilst magnesium also helps in promoting optimum joint health and circulation.

Sanctuary Spa De-Stress Bath Salts With Magnesium, £8, Amazon

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trip-away

Give the gift of something to look forward to. Wowcher has lots of incredible offers on right now for future travel. For example, you can book a luxurious stay in Hertfordshire that's redeemable until Christmas and it's fully refundable. Oh, and did we mention it comes with dinner and prosecco for two? Dreamy. 

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miss-face

The message on the card is very sweet and the more you buy the more you save. 

I Miss Your Face bracelet, £2.85, eBay

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thinking-of-you-shortbread

This set includes a bouquet of flowers, shortbread and a gorgeous calming candle. Bliss. 

Thinking of you gift set, £40, Marks & Spencer

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craft-kit

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

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kate-spade-silver-lining

Let them know that better and brighter days are on the horizon with this idiom bangle. 

Find the silver lining bangle, £40, Kate Spade

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everything-hamper

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

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calm-cards

Indulge in this box of 40 tarot-inspired self-improvement cards - this will help anyone destress, one card at a time.

Calm Club oracle set of 40 self-improvement cards, £10, ASOS

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wine-list-body

A monthly vino subscription which comes which taste pairing cards and a free wine course? Yes please.

Monthly subscriptions, from £39, thewinelist.net

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amazon-chocoloate-bouquet

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, £25.50, Amazon

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ta-cocktail-box

Toast your loved one from afar with this cocktail gift box, which includes premade tipples plus Jamie Laing's vegan Candy Kittens sweets and chickpea snacks. Ta. does a range of boxes from craft beer to wine to soft drinks so there's something for everyone.

Cocktail box, £14.48, ta.

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memory-box

If you're feeling nostalgic you could send your loved one a memory box and fill it with old photographs of your adventures together. A sweet gift they can treasure forever. 

Memory box, £32, NotOnTheHighStreet

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jar-of-smiles

Jar of Smiles, £12.99, Amazon 

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sausage-dog-necklace

If a sausage dog-shaped pendant charm can't cheer someone up, what will?! 

Sausage dog pendant charm, £60, Rosie Fortescue Jewellery 

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gousto-meals

If your friend or family member is feeling uninspired with their culinary skills, perhaps a Hello Fresh two-week meal kit would be the uplift they need. 

Hello Fresh meal kit gift, £34.49, BuyAGift

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valentines-day-necklace

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

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plant-tranquility-box

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

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relax-box

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

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personalised-cushion

This personalised pillow will likely make someone else’s day. 

Personalised pillow, £36.95, Notonthehighstreet

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puzzle

If you know your loved one is feeling a bit bored, 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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neom-night-set

The gift to help someone create a calm zone inside their home. They can light the Travel Candle, sit back, relax and breathe... Prepare for the perfect night's sleep with a dab of the Perfect Night's Sleep Wonder Balm before bedtime, enjoy a deep night's sleep and look forward to a fresh tomorrow.

Neom Bedtime Ritual Gift Set, £38.50, Look Fantastic

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hug-in-a-mug

Let them know you miss them with this hug in a mug.

A Hug In A Mug Hidden Message Cup, £19.50, Notonthehighstreet

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lip-balm-set

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

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tisserand

This is the ideal treat for some R&R.

Tisserand Aromatherapy Little Box of Mindfulness, £13, Boots

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tadaandtoy-gift

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

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new-personalised-choc

Chocoholics will love this! A personalised chocolate bar that will fit in the letterbox.

Personalised letterbox chocolate, £19, Notonthehighstreet

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jomalone-heart

Spoil them with a special edition of Jo Malone London’s signature fruity scent, English Pear & Freesia.

Jo Malone London heart-shaped gift box, £105, Jo Malone London

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nowt2wear-tee

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

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face-mask

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

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brownies-boi

You can't beat a home delivery of delicious brownies. 

Brownie Eyed Boi brownies, from £12, Brownie Eyed Boi

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thinking-of-you-cards

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

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john-lewis-hamper

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

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summer-sun

Remind someone that better days are coming and they're called summer! This scent will take them to the beach in their mind, and for now, that might just have to do. 

Summer Sun, £8, Next

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gardening-notebook

Introducing the cutest gardening notebook for your green-fingered pal. It can be embossed, too. 

Gardening notebook, £85, Aspinal of London

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afternoon-tea

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

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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, £48.99, 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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paint-by-numbers-photo

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, £19, Notonthehighstreet

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thinking-of-you-bracelet-new

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

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winter-walk-package

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

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cannaray

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

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hello-magazine-subscription

Make someone's day with a HELLO! subscription! Subscription prices start at £5.99.

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Cewe-Portrait

Brighten someone's day with a personalised photo book, 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

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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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isolation-sisterhood-bracelet

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 

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popcorn-maker

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

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harry-meghan-book

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, £2.99, Amazon

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bloom-blossom

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, £12, Look Fantastic

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hugging-pillow

How cute is this?! Ideal if you're in a long-distance relationship, or perhaps a loved-one is feeling lonely. The ideal gift! Long-distance gifting is now a huge trend. 

Hug me pillow, £18, Etsy

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miss-you-bracelet

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

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womanizer

Perhaps you have a single pal who's really feeling lonely after a breakup, 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 2021.

Lily Allen Womanizer, £89.99, LoveHoney

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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, £6.99, Amazon

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journal-paperchase

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

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storigraphic

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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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, £15, Notonthehighstreet

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travel-book

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, from £32.94, Photobook

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fitness-plus

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+ is available to Apple Watch customers as a subscription service for $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. Visit Apple to order a gift card for a loved one to try. 

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overit-new-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, £34, 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+, £7.99 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 £7.99, SnapFish

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would-be-wedding-day

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

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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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hug-card

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 hug? 

Hug in an enveope card, £3.29, Moonpig

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portal

The adverts are everywhere, but the Facebook Portal became 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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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? Haypp saw a stampede of people buying its nicotine pouch products over 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

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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, £15, Notonthehighstreet

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fairholme-candles

Shop these beautiful hand-dipped candles in stunning colourways. A lovely sweet gesture to someone you miss. 

Fairholme candles, £9.50, Etsy 

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skandihus-clay-kits

SkandiHus has launched a brand new at-home air-dry clay kit so pottery pros and creatives alike can create their own small sculptures, candleholders, storing trinkets and more. Taking up a mindful hobby might just lift their spirits. 

Essentials Kit, £40, SkandiHus

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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 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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wellness-journal-papier

Keeping a daily journal can really help those who are struggling if they're feeling down. This one by Papier has sections for mindful goals, habits, meals, water intake, sleep and things to be grateful for. The cover is fully customisable, so you can tailor it to your friend and make them feel really special. 

My Wellness Journal, £24.99, Papier

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rupi-kaur

If they love poetry (or just can't face making their way through a whole novel right now), Rupi Kaur's latest collection is the perfect gift. A celebration of love in all its forms, it's raw and uplifting. 

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur, £11.99, Amazon

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Prezzybox-scratch-off

Help them look forward to life after lockdown with this fun poster. From visiting an art gallery to socialising with colleagues, they can scratch off the post-quarantine ideas as they go.

100 Things to Do after Quarantine Scratch Off Poster, £12.99, Prezzybox

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Cream-tea-amazon

Who wouldn't be cheered up by a quintessentially British cream tea hamper? This one includes luxury tea bags, four scones, jam and clotted cream. Delicious.

Cornish Cream Tea Hamper, £22.95, Amazon

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plant-box

House plants are proven to boost your mood and reduce stress levels, so for a gift that will keep giving long after the end of lockdown, why not treat them to a Bloombox Club subscription? They'll receive a new potted plant every month, as well as extra gifts every few months. Choose from a three, six, or 12-month subscription.

Plant Gift Subscription, from £115, Bloombox Club

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