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

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

Leanne Bayley

As the threat of another national lockdown looms over us, we're thinking about our friends and family who are feeling down. Perhaps you have a vulnerable relative who is self-isolating or shielding? Or you have a friend who's dealing with anxiety about this crazy world. 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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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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hotel-choocolat

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 - whether they're in lockdown or not.

The Everything Chocolate Gift Hamper, £27.50, Hotel Chocolat

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advent-calendars

It's advent calendar season, and what could be better than to gift a loved one a special present every day in December. We've compiled some of the best for 2020; advent calendars for women, men, kids and even jewellery lovers

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thinking-of-you-gift-letterbox

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 during a local lockdown. 

Letterbox gift, £34, Notonthehighstreet

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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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plant

Got an anniversary coming up? This plant set from The Little Botanical consists of a beautiful orchid and an adorable heart-shaped succulent. A sweet way to say 'I love you', this gift will be in bloom for weeks! 

The Little Botanical Anniversary Gift of Love plant, £30, John Lewis

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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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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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lockdown-chocs

Know a chocaholic on lockdown? This will bring a smile to their face. 

Lockdown Survival Hamper, £7.90, eBay

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afternoon-tea-treats

Who needs to go to a fancy grand hotel for an afternoon tea when John Lewis has so many on offer. 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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backgammon

This exquisite handmade backgammon set is made with a beautiful deep shine amazon brown croc print Italian calf leather over a handmade wooden box frame. More than 50 separate pieces of leather are inlaid by hand to produce a perfect fast playing surface as well as a genuine outstanding work of art that will be a family heirloom for years to come.

Backgammon set, £495, Aspinal of London

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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, £37.99, 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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personalised-chocolate

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

Personalised letterbox chocolate, £15.15, Notonthehighstreet

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percy-pig-sweets

The perfect gift for a Percy Pig lover!

Percy Pig Sweetie Jar, £15, M&S

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paint-by-numbers-photo

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, £32, Notonthehighstreet

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neom-christmas

Neom's new candles for Christmas have such positive vibes and we're loving it. This one is a limited edition candle blended with pine, myrrh and fresh lime peel, plus 22 other essential oils.

Neom Perfect Peace scented candle, £32, Selfridges

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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 or shielding. 

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 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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bath-elixr

Bring some sparkle to their day with this Foaming Bath Elixr from Marks & Spencer. It's like a snow globe, but put to good use! 

Foaming Bath Elixr, £12.50, Marks & Spencer

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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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LIB product

HELLO! is excited to reveal our second limited-edition beauty box in partnership with Latest In Beauty. Featuring 15 gorgeous products that will help you achieve the perfect winter glow, this hand-picked edit includes cult beauty brands like Bumble & Bumble, Lancaster and Penhaligon's.

HELLO! x Latest In Beauty Celebrity Glow Getters Beauty Box, £40, Latest In Beauty

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gin-set

If your usual cocktail-loving pal can't come out to play, gift this stunning gin set for a lovely gift. 

Gin glasses gift set, £24.99, 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, £9.99, Amazon

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neom-spray

Looking for the perfect wind-down gift? Try Neom's Lavender Pillow Spray. Made with 14 of the purest possible essential oils that continue to release into the night as you sleep, this tranquil fragrance makes for a divine addition to someone's bedtime routine.

Neom's Lavender Pillow Spray, £20, 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 in self-isolation and is feeling lonely. The ideal gift! Long-distance gifting is now a huge trend. 

Hug me pillow, £6.35, 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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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-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, £13, 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, £47.94, Photobook

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Zoeva-box

Treat your loved one with this amazing beauty care package. Made up of warm chocolatey tones and seductive shimmery shades, the products collated in this ZOEVA Limited Edition GLOSSYBOX box will keep anyone entertained. Composed of six (full size!) lustworthy products, it's worth over £85, and retails at £25 for subscribers and £30 for non-subscribers.

ZOEVA Limited Edition GLOSSYBOX, FROM £25, Glossybox

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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, £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+, £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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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, £3.20, Etsy

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lockdown-wedding-bouquet

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

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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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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, £5.52, 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, £8.50, 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, £15, Notonthehighstreet

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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, £33.20, Amazon

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puzzle

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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hello-magazine-subscription

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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