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Gifts for grandparents in isolation to show them you care

The perfect presents when you can’t be there in person

Megan Bull

Isolation is hard for most people, but the older generation are some of the most likely to be suffering from loneliness during the coronavirus crisis. While you might not be able to hug them, you can still make their day by showing you’re thinking about them. A gift is the best way to bring a smile to their face, and we’ve made shopping easy by selecting some of the very best presents to send to your grandparents now… 

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A gorgeous Fortnum & Mason hamper is a real treat. This one is a special 'Picadilly' edition which includes some of the best-selling breakfast teas, coffees, tipples, marmalades, preserves, condiments, biscuits, and chocolates perfect for a Fortnum’s feast. 

The Piccadilly Hamper, £100, Fortnum & Mason

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personalised-necklaces

Designed to keep your loved ones close to your heart - even when they might be far away - these personalised family name necklaces are available in 925 sterling silver, 18ct yellow gold plating, and 18ct rose gold plating. Simply add the names of three family members you'd like hand-stamped onto the rings, and the rest is easy. 

Personalised Family Names Necklace, £75, Not on the High Street

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It’s often the small things in life that can make the biggest impact - and starting the day with a freshly-brewed cappuccino is no different. If your grandparents are missing out on trips to their favourite cafes, this Nespresso capsule coffee machine will surely return a sense of normality to them. Offering a single-serve system, this easy to use model will create barista-quality coffees at the push of a button. 

Nespresso EN650 Gran Lattissima Capsule Coffee Machine by De'Longhi, £289, John Lewis

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Fill your grandparents' home with the sound of music, courtesy of this easy to use speaker. Control it via the Sonos app (available on iOS and Android), Apple Airplay 2, or simply use the touch controls on the speaker itself.

Sonos One SL Smart Speaker, £179, John Lewis

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family-tree

These personalised family tree prints are the perfect way to show your grandparents just how much they mean to you. Available in A3, A4 and A5, just advise the seller which names you want added to the tree, and any other specific arrangement instructions. What better way to celebrate family?

Family Tree Personalised Gifting Keepsake Print, £5.99, Etsy

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HELLO!'s new summer Cookery special brings together all the best recipes beloved by royals and celebrities alike in one handy digital magazine – for the bargain price of 99p. The grandparents will love looking through this - if only for the beautiful pictures. Available now on Apple or Android for 99p.

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A sweet treat wrapped up in personalised packaging, this Continental chocolate box is filled with deliciously indulgent flavours including Viennese truffle, hazelnut slice, Sicilian mousse and more. All you have to do is send over the short message which you’d like printed onto the sleeve of the box and Thorntons will take care of the rest. What better way to tell your grandparents that you love and miss them?

Personalised chocolates, £15, Thorntons

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A diffuser will add a gorgeous scent to their home and make it feel fresh. We love this NEOM one, which smells like lemon.

NEOM Energising reed diffuser, £38, Lookfantastic

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warner-gin

It doesn't matter what age you are; a good gin goes down a treat! Your grandparents are sure to love this gorgeous gin, which is bursting with floral flavours reminiscent of the English countryside at springtime. With hints of rose, elderflower and raspberry, it's perfect with tonic and a slice of grapefruit.

Warner's Spring Blossom gin, £34.95, Master of Malt

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If they have a small garden, this veg kit gives them everything they need to grow from scratch, including detailed instructions on how to plant and care for their new veg babies. They’ll love having something to tend to!

Funky veg kit, £14.99, Amazon

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kindle

There's nothing better than kicking back with a good book, and with a Kindle, the sky's the limit. Built with a glare-free screen that reads like printed paper, your grandparents will be able to build their own electronic library filled with their favourite titles.

Kindle, £69.99, Amazon 

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Want to go the extra mile? Prime members read for free with unlimited access to over a thousand titles, so your grandparents will be able to get the most out of their new Kindle. Gift them with a membership for either £79.00 a year or £7.99 a month. They'll also have access to films, TV shows, music and more.

Amazon Prime Membership, from £7.99 a month, Amazon

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Put a smile on their faces with this sweet mug set. 

Set of 2 mugs, £10.49, Amazon

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sodoku

A great way to pass the time, with over 1,000 sudoku puzzles ranging from easy to hard, your grandparents will have plenty to do during lockdown. 

Funster 1,000+ Sudoku Puzzles Easy to Hard, £7.62, Amazon

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tea-selection

Sometimes there's nothing better than sitting on the sofa with a cup of tea. Treat your grandparents to Fortnum & Mason's famous tea bag selection which includes a variety of indulgent flavours. The Royal Blend, Breakfast Blend, Afternoon Blend, Queen Anne Blend, Earl Grey Classic and Smoky Earl Grey blend are included. 

Fortnum's Famous Tea Bag Selection, £14.95, Fortnum & Mason

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A subscription is the perfect gift, particularly if it can be posted through the letterbox like the flowers from Bloom & Wild. They’ll get a new bunch every month, and they can arrange them themselves once they arrive. 

Flower subscription, from £20 per month, Bloom & Wild

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As well as buying a bouquet of flowers for your grandparents, why not go one step further and surprise them with a beautiful vase for their new blooms? John Lewis is selling this LSA collection of classic mini vases, suitable for a wide variety of cut flowers and foliage. 

LSA International Flower Mini Vase Gift Set, £38, John Lewis

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whiskey

Just like the bottle says, it's 'a blend of incredible whiskies from planet Earth', and perfect for mixing. So if grandma or grandpa love a touch of whisky as a nightcap, this will do the trick. Although it can be enjoyed with coke, ginger ale, soda water, tonic, coconut water or even green tea, it's also marvellous served neat. 

World Whisky Blend from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, £32.95, masterofmalt.com

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Is your grandparent or parent 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!

£4.99 per month after 7-day free trial

£29.99 for 6 months plus 7 day free trial

£34.99 for annual with 30% off, no free trial

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photoframe

Send them a frame and add a picture of you and your family inside. They’ll treasure it. 

Photo frame, £18, Oliver Bonas

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apple-phone

If your grandparents own an ancient phone, it's time to bring them into the modern world with a brand new gadget to play with on lockdown. The iPhone SE is the most affordable iPhone you can buy today and it features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, paired with Touch ID for industry-leading security. It features the best single-camera system ever in an iPhone with a 12-megapixel camera - it's time for them to discover the joy of Portrait mode and immersive video. Ready for FaceTime, Grandpa? 

Apple iPhone SE, from £419, Currys

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photobook

This is the perfect sentimental gift for grandparents on lockdown - a little moments photo book. Find all your favourite photos and create a long-lasting memory book. 

Little Moments Photo Book, £14.99, Photobox

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Packed with stay-at-home hacks, HELLO! magazine provides some much-needed relief from isolation. Treat your grandparents to a subscription delivered straight to their door. We're currently offering 50% off, too! Choose from our one, two or three-month options:

Monthly direct debit offer for £5.99

2 months for £9.20 (50% off)

3 months for £13.80 (50% off)

6 months for £29.90 (50% off)

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