22 gift ideas to cheer up loved ones in isolation

Brighten up someone's day with these thoughtful gift ideas

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by Louella Berryman |

While most are getting geared up for Christmas with parties and celebrations, there's still a good chance at least one of your besties is isolating at any one time. Whether they've been pinged by the NHS app or have Covid themselves, it's tough not being able to see friends and family during isolation.

At these times, you might want to send them a small gift to let them know you're thinking of them or just to cheer them up on a bad day.

We've rounded up some of the best gifts that'll fit through a letterbox, guaranteed to share the positive vibes to whoever you send it to.

If you want to let your loved ones know you're thinking about them and send them a little something to cheer them up, here are a few great options.

Check out our favourite gift ideas for people in isolation

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A hamper including 18 full-size chocolate bars is sometimes what you need to see you through.

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Puzzles are cool again, haven't you heard? This pretty John Lewis puzzle has such a relaxed vibe and would look gorgeous on a coffee table.

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Treat a loved one to this cult favourite lip balm from Glossier. This trio set lets you pick the scents and tints too, we're big fans of the juicy mango option.

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A cute journal that is designed to help you integrate any emotions experienced or discoveries made during the day and reflect on how you are feeling.

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Isolation is the perfect opportunity to give your nails some TLC from home. We love these cheat sheets from Ciaté London which make a mani too easy.

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These gorgeous letterbox flowers have been doing the rounds on social media and for good reason. The flowers come in slim letterbox-friendly boxes and the colour combos are beautiful.

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The perfect gift for anyone that wants to enjoy an evening with a good book, delicious snacks and something to wash it down with. Such a special gift! Editor's favourite.

Yankee Candle Wax Melts
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Anything candle related it's a sure bet that Yankee will be involved. This beautiful blend of citrus fruits, sweet florals and vanilla will provide up to eight hours of wonderful fragrance.

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Face masks are a great little mood booster, and we love this Pixi Glow sheet mask set. The glycolic acid and aloe vera will leave skin luminous and refreshed, too.

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Great for your Hinch-mad pal, this bundle contains lots of cleaning stuff along with a mug and tea for relaxation time.

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If you live on your own, a big bottle of wine can sometimes be a bit much for one, so why not try wine in a can? This case of six from Nice is a perfect two-glass portion for one and, hey, there's no washing up involved. Send a box to a pal on their own this lockdown. The wine is vegan, too.

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Thinking of a gift for someone who loves a spa trip? This organic spa-at-home kit is the perfect present for a pamper-lover.

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Got a loved one who's bored of making banana bread? Why not send them this adorable cookie-making kit instead? 100% natural, vegan, gluten-free and made with carefully selected ingredients and no artificial colours or preservatives, the cookies are ready-to-bake and perfect for tackling moments of lockdown blues.

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Create some zen with this cute and quirky candle from Etsy.

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Colouring books are a great gift for someone who likes to stay busy by doing something creative, why not add some funky colouring pens to your order, too.

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If your friends and family are getting into baking during isolation then they'll love this cookie cutter set for getting creative in the kitchen.

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This strawberry growing kit from The Gluttonous Gardener is the perfect present for your green-fingered friends and family. All they need is a small container on a sunny windowsill.

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CREDIT: Love My Read

Love My Read is a specially curated book subscription service that caters to the busy, time-stretched individual. Treat a loved one to a bestseller on the day of publication.

Miss You Biscuits
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If want to reach out and let someone know you're there, this is the gift for you. Send a thoughtful (and tasty) biscuit today and show someone close that you care ❤ufe0f.

Relaxing Pillow Mist
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Trying to sleep when you haven't been able to properly exert your body can be hard. Give a loved one this luxury essential oil pillow spray with soothing lavender to help them drift away without staring at the ceiling for hours on end. And, if you like this, why not go the full hog and add a calming candle to your basket, too? Lighting the L'Occitane Cocon de Sérénité candle just an hour before bed is the ultimate way to get your body ready for sleep.

'It's All Ok' Marbled Paint Uplifting Print
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Just a lil' something for a friend or family member to look at every time lockdown starts to get them feeling better.

Calm Club Big Night In
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Give the gift of self-care with this gorj gift box which includes luxury wool socks, a calming patchouli candle, a new mug (because, why not?) and a cute puzzle to keep them entertained as the days blur together.

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If you're not able to send gifts in the post, there are still loads of ways you can cheer up friends and family who might be feeling a bit blue.

You could try a pub quiz night over Zoom or Facetime, or watch a film together using Netflix Party.

We're also a big fan of virtual spa nights where you can do manicures and face masks or even make a homemade foot spa with your trusty washing up bowl.

You could also try online games like scrabble or card games for a family or friends game night.

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