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We can’t exchange gifts in person – especially if our loved ones don’t live close enough for a socially-distanced walk – so for now, we have to make do with the post.
But it isn’t so bad. More companies are selling letterbox gifts that can be slid straight through the front door, so no one can miss a delivery – even if they’re at home but stuck in meetings, or have popped out for their daily walk.
We’ve rounded up 10 great options to get you started, whether you’re looking for a birthday gift, getting ahead for Mother’s Day, searching for a last-minute Valentine or simply want to send someone a pick-me-up.
All the gifts below are advertised as fitting through most standard letterboxes and are available for nationwide UK delivery.
Letterbox Brownies, Cake Or Death, £19
East London bakery, Cake Or Death, makes glorious brownies that happen to be vegan, beautifully packaged in a snazzy pink leopard print box. This best-seller box contains three flavours: sea salt, peanut butter and Biscoff.
Classic Coffee Collection, Union, £25
The perfect gift for coffee lovers (or tired parents), this box contains three flavours: the House Roast Blend, the Revelation Blend (with hints of chocolate and treacle) and Bobolink (which is described as a “real crowd pleaser”).
Daisy Necklace Birthday Box, Lucent Studios via NOTHS, £26
Everything you need to mark a birthday in one box: a gorgeous gift and a card that’s handwritten for you. The pressed daisy necklace comes with your choice of silver or gold casing and is nestled in tissue paper, to make it feel extra special.
Letterbox Flowers, Bloom and Wild, £30
You can’t go wrong with Bloom and Wild’s flat-packed bouquets. The beautiful bunch above, named the Anoushka, contains 19 stems including roses, stocks, limonium, antique carnations, eucalyptus, and eryngium. There are plenty of other options at a range of prices, too.
Cheese Lovers’ Gift, Letter Box Hamper, £32.95
The cheese lovers’ box contains two of Britain’s best cheeses – Godminster’s award-winning cheddar from the West Country and Caws Cryf from Wales – as well as biscuits for cheese, salted nuts and red onion chutney. If that doesn’t hit the spot, the website has other hamper options, including a charcuterie box and another offering a “taste of the North”.
Rainbow Seeds In A Matchbox, postboxed.co.uk, £7.50
This ‘thinking of you’ box is a sweet gesture for someone who’s finding things tough. It contains a miniature bottle of butterfly and bee attracting wildflower in a matchbox. Add a letterbox-friendly card and gift wrapping for no extra cost.
Mix of 3 Cocktails, Nio Cocktails, £19.50
Got a hen or stag do that’s been (reluctantly) moved online? Send your pal some bar-worthy cocktails in the post to take out the sting. Nio Cocktails allows you to “build a box” containing your mate’s favourite bevvies, or choose from a designated menu. You’ll find everything from pre-mixed margaritas to negronis.
Self Care Letterbox Gift, The Letterbox Edition via Etsy, £12
There are lots of self-care and ‘hug in a box’ options on Etsy right now, which are ideal if you want to send someone a small pick-me-up. This box contains a pillow spray, lavender milk and chamomile soap, a face mask, sleepy tea and tealights
DIY Macrame Plant Hanger Kit, The Hanging Cactus via Etsy, £22
One for craft lovers, this beginner’s macrame plant hanger kit contains all the materials you need to make a lovely plant hanger. If you know someone who’s in need of entertainment this lockdown, this could do the trick.
Pamper Gift Set, Letter Box Gifts, £38
Who doesn’t need a bit of pampering right now? This luxurious box contains lavender and bergamot bath salts and soap, a pink clay face mask, black pomegranate tea lights and your choice of salted butter caramel or sweet dark orange chocolate.