The most thoughtful gifts to send online
Spread the love and send more thoughtful presents with our guide to the best care packages and gifts to send online, for congratulations, commiserations or simple salutations
Soho bakery Crème London has mastered the concept of home delivery. Available nationwide, its thick, melt-in-the-middle cookies are always a welcome treat. Build your own box of six or 12, choosing between a range of indulgent flavours (miso white chocolate and double chocolate among them). Then, simply add a personalised message and select a delivery date. The cookies will arrive neatly packaged in a pink box – a sweet slice of Soho delivered to your doorstep.
Love My Read is the curated book subscription service that cuts through the overwhelming amount of new releases to help connect people to books they will love. Each month, two new boxes are released – one for adults, one for kids – with a curation of six new titles to choose between. The monthly boxes are often guest edited too, with Stanley Tucci, Dolly Alderton and Elizabeth Day among those to have curated a past selection. Gift a subscription for one, three, six or 12 months, and look forward to receiving a brand new book along with a copy of the members’ magazine and special treats. A kids’ box is available too, with a monthly reading list edited by Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman and award-winning writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Each book is delivered in a gift box with a selection of surprise treats to add a sense of occasion.
Whether to celebrate a special occasion with a loved one, to help them relax through a particularly tough time or simply to remind them that you’re thinking about them, Izzy Bee care packages come filled with thoughtful gifts for a bit of home papering. Among the selection is a ‘relax care box’, a ‘new mum’, and even a ‘cancer care package’. You can opt to pick and choose to build a bespoke hamper filled with treats you know they’d like, including warm socks, herbal teas, candles, balms and chocolate.
Give the gift of play and sustainability with Whirli. Treat kids to a stream of new toys - while saving parents and the planet from a growing mountain of plastic tat - with a toy swapping service. Whirl curates high quality, age-appropriate toys and delivers them to the door. You can gift a subscription or buy a one off box. The lucky children can play with the toys for as long as they want to then choose to keep them or swap for something new and exciting.
Send a taste of the Cotswolds courtesy of Daylesford's farm-fresh hampers. The thoughtful curations include a nesting hamper - perfect for newly weds or new parents - and a get well soon selection with nourishing chicken broth, gut-friendly probiotics and vitamin-packed supplements.
Say it with cheese... Grape and Fig turn grazing into an art with their meticulously made cheese boards and mezze platters. We love the number shaped charcuterie boards for special birthdays and the heart-shaped cheeseboard for the ultimate photogenic selection of British artisan cheeses.
When somebody deserves some pampering, luxury beauty products are the ultimate treat - but choosing skincare, makeup and fragrance for others is tricky. We love the pick and mix, test and try nature of Sephora's beauty boxes. Available as a one off (£13.50) or a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription, the comprise of five deluxe samples, which can be chosen from Sephora's vast selection of premium brands. The collection of miniatures is great for discovering a new favourite and those who travel lots.
Share some zen with Neom's aromatherapy fragrances for bath, body and home. The gift builder service on the site makes it oh-so easy to choose a thoughtful selection - with the added benefit of discounts for multiple products and extra add-ons. First select a category (home, bath and body, skincare or fragrance diffusers) then narrow it down to a product, then you can add a gift message, luxury bag, and gift wrap.
When you can't take someone out for dinner at a restaurant, bring the restaurant quality food to them with a Dispatch delivery. Curated by some of London's best restaurants (think St John, Ottolenghi, El Pastor, etc), the meal kits contain everything needed to cook up a Michelin-worthy feast at home. You can send a gift card in the post (or via email if you'd like it to arrive in moments) or chose a food box to be delivered.
When you wish you had time to bake, a brownie box delivers the same sweet comfort with just a few clicks. Bad Brownie is our favourite for the rich fudgy texture and the crowd-pleasing variety (vegan? gluten-free? nut allergy? No problem). Choose from a box of 12 or 14, with different flavours or just the classics. As the brownies keep for two weeks in the fridge, it's totally legitimate for one person to scoff them all. But it's an especially thoughtful gift for those who will be getting lots of visitors – new parents, birthday parties you can't attend, students settling into uni.
Flowers are classic for a reason, and Bloom and Wild is by far the easiest and most reliable way to send a beautiful bunch. The letterbox format eradicates any missed delivery faff, and means your gift will arrive safely even if the recipient is out. Prices start at a very reasonable £23 and you can pick from different flowers or pot plants to suit different occasions and different friends.
Edibles are always appreciated, particularly when they fall into the 'fancier than you'd buy for yourself' category. From the elegant teal packaging to the reliably delicious flavours, Fortnum & Mason always feels special. And there's a gift hamper to suit all budgets and occasions, from the cute simplicity of Teatime Gift Box (£25) to the lavish feasting promised by the Epicure Hamper (£300).
Vibrant botanicals and minimalist design make Aesop the new hallmark for luxury grooming, with a pleasingly androgynous appeal. The sleek gift sets curate the cult products into different themes, from destination to mood. And they are all packaged up in a stylish travel case, so the set feels like a thoughtful gift (but requires minimal effort).
Biscuiteers have intricately iced biscuits ready to deliver for literally every occasion… new grandparents, new pets, new jobs, new homes, birthdays, safari holidays, weddings, all kinds of book characters. You'll be able to find something that feels hand-picked and perfectly personalised for a particular person. Beneath the charming hand-applied icing decorations, the biscuits themselves are delicious, with buttery shortbread and sharp-snapping ginger snaps. We love the luxe tins for big families and the letterbox biscuits for easy delivery. Looking for something last-minute? Biscuiteers also has your last-minute gifting needs covered with next day delivery.
Imagination, personalisation, luxurious packaging and speedy delivery make Not Another Bill our go-to when we are stuck for a gift. The inspiring selection of products, from travel and tech to home and beauty, is designed for the person who has everything. And the addition of monogrammed initials and perfect wrapping make the gift extra memorable.
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