Somehow, the second lockdown feels harder. In what would normally be a joyful time of year, we’re forced to stay home and isolate. If you’re worried about a friend or family member who’s shielding, has had a particularly difficult year or someone you really miss, care packages and postal gifts are the way to show them you care. Whether you say it with wine and cheese, afternoon tea or vegan beauty, it’s the thought that counts. Here’s some inspiration for Coronavirus care packages to send this winter…
Best Care Packages
Nothing says I love you more than a care package from La Fromagerie. Gift items include the ‘Cheese and Champagne’ box packed with ‘Fourme d’Ambert’ – the connoisseur’s blue cheese, and ‘Chaource’ – semi-soft, with a dense crumbly texture and a useful accompaniment to a bottle of P. Louis Martin NV Brut Champagne. For something a bit more creative, choose the ‘Fondue Savoyarde Box’. It has everything you need to make the perfect cheese fondue. Our favorite has to be the ‘Regional France’ box bursting with Bordeaux, cheese, biscuits and Pyrenees Honey that will see them through lockdown and beyond.
HOTEL CHOCOLAT VELVETISER
The Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser is every chocoholic’s dream. It produces silky smooth barista style hot chocolate in your own home. The chic, copper hot chocolate machine is not only a style statement but creates barista-grade hot chocolate in just 2.5 minutes. It comes with 10 hot chocolate single-serves in 5 different flavours including ‘Maple and Pecan’, ‘Peppermint’ and ‘Salted Caramel and Clementine’. Pure indulgence for someone you hold dear.
Say I am thinking of you with a dependable house plant – they serve as great companions during lonely periods of lockdown. From Pippa the peace plant to Jethro the hanging indoor plant with beautiful tumbling leaves. Ken, a classic palm, who’s big and showy, to Franky the Aloe Vera, stylish and very, very low-maintenance. There is something for everyone. It’s super easy to match the plant to the right person by using the filters on the website.
CULT BEAUTY BOX
Build your own beauty box for a friend using Cult Beauty – a dedicated team of beauty devotees who have hunted down the coolest cult products the world has to offer. From make up to skin care, hair care, bath and body, tools and accessories, every product that arrives on their site is chosen for its stand alone brilliance. Take inspiration from the Limited Edition Anna & Lily box and build your own. Pack in cult items such as the Oskia Rennaisance Cleanser, The Wet Brush, The Jade Face Roller, Pixi Milky Mist, Becca Backlight Priming Filter and Sunday Riley Luna Oil.
Whether your friend or family member is a complete beginner or super zen and at one with his/her spiritual self, Ivory Gloss boxes provide key ingredients to help them over that first hurdle on the path towards inner peace. Their monthly BLUE box is based around current planetary energies with tips and meditations for the following moon cycle, essential oils, teas, crystals, candles, vegan beauty, self-care, snacks, smudge and other celestial delights.
Luxury haircare brand MONPURE LONDON has teamed up with Instagram artist Koketit to create three carefully curated gift sets. Pick from The Gift of Strong & Thick Hair (£160), The Ultimate Scalp & Hair Health (£265), or the Winter Hydration gift set (£125). They’re expensive but 15% profit from each box will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides real hair wigs to children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatments or conditions like alopecia. Available from November 16th.
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Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.