22 Gift Ideas To Cheer Up Friends

Couldn’t we all do with a little pick-me-up right now?

Hands up who has been busily gifting unto themselves little purchases here and there. We hope we’re not alone in this acquisitive little habit which, by the way, we justify as wholly necessary to alleviate the stress and monotony of lockdown. And yet we have also come to the slow realisation that if there is one thing nicer than tearing open parcels that appear as if by magic to ourselves, it is sending them to those from whom we remain socially distanced. We feel good. They feel good. And it usually prompts a nice Zoom session or phone chat with someone we love, too. While we’re all missing our friends and extended family, why not send them a little token to brighten their day? Here we round up twenty-two gift ideas that’ll do the job nicely.

By Lucy Abletshauser
February 2021

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The Conran Shop

Go To Sleep Effervescent Bath Cube, £7.50


Kana Blue Ceramic Pinch Pot, £30

Bloom & Wild

The Seasonal Tulips, £30


Let’s Ketchup Soon, From £3

Sarah Raven

Allotment Kit, £34.95

Freight HHG

Alpaca Socks, £19

Fortnum & Mason

The Bellini Box, £33.50


3 Heart Bowls, £20

AS Apothecary

Myrrh And Rose Geranium Repairing Lip Balm, £15


The Pahari, Wellness Journal, £24.99

Pick Yo Mix

The Ultimate Pick Yo Mix Bag, £15

Sous Chef

‘Pasta Grannies – The Secret Of Italy’s Best Home Cooks’, £17.50

Cotton Clara

‘We Rise By Lifting Others’ Embroidery Kit, £19.95


De-Stress On The Go Collection, £25

Not Another Bill

Lila Photo Frame, £28

Sobella Jewellery

Aventurine Gemstone Bracelet, £23.99

Initially London

Monogrammed Scented Candle, £35

Not On The High Street

‘Thinking Of You’ Letterbox Gift Box, £19.50

Cutter And Squidge

Afternoon Tea At Home, £29.90

Bloom And Wild

The Piper Letterbox Flowers, £28

The White Company

Rose Quartz Facial Roller, £30


Abrams & Chronicle Mindfulness Cards, £14.99

Lucy Abletshauser

Shopping Editor

Lucy is the GWG's go-to expert on the best online buys, from fashion to interiors. An aesthete to her core, she does the trawling so you don't have to.