Whether you, like us, have just been put into Tier 4 in the UK and can’t get to the shops or you just want to get some gifts from the safety and comfort of your home, here are 12 great lockdown Christmas shopping ideas you can still get online (at the time of writing).
The Tartan Blanket Co
A beautiful small family business in Edinburgh, The Tartan Blanket Co have a wonderful selection of tartan blankets in recycled wool, lambswool and cashmere. The range of tartan is vast and there are plenty of beautiful colours to choose from. They also create gift boxes and each one is packed carefully and environmentally consciously. Their cut off for Christmas 2020 orders is December 23, 2020, on express delivery.
The Great British Bake Off Box
For bakers who are already craving for the return of The Great British Bake Off on tele, how about getting them a Bake Off Box? You can choose from a monthly subscription, a three month bundle or a six month subscription box so plenty to choose from on any price point. Each box will contain a recipe of one of their most yummy bakes that can be done easily at home. Also included in the box is top quality ingredients from British suppliers, a unique piece of baking equipment (for example a GBBO cake stand) and boxes will be put together for a variety of different skill level. And if all of that isn’t enough, 50p of every box will also be donated to Stand Up To Cancer. Order the first box before December 31, 2020 and you will be sent a digital gift card so you can send it on to the gift receiver for Christmas.
We all know that gardening has become very popular since the start of lockdown so giving your friends or family a subscription box for 2021 might be just the ticket. Great for mental health, gardening has been a wonderful reason for people to get out of their homes safely and allotments and vegetable gardens are hugely rewarding. The Seed Pantry have everything from Seed Kits, to bulbs, to tools and gifts. Their Grown Club boxes make for a useful and beautiful gift, choose from 3 months, 6 months or 12 month subscriptions.
Alice & Peg
Thoughtful gift boxes, that are unique, sustainable and ethical have been curated by the stylish Alice & Peg (named after two inspirational grandmothers, Nana Alice & Nana Peg). A small business Alice & Peg supports British independent makers with products that are handmade in small batches. With so many wonderfully thoughtful boxes to choose from I think the choosing might be the hardest part of shopping here. Boxes range in price from £25 to £65 and last orders for Christmas will be December 22, 2020 at 10am on special delivery.
The Willoughby Book Club
Looking for a gift that isn’t electronic or digital and will help with relaxation? How about a good book? The clever book worms over at The Willoughby Book Club have put together a range of subscriptions for all readers, from The Bespoke Club to the Food & Drink Club all the way to the Young Adult Book Club and for everyone in between, fiction, non-fiction and even couples there really is a literary feast of choice of subscriptions.
Staying with paper in a slightly different way, get those creative paper flares going with a stunning monthly letterbox subscription from the design fiends over at Papergang. If you know someone who loves a good card, loves the art of sending a letter or just adores pretty note papers a subscription to Papergang will go down a treat. The design, colours and artistic styles of their boxes is just a wonder. Gift Subscriptions range from 3, 6 or 12 months and the paper sourced is offset by planting trees so not just a stunning gift but also a environmentally conscious one.
The Botanical Candle Co
For a fragrant Christmas gift you could consider soya vegan wax melts which are a wonderful way to lift the spirits through 2021. The Botanical Candle Co is a small independent business in Dorset which hand makes comforting familiar scents while minimising the impact on the environment and uses only plastic-free packaging. Prices for the wax melts start from just £8 and there is a wide range of subscriptions to choose from.
Eco-friendly, ethical, plastic free boxes for bathroom essentials Zedbees have subscription boxes and gift boxes available, all with an emphasis on handmade zero waste products. The Start Box Bathroom Essentials box is a great way to treat someone to waste free products while enjoying some selfcare, filled with handmade soaps and body bars in a beautiful fragrances such as Lemon & Aromatic and Tea Tree & Eucalyptus.
Want to give someone a night out at a fancy restaurant but without them having to leave their home? In these uncertain times when lockdowns come into force over night, it can be very difficult to plan to go out for dinner. While we still crave a tasty restaurant treat the F&B industry is facing incredibly challenging times, Restaurant Kits is a very clever way to get people enjoying cooking int their kitchens and recreating top quality meals from restaurants, while supporting and giving restauranteurs a supplementary revenue. Choose from a wide range of menus from restaurants all over the UK, Restaurant Kits sends out a box full of the ingredients needed and instructions on how to recreate.
Colour My Garden
If you know someone who enjoys getting fresh flowers how about letting them grow their own supply of beautiful flowers, from Colour My Garden? Jo Thompson, one of the world’s leading garden designers, brings us the chance to make someones garden even more colourful and joyful for 2021. Subscriptions boxes are based on the size of garden from Patio, Small Garden to Medium Garden and include year around bulbs in a variety of colours for flower borders and pots, in four deliveries per year.
At only £5 Silly Greens is a great gift for anyone of any age and whether they live in a high rise flat or country house everyone can enjoy growing their own green garnish delights. Easy and simple, living herbs and micro greens are delivered, already planted in their own box, ready to just open and water. In each box will be three greens and each box will be different to the last.
For allotmenteers or gardeners Rocket Gardeners have gifts for vegetable growers from vouchers through to Year Round Veg Patches keeping veg growers in good supply all twelve months. The Small Year Round Veg Patch is great for country cottage gardens and will be delivered in five separate boxes which can be grown in pots, containers, raised beds, veg patches or allotments. Each delivery will have a selection of organic veg plug plants and herbs for easy growing.