Nothing brightens someone's day quite like receiving a care package. Lockdown has kept a lot of us isolated from our friends and family, which can be difficult. You don't need to wait until its someone's birthday or for Father's Day to come around to show someone that you're thinking of them. Even a small, thoughtful gift can lift someone's day.
If you’re looking to put a smile on a loved one’s face, we’ve collated some of the best care packages from around the web for every kind of person.
Food is one thing that has always had the power to bring people together. For hampers filled with traditional Irish treats, Gifts Direct feature shortbread, Tayto crisps, Barry’s tea, Lily O’Brian’s chocolates and many other delicious Irish snacks. This would be particularly nice to give to homesick Irish friends and family who live elsewhere as the website ships worldwide. Paddy box also does similar packages.
Baskets Galore have an excellent selection of fresh fruit baskets, snack boxes and themed hampers for seasonal holidays and special occasions. This website has a wide variety of snacks and themed gifts, as well as the option to build your own.
The stationary lover
For a unique selection of stationery gifts, Etsy has an enormous collection of packages filled with printed notebooks, colouring sheets, stickers, note cards and stylish pens.
For the one who needs relaxation
Neom is known for its incredible scents, perfect for soothing tired and overworked minds. Their gift packages have a variety of candles, bath oils, bath foams and diffusers for a truly luxurious gift.
Lush has always been the go-to for luxury bath products. Their gift sets cover a broad range of prices and offer luxury scented bath products like soaps, shower gels, bath bombs and body lotions. Most of their range is vegan, and they also use biodegradable materials in their packaging to minimise the carbon footprint of your gift.
For the one who needs a pick me up
The Itty Bitty Book Co has an isolation care package filled with note cards that display positive messages. These are the perfect note cards to decorate your house with to uplift your day when you’re feeling down.
The outdoor explorer
Getting outside can change your day, boosting your mood by giving you an endorphin rush from the exercise. Seeing nature has also been proven to lower stress levels too. If the person you want to treat loves getting their daily walk in, why not create a hamper themed around the outdoors, to make their next walk the best yet.
A nice beverage
A reusable coffee cup doesn't just have to be for hot beverages. With the weather being so warm and sunny, you could include some of their favourite tea bags in the hamper so they can walk around with a lovely iced brew. Keep Cup is a popular choice coffee drinkers, Brown Thomas also make a wide selection of coffee cups, thermal bottles and canteens to keep drinks hot or cold.
Whether it's cloudy or sunny, protecting your eyes is essential all year round. Our collection of designer sunglasses and our own Feel Good Collection have a wide variety of styles to choose from, so your loved ones can enjoy the sunshine and protect their eyes in style.
Everything is better when there are snacks involved. Trail mix is the obvious choice to include in this hamper, but other delicious options are protein bars, granola, crackers, mixed nuts and their favourite whole fruits like bananas, oranges and pears.
If you know their foot size, socks are always a useful gift, particularly if their merino wool socks that come in a wide range of prints and patterns.
It's the thought that counts
If you're trying to cut back on costs, but you still want to show your loved ones some appreciation, there are many homemade hamper ideas you can achieve on a low budget. You could bake someone's favourite cake for them. As we've all exhausted online TV streaming services at this point, anyone would be thankful to borrow one of your favourite books or DVDs. Scented bath salts are a cost-effective yet luxurious gift to include. Whatever you choose to include, tailoring each item to the person and adding a handwritten note will ensure your personalised care package makes an impact.