21 thoughtful care packages to send to a friend who needs a pick-me-up

When we can’t see our nearest and dearest in person, care packages are the next best thing.

The benefits of sending care packages as gifts are twofold: not only do they make a lovely surprise for your recipient, often the products inside are from small independent businesses who can do with our support right now. In fact, Etsy reports searches for care packages have been up 235 per cent in the last three months when compared with previous years.

But there are hundreds of options on the internet, so we’ve whittled it down to just some of the best options that are still in stock and ready to send. From letterbox gifts that’ll make their day to luxe bundles for special occasions like birthdays, there’s bound to be something they’ll love below.

The best care packages to send now

Don’t Buy Her Flowers

Don't Buy Her FlowersThe Book Package, from £25, Don’t Buy Her Flowers

What’s inside? A bestselling novel of your choice, a bag of Montezuma’s Giant Chocolate Buttons, a bag of Brown Bag Crisps, and a refreshment (you can select anything from tea and elderflower bubbly to gin or prosecco). 

Tada & Toy

tada & toy care package

Sparkle Armour Kit, £70, Tada & Toy

What’s inside? A Saltee hand sanitising gel, a Florence Bridge x Tada & Toy face mask, and a pair of Tada & Toy 18ct rose gold plated tiny star studs that alone are worth £40.

Une Pincée de Provence

care packages une pincee de Provence

Cafe Culture Box, £56.50, Une Pincée de Provence

What’s inside? Mirabeau Rosé Wine, Lorgues Coffee Roasters Guatemala Coffee Beans, a choice of Plantes & Parfums scented candle, Puyricard chocolate and a bag of macarons. 

Supply Drop

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The Hug Box, £23.92, Supply Drop

What’s inside? Your choice of tea, a linen candle, Vitamin C sheet masks, under-eye gel eye patches, chocolate biscuits, sweets, and artwork with a sweet, positive saying (you get to pick!)

Thriving Box Co

keep local thriving care package

Keep Local Thriving Box, £39.95, Thriving Box Co

What’s inside? A selection of products from local businesses across the whole of the UK, which rotates monthly. There’s at least six products in the small box and eight in the large.

Boxd

care packages boxd

Positive Vibes Letterbox Gift, £35, Boxd

What’s inside? A Happy Self Journal, 50g Loctoa Guateemala Milk Chocolate Bar and Only Music Can Save Us Pencils.

M&S

The Ivy Treat Selection Gift Bag, £30, Marks & Spencer

What’s inside? Lemon and Lime Jaffa cakes, Seeded Oatcakes, Single Origin Dominican Republic Dark Chocolate with Mint, Parsnip, Sweet Potato and Beetroot Vegetable Crisps, English Breakfast Tea, Spiced Apple and Pear Chutney, Roasted and Salted Pistachios, Mint Selection Box, Single Origin Ecuador Dark Chocolate with Ginger and Lemon and a Juco gift bag.

Lush

lush care packages

Clean & Sweet Hand Care Kit, £22, Lush

What’s inside? Honey I Washed the Kids soap, Milky Bar soap, Helping Hands hand cream and Tiny Hands solid hand serum.

Brown Paper Packages

Mindfulness Gift Box, £34, Brown Paper Packages

What’s inside? A Crossword Puzzle Book, a Posh Easy Crosswords puzzle book, a Distressed Powder Blue Picture Frame, a Lime and Bayleaf scented natural wax candle, a Matt Black Pencil and Rubber, and a postcard of your choice.

Gigi & Olive

The Travel Kit, £55, Gigi & Olive

What’s inside? Marvis mint Toothpaste, Marvis travel Toothbrush, Marvis mint Mouthwash, 24g Candy Kitten vegan & GF sweets, Carry On Cocktail Kit (choose your flavour), a jade face roller, and a set of Grace & Stella cooling Eye Masks.

Pop House

‘You’ve Got This’ Positive Gift Box, £28, notonthehighstreet

What’s inside? A mug, an A5 Notebook, vanilla and salted caramel fudge, pencils, sparklers and a bath bomb.

BoroughBox

borough box

Thinking Of You Gift Box, £24.99, BoroughBox

What’s inside? English Breakfast Tea from Nemi, Small Salted Caramel Chocolates 20g and Salted Caramel & Milk Chocolate Biscuits from Artisan du Chocolat, Clotted Cream Fudge Box from Buttermilk, Artisan Brownie Bites Selection from Simply Cake Co, Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Skinny Dipped Almonds from Mighty Fine and Orange Marmalade Gourmet Popcorn from Joe and Seph’s.

Calm Club

Calm Club Big Night In Kit, £39.95, Fenwick

What’s inside? A patchouli soy wax candle, cosy wool socks, a padded sleep mask, ceramic mug and mindfulness puzzle.

Izzy Bee

Izzy Bee care packagesSending Hugs Gift Box, £34.95, Izzy Bee

What’s inside? Kacao luxury chocolate, Ace Tea Box Fine Wholeleaf Tea, Bloomtown Botanical Pink Himalayan Salt Soak in Meadow, The Botanical Candle Company Darjeeling Rose soy wax candle, and your choice of card.

WILDWOMAN

care packagesSelf Care ‘Calm’ Letterbox Gift, £28.95, notonthehighstreet

What’s inside? A copy of ‘The Calm Coach’ – a book designed to help you manage everyday common stress and anxiety, a Tisserand Total De-Stress Rollerball, a WILDWOMAN A5 Print, Bird & Blend Tea and a WILDWOMAN Bookmark.

The Tartan Blanket Co.

Self Care Package, from £32, The Tartan Blanket Co.

What’s inside? A Recycled Wool Knee Blanket, Bath Salts, Bath Essence, a Spacemask, Honduras 60% Milk Chocolate. You also have the option to add a candle, cashmere socks a gift note and shortbread.

Cutter & Squidge

Cake Care Kit, £18.95, Cutter & Squidge

What’s inside? Two cake truffles, a hot chocolate spoon, a mini Dreamcake and a Cutter & Squidge Fine Loose Leaf Tea Tin (dependent on stock available, this could be English breakfast tea, earl grey, blood orange, lychee peach or very berry).

Faace

faace care package

Tired Faace Pack, £26, Faace

What’s inside? A Faace mask, socks and hair clips. For every Face Pack sold, Faace donates a pack of period products to someone in need via Hey Girls.

Moi-Même

moi meme care packagesBoxes, from £25, Moi Meme

What’s inside? It’s up to you – choose a ready-made past subscription box, or build your own. Gifts you can put inside are from brands including Rachel Jackson London, Love Cocoa, and Katie Loxton.

Forman & Field

forman and field care package

The Ultimate Care Package, £79.95, Forman & Field

What’s inside? H.Forman & Son London Cure Smoked Salmon, Buttermilk Chicken, Smoked Salmon Pate, Salmon Fishfingers, Smoked Haddock & Parsley Fishcakes, Hepburn’s Olde English Sausages, Hand Chopped Prime Beefburger, banana bread and a tea towel.

Bookblock

Create Your Own Gift Box, £varies, Bookblock

What’s inside? Whatever you want! Due to increased demand, Bookblock’s ready-curated boxes are currently all sold out, but its create your own option gives you a choice of more than 400 products; you can even customise the packaging for totally personal care packages tailored to your recipient.