Letterbox love: 47 gifts to send to their door
Choose from these gorgeous artisan present boxes, sent nationwide, from bespoke biscuits to gin and chocolate, and pamper packs to paperbacks. That's Christmas sorted.
Good vibes only
St Albans based gift store Gather + Give is all about creating a lovely shopping experience, thanks to a range of sustainable and ethically sourced products. But you don’t need to live locally to shop here or give your loved ones a taster. Order one of the Good Vibes letterbox gifts online (containing lovely things like calming bath salts, crystal hearts and jewellery), and skip the Post Office queue to boot!
Made in Rutland, these pretty pastel-hued letterbox biscuits are so popular, they’ve reached the dizzying heights of Saturday night telly and been featured in the goodie bags for Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway as well as on Strictly. Far more personal than flowers, each biscuit is hand-stamped with a special message, gift-wrapped, and sent off in the post ready to brighten a doormat – and a day!
Oat so good
These luxury, gluten-free flapjacks, handmade on the edge of Dartmoor, come with a whopping delicious-dozen Taste of the West awards. And no wonder, when owners Carol and Sally have turned the humble oat into an art form! Their unique flavours include banoffee pie and clotted cream fudge. Muddy Devon served them as a treat at this year’s Awards and they’re so delish, not a crumb was left behind. Choose from 26 letterbox-friendly treats, with options on gift wrap and personal message in icing.
Let there be light
Wiltshire-based candle connoisseur Becky Avery is the lady behind the fab nature-inspired eco-friendly candles, Hazel & Blue. For festive feels, we adore the Orange, Cinnamon and Clove scent (it’s basically Christmas in a jar). Hazel & Blue sends out four Seasonal Candle Subscription Boxes per year; the contents are a closely-guarded secret, but always include a new candle scent and pampering treats.
Gin for the win
We all have a gin lover or ten in our lives, and they’re all guaranteed to love this cute customisable set from Norfolk lifestyle store Lisa Angel. Pick a 5cl bottle of gin, with flavours ranging from the classic (like house gin, pink gin or local Norfolk gin) to the experimental (watermelon, marmalade or blackberry, anyone?). Pair with accompanying garnish such as dried lime or raspberries, and finish off with a tasty bar of G&T dark chocolate. Don’t mind if we do!
What could be better than a box of artisan chocolates hand-delivered to your door? Hollychocs’ Seasonal Chocolate Box consists of glossy, handmade chocolates in delectable flavours including Gin Fizz Ganache and Icelandic Lava Salted Caramels. All of the chocolates are crafted in Holly’s kitchen in Devizes, Wiltshire, and are among the tastiest we’ve tried (that’s lots, by the way).
Struggling to find something for the hard-to-buy man in your life? This letterbox gift should hit the spot. It comes from fab Bedford-based brand The Jolly Post Co, which works with a range of local indie businesses to curate a whole range of gift boxes (even for those tricky menfolk!) This one comes with a set of whiskey stones and a bar of 70% dark choc, as well as a handwritten note (for that personal touch!).
A flavoursome tea that is ethically sourced and environmentally-friendly? That’s a brew we could fall in love with – in fact you’ve probably already tried Mr.Ames tea as they have been supplying the finest restaurants and hotels for years. And now you can buy direct! With 9 delicious blends to choose from – and monthly, bi-monthly, or every three months subscription options (with free delivery), it’s the perfect gift for the discerning tea-lover in your life.
You’re supporting small when you order a selection of these gorgeous, hand-picked items produced by Kent creatives. Make someone’s day with one of Olive and Oak’s stylish, ready-made gift boxes – or, in just a few clicks, build your own from scratch by mixing and matching the goodies to create a totally unique gift.
Brighten up someone’s day with these beautiful, eco-friendly packages from Light Box Candles, containing a scented candle, set of matches, and bonus treat. You can choose a one-off gift or a monthly subscription, each one different.
Calling all cocktail connoisseurs: treat a loved one to deliciously divine drinks, made with fresh ingredients and delivered through their door. These cocktails are made from scratch each week, rather than being designed for a dusty long shelf-life, and trust us — you can taste the difference.
Chocs in a box
Send your loved one a selection of Rumsey’s exquisite chocolates, hand-made in Oxfordshire with local milk and sustainable cocoa. Choose from a selection or create your own gift box, tailoring the contents (all mouth-watering, naturally) to your recipient’s taste.
For the green guardians in your life, Oxfordshire-based The Plant Planet offers monthly boxes of entirely vegan goodies. Sugary sweets, salty savouries, skincare essentials and more — no month’s box is the same.
Help a friend nail the nude lip with these three oh-so-natural lipstick essentials from Bucks-based Delilah Cosmetics. Lipstick, lip liner, and lip gloss all as one gorgeous gift, perfectly sized to fit through the letterbox. The products are vegan and paraben-free, for a guilt-free gift.
Whisk someone away to a far-off place courtesy of Bucks-based The Holiday in a Box Co. Choose the destination (Amsterdam, Tokyo, Istanbul…) and they’ll be delivered a box packed with themed products, recipes, activities, and more. Ideal for armchair travelling and holiday prep alike and geared to families, couples or solo travellers.
This is everything you need for a little festive ‘me’ time, all wrapped up in a box and popped in the post from St Leonards on Sea, Sussex. It includes Silk Sleep Mask, Cookie Heaven Wax Melts, Gnaw White Chocolate Bar, self-heating eye mask, Bath Salts with Dried Rose Petals, Gingerbread Luxury Hot Chocolate flakes and cosy Festive Penguin Socks. Cosy!
Sugar, spice, everything nice
Forbidden Forest Brownie, Toffee Apple Blondie, Hot Chocolate Brownie… have we got you drooling yet? Er, yeah. Treat yourself to Gloucester genius baker Hetty’s Lucky Dip Subscription Box. Plump for 5 or 10 slices per box and tuck in to the best brownies we’ve ever tasted (and we’ve tasted a lot!). The flavours rotate seasonally so every box is a lovely new surprise, and you save 5% on standard brownie prices when you sign up.
The Isles of Scilly lie just off the coast of Cornwall and in small fields sheltered from the Atlantic by tall hedges, the Julian family have been growing scented narcissi in the winter and pinks in the summer, for the past 25 years, sending boxes of magical flowers to homes round the UK. The narcissi season is just starting – a box of Scilly Flowers through the post makes a very cheery pop of colour on a dark rainy day.
The subscription box of dreams… one that delivers six bottles of hand-picked, seriously good wines to your door for three or six months. Berkshire biz Grape and Nectar, created by Katherine Dart and Fiona Hayes, offers its subscription service nationwide, and is on a mission to demystify wine, and help you to ‘drink better not more’. Choose ‘The Mix’ – a six bottle subscription that will take you on a monthly vinous adventure, including some of the best sustainable, vegan and limited-production wines. There are red, white and vegan boxes too. Each box comes with wine info, tasting notes and recommended food pairings. Cheers to that.
Green thumbs up
If you didn’t start growing your own veg in lockdown were you even there? For those that gave it a whirl and only produced a single green tomato, Northamptonshire biz Pot Gang is the solution. A grow-your-own subscription service for gardening newbs, it delivers pots, compost, and seasonal seeds every month for a constant supply of fresh fruit and veg. The gift that keeps on giving.
Bit o’ Bubbly
Life’s no fun without Prosecco right?! So, lean in close and let us tell you about a wonderful Surrey-based subscription gift service. Basically, an indulgent Prosecco pamper box arrives on your doorstep – or that of a loved one – every month. Each gift box includes one or two bottles of Italian Prosecco (you decide how many) along with a selection of handcrafted artisan goodies and pamper products. The perfect gift, no?
Spice of life
The ultimate gift for lovers of Indian cuisine – a monthly gift box with gorgeously packaged authentic home-cooked Indian dishes from Mandira’s Kitchen in Albury, Surrey. There are six, eight and 10-dish gift box options (each dish serves two people), and there’s the option to choose the same combination of dishes each month or mix it up and have something different. And if you’re yet to taste Mandira’s food, you’re in for a treat – there’s a reason they’re called Homemade Boxes of Happiness.
Breathe it in
Why not send a ‘scent’sational box of treats to loved ones this year? Colchester-based creative-sister duo Maddie and Georgia specialise in curating gorgeous letterbox-sized gifts – and this festive season is no exception. Our choice? The heart-shaped Luna Wax Melts will be enjoyed well into the new year and come in a selection of intoxicating scents, from Coco & Sandalwood to Vanilla and Raspberry & Rose.
Can’t make it to the Tate? Let the greats inspire your kids’ art and give them the opportunity to let rip with their own masterpiece. Lots Of Lovely Art is a brilliant Berkshire-based biz started by sisters-in-law Alara and Selina (both successful creatives) that introduces children of all ages to art and artists through your letterbox. For instance, ‘Funny Feelings’ explores art and emotions like Matisse, Munch and Van Gogh. You’re sent a booklet about the theme and artists, three projects, and all the quality art materials needed. Choose ages 3+ or 6+, and the frequency of the subscription.
£27 per month
Four different varieties of artisan cheese in peak condition, tasting notes, and a packet of crackers through the letterbox every month. This subscription from the Fine Cheese Company in Bath, Somerset is Wallace and Gromit approved.
Tween on me
Tweens will love the cute curated boxes from Stych in Burgess Hill, Sussex. Choose from a themed box or tailor one to their style. We love these colourful hair accessories, perfect for stocking fillers. The set includes strawberries, smiley faces and rainbows in a reusable cotton gift bag.
Self care central
Give your bestie a huge hug in a box with this bundle of delights from the Cotswold Box Company. Beautifully packaged with pretty tissue paper, this Pamper and Self Care box features Bampton House Body Oil and a Cotswold Candle Travel Tin amongst the prezzy line-up. Or, create a bespoke box, popping in handpicked goodies from local businesses in the Cotswolds, from gorgeous skin creams to candles and jewellery. All boxes are fully recyclable and greetings cards come naked (no plastic sleeves).
But first: coffee
For those who are properly into their joe, a coffee subscription is a must. Oh, hello Jute! Based in Leicestershire, this cool coffee company (with cup-loads of eco creds) just launched its brand new letterbox friendly subscription service. Sign up to the weekly, fortnightly or monthly plan and you’ll get two 250g bags worth of sustainably sourced beans either whole or ground (you decide). Plus, you get a free canister with your first delivery.
Write here, write now
This gorgeous looking calligraphy kit from Cornwall’s Whistlefish is created in collaboration with Kirsten Burke, the UK’s leading contemporary calligrapher. Based on the teaching from her workshops, the kit includes two handcrafted nibs with ink bottles, as well as unique templates (for tracing) and links to ‘how to’ videos, where Kirsten demonstrates different skills. The whole thing comes in a beautiful blue box, making it an excellent present (to yourself?!).
Quick and easy to make – and a whole lot sweeter than a card – go online to Hants’ Morse Toad and send a personalised message delivered imprinted into top-notch Belgian chocolate. Cheeky, cheerful, charming or sentimental, you can opt to upload a picture to accompany your thoughtful choccy message, too.
A tasty pack of inspiration through the post with a step-by-step recipe, North Hampshire-based Bakedin’s kits are ace. The cake and bread baking club kits include all the dry ingredients, in exactly the right quantities, including organic flour from local farms. How good does this chocolate orange jaffa cake look?!
Spa sessions by express delivery? Yes, please! We love this Chelmsford-based brand’s Ultimate Spa Box, which includes a premium eye mask, loofah spa pad, two handmade vanilla tea lights, hair rescue mask, a super-hydrating face mask, bath salts and plenty more to boot. After a bumper party season, this is just what the self-care doctor ordered, so we’ll be adding two to basket and indulging in a private pamper as well.
Wake up and smell the…
Coffee fiends will love this. Your choice of small-batch roasted coffee from a Certified B-Corp company, packaged in 100% compostable coffee bags. Lymington-based So This is Coffee will deliver coffee gift packs with personalised cards, or three and twelve-month subscriptions.
On a sustainability drive? Hants-based L&R Cosmetics is plastic-free and very eco-conscious. Started in 2020 by Charlene Hughes, all her soaps are handmade from scratch and made from base oils and butters. You can also get lip balms, bars of shampoo, and conditioners, too.
This bundle of yuletide yumminess from BoxTree Gifts will perk up the chilly months no end. The Jolly Christmas Gift Box is packed with festive treats. Available in three Christmas themed designs, inside you’ll find a Christmas Edition Chocolate Bar from Love Cocoa who plant a tree with every sale, a festive chocolate lolly, a sweet handwritten card and a Ho Ho Ho Wooden Decoration to hang on the tree.
Now this is our kind of gift. Sign a cheese-loving friend up for a 3, 6 or 12-month subscription with The Bedford Cheese Company, and they’ll receive 4 or 5 cuts of handpicked local and from around the UK (that you won’t find on Tesco’s deli counter) artisan cheeses, delivered to their door each month… then wait for your invitation to the cheese and wine party!
From £23/month for 12 months
From the Strawberry Manhattan to the Werewolf of London, these unique and fun themed cocktail packs, from First Aid Box, make a brilliant present (they do gift cards too)- or treat yourself to night in with a difference. Based near Ashford, but delivering all across Kent – and all at a very reasonable price (from £17.50) – why not sample a selection for a special occasion? Doctor’s orders now!
Candle in the Wind
Want to give someone the gift of an eco friendly hug in a tin? These gorgeous soy wax candles from Northants based candle makers Lyss and Vay are free from synthetic additives, paraffin or phalates (say that after your Christmas sherry) and use wooden wicks, which last longer and create a more even burn, not to mention the soothing crackling sound they make for that extra comforting vibe. Plus, the packaging is all biodegradable and recyclable. We are loving the Gingerbread fragrance from the new Christmas range for the last word in hygge.
Come what cocoa may
Brownies through your letterbox? Urm, yes please! Suffolk-based Coco May brings our bake-filled fantasies to life by boxing up and delivering handmade brownies, like eight slices of brandy, pecan and cranberry creations, to our home from £13.50.
Fan of fromage? You won’t do better than a curated box from Sharpham Cheese, winners of UK Supreme Cheese at the Global Cheese Awards who, for 40 years, have been crafting artisan truckles from their Jersey cows on the bucolic banks of the River Dart in Devon. Each box features three of Sharpham’s handmade, multi award winning varieties, a local guest cheese, Peter’s Yard Sourdough crackers, and a new Sharpham chutney, plus tasting and pairing notes.
Wake me up before you go go
This coffee subscription is a gift that’ll always kickstart the day. Artisan roastery Roast Lab produces single-origin coffee on the Berkshire-Bucks border. You can tailor to taste and the required grind, and subscribe for delivery every one to eight weeks.
From £8.50 each
Shine a light
Into sustainable living? Dorset company Old Green’s eco-friendly rapeseed wax and essential oil candles (approx 60 hours burn time) come in glass jars made from repurposed bottles, which you can return free of charge when empty. Subscribe monthly or quarterly.
An open book
Persephone Books in Bath reprints neglected books, mostly by mid-20th century women, as sleek grey hardbacks. Short stories, diaries, memoirs and cookery books — you name it. Send a book-worm pal (or someone who has all the best reading intentions) a book a month for 6 / 12 months, for a dead charming gift.
You’ll definitely be earning them by giving these award-winning, deliciously gooey chocolate brownies, hand-baked by family-run, artisan Bayside Bakery in Bridport, Dorset and posted UK-wide. All sorts of flavour combos – honeycomb, dark choc and ginger, toasted hazlenut praline – by the box or subscription.
Know a special someone who can’t resist a bunch of fresh seasonal blooms? A floral subscription could be just the ticket. With this one from Lucas May Florists in Knebworth, Herts, you can choose between a 12-month subscription (one bouquet a month for 12 months) or a 6-month subscription (one every two months for 12 months). You can choose your size, from small to deluxe, and your recipient’s colour preference – go for florist’s choice for the best seasonal blooms.
Come wine with me
Send the vino-lover in your life a Tour & Tasting gift voucher to spend at Chilford Hall Vineyard in Cambridgeshire. The present includes a guided tour of the vines and winery, tasting session and afternoon tea.
Is there any better gift than booze? Don’t answer that. Warwickshire-based The Little Cocktail Bar sends through everything you need for two delicious cocktail recipes and also has speciality boxes for Christmas. Recent additions to the menu include the Firecracker (with jalapeño syrup and a birds eye chilli to garnish) and a S’mores cocktail… drool.