By Jess Beech published
Ah 2020. It’s been a funny old year, hasn’t it? But in amongst what's been months (and felt like years) of doom and gloom, there have been some real positives. More time spent at home has given us extra appreciation for the people we rely on everyday - whether that’s the postman, a nurse or a carer. The community heroes that were hiding in plain sight up until now are finally in the spotlight.
And while we can’t give those brilliant people a big hug to say thank you for all their hard work, we think something from our round-up of thoughtful gifts for your postman (et all) is the next best thing.
Scroll on to find a range of thoughtful gifts for every budget…
Thoughtful gifts for community heroes
Bloom & Wild Florist’s Pick Letterbox Flowers
The creative folk at Bloom & Wild dream up a new limited edition design every four weeks, with 15% of all profits from all bouquets sold going to the Carers Trust. December’s blooms are a beautiful, fragrant blend of deep red roses and festive foliage.
Lockdown Liquor + Co Old Fashioned
Just one of the many brilliant businesses to have sprung from the depths of the pandemic, Lockdown Liquor + Co specialise in small batch, big taste cocktails. Their Limited Edition Old Fashioned is the perfect balance of sweet and bitter.
Blondies Kitchen Mince Pie Cookie Cups
Everyone loves a sweet treat, and Blondies Kitchen’s delicious mince pie/cookie hybrid is the stuff of dreams. Vanilla cookie dough is filled with traditional filling for a mouth-watering take on the classic pud.
Nursem Team Thank You Gift Pack
A brilliant ‘thank you’ for a team who’s given you a helping hand this year, whether that’s teachers, nurses, carers or co-workers. This set contains two caring hand creams, two ultra-caring hand creams (for extra dry hands) and the chance to nominate a healthcare professional to receive a year’s supply of hand cream. The kind of gift that makes you feel all fuzzy inside.
Neom Organics De-Stress On The Go Collection
Know someone who’s in serious need of some TLC? We’ve got just the thing. Containing a bath and shower oil, calming hand cream and pulse point balm in one handy kit, the soothing scent of lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood will settle even the most frazzled of minds.
Biscuiteers Gin and Tonic Letterbox Biscuits
With taking someone for a ‘thank you’ drink off the cards in most postcodes, this letterbox sized box of gin and tonic shaped biscuits is the next best thing. Trust us when we say Biscuiteers make the tastiest, butteriest biscuits we’ve ever tried.
NHS Rainbow Charity Enamel Pin Badge
A lovely way to show your support for our frontline heroes, this would make a sweet gift for an NHS worker. 10% of all proceeds from sales will be donated to NHS Charities Together.
Quality Street Large Tin
Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a jewel-toned tub of chocolate goodies, and Quality Street happens to make a great gift too. Smiles guaranteed.
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
A beautiful book brimming with wise words, this is a poignant pressie for anyone in need of a morale boost to see them through the festive season and beyond.
M&S Pamper Gift Bag for Her
No time to make your own gift bag of goodies? M&S have done the hard graft for us. Peek inside to find fizz, chocolates and smellies.
Oliver Bonas Star Gold Rotary Candle Spinner
Bring a little festive cheer to every inch of their home with this pretty gold candle topper. All they need to do is light a candle for it to spin and glimmer.
Hotel Chocolat Waddle of Penguins H-box
We’ve never met a Hotel Chocolat gift we didn’t like, and these purse-friendly penguins are one of our top picks for 2020. Each one is filled with a generous dollop of caramel.
Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC.
She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!
Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress.
The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.
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