9 brilliant letterbox gifts that can be delivered straight to the lucky recipient this Christmas
We all embraced a whole new Christmas shopping routine last year. In the absence of big family gatherings, most of our Christmas gifting is happened by post. And it was a revelation! Things might be a bit more normal this Christmas, but there are still friends and family we won't manage to see in person, so we will be making things easier for ourselves by sending as many gifts as we can directly from the source!
Choosing gifts that can be shipped straight to the recipient, cutting out the middleman (you!) and minimising the risk of those precious parcels getting lost in the post is an easy win. Many small businesses, ourselves included, are only too happy to help, offering gift-wrapping and handwritten notes for that personal touch.
Here’s our guide to 9 of the best Christmas gifts for kids, tweens, teens and adults that can be shipped directly to the lucky recipient. They are all sourced from independent businesses and perfect if you find yourself doing some last-minute online Christmas shopping!
Cotton Twist’s range of gorgeous craft kits include bracelet making, mini gardens and more. They are all letterbox-friendly, come in under £20 and can be personalised with the recipient’s name and your own message on the box. Gift wrapping is also available.
West Stanton offers an online shopping destination for parents who love individual design, perfect if you’re looking for something a bit different. They will ship directly to the gift recipient with a personalised note. We love this Ho Ho Ho Christmas sweatshirt, available in kids and adult sizes.
These pocket-size hugs come in two different designs and make a wonderful Christmas treat for those you're missing. Perfect for hanging on the tree to remind them you're thinking of them – Fearless Flamingo will even add a little message on the back to make them an extra special keepsake.
We love the look of these customised gift boxes from independent jewellery brand Jack & Freda. Choose earrings and chocolate of your choice to build the perfect personalised present for your loved one. They will add a handwritten gift note and ship directly to the recipient.
Our tissue-wrapped gift sets contain one of the handpicked chapter books and bespoke activity packs that we’re famous for. The lucky bookworm will also receive an exclusive 'Shhh! I'm reading' tote bag, ‘Hooked on Books’ enamel pin, embossed pencil and premium Parrot Street bookmark. UK 1st Class postage is included and we’ll happily handwrite a gift note and include it with the set. Check out the full collection here.
This gorgeous embroidery kit by The Sewcial Circle come in a handy keepsake tin and includes 2 packs of animal embroidery cards and everything you need to stitch 16 animal friends. Gift wrapping is available and you can add a gift note at checkout too.
These polar bear buns are a great introduction to bread baking for little hands and the perfect addition to any winter meal. The kit includes pre-weighed dry ingredients – just add butter, milk and an egg and you’re ready to go! Add a gift message and gift wrap at checkout.
The Botanical Candle Co. offers a lovely range of gift sets, including this soothing Peace & Quiet gift box, perfect for parents! The gift set includes a wonderfully calming candle and a bottle of lavender and rose bubble bath, beautifully packaged in one of their signature gift boxes.
Plewsy’s tea towel and mug gift sets are the perfect pick-me-up. Each gift set includes a Yorkshire tea mug, a leopard print tea towel and a handwritten greetings card of your choice, all beautifully packaged and gift wrapped.
Find out all about our book subscriptions and gift sets here. Need some Christmas reading suggestions? We've got loads of brilliant book recommendations here. And for alternative Christmas gift ideas, check out our post on giving back this Christmas.