We all embraced a whole new Christmas shopping routine in recent years. In the absence of big family gatherings, a lot of Christmas gifting 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.
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 these bold and colourful earrings from independent jewellery brand Jack & Freda. Choose from a wide range of colours and simply opt to add a gift box during checkout. 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. We’ll happily handwrite a gift note and include it with the set. Check out the full collection here.
This lovely kit by Cotton Clara includes everything you need to create this striking design. Their packaging is beautiful and makes it a kit that's ready to gift - simply add a gift note during checkout and you're ready to go!
These polar bear cupcakes are great fun for little hands and the perfect addition to any winter meal. The kit includes pre-weighed dry ingredients, recipe card, cupcake cases, a chef's hat and even an activity to do while they're in the oven! Add a gift message and gift wrap at checkout.
The Botanical Candle Co. offers a lovely range of gift sets, including this lovely Perfect Afternoon Tea gift box, perfect for parents! The gift set includes a wonderfully calming candle and a bar of chocolate, beautifully packaged in one of their signature gift boxes.
We love all of the Single Variety Co. jams and preserves and this gift set would make a striking gift. Simply leave a gift message and choose which of three lovely cards you would like it handwritten on.
Filled with vibrant pinks and yellows, the stems include, bunny tails, billy buttons, oats, phalaris, wheat and glixia amongst others, plus a gorgeous palm spear in a plush dark pink. Simply drop them an email after ordering and they will add a handwritten note.
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.