DEAR GIFT GUIDER:

what are the best pick-me-up gifts?

DEAR GIFT GUIDER:

what are the best pick-me-up gifts?

Got a tricky little gift dilemma that needs solving? The Gift Guider (our resident present-buying expert) is here to help with the best gifting recommendations. This week: the GG is on hand to help with the best pick-me-up gifts.

Got a tricky little gift dilemma that needs solving? The Gift Guider (our resident present-buying expert) is here to help with the best gifting recommendations. This week: the GG is on hand to help with the best pick-me-up gifts.

Dear Gift Guider,
I’m on the lookout for a surprise gift for a friend who could do with a bit of cheering up. We’ve not been able to catch-up in person for a while, so I want to send her something that’ll really make her smile and lift her spirits. (I also wouldn’t mind treating myself to a happy little something, too.) Any ideas?
Yours,
Joy Seeker
Dear Joy Seeker,
There's no better way to cheer someone up than by sending them something thoughtful. So, to help you spread some much-needed joy, I’ve gathered my picks of the most smile-raising gifts – from endorphin-boosting plants and flowers, to luxuriously pampering bath oils – all guaranteed to surprise and delight. I’m a big believer in self-gifting (no surprise there), so make sure you add something for yourself to your basket, too – you deserve it.
Yours,
The Gift Guider (aka Selfridges Editor Charlotte Core)

Blooming lovely gifts

There’s no denying the mood-boosting power of nature (I should know – my flat currently bears more than just a slight resemblance to Kew Gardens due to a spot of lockdown-inspired plant-shopping), so let’s start there for a great pick-me-up gift. Canopy Plants’ line-up of leafy little friends, all housed in adorable ceramic plant pots, make for a brilliant present that’ll brighten up any windowsill, and lift our moods, too. Their leafy potted Monstera Minima will cast lovely dappled shadows on the kitchen walls when the sun (eventually!) comes in through the windows – creating a nice new ambience in our same-old spaces. For the less plant-savvy, Your London Florist creates the most amazing dried bouquets that require far less TLC, but still look every bit as beautiful.

Much-needed ‘me time’ gifts

Ok, so our own bathrooms at home may not be quite as tranquil as our favourite spa (let’s just say, I’ve never had a relaxing treatment at Cowshed interrupted by a parcel delivery before), but with the lights turned low, a few candles burning and some relaxing music softly playing, we’re halfway there. A pampering bath oil, aromatherapy candle or face mask is the perfect gift to encourage a loved one to switch off and unwind every once in a while. I’m sending my NHS keyworker mum a bottle of the Susanne Kaufmann Oil Bath Winter as a gentle reminder to chill out when she has a free evening – its nourishing properties help to protect the skin during these chilly months, and it smells heavenly. REN’s Morroccan Rose Otto Bath Wash is a total winner, too – silky soft and great for bringing back a good glow to the skin.

Smile-raising gifts

If a big cheesy grin is the aim of the pick-me-up gift game, then you’re in luck; we’ve got an abundance of gifts that’ll suit every personality. This Frida Kahlo Moleskine notebook, complete with on-the-button pull quote, is right up my organisation-obsessive friend’s street, while this Stranger Things puzzle is just the ticket for another friend who’s apparently “binge-watched every TV show ever made” during lockdown. The more unique-to-them and unexpected the better – and for an extra mood-boosting surprise, keep schtum about the gift until the day it arrives on their doorstep, it’ll seriously make their day. 

And lastly, treat yourself self-gifts

Whether it’s nabbing yourself something to make the everyday a bit less mundane (my 4pm cuppa’s got a whole lot more classy this week since I replaced my usual digestive biscuit for a Ladurée macaron), or discovering a new hobby to take your mind off things at the weekends (courtesy of The Clay Club’s handy at-home pottery kits) – don’t forget to treat yourself to a little something, too.