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Gifts To Cheer Someone Up

We all get a little bit down from time to time, and everyone needs a boost now and then. If someone you love is going through it at the moment, we’ve rounded up the best gifts to cheer someone up.

There were a whole lot of disappointed brides who had to cancel or postpone their 2020 and 2021 wedding plans, so we have been doing lots of research for gift ideas to cheer up a friend.

But whether your pal needs a boost due to a cancelled wedding, losing their job or because they’re going through tricky patch in their relationship, you’ll be sure to find the ideas below helpful.

What Can I Send To Cheer Someone Up? 

If you’re looking for a simple and thoughtful gift to cheer someone up, then why not consider sending them one of these:   

  • A card with a thoughtful, handwritten message
  • Flowers
  • Chocolates
  • A craft kit
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Don’t think that buying a gift to cheer up a friend has to be expensive, because we have plenty of suggestions below won’t cost you a penny. After all, it’s the thought that counts in times like these.

If you are looking for some more unusual gifts to cheer someone up, read on to find out our top gifts to let people know you are thinking of them.

Gift Ideas To Cheer Up A Friend

When it comes to gifts for friends going through tough times, what you send them can make the world of difference, and because you know them best, you can pick something you know they will love.

1. Make them a video (Free!)

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Sending your pal a gift to let them know you are thinking about them doesn’t have to cost any money, especially if you are watching the pennies.

Why not ask some other close friends to record a little video message sending their love and support, or even doing something that will make your mate laugh.

Then use a free app (if you have an iPhone then iMovie is pretty simple to use and free) to splice it all together and Bob’s your Uncle!

You could even add their favourite song as the backing track to really make them smile.

2. Send them a self-care hamper

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This is the perfect gift for someone who is grieving, is having a tough time with their health or just needs to focus on themselves for while.

You can either put together a DIY self-care box and ship it over yourself, or order a pre-made one to be sent directly to the person in need.

What to put in a DIY Self-Care hamper:

  • Snacks
  • Books and magazines
  • Bath bombs and nice cosmetics

Otherwise you can easily pick up ready-made care packages on Etsy and other places online.

Ultimate Relaxation Kit£19 on Etsy*.

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If you want a hassle-free option, there are plenty of care package boxes on Etsy to choose from which make great gifts to cheer someone up.

We love this one, which includes bath bombs, soap, pillow spray, eye masks and lip balm amongst other things.


Another nice option is to support the work of The Blurt Foundation by ordering a BuddyBox.

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Each BuddyBox contains 5 products hand-picked to nourish, inspire and encourage self-care.

BuddyBox profits supports The Blurt Foundation continue their work in raising awareness and understanding of depression which is a great cause to support especially right now.

Glossybox£13.25 & free delivery

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If your pal likes trying out the latest cosmetics then you can also send her a one-off Glossybox which costs just

Another nice idea is for all the hens to club together and sign the bride up for a Glossybox subscription*. If there are 12 of you can cost as little as around £10 each!

3. Send Them Flowers

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It’s an oldie but a goldie, but who doesn’t love to receive flowers? They make the perfect gifts to cheer someone up.

There are so many brilliant companies selling flowers online. If you split the cost between a small group of friends then it works out to be incredibly affordable, as little as under £5 each to make your friend smile.

Bloom & Wild* do beautiful bunches of flowers starting from £23.

Also, you can include a cute card and message to let your pal know you’re all thinking of them.

Check out our article about which letterbox flowers to order in the UK.

4. Something to look forward to

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If you’ve had to cancel a big event, or if you’re stuck at home because you’re not well then the days have a tendency to drag on a bit.

That’s why gifting your friend something they can look forward to in the future is a lovely idea and a great way to cheer someone up with a gift.

What you choose to get them can be completely tailored to what they likes and what will put the biggest smile on their face.

Here are some experience voucher ideas:

Best Gifts To Cheer Up Your Girlfriend

When it comes to choosing a gift to cheer up a girlfriend, you need to be particularly careful about what you pick.

First of all, try and pinpoint why she is down in the dumps. Is she stressed at work, having problems with her friends or just feeling fed up because of the time of the month?

What can I buy my girlfriend to cheer her up?

Of course there are always the usual suspects when it comes to gifts to cheer up a girlfriend:

  • Chocolates
  • Jewellery
  • Clothes
  • Cosmetics

But here are some more great gift ideas to cheer up your girlfriend that you might not have thought of:

5.Send her biscuits in the post

Biscuits! Who doesn’t love biscuits! They also make the perfect gift to cheer up a friend who lives far away.

You can make your own or have the cutest biscuits ever delivered directly to somone in need of a pick me up gift from Biscuiteers.

How AMAZING are these ice lolly biscuits!? They are a great cheer up gift for her.

You can choose from loads of different designs so you’re bound to find the perfect biscuit for every cheering up occasion.

6. Get her something creative to do

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Distraction is one of the best antidotes in tough times, so a crafts make a brilliant cheer up gift for her.

You can get super cute kits on Etsy, we think these ones would cheer up a postponed bride no end:

Beginners Embroidery Kit: £19.88 on Etsy*

8. Gift her a relaxing spa day

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If you are looking to buy a gift for someone who is stressed then look no further than booking her in for a nice, relaxing spa day.

You can find the best deals for a spa day on Spabreaks.com(Click here to visit site).

Gifts To Cheer Up A Pregnant Friend

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For those who are expecting, it can be a long and tough nine months. So it’s a great idea to get a gift to cheer up a friend who is pregnant, and here are our top pregnancy gift ideas:

7. Magazine Subscription

If you are looking for a gift for someone who is in hospital at the moment then you can’t go wrong with a magazine subscription.

While they no doubt will be watching plenty of television and scrolling through their phone, they might appreciate some interesting reading material.

8. The gift of company (free!)

Sometimes no gift you can buy is better than just being their for your friend in their time of need.

Whether you can be there in person to give them a much needed hug, make them a nourishing meal or simply just checking in with a video call, sometimes this alone is the best gift to cheer your friend up.

Particularly if you’re looking for ways to cheer up a pregnant friend, your company is golden.

9. Something silly

Again, it’s up to you to decide whether the timing is right for something like this, but in certain situations, a silly thing can be the perfect gift to cheer someone up.

Particularly if you’re looking for a gift to cheer up a pregnant friend, they might appreciate something that will make them laugh more than ever!

For example, what about…

Virtual Gift Ideas To Cheer Someone Up

Sometimes, you need a gift idea to cheer someone up when you can’t be there in person but want to bring a smile to someones face. These make great virtual gift ideas:

10. Chocolates

Sometimes the best gift for a friend who is struggling is the simplest – chocolate!

You don’t have to go with the standard supermarket stuff though, why not really show them you care by sending them something special like some chocolate from Godiva or you could send some personalised chocs from Lily O’Briens.

11. Alcohol

We’re going to leave it up to whether this is an appropriate suggestion based on the reason you are sending gifts to cheer someone up, but sometimes a little drink might help.

If you want something alcoholic but a little bit different that is sure to bring a smile to their face, why not order them one of these sparkly gins in a light up bottle from Bottle Bling.

Ps – particularly good as a gift after a break up!

12. Afternoon tea at home

If your friend or family member needs a gift that will cheer them up then sometimes the best way to do that might be through their stomach.

In that case, what better way than to send them an afternoon tea they can enjoy at home.

While lockdown continues and non-essential shops and restaurants can’t welcome guests inside, many have diversified and are offering to deliver a special afternoon tea treat to your front door.

If you all want to get involved you could choose to each order yourselves the same treat and then all meet up for a very classy Zoom date.

Order a Virtual Afternoon Tea.

13. Jewellery

This might not be a time your friend or family member will look back on with fond memories, but what they will remember is how much support they got from you.

Why not choose one of the best gifts to cheer someone up – keepsake jewellery.

Cherie Message Bar Personalised Bracelet

Bloom Boutique do a gorgeous bracelet where you can add your own words or message as an engraving.

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  • Comes in silver or rose gold
  • Add your message up to 18 characters long
  • Free worldwide delivery
  • Price: £18.00 (View on Bloom Boutique*)

What To Gift A Friend Who Is Sad

When a pal is in need of some TLC, it can be hard to know what do you give someone who is going through a hard time.   

You don’t want to put your foot in it and send something inappropriate, but don’t let indecision mean you send nothing. We’ve had a think and come up with some gifts to cheer someone up.

There are plenty of good things you can gift a friend who is sad:  

  1. A good book

You can’t beat getting lost in a good book, which makes it a great gift for someone who is feeling sad. Make sure it’s an uplifting or funny book rather than something tragic that might make them cry. Eg, don’t gift them Wuthering Heights!

2. A Netflix subscription

Sometimes laughter is the best medicine and so one of the best gifts to cheer someone up who is sad is the gift of hilarious sitcoms, stand up and Jack Black comedies.

3. A list of your favourite podcasts

If you’re looking for cheap gifts to cheer someone up, then you can’t beat sending them a list of your best podcast recommendations. Try and find a good mix of funny, insightful and inspiring pods that will make a great gift for a friend who is sad.

Hopefully that has given you some inspiration to find the best gift to cheer someone up. Remember that you don’t need to spend a fortune to show them that you care.

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