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.
And 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.
Read on to find out our top gifts to let people know you are thinking of them.
Gifts To Cheer Up A Friend
1. Make them a video (Free!)
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
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:
- Books and magazines
- Cosmetics and beauty treatments
Care Parcels you can buy online:
Little Something Box – £18 on Etsy*.
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.
Buddybox – £21.50
Another nice option is to support the work of The Blurt Foundation by ordering a BuddyBox.
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
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*.
It’s Glossybox’s 10th Birthday and they are celebrating with a great offer – by subscribing this month to any subscription you will receive a FREE box worth over £50! Just use the code : FREEBOX
If there are 12 of you can cost as little as around £10 each!
It’s an oldie but a goldie, but who doesn’t love to receive flowers?
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
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 her can be completely tailored to what they likes and what will put the biggest smile on their face.
Here are some experience voucher ideas:
- Does she love animals? How about a voucher to visit an animal sanctuary?
- Do they love musicals? Get some theatre vouchers.
- Baking fan? Try a voucher for a cooking course
- Cat lover? Gift an Afternoon Tea at a Kitty Cafe!
5. Biscuits in the mail
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!?
You can choose from loads of different designs so you’re bound to find the perfect biscuit for every cheering up occasion.
6. Something creative to do
Distraction is one of the best antidotes in tough times, so a crafty gift to cheer up a friend is a good idea.
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*
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.
You can get them a 3-month subscription to Readly which will give them access to over 5,000 magazines and newspapers on their phone or tablet.
A Readly subscription costs £24 from Buyagift.
8. Spa day
If you are looking to buy a gift for someone who is stressed then look no further than booking yourselves in for a nice, relaxing spa day.
Buyagift.co.uk have got a deal at the moment where you can book a Virgin Active Spa Day for Two for just £65 in total.
Click here to see the deal.
9. 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.
We’re going to leave it up to whether this is an appropriate suggestion based on the reason you are sending a gift 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!
11. 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.
For example, what about…
- Personalised Giant Face Cushion – £24.99
- Magnetic Dart Board (with photo of the person you hate) – £34.99
- Stress Balls (NSFW!) – £6.99
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.
13. 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.
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.
Cherie Message Bar Personalised Bracelet
Bloom Boutique do a gorgeous bracelet where you can add your own words or message as an engraving.
- Comes in silver or rose gold
- Add your message up to 18 characters long
- Free worldwide delivery
- Price: £18.00 (View on Bloom Boutique*)
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.