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A Trusted Friend in a Complicated World

25 Care Packages We’re Sending to Friends Who Are Stuck at Home

If someone in your life could use a smile right now, we’ve got a few ideas.

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A little love delivered right to their doorstep

While social distancing is incredibly important and necessary, it’s also incredibly hard. And some days and for some people, it’s harder than others. But self-isolation doesn’t have to mean complete isolation—and, in fact, it shouldn’t. Connections with friends and family are among the wonderful things that will never be canceled. You can still talk and see each other online, of course, and you can even give a virtual hug to someone by sending a care package, whether you want to celebrate a life event that you can’t be there for or just want to make that person smile. Their day will definitely be a lot brighter when they receive one of these thoughtful gifts from you.

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Winc California Classics


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Toast to everlasting friendships and good health with this gift set that comes with two California wines, a chardonnay, and a zinfandel, and two stemless wine glasses. They pair well with a favorite home-cooked meal—and possibly even better with the perfect spa products and some soft music. By the way, this is the right way to store wine.

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BarkBox Gift Box

From $35.00

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It’s hard being cooped up alone, but if you’ve got a friend who’s making the most of their days with a furry BFF, they’ll definitely appreciate a surprise from BarkBox. Each BarkBox is filled with themed treats, toys, and Fido-friendly fun that pups (and their humans) will make the most of all month long. You can buy a single box or continue with a monthly subscription because wagging tails encourage human smiles. Don’t miss these other great gifts for dog lovers.

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Bagel of the Month Club

From $42.95

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Your friend had to cancel their vacation to  New York City, but you can still send one of the Big Apple’s most iconic food right to their doorstep. Each month they’ll get a selection of Bagel Boss bagels, produced on Long Island, New York by 6th generation bagel and bialy bakers, to sink their teeth into. They also offer fun limited edition collections like its current Shark Week Inspired Bagel Bundle that include red-and-white stripe lifesaver bagels, everything bagel seasoning shakers, and a great white shark bobblehead. Bring on the cream cheese!

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Baketivity Cake Pops Baking Kit


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It’s hard to keep kids happy and entertained at home for such an extended stretch. That’s why parents will really appreciate this thoughtful set, which will keep little ones busy—and teach them some real-life skills, too. This Baketivity baking set is brimming with delicious ingredients, creativity-sparking baking activities, and limited-mess packaging with delicious results. Even better: The dry ingredients are pre-measured, vacuum-sealed, and ready to pour. Plus, what parent wouldn’t adore a fun activity that ends in fresh-baked goodies? Here are another 34 fun things to bake at home with bored kids.

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Caswell-Massey Dr. Hunter’s Original Remedies Gift Set


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When you’re not really sure what to say or do, a relaxing self-care gift set is always a good idea. This Caswell-Massey classic includes sparkling body cleanser, fragrance-free castile soap, rosewater and glycerine hand creme, softening cuticle cream, soothing foot cream, and lip salve. Your loved one will feel pampered from head-to-toe. Better yet, it’s all made in America, cruelty-free, and elegantly packaged. Check out these other amazing products that are made in the USA.

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Godiva Goldmark Chocolates


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Life truly is like a box of chocolates, but in this case, whatever you pick in this Godiva gift box will be downright delicious. This perfect assortment contains 17 mouthwatering pieces in flavors like white chocolate sugar cookie, dark chocolate eclipse, and milk chocolate hazelnut heaven. You’ll definitely sweeten someone’s outlook with this little care package—and look like a hero in the process.

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Swanson Morning, Noon & Night Bundle


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Social distancing, coronavirus fears, and self-isolation can do a number on healthy sleep patterns. This affordable health-supplement bundle from Swanson Health Products was formulated to keep energy high and steady during daylight hours with vitamin B and bee pollen, while theanine and time-released melatonin keep sleep patterns restful and healthy for a better night’s sleep. To fill out this self-care package, add a few of these other top-selling sleep products, too.

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1-800-Flowers Graceful Gardenia Plant


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Sure, everyone loves bright, happiness-inducing blooms, but a gorgeous flowering plant will last for weeks and months to come. This gardenia comes pre-potted and brimming with flowers. Talk about all-natural aromatherapy! If your bestie has a brown thumb, consider giving one of these houseplants anyone can grow.

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Robb Vices Luxury Subscription Box

From $99

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This is a high-end subscription box for your classiest cohort. Monthly subscription boxes may have fancy foods, spirits, handmade leather goods, tech gadgets and more, grouped by theme. A recent “Elevated Entertaining” box featured stone whiskey cubes, a cheese/charcuterie serving plate made from an ancient agate stone slab, an amethyst bottle stopper, and a cool modern charcuterie knife. Robb Vices boxes are a favorite of the cast of Modern Family—and any friend of yours lucky enough to receive it.

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Love with Food Snack Box

From $7.99

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Make a movie date from afar, and set up your viewing partner with the perfect snacks ahead of time. Love with Food’s snack subscription boxes cost less than a popcorn, candy, and drink combo at the theater and offer a tasty array of wholesome-yet-exciting munchies. Choose from tasting samplers, deluxe sets, and even gluten-free themed boxes of snackables. Plus, for every snack box purchased, the company donates at least one meal to someone in need. Love this idea? Here are more great gifts that give back.

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Bamboozle Food Composter


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Here’s a bright idea for the friend who’s always looking for reusable versions of everyday items and ways to be more eco-friendly: a countertop composting bin for the kitchen. This Bamboozle food composter is just the right size for salad scraps and old bread that will eventually make their way outside to the nurture the garden. It makes an ideal care package for busy home chefs, gardening fanatics, and those who love the idea of being more conscious of their own impact on the world around them.

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Minted Personalized Stationery

From $49.00

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Having a little (or a lot) of extra time might just be the perfect recipe for reviving long-lost art forms like letter writing. Sending a care package of personalized gallery-worthy stationery is the perfect excuse to keep the lines of communication open and flowing while reminding that special someone how unique and important they are.

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Justin’s Honey Almond Butter Squeeze Packs


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You could order one set of 10 individual-size sustainably sourced nut butters, but why stop there? Fill your care-package cart with the brand’s other mouthwatering gluten-free and non-GMO offerings like maple almond butter, cashew butter, and honey peanut butter. They come in portion-controlled packets that are ideal for healthy, protein-filled snacking that feels more like dessert. Check out these other 41 foods to snack on when you’re working at home.

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Erin Condren Wellness Bundle


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Alone time can be the perfect time to focus on health goals, setting intentions, and creating lasting mindful habits. This stylish gift set from Erin Condren includes a planner that serves as a wellness log, matching stickers, colorful markets, a habit-tracking notepad, and other adorably designed items that would encourage just about anyone to live their healthiest life yet. These daily mantras will help set the right intentions.

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Universal Yums! Snack Box

From $13.75

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Send this whimsical travel-themed snack box and your favorite person can travel far and wide without ever leaving the sofa. Each box comes loaded with lip-smacking goodies from a European destination we all dream of visiting. Current boxes offer French and Scandinavian snacks, with goodies like crackers, cookies, wafers, and chocolate bars included. For some extra fun, tell your bestie to check out these 15 panoramic webcams that let you virtually travel around the world.

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Trolls World Tour Necklace Activity Set


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Give your parent friends the gift of peace and quiet—at least for a little while. This Trolls World Tour activity set will keep kids busy with a fun project they can do on their own. It comes full of colorful mix-and-match beads, silicone necklaces, and fun character charms in a matching carry case. With 150 beads, a couple of kids can easily share this care package over and over again.

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Greenerways Organic Relaxation Kit


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Send this care package with a little note telling them to put their feet up and relax. This Greenerways kit comes with three USDA-certified organic body oils to indulge every mood. The muscle-relaxing body oil helps relieve pain and muscle aches, while the tranquility oil goes to work expanding your blood vessels and warming the skin. And the de-stress body massage oil is perfect for couples or a DIY foot rub that leaves toes baby-soft. Here are more self-care gifts for a friend in need of pampering.

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Spri Ultimate Booty Sculpt Kit


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This lower-body sculpting kit is a lifesaver for fitness fanatics stuck in the same boring routine—especially if they’re indoors. It comes with everything they’ll need to strengthen, sculpt, and tone their glutes, legs, and core, and it ships right to their door. The gliding core discs can easily be paired with an existing yoga routine or used on their own, while the resistance bands add a boost to lunges, squats, and other moves. Exercising gear is just one of the essentials most people didn’t realize they’d need while stuck at home.

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Beyond Words Co. Basic Box No. 1


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Not sure what to send? This Beyond Words Co. gift box is the right combination of relaxing essentials (hello, eye mask), sweet treats, honey sticks, herbal tea, and more. It’s thoughtfully packaged, too, so all your loved one will have to do is open it up and prepare their own inner debate about whether to pair it with a movie or book. Also, keep this one in mind for when life is back to normal and you need the perfect hostess gift.

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Printworks Classic Chess Set


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It’s the perfect time to boost intellectual skills by playing brain-stimulating games like chess. This chess board comes complete with an acrylic top and lacquered wood pieces, and it can just as easily be played at their dining room table with a partner or positioned in front of a phone camera for an exciting remote match with you on FaceTime. Or opt for one of these best-reviewed board games to play while in self-quarantine—which you just might want to pick up for yourself, too.

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Vinebox 12 Nights of Wine Redux


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When a regular bottle won’t do, this Vinebox sampler of 12 individual glasses of wine certainly will. While Vinebox typically reserves this set for the holidays, the company is bringing out and modifying it for these trying times. It’s perfect for those in long-spanning quarantines who are trying their hands at culinary adventures and wine pairings, as well as makeshift date nights at home. Instead of cracking open whole bottles, these single servings of robust wines are the perfect answer to smaller portions and greater self-control.

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PartyCity Squeeze the Day Gardening Set in a Box


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This fun, practical gift box is just what every newly minted gardening enthusiast needs to power through a few isolated weeks at home. It comes in a fun, uplifting PartyCity box and includes a watering can, garden gloves, and a gardening tote with spray bottle all printed with a decidedly on-trend lemon pattern. It’s the perfect excuse to break out the seeds and look forward to fresh growth each day. These are the 12 easiest foods to grow at home during quarantine.

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Carr Valley Cheese “Life of the Party” Gift Box


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Instantly elevate a cheese lover’s next virtual happy hour with this “Life of the Party” gift box straight from The State of Cheese, Wisconsin! The curated box has something grate for every cheese connoisseur, from mouthwatering Cheddar to Monterey Jack and Colby. They can pair it with their favorite bottle of wine and grab some artisanal crackers, nuts, or jam from their pantry to create an unbrielievable cheese board.

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Be Right There COVID Care

From $75

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COVID 19 long-hauler Lyss Stern wanted to help people with COVID feel better! She teamed up with pre- and post-care nurse Jenny Nemeth to offer specialty, curated COVID care gift boxes with scented oils, anxiety relief, sage, specialty sleep teas, candles, bath bombs, and more. The weighted blanket gift packages are especially helpful for relieving virus-related body aches and insomnia.

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First Act Discovery Acoustic Guitar Beginner Pack


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Giving the gift of music is always a good idea, but for kids, it can be life-changing. This price-friendly beginner set from First Act Discovery comes with everything the pint-sized music lover in your life needs to learn to play the guitar. Pair with a music-learning app like Yousician, or let them learn in a more freestyle way with helpful YouTube tutorials. Next, discover even more productive things to do when you’re stuck inside and what to do when bored at home.

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Bryce Gruber
Bryce Gruber covers gift ideas, shopping, and e-commerce at, although you've likely seen her work across a variety of women's lifestyle and parenting topics at, Bravo,, Martha Stewart, and on your TV screen through national talk shows including The Tamron Hall Show. She lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley with her five small children. Find her on social media at @brycegruber.

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