The best gift delivery services to use under coronavirus isolation

Clare Rigden
Columnist

Can’t nip to the shops to pick up a gift for that special someone? Don’t stress – these delivery services have your back.

Life doesn’t stop just because we’re in social-isolation at home – the world keeps turning, and people keep having birthdays. And sure, we can’t celebrate with them in person anymore, but we CAN still show people we’re thinking of them.

And if it’s not a birthday, Easter is also coming up, so here are some of the best gift delivery services we can hit up using during coronavirus self isolation.

There are still plenty of ways to get a gift to a loved one. Photo: Getty

Gift Delivery Services For Gourmet food

Gourmet Dinner Service

Say it with...a fully cooked dinner! This is the perfect gift for friends who may be struggling a bit during quarantine, for those too sick to get to the shops, or for new parents trying to survive the ‘baby bubble’ with zero help from family and friends. There are stacks of great food delivery options – these guys offer hundreds of options cooked fresh by qualified chefs and snap frozen, delivered to the door. They also do hampers and gift vouchers – one specifically tailored for new parents. Genius!

The Fruit Box Group 

These guys deliver fresh fruit and vegetables to homes across Australia. And at the moment, when we’re all being told to stay home, they might be a LITERAL life saver! In the lead up to Easter, they’re including Bakers’ Delight Hot Cross buns in their boxes, which already include fruit, vegetables and staples like eggs, bread and milk. The best bit? $5 from all ‘The Fruit Box @ Home’ orders will be donated to their social initiative The One Box, which donates fresh fruit, vegies, milk and bread to over 1,000 Australian families in need each week.

Little Cupcakes

If you live in Melbourne, why not opt to have a box of cupcakes delivered for your friend’s birthday? There are lots of flavours and designs to choose from (they even do Vegan and Gluten Free options), and you can also customise your own. During the COVID-19 crisis, they’re supporting their sister business, Tivoli Road Bakery, delivering ‘Bakery Pantry Packages.’ For $75, you get a loaf of bread, pastries, granola, eggs, milk, Pepe Saya cultured butter...and a roll of toilet paper!

Sorry Thanks I Love You

Say it...with cheese! This one is for fromage lovers – the geniously-named ‘Sorry Thanks I Love You’ are offering a ‘Five Cheese Pack’ of cheeses from Bruny Island, delivered in a refrigerated pack straight to the door. These ooey, gooey wheels of awesomeness are handmade by Tasmanian cheesemaker, Nick Haddow. Need some booze to go with that? They also do wine! Honestly, we can’t think of a better way to while away those quarantine hours.

Sweet Mickie

We are absolutely OBSESSED with this sweet cookie company, who make customised or personalised cookies for delivery across Australia. Missing that someone special you used to cuddle up to? Why not send them some ‘Isolation Snack Pack Cookies’ – $49.95 gets you 12 delicious biscuits with special COVID-19-specific messages printed on them. ‘Quarantine and Chill’, anyone? Um – yes please!

Quarantine cookies for a friend? Photo: Sweet Mickie

Gift Delivery Services for Alcohol

Brewquets

Who wants a bouquet of flowers when you can get a bouquet...of beers! Say Happy Beerthday to your bestie with this carefully curated box of a dozen craft beers. Tipples include Yulli's Slick Rick's Red Ale, Feral Biggie Juice NEIPA, Capital Coast Ale, Kaiju Paradise Pils, Hop Nation The Heart Pale Ale, Wayward Berliner Berliner Weisse, Nomad South Pacific Dream Pale Ale and our personal favourite, Balter XPA. $89.99 gets you free standard delivery, or pay $10 extra for specific day delivery (though this may be difficult to guarantee in these uncertain times).

You can still spoil someone from afar on their birthday. Photo: Getty

Vinomofo

These mofo’s pride themselves on having taken “the stuffiness out of wine”, and they’re a great option if you don’t know a great deal about varieties, but want to impress with a gift of wine for someone who does. If you can’t quite stump to a dozen, check out their ‘Collaboration Case’. This includes three wines, made in collaboration with some of Vinomofo’s favourite vineyards. At the moment, the pack contains The Don Pinot Noir 2016, Mimi Flamingo Chardonnay 2017 and The General Shiraz 2016 – all for $90.

Dan Murphy’s

OK, so we all know these guys don’t specialise in gifts. But this ‘Essential Service’ might just save your bacon if you’re looking for a last-minute booze pressie. Dan’s are doing a $15 delivery deal for booze delivered within two hours. At the moment, this may be a little trickier to guarantee with courier systems at max capacity (there are also a raft of different restrictions in place for how much you can order at a time, varying by State), but if you’re in a metro area and short on time, give it a crack!

Manflower Co

Did someone say, ‘Drinkable Gift Box’? Yes, yes they did. Manflower Co specialise in creative and interesting gifts involving booze. Know a friend or family member working from home who’s failing to get much done? Why not gift them the ‘Productivity Pack’, which includes four craft beers and two ‘MiGoals A6 Get Shit Done’ notebooks. Everything is beautifully boxed and you can add your own personalised message.

Impression Gin

Quarantini, but make it good for you. Impression gin has antioxidants and collagen-stimulating ingredients. Picture: Supplied

Go straight to the source by ordering a bottle of Aussie-made gin direct from the distillery. Newly-launched Impression Gin is made with vitamin C and ‘collagen-rich botanicals’, including mangosteen, Kakadu plum and aloe vera. We’re not saying you should be encouraging your loved ones to drink their way through isolation, but if a quarantini is in order, at least they’ll have good skin to go with it.

Gift Delivery Hamper Services

The Hamper Emporium

Everyone loves a hamper. And in these times of social isolation lock-downs, there’s never been a better time to check out this great site, which features an assortment of fantastic hamper options. We particularly love their selection of ‘Pamper Hampers’, which come with an array of great iso-helpers. Choose ‘Cape Mentelle & Personalised Leather Hamper ‘and not only get a bottle of premium Australian wine and monogrammed leather keyring – but also a fluffy bathrobe! Ooh, imagine snuggling up with a glass of wine in that – bliss!

Boxt

It can be difficult to know how to express your thoughts and condolences at the best of times. But now that it’s all but impossible to attend the funeral of a loved friend or family member, sending one of these thoughtful hampers might be the only way you can show how much you care. Boxt do a selection of ‘Sympathy’ hampers featuring a range of considerate gifts like calming candles, aroma flowers, books and comfort food. They deliver Australia-wide.

Floral gift delivery services

Hello Botanical

Why not give a gift that grows? If you live in Melbourne, check out Hello Botanical’s carefully curated selection of indoor plants and botanical-themed books and presents, all available for delivery. We particularly love their ‘Self Care Package’, aptly renamed the ‘Self Isolation Package’ – it includes a Happy Society candle, Rose Bath Oil by Salus, Organic pyramid tea bags by Love Tea and heaps more yummy stuff. Add a little plant to it and you’ve got all you need to successfully self-isolate in style!

Little Succers

Don’t worry Sydney peeps – we’ve got you covered too. Little Succers are still delivering their gorgeous boxed succulents. $65 gets you a cute assortment of “succers and pricks” in a cupcake box, all boxed up with a whimsical card and delivered straight to their door. They are also delivering Aus wide now, but these are done “Ikea style”, and self-assembly is required! Order before 11am in Sydney for same-day delivery for some postcodes, or the next day if it’s after Midday.

Best flower delivery services. Photo: Getty

Gift Delivery Services For Personalised Presents

The Daily Edited

Don’t forget your COVID companions! Your car or dog deserve a gift for simply putting up with you in THEIR space 24/7! So might we suggest going all-out and getting them a tastefully monogrammed lead or collar from The Daily Edited, delivered straight to your door? We absolutely love these stunning ‘Forrest Green’ leather dog collars. Fido will look extra stylish as you take your daily iso-walk round the block.

Sheridan

Why not make it personal with a monogrammed gift from Sheridan? The haberdashery company has a special service that allows you to monogram initials into a selection of bed linen, towels, PJs, robes and eye-masks. Your friend or family member will look extra stylish on their next ZOOM conference call!

Miss Monogram

What’s not to love about a monogrammed phone case? Stylish AND functional! Miss Monogram offers a variety of different styles to suit all tastes. While you’re browsing, why not mix and match with a wallet or handbag in the same colour? Heck, get REALLY fancy by ordering a range of monogrammed ‘Inspo’ pencils for family and friends while you’re shopping. This great company delivers throughout Australia.

Gift Delivery Services To Cheer Them Up

Puzzle Post

Tried to get your mitts on a jigsaw puzzle lately? It’s all but impossible! But sign up to Puzzle Post and you can enjoy getting puzzles delivered straight to your door each and every month. Which is going to come in REAL handy the longer this lockdown goes on. You can also give a gift subscription to a loved one, which means your friend or family member can get a puzzle delivered to them either once off, or every three, six or 12 month. There are 25 puzzle categories to choose from.

Everything But Flowers

Got a friend with a little tacker at home? Spare a thought for them – libraries are closed, and by now the eight books they own have had a THRASHING. Why not gift their little one a new book (or ten) for their birthday? Our personal favourite? Zoe Foster Blake’s very funny ‘Everyone Loves A Fart’.

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