If your friend or loved one is socially distancing, beginning to feel the effects of quarantine, or if they have COVID-19, they could probably use a boost in morale. You can give them that boost with a “quarantine gift box,” perfect for staying safe and healthy at home.
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From essentials that can save a trip to the store to self-care bundles for some much-needed pampering, we’ll list some of our recommendations for pre-made quarantine care packages below.
We’ll let you know where you can create and purchase personalized gift boxes, as well as how you can send a pre-made quarantine care package.
How to Send a Personalized Quarantine Gift Box
Sending a personalized quarantine gift box can make your gift even more meaningful. You can choose which items you want to add or subtract from the box based on what your family member or friend will love most.
If you want to send a personalized gift box to a person or family, whether they have COVID-19 or they’re in quarantine, here are some ways you can do it.
1. Care Crate
Care Crate is an online store that lets you send custom care packages to your loved one, wherever they might be. You just pick a package theme and customize it with the items you like the most. Then you add a thoughtful message, which the company can write by hand on the card of your choice.
Care Crate donates at least $2 from every care package purchase to a nonprofit organization, and you can choose to donate more if you want to. So by purchasing a customized care package with Care Crate, you’re also giving to someone in need.
Care Crate delivers your care package directly to the recipient, so you don’t have to worry about any additional steps.
For a quarantine care package, Care Crate has an option called “Iso-Crate,” which includes the following:
- Mom's Stuff natural salve to nourish skin and soothe ailments
- Small wooden "tumbling tower game" or colorful 300-500 piece puzzle
- Original print with an inspirational phrase (5x7")
- Yummy treat (Swedish Fish, Lindt Chocolates, and other options)
- Card from Rifle Paper Co. or Whitton and White or a holiday card from Graphic Anthology
When you check out, you customize which game, treat, and card you want to include and fill in the card message you’d like to write.
A variety of independent sellers and small businesses on Etsy offer customizable quarantine care packages. They can include everything from plants and scented candles to candy and hand sanitizer.
One example, from seller NaturalSucculents, features a card reading, “Sending you a socially distanced hug,” a scented candle, and a succulent. You get to choose the candle’s scent, as well as add-ons like jewelry and bath bombs. You can also add a personalized gift message.
Another example, the “Box of Sunshine” from seller Dandelion Station, includes the following:
- Personalized card
- Yellow shredded filler
- Gourmet popcorn
- Large Pineapple Sponge
- Fuzzy smiley face bouncy ball
- Freeze-dried pineapple
- Sunflower kernels
- Rubber ducky
- Rock Candy Sucker
- Butterscotch candies
And you can customize the gift box by adding any of these items:
- Sweet Grass Farms Tangerine Mint Shea Butter Lotion
- Sweet Grass Farms Tangerine Mint Soy Candle
- Sunshine Necklace
- Pineapple socks
- You Are My Sunshine mini music box
- You Are My Sunshine Wish Bracelet
Knack offers a host of ready-made gift boxes that would be perfect for someone in quarantine. But it also offers a unique “gift-builder” that lets you build your own gift box using the items they have on offer.
You choose a box theme, such as the following (this isn’t a full list of the available themes, but these might be good themes for a quarantine gift box):
- Care package
- Coffee or tea
- Family game night
- Give back
Knack also offers gift boxes with the themes of “minority-owned” and “woman-owned,” so you can support growing businesses with your purchase.
4. Happy Box
Happy Box is a women-owned startup that lets you build a gift box from the bottom up.
You start by choosing the box design, and then you add in the items you like the most. Their gift categories for the items you can put in the box include:
- Candy and treats
- For him
- Happy hour
- Tea and coffee
For a quarantine-themed box, you can pick things like body butter and bath bombs, “Cup of Love” tea, sheet masks, and cozy sweaters and socks.
If you can’t find exactly the right combination of gifts in a customizable or ready-made gift box (see below), you can always put one together yourself.
You could start from scratch and create your own completely original quarantine gift box from items you buy online or at the store. Or you can have a gift box delivered to your own address and add items to it before sending it along to your recipient.
Make sure you wash your hands before handling items that you’ll be sending to a loved one in quarantine or who’s socially distancing.
How to Send a Ready-Made Quarantine Gift Box
If you want to keep things simple, you can send your loved one a pre-made quarantine gift box.
These are boxes that have already been designed to suit the needs of someone in quarantine, and they might be just right for your friend, family member, or co-worker.
Here’s where you can find ready-made quarantine gift boxes and send them to someone you care about.
6. Spoonful of Comfort
You might not be able to make your loved one a bowl of hearty soup to help them feel better during COVID-19. Luckily, Spoonful of Comfort was created specifically to overcome that obstacle before the pandemic even began.
The company offers a range of soothing and comforting care packages that can help your recipient feel like they’re wrapped up in a warm hug.
For example, the “Chicken Noodle Soup Package” includes:
- 64 oz. jar of soup
- ½ dozen Bacci rolls
- ½ dozen cookies
- Festive ladle
- Personalized notecard (added at checkout)
- Colorful, custom packaging
Eskell offers upscale, themed gift boxes that might suit your loved one’s more refined tastes. Many of them also have a lighthearted vibe that can help cheer people up in isolation.
For example, the company has a “Fast Food Gift Set” that might help your recipient feel like they’re dining out at home. It includes the following items:
- Dogs and Mustard Turquoise Socks
- Donut Ornaments - Set of 4
- Food and Drink Quiz Game
Eskell also offers a “Life is Gouda Gift Set” for the cheese-lovers in your life who might be missing their charcuterie boards. It includes:
- Cheese Puzzle
- Frond Impressions Porcelain Serving Board
- Rustic Cheese Knives - Set of 3
Courtage is a wine and lifestyle brand that wants to help you and your loved ones stay sane (and classy) during quarantine. To facilitate that, they created a “Stay at Home Essentials” gift box that you can send to your loved ones.
- Two bottles each of Le Grand Courtâge Blanc de Blancs Brut, Brut Rosé, and Très Chic Rosé
- An assortment of 15 mini chocolates
- Three bags of popcorn
- Ten mini-alcohol cleansing hand wipes
- One jumbo roll of Toilet Paper (1700 sheets)
- Feel-good movie list
The only problem is that this popular package is frequently sold out.
9. Milk Bar
If your gift box recipient has a sweet tooth, you can stick to delicious edible treats for your care package. Milk Bar has numerous enticing care package options, including cookie tins, pies, and truffle assortments.
You could send a care package that’s pumpkin pie-themed or send a holiday cookie sampler.
And if you want to forgo the cookies, pies, and truffles, you could even just send your loved one an entire cake.
For an especially unique, ready-made quarantine gift box, consider crystals and sage. Astara offers a Restore Kit that can help your loved one cleanse their space of bad vibes and start fresh. The kit includes the following:
- 1 Abalone Shell
- 1 5" Selenite
- 5" Sustainably Harvested Juniper Smudge Bundle
- 4" Sustainably Harvested Mt. Shasta Sage Bundle
- 2 Sustainably Harvested 5" Palo Santo Sticks
Astara states that its curated collection of crystals and cleansing herbs are for both body and space rejuvenation. It may help facilitate “emotional healing and releasing fears, stress, or anxiety,” which we could all use during COVID-19 quarantine.
Supporting Each Other in Quarantine
Humans are naturally social creatures (even introverts). So it’s not surprising that social distancing and quarantine take a toll on our mental health. And this fact is especially true if we’re coping with an illness like COVID-19 without the in-person care of family and friends.
It’s important to stay connected through video calls, phone conversations, and even (socially-distanced) gift-giving to combat feelings of isolation. And while you may not be there to take care of a loved one in person if they have COVID-19, you can send support from afar.
We hope that the ideas listed above have made it easier for you to support the people in your life during social distancing and quarantine.