From flowers, to chocolate to an exciting delivery for kids, treat yourself or someone special to a surprise in the post

The days blur into one another during lockdown, but getting an unexpected delivery can inject some fun into your time at home. Rather than browsing endlessly online, support a business you love and sign up for a subscription service. There are lots of options out there, from designer stationery or socks, to artisan food and beauty hampers. Here are some gorgeous options to order for yourself or to gift to someone you love.

Papergang

Papergang is a monthly stationery subscription box by the people behind Ohh Deer. You will receive a delivery of designer stationery and notebooks worth £20-£40, plus added discounts and subscriber perks. Plus, a tree is planted for every four boxes sold. (From £14/approx €16 rolling subscription, plus shipping, papergang.com)

Bumblebee Flower Farm

A €150 subscription gets you three bouquets, delivered weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Something lovely to brighten up the home, or make someone else’s week, during lockdown. (€150 for three bouquets, bumblebeeflowerfarm.ie)

Sock Fancy

If you like your socks to be playful and of great quality, then a Sock Fancy subscription could put a pep in your step. Simply sign up for a monthly order and receive two or three cool new pair of socks in the post every month. Perfect for people who like practical presents too. (From $19.95/approx €16.50) with free shipping, sockfancy.com)

Purcell & Woodcock

The P&W Fragrance Club subscription delivers a surprise box filled with home fragrances to enjoy. All Purcell & Woodcock candles are lead-free, handpoured with a pure soya wax, and the diffusers are handblended with an alcohol-free renewable base. (€85 for a three month subscription, purcellandwoodcock.com)

The Book Resort

Each box will have a new book, a large bar of chocolate and a small artisan gift from a small Irish business, or create your own custom order. (From €33 per month, thebookresort.ie)

Bean & Goose

The Bean & Goose Tasting Club is a monthly delivery of two 70g bars, a once off bar from the Bean Lab and one bar from the core range. (From €45 for a three month subscription, beanandgoose.ie)

Paddington’s Postcard

This is a lovely idea for kids bored at home during lockdown. UNICEF has enlisted the help of Paddington Bear to help teach young people about different countries around the world, and what life is like for young people there. Children receive a personalised postcard and some surprises each month. (€12 a month, unicef.ie)

Birch Box

This popular box has long been a hit with beauty fans. Receive a monthly delivery of five beauty products, giving you the chance to discover new brands and trial new products. (From £12.95/approx €14.80 including shipping, birchbox.co.uk)

January 2021 Birchbox

Sniph

Receive a new 8ml scent each month, chosen for you by scent experts. You will get to learn all about the world of perfume and discover scents that appeal to you. (From £14 a month/approx €15.81, sniph.co.uk)

Irish Country Magazine

Subscribe to Irish Country Magazine for the year and receive your copy in the post, plus gain full access to the digital archive online. (€35, irishcountrymagazine.ie)