From baking kits to spa sets, whisky tastings to men’s grooming, cocktail boxes to wellness experiences, we’ve hand picked a few of our faves.
Not everyone is locked down, but more of us are spending time at home. And hey, the rule of six is a teeny bit restrictive. So here’s some things to do at home, online, with friends, or on your tod.
1. Pizza in a box to your door
No, we don’t mean delivery pizza. We mean the fun of making a pizza, with all the basic, traditional ingredients delivered in a box. The boxes come with balls of dough to make the base, plus tomato sauce, fresh basil, mozzarella, parmesan etc.
The best bit here is that you get great pizza ingredients. And then get to add your own toppings without breaking the bank. Call us old-fashioned but we don’t think adding olives and extra cheese to a pizza should cost the best part of a tenner on top. Fun to do as a group, fun with famalam. And stand away from that pineapple.
Comes in two sizes –
The Due – for two at £17.50
The Famiglia – for four @ £27.50
2. Cocktail making and exclusive masterclass online
There’s quite a few box kits out there with the ingredients for specific cocktails, with a recipe card included. But this one is a bit different, and we love it. Watch the video.
We like this because it comes with an online masterclass. Learn how to make it like a pro, with a proper class from a highly experienced cocktail master! Great fun to do as a group online. Love that they offer non-alcoholic options too, as it’s Stoptober.
You pay for the class, which is £100 for 45 minutes, but obviously you can split the cost with chums.
Use your own ingredients, or they have box kits starting from £30
3. Make your own Indian feast – spice kits and recipe box
Everything you need to make an authentic Indian feast at home. The kit includes a recipe booklet to start you off, and six exclusive spice blends, created specifically by Mandira. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Gluten, nut and preservative free.
The kit contains onion bhaji masala, chicken or meat masala, Bombay potato masala, chilli masala, chai masala and garam masala. Cook up a Ruby in your bubble.
Spice kits £21
4. Messy Halloween baking, with little kids (or big kids)!
This is a really fun activity bundle for Halloween, complete with a spooky mummy biscuit baking kit, monster slime popcorn kit, and monster biscuit bag craft activity. Each box fits though your letterbox and comes with everything you need to make monster slime and spooky biscuits, as well as a kit for decorating.
Fun with friends, but probably more fun with little fingers. Something to muck about with the children or grandchildren.
Halloween Activity Bundle £19.99
5. Whisky Festival in a Box, with tasting boxes
This is a fairly large scale event and one for those who love a drop of malt or peat or whatever. It’s a three day festival with tastings classes online, but also quizzes and other stuff. Everything will be available online and for free all weekend. But if you want to join in the tastings, you buy a box for £35 for one of the sessions.
The boxes include six whiskies, a tasting glass, can of Larkfire Wild Water for Whisky, a pin badge, and a pipette. Themed tasting sessions include Scotch whiskies, Asian whiskies, world whiskies etc. A whisky lover’s dream. If you miss it live you can watch it afterwards.
Whisky Festival in a Box, 16 – 18 October 2020
6. Luxey grooming kit for men – because good hands are important
It’s not just women who like to look and feel good. Treat your hands to a bit of love – especially as you’re washing them so much more.
This kit includes things like hand scrub and cream; grooming items such as clippers, scissors, tweezers etc; and a nifty little pouch. Maybe not exactly a party in a box, but a box to prepare you for a party!
Available from Boots – the Champneys Men Deluxe Grooming Kit £14
7. Cove Vodka cocktails in a box – Cosmos or Royales?
Nice and straightforward, this is cocktail combos in a box. We loved the look of a few of these cocktail boxes and kits. But came down in favour of the Cosmo, or maybe the Royale. We like it classic and classy, what can we say? Also how cute are those little bottles of Cointreau?!
We say try a few of these kits with friends, either online or together in the flesh. Not exactly challenging, but fun, and quality ingredients.
Cove Cocktails Cosmopolitan Kit – contains enough for four cocktails £30
8. ESPA – the full body pampering experience in a kit
Literally launching today (2 October), this is the ultimate in spa at home luxury. Those that know, know that ESPA is guaranteed to make you feel magical. And this collection includes an embarrassment of riches. Spa night at home with girlfriends? Absolutely perfect for this. Crack open the champagne and revel in the goodies, which include body polish, serum, hair mask, Gua Sha tool for massage, plenty of creams… grownup sleepover anyone?
Create a sanctuary at home from top to toe – The Complete Retreat Collection £180
9. And relax, with this gentle box of relaxing goodies
If you’re looking for something a bit more holistic and relaxing, this is the one for you. Particularly if you fancy a bit of me-time. The box contents have been selected to give you seven ways to reduce stress, relax the mind and soothe a tired body.
The box contains a wellbeing rollerball, heated eye mask, rose quartz crystal, singing bowls download and mint tea. Something to take along to your small yoga group perhaps, or just indulge yourself with at home. Ommm.
RRP £25 available from
10. Make your own gin with botanicals
Missing your favourite gin bar? Did you know it’s pretty easy to make your own gin blend at home, champions? This box comes with a recipe booklet and a bunch of fragrant botanical ingredients in little tins. Which you can use for garnishing your already-made gin, or make your own. Everything you need is included.
Gin Botanicals Tin with 7 Botanicals, £24.99
11 Time of Your Life beauty boxes
TOYL is a beauty subscription box created specifically for mature skin. Packed with beauty products, specifically chosen for our age group and themed to meet your beauty needs throughout the year, TOYL is unique. The luxey, high quality contents are always worth over £100, and each month you receive products relevant to the time of year. From a shake-up of skincare in the Autumn, to travel products in May, glamour in December and home spa for January.
Monthly box subscription only £35, cancel any time