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5 ways to cheer up your parents from home

Call the mums and dads in your life. Have a chat, crack a joke. It’s tough being stuck inside. Here are five remote gestures to keep them comfy.

1. Order them an Earl Canteen care pack

Save Ma and Pa from tuna penne four nights in a row. Earl’s home delivered support packs are 95% Aussie produce and full of favourites. Make ham and cheese toasties for brekkie and chicken and hummus grain salad for lunch. Then heat up beef and red pepper meatballs for tea. Yum. There’s even a cookie dough roll to get baking in their spare time.

Vego or gluten free? Get in touch with Earl Canteen. Keep an eye out – they’re rolling out new packs and add-ons (did someone say coffee?). Order online by 2pm for next day delivery, within a 20km of the city. All this for $125, including delivery.

A selection of groceries including bread, cheese ham, dips, meatballs and granola

Earl favourites pack

2. Surprise them with some good books

A good read is always a welcome distraction. With some libraries closed, treat your parents to a new paperback, delivered direct. Shop online at Readings, Dymocks, Hill of Content and The Paperback Bookshop. Readings Carlton is also offering free delivery in Melbourne. Catering for niche interests? Books for Cooks does what it says on the box. Try World Food Books and Wayward Books for art and design. Kay Craddock for rarities and Metropolis for something quirky. Or a stack of magazines from Magnation is always a winner.

A person walking past a bookshop window display

Hill of Content

3. Sort out their groceries

For fresh fruit and veg, cheese and vino, David Jones food hall and Broad Bean grocer have plenty of produce to take away. Out of pasta? Prefer home delivery? Stock up deli delicacies from Spring Street Grocer through Deliveroo. Shop fresh tortillas and more Mexican produce from La Tortilleria and El Cielo. And treat them to Treats from Home and Mork hot chocolate.

Fresh produce, sauces, jams and spices on the shelves in a shop

Stock up at Spring Street Grocer’s online deli

4. Order them coffee

Not being able to go out for coffee is a true bummer. But premium Melbourne roasted beans on your doorstep? Things are looking up. Here’s a rundown of who delivers: Quists have been roasting since 1938, so they know what they’re doing. Melbourne darlings Seven Seeds and Sensory Lab have plenty of online options. Just pick your roast. Check out Vertue‘s weekly roast if you can’t decide. Charlie Lovett‘s signature blend is something special. McIver’s have your tea options covered too. So do T2 (Melbourne Breakfast comes recommended).

5. Send them flowers

Nothing says thinking of you, better than blooms. Order an autumnal bouquet online from Pollon – or shop with Queen Street Flower Co and Melbourne Flower Merchant for rainbows of roses. Buy a bunch from Grattans Flowers and add a box of chocolates. QnFlowers also do peace lilies and cute glass terrariums online. Perfect for some much needed indoor greenery.

The interior of a floral shop with lots of bouquets of flowers on display and on shelves

Pollon Flowers

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