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10 easy ways to cheer up your mates in Melbourne

Got friends doing it tough in Melbourne? Send a little love through the letterbox to cheer them up.

Ship a cookie survival pack

Earl Canteen can now get you major brownie (well, cookie) points with your Melbourne mates. Send something from the bake at home range, like the iconic cookie dough logs. The famous flavours included salted choc chip, raspberry ripple, vegan options and more. They even come in gigantic 7-serve bundles, with an extra log thrown in for free.

A chocolate chip cookie on a pan

Earl cookies

Mulled wine by the litre

More delivery cocktails are being served through Bar Clara’s online operation, Scarlet & Clove. Gift them mulled wine, espresso martinis, pineapple daquiris and more.  Getting thirsty? Interstate shipping is a flat $10 rate, so order up.

Join the Bubble Tea Club

When you visit your Melbourne mates, milk tea dates are a must. Let them recreate the best boba times at home and order a kit from Bubble Tea Club. The crew sends everything you need for an authentic milky or fruity tea to your door. Order flavours like honey dew, taro, thai milk tea and the OG brown sugar milk tea (plus heaps more). That includes tea bags, creamer, sweetener, boba, popping pearls and even paper straws. And JSYK, they ship nationally.

Become long distance plant parents

Working from home can get lonely – so why not buy a new friend for their office? Studies have shown that greenery can reduce stress and increase productivity, so there really are no downsides. Head to Folia House for some interesting and beautiful options, including this towering umbrella plant.

Bar crawl 7 hidden haunts at home

Help your friends two-fold when you send them the Melbourne Mixtape cocktail pack. Not only will they get a lush delivery of 7 single serve artisan cocktails, but all profits go to some of our best local bars. So they can sip away at home during Stage 4, then return to their fave watering holes when they reopen. Make sure they have plenty of good food to pair with their nightly cocktail and order an iso indulgence pack to go with it.

A laneway with street art and a small door leading to a bar

Bar Americano’s hidden door is heading to your doorstep

Beat boredom with puzzles and political Guess Who

Feminist maker’s store, Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Shop, is delivering an awesome range of games and puzzles through lockdown. Gift them a jigsaw that is part puzzle fun, part amazing artwork. Try the 500 piece view of Tokyo or this serene Scottish scene. The illustrated guess the politician game is a surefire lockdown lol too. Best part? They ship interstate – just in case you need a little something something.

Sign up for an intergalactic water colour class

Bob Ross meets Neil deGrasse Tyson in this online craft session. For 14 bucks the Laneway Learning crew will guide you on an hour long water colour voyage through space. Watch as your stress melts away with each starry brush stroke. Book yourself and a buddy into one of these creative online classes and zen out, together.

Shower them with a bathroom wine holster

A knock off drop and a soothing shower or luxurious bath is one thing Melburnians can still enjoy unrestricted. Combine the best of both worlds and gift them this stylish vino holster. The best part? It has a gripping silicone surface, so no need for screws, glues or suctions cups. Available from Top3 by Design and Miei Fiori.

A glass of wine in the shower

Unwind with wine. Pic via Top3 by Design.

All things chocolate: cocoa kits, vegan treats and street art inspired blocks

When in doubt, choose chocolate. Double down with Mork’s hot choc kits and King & Godfree’s Dolci Box. Then there’s chocolate coated pretzels from The Chocolate Box and Kinfolk’s range of ethical choccy delights. If you love the laneways so much you just want to eat them, Chocomama’s Hosier Lane chocolate bar is brushed with colour, just like the real thing.

Deliver a DIY day spa

Nothing melts the muscles and lifts the spirits quite like a luxurious day spa. Why not help them create their own at home? Start with some aromatherapy from Perfect Potion to let the mind drift. Pop lemongrass bath salts from Metascent on the list for a soothing soak, or treat them to the best-selling ultimate luxury pamper pack. Repair tired skin with a korean sheet mask from MIN the label. Then send them off into sweet dreams with a spritz of pillow perfume from Essensorie. Can’t choose? Let the body and skincare experts at Soyful Soaprises surprise you when you send a mystery box filled with best sellers.

A candle and a mug on a caddy over a bath

Soothe stress and send self care