How to celebrate World Friendship Day
Give flowers (that give back)
A botanical bouquet may be the obvious choice – who doesn’t appreciate flowers? – but when you select the Florist’s Pick bunch from Bloom & Wild 15% of the profits will also be donated to The National Emergencies Trust. We also love Petalon’s choice of two beautiful bouquets per week created with seasonal blooms to reduce waste and sent via carbon neutral courier to treat someone extra special.
The foodie treat
The phrase ‘comfort food’ has never felt more poignant than in the last four months but the treats aren’t over yet! Send Doughnut Time’s DIY Doughnut Home Kit to a friend and not only will they love you forever, they’ll have fun decorating them too. For afternoon tea traditionalists, a Betty’s of Harrogate hamper ticks all boxes (and we have it on good authority that our Lifestyle Ambassador Sarah Carr is a fan of a Betty’s Fat Rascal).
Get creative together
One to book now and enjoy together at a later date (you can buy vouchers online) Earl of East’s Stay At Home Candle Making Workshops have gone down a storm with creative types during lockdown (they just won a Time Out Magazine Time In Award). Sign up in advance and they’ll send you everything you need to create a gorgeous botanical soy wax candle, guided by their expert host via Zoom, all in the comfort of your own home.
The (socially distanced) nature walk
For those that are able to get together in person, why not plan a socially distanced walk and picnic? You could even invite furry friends too. We know from our research that getting out into nature is a great way to improve your mood and reduce stress, as well as helping you to keep fit and healthy. For inspiration, check out our guided audio walks with Go Jauntly narrated by our Ethnobotanist James Wong – just be sure to check the website and social media pages of your chosen destination for any temporary restrictions they may have in place before you set out.
Create a playlist in their honour
With music festivals on hold for the foreseeable future now is the perfect opportunity to dust off your DJ skills and make your friends a playlist packed with favourite tracks to make them smile, or brand new music you think they’ll love. How you do it is up to you – an old school CD compilation sent in the post, or use Spotify to send a link to your curated playlist online. Not sure where to start? We love this Brazilian playlist by DJ Giles Peterson for instant summer escapism.