THE colder weather ushers in a wave of sniffles and bugs.

If you have a friend who has been unwell or perhaps a family member is feeling a little blue, sending a care box is a thoughtful way to lift their spirits.

And it doesn’t have to cost a lot — here’s how to put together a package of goodies without blowing your budget.

CUP OF WELLNESS: Lemon and ginger help fight coughs and colds. Tesco has lemon- and-ginger infusion tea for £1, making it the perfect addition to any care box.

Or you could put in some effervescent vitamin C tablets, which are great for anyone feeling run down — Sainsbury’s is selling packs for £1.

REST WELL: Self-care starts with sleep. Wilko’s Derma V10 lavender pillow spray, £1.50, helps to relax and calm the senses to induce rest.

You can also add a facemask to the box. Superdrug sells single packs of the detoxing skincare product for 99p.

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TIME TO RELAX: Taking a bath soothes aching joints. The Range has Elysium Spa Epsom salts for £1.29, which have antiseptic healing properties to de-stress and detoxify.

A hot-water bottle is another way to ease pains. The Range has ribbed ones for £2.99 or Argos’s mini-fleece hot-water bottles are currently on offer at £4.

SEND WITH LOVE: With little uplifting messages on each sweet, Love Hearts are a treat to finish a care box. Tesco has packs for 20p.

You could also add some chocolate, which cheers up almost anyone. A small Dairy Milk Freddo costs 25p from most super- markets, or you could chuck in a bigger sharing bar for £1.

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You will then need to pack all your items into a gift box. Create your own by covering an old delivery or shoe box in wrapping paper.

Asda sells rolls of wrapping paper from 50p, which you can then use again.

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