Gifts for the Far-Away Friends & Family

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I have lived and traveled all over the country, which means that I have friends and people I care about all over the country (really, they exist all over the world but you get my point). When the holiday season rolls around, I love being able to take the time to let those I care about know how much they mean to me in even the most simple ways.

One of my least favorite things is standing at the post office with a stack of gifts, especially when shipping can easily end up just as expensive as the gift itself, but when it comes to gifts, I like to get creative and come up with things that I think my friends will truly enjoy and fits with their personality and interests.

Here’s an idea for some of my far-away friends…



Handwritten Card or Note

Obviously, you all know that one of my goals for 2016 has been to write a handwritten note or card every month. It seems so simple, but it really helps me feel connected to friends and family all across the country, in a simple yet meaningful way. This is no different at the holidays. I always love when friends and family send Christmas cards and share a note or letter about what’s happened in the last year, that I may have otherwise missed.


I think we often think of flowers for birthdays or Mother’s Day, but I love flowers year-round. Whether they are fresh or potted plant, they bring so much life to my space.

Gift Cards

I feel like people always talk about gift cards not being “personal” but actually I don’t think that’s always the case. If you have a friend who always shops at a specific store or you know their favorite restaurant or coffee shop, you can get them a gift card they can use there. If you have a friend who’s a fashionista or looking to rebuild her wardrobe, get them a Stitch Fix gift card!

Admittedly, I’ve been wearing a lot of the same clothes for years and there are definitely some pieces that I just need to toss, donate and replace, so if Stitch Fix was under my tree this year, I’d be stoked!

Stuffed Stockings

You know those super tiny stockings you can buy? They’re usually in the dollar section and they’re so fun to stuff with cute little knick knacks, nail polish, or even a gift card. Sure, you still have to ship something, but since they’re super small, you can pack and ship them in a padded envelope for super cheap!

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What gift ideas do you have for friends and family who may be far away?

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6 thoughts on “Gifts for the Far-Away Friends & Family

  1. Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Great ideas! I love the idea of a handwritten note and stocking stuffers! I also think that if you wanted to spend a little more on a gift for someone far away, they have wine and beer of the month clubs you could set up to be sent to them. OR something like omaha steaks that delivers a gourmet meal to them!

  2. Neely

    Giftcards are always a winner. I tend to send my friends Starbucks and Amazon because who can’t use those?

  3. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    I live far away from all my family and friends! I think subscription boxes have been really great gift ideas. It goes directly to their e-mail and then they can set up the frequency at which to receive the items. This year, I’m getting my cousin SaloonBox. Have you heard of it?
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