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It’s nice to give friends something over the holidays, but how do you give Christmas gifts for long distance friendships? It can be a struggle to find unique and useful gifts, especially if you have to send them to someone far away. That’s why we put together this list; so the distance can’t stop you from celebrating with your friends.
Long distance friendships come in all flavors and varieties: some are about being daily confidantes and knowing that three hours without a text means something is wrong and to alert the authorities. Some friendships are more about seeing each other once every two years and picking off exactly where you left off. Others are about coming together to solve crises and drifting back to your usual orbits. Sometimes, our friends just live on the internet, but they’re still our friends.
Fun Christmas Gifts for Long Distance Friendships
It stands to reason that whatever your flavor, there’s a correlating kind of gift that would be appropriate: Supportive. Goofy. Useful but mostly funny, and not too practical. Things you’d do together if you were on the same continent or in the same time zone but since you aren’t, and can’t, they can think of you when you use it.
Long Distance Friendship Necklace
This is a cute customizable necklace that lets you put the states where each of you live on it. This is a great way to show that friends can be all over the world, but still in our hearts.
Customized Wine Glasses
I like personalized gifts because you can say whatever you want. So, if you have fun saying just between the two of you, get these personalized wine glasses with them engraved on them.
Yoga has become very popular lately. This is because it has a plethora of benefits. However, it can be challenging to find time to rejuvenate with some Yoga, but if you give a Yoga kit, your friend is sure to get what she needs.
I seriously don’t know anyone that wouldn’t love some wine as a gift. I mean life can get stressful, and sometimes, you just need a wine and chill night. This Keep Cool Gift Basket makes the perfect wine gift for any friendship.
Long Distance Friendship Frame
A long distance friendship frame is a great way to show that no matter how far the distance, you are always together at heart. Get it personalized with your friends name, the states, and any special requests.
Friends Wine Glasses
No matter how far the distance of your relationship goes, you are never too far apart to wine together. These adorable friends wine glasses are a perfect gift and could even go with some wine, too.
Long Distance Friendship Pillow
Get your internet friend a personalized long-distance friendship pillow. You can personalize this pillow to show the cities or states apart you are, the fabric, and even the dimensions.
Partners in Crime Necklaces
I know my best friend and I are definitely “Partners in Crime.” Just because they are an internet friend doesn’t mean you can’t get together on things and be a partner in crime.
Willow Tree Friendship Keepsake Box
Keepsake boxes are something everyone needs. This Willow Tree Friendship Keepsake Box is the perfect knick-knack for an internet friend. Not only can they keep things that remind them of you in the box, but it makes a great decor piece.
Engraved Wooden Coaster
Trust me, coasters are great because even if you have them, they always end up disappearing when you need them. This engraved coaster is a great way to share the love of your friendship especially if you met by being colleagues.
Whether you are far apart or just can’t see each other every day, you can still have coffee together. These “Having coffee together” spoons remind your friend you love them every morning when they have their cup of coffee.
I love my soft, comfy, and fluffy socks! Socks make great gifts all around. But, these socks are perfect because they let everyone in the house know that your friend needs some wine.
This “Friendship knows no distance” poster is a perfect home decor gift. It shows your friend that no matter how far apart you are, distance will never be an obstacle.
It’s striking how much more useful than a tray that sets on the bed this is when you’re sick in bed and need to have fluids and other necessities within reach that don’t get in the way of rolling over and going back to sleep!
Dash Mini Maker
Foolishly, I once thought these kinds of mini makers were best for singlets. How wrong I was! They’re great for anyone who occasionally has a massive craving for waffles and doesn’t want to haul out the huge double wafflemaker and go through the whole big production.
Whiskware Pancake Art Kit
Not just for kids, this pancake art kit makes breakfast a little more fun for everyone. Just add chocolate chips!
Auto Escape Tool
Do they drive a lot and live near water? Don’t let them get caught without an escape tool in the glovebox.
Baker’s Edge Nonstick Edge Brownie Pan
Some among us live for the edge pieces, and for them, this pan was created.
Sous Vide Precision Cooker
One doesn’t have to be a culinary expert to enjoy tinkering with this – it’s surprisingly easy to work with and produces mouthwatering delights.
Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Smart Notebook
Gadget fans will love this new version of paper and pen that doesn’t actually require the use of paper or pen or retyping their notes at a later date.
Personal Evaporative Air Cooler and Humidifier/Portable Air Conditioner
Many people live where a full air conditioner is impractical for space reasons, or cost reasons, but still experience extreme heat a few days a year. This little gadget wards off heat stroke on tough sweaty days.
White Noise Sound Machine
Insomniacs are among us. From them, I’ve heard rave reviews for these white noise machines that ease anxious or otherwise non-somnolent minds to rest.
Wi-Fi Pet Camera & Treat Dispenser
For pet owners who enjoy interacting with their pets and dispensing surprise treats when they’re forced to be apart during the work day. I’m tempted to say it’d be a fun training tool too when you have a newer pet who needs to learn to come when called. You could even use it to give your friend’s pet some treats over a long distance, how cute!
Portable LED Solar Lantern
For the eco conscious, this simple solar lantern is economical, waterproof, lightweight and space-saving. It only takes a little more than 4 hours to recharge 80% of the batteries, and is also perfect for places that lose power often.
Honey Soles Bear Natural Sheepskin Insoles
Made with real sheepskin, these insoles are intended to be trimmed to fit, and includes foam for shock absorption and low arch support. These seem best for those who tromp around in the bitter cold.
Sink Drain Protector
Occasionally me and my long distance friend swap stories about how bad that hairball clogging the drain was and so far the clear winner is a friend with 30 inches of hair that he fished out of the depths of their tub. Even I was a little grossed out by that.
This is a neat substance – a moldable glue that turns into rubber when it’s cured. While some of the uses could be served with other household goods, this one item serves many uses. It’s my kind of doodad to have around the house.
Fujifilm Instax Mini
This mini is the updated throwback to the Polaroid camera which I clearly remember using in 1998. The fun of having a photo develop right in front of you hasn’t gone away even in this digital age. Now they can send you even more pictures!
Mouse Pad Wrist Rest
I confess to having a soft spot for furry four-legged creatures of the domestic variety and therefore find this both funny and useful. Perfect if you and your long distance friend spend a lot of time talking on the computer!
Book lovers with colds unite and sneeze over by this tissue box! The upside to long distance friendships, though, is no spreading illnesses that usually happen around Christmas. There has to be some perk, right?
While I know my own pets wouldn’t be interested in this, I know at least three cats and one small dog who would adore camping in their own living rooms from an elevated tent perch. If you’re as attached to your long distance friend’s pets are you are them this is the perfect Christmas gift idea.
Vintage Style Storage Trunks
Excellent old-timey storage for bedding and towels or clothing. If you have the floor space in bedrooms and bathrooms, these are both elegant and practical.
Emails and texts are amazing tools to keep in touch from afar but there’s nothing like the personal touch of handwritten snail mail and the accouterments thereof. Writing a note, sealing it up, adding the postage and stamping your address on the outside is all part of a keeping in touch ritual that we still enjoy today.
Coffee mugs make great gifts, but this tumbler mug is perfect for those friends who are “Miles apart yet still close at heart.”
Love You Friend Coloring Book
It has only been recently that adults have realized the benefits of adult coloring. This love you friend coloring book is the perfect anti-stress coloring book for friends.
Embedded in glass with a metal frame and a friendship charm, this Butterfly suncatcher is a super cute wind chime. Wind chimes make excellent gifts for friends in both houses and apartments with a balcony.
Golden Girls Friend Book
The Golden Girls really taught us the true meaning of friendship didn’t they?! This Golden Girls Friend book gives your friend everything she needs to know about life according to the fearless wisdom of the Golden Girls!
Thankful For You Keychain
Do you have one of those friends that you can curse with and just have a funny relationship? If you do, this Thankful Bitch Keychain is definitely going to win your friend over. Just expect to get something just as funny.
I Love You Friends Blanket
An I Love You Friends Blanket makes a great gift for the fall months or those cold winter months. If your friend works from home, this is the perfect throw for her to use while she sips her coffee and works on her computer in the morning.
Forever Friends Figurine
This figurine is so cute! It is a great way for your friend to look around the house and see how much you care each and every day. They remind me of the Willow Tree Figurines.
Trimmed Box Sign
Two friends are like the smallest gang in town, but if you would do anything for each other, then a gang you are. This cute Trimmed Box Sign shows just how incredible your gang is.
If you have the kind of friend that doesn’t expect you to be prim and proper all the time, this is the perfect gift. Why?! Because, sometimes you just want to say it…
What will you send to your far away friends this Christmas?