You’ve heard the phrase “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” but what about the oft-forgot follow-up: “but gifts make it easier to bear”?
Everyone enjoys a little token of appreciation, especially loved ones you rarely see. If you’re looking to strengthen an already-unbreakable bond, try one of these four gift ideas to send your long-distance friend!
#1 Custom Stickers That Embody Your Friendship
People love stickers because they help personalize your belongings! Whether it’s your water bottle, laptop, or even your walls, a few fun stickers can turn anything from meh to mine.
Getting custom stickers printed will make a fun surprise for your long-distance friend. Some unique ideas for the ultimate BFF stickers include:
- An inside joke
- A drawing you did for them
- A cute picture of the two of you
- A personalized message
Long-distance tip: Write letters to each other that are sealed with your stickers to show how much you’re using them!
#2 A Special Gift Basket Delivery
A surprise gift basket is a great long-distance gift, especially if you’re looking for birthday delivery ideas. The type of basket you pick will depend on your friend’s personality, but there’s a ton to choose from. Some popular options include:
- Gourmet fruit
- Baked goods
- Spa products
Paying for delivery directly to their door will show how much you care, and it’s certain to brighten up their day no matter what the occasion is.
Long-distance tip: Place your order before 2:00 p.m. to get same-day delivery! This is great for a last-minute gift idea, especially for birthdays and holidays.
#3 Friendship Lamps That Bring You Together
This gift idea is on the pricier side, but it’s so worth it for those who take their long-distance friendships seriously.
Friendship lamps come in a set of two, and each friend sets one up in their home. By tapping the top of the lamp, you’ll be able to change the color of the light. The best part? This also changes the color of your friend’s lamp. This simple gesture will help you feel more connected to your friend and make the distance between you seem more manageable. After all, you may be far away, but you can still control something right next to them!
Long-distance tip: The lamps come in a set of two, but you can also purchase them separately so each one can be sent to a different address.
#4 Play Jackbox Together
The Jackbox Party Pack is, well, a pack of party games! It’s competitive, silly, and perfect for long-distance friendships. The game is available for most popular gaming platforms, including:
- Nintendo Switch
- Xbox One
- PlayStation 4
- Smart TVs (Amazon Fire, Apple, and Android)
Once you have the game, it’s simple to play. You head over to Jackbox.TV on your phone and log in with the code displayed in the game. From there, you choose a nickname, and then you’re ready to play this fun, distance-friendly game with your friend no matter how far away they are.
Long-distance tip: When playing with a long-distance friend, have them share their screen on Skype or Zoom so you feel like you’re together.
Distance Means Nothing to True Friends
If you’re in a long-distance friendship, you know that nothing can come between you—except for maybe a few thousand miles, but who’s counting?
These gift ideas are the perfect way to show your loved one that miles mean nothing when you have such a strong connection! Whether you want your gift to be creative, fun, or ultra-thoughtful, any of these presents will send the message that you miss your LDBFF (long-distance BFF, duh).