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Thoughtful Gifts for Love and Friendship Across the Miles

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With Love, From Me to You

If this dumpster fire of a year has proven anything, it’s that friends, lovers, and other special relationships matter more than ever, no matter how far apart you may be. Bridge the distance by sending that special someone a gift that lets them know how much they mean to you.

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Social Distancing Gift Box for Friends
Etsy

Social Distancing Gift Box for Friends

$25 from Etsy
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Has 2020 made it hard to see your far-away friend or lover? If that's the case, they will certainly appreciate this gift set, which includes a number of sweet items that will let them know how much you miss them.

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Amazon
PopSocket
Amazon

PopSocket

$10 from Amazon
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The PopSocket collapsible grip sticks to the back of a device, making it easier to hold. It also serves as a stand or those long late-night video calls to tell each other good night.

Leather Bracelet

Secret Message Leather Bracelet

$19 from Etsy
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Let that special someone know how you feel about them with a message that only the two of you know about. But be brief: You’ve only got 70 characters to work with. Available in 11 colors, the bracelet measures ¼ inch wide and 9 inches long.

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Love & Friendship in a Jar
Amazon
Custom Coordinates Necklace
Etsy

Custom Coordinates Necklace

$35 and up from Etsy
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Commemorate the time and place you first met — or send ’em a clue about when and where to reconnect — with this engraved sterling silver pendant. Personalize one side or all four with times, dates, names, geographic coordinates, or anything else you can think of. Available in sterling silver, 18-karat gold, or rose gold finishes in a variety of necklace lengths.

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Mixtape With Custom Cover Art
Amazon

Mixtape With Custom Cover Art

$35 and up from Etsy
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If you and your best friend grew up together in a certain era, you almost certainly used to make each other mixtapes or sang certain songs in the car at the top of your lungs. Rekindle the tradition with this unique handmade gift, which can be customized with cover artwork, too.

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Open When … Cards and Envelopes
Etsy

Open When … Cards and Envelopes

$16 and up from Etsy
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Missing someone and feeling blue? Opening one of these cards and reading words from a friend or lover can be a comfort when the loneliness sets in or the world seems to be going crazy. Each set contains envelopes stamped with one of six messages, with matching blank notecards inside.

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TheraBox
Cratejoy

TheraBox

$31 and up from Cratejoy
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TheraBox is a monthly subscription box that reminds your closest friend that you're not only thinking about them but also sending them positive vibes. Each box includes six to eight "wellness goodies" plus a "happiness activity" that, if you live near each other, you can do together.

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A Long-Distance Touch Bracelet Set
Uncommon Goods

A Long-Distance Touch Bracelet Set

$98 from Uncommon Goods
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Send warm thoughts and good vibes to that special someone whenever they cross your mind. Simply tap the bracelet, and your loved one's half of the set will light up and vibrate. Replacement bands in different colors are available for $8.

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Solo
Amazon
Puzzle Piece
Etsy

Puzzle Piece Keychains

$26 from Etsy
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The two of you fit together like two puzzle pieces, no matter how many miles may lie in between. Why not state the obvious and create a custom keychain set you both can share. Each aluminum tag is roughly 2 inches square.

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Homesick Candles
Amazon
The Bouqs Co. Flower Subscription
The Bouqs Co.

The Gift of Fresh Flowers

$36 and up from Bouqs
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Who doesn’t love fresh-cut flower arrangements? A gift subscription to Bouqs includes your choice of four collections — roses, seasonal blooms, rustic combos, or single-flower bouquets — and three sizes. Bouquets are delivered on a schedule that you determine: weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly deliveries.

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Indispensable Book Subscription Club
Powell's Books

Indispensable Book Subscription Club

$45 from Powell's Books
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If your friend is more the bookish type than one who craves cut flowers, then send ‘em a gift subscription to this book club. Every six to eight weeks, a new shipment will arrive in the mail. Each contains a signed hardback copy of a notable book from an independent publisher, plus a second surprise book and other goodies to keep things fun.

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Fill-in-the-Blank Gift Journal
Amazon

Fill-in-the-Blank Gift Journal

$11 from Amazon
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Every turn of this hardcover journal’s pages will reveal a new fill-in-the-blank expression, suggestion, or phrase to complete. Because no one ever tires of knowing how much you love them.

Map of Our Hearts
Uncommon Goods

Map of Our Hearts

$130 from Uncommon Goods
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No matter where you come from or where you may be now, two hearts can come together as one with this framed 16-by-13-inch print. Choose from two map styles and six fonts to create a custom message of love from across the miles.

Coffee Subscription Box
Trade Coffee

Coffee Subscription Box

$15 and up from Trade Coffee
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You may not be able to share a cup of coffee and conversation together in person, but you can always brew a fresh cuppa and sit down for a long phone call. Trade Coffee subscription service works with 50 noteworthy roasters like Cuvee Coffee in Austin, Caffe Vita in Seattle, and PT's Coffee Roasting Co. in Topeka, Kansas.

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Ode to Home State Pillow
Uncommon Goods
Clock
Etsy
Catch My Heart His and Hers Coffee Mugs
Amazon

Catch My Heart His and Hers Coffee Mugs

$30 from Amazon
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You knew they were a catch the first time you met. Celebrate that memory and daydream about the new ones you’ll make the next time you’re together. These BoldLoft ceramic mugs are available with six different designs — five that say “I love you” and one for when “I’m sorry” is more appropriate.

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Say I Love You Couples Pillowcases
Amazon

Say I Love You Couples Pillowcases

$30 and up from Amazon
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Coffee mugs not your thing? Perhaps these perky pillowcases, also by BoldLoft, is more appropriate for those late-night long-distance calls to say “I miss you and love you.” These cotton-polyester pillowcases are available in queen and king sizes.

Pixel Lovebox
Lovebox

Pixel Lovebox

$100 from Lovebox
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Send a special message to your sweetie via the Pixel app, and the heart on the Lovebox will spin until your best friend opens the lid to view your note.

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The Hygge Chalet and Sauna
Airbnb

A Weekend Together in the Mountains

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Head for the hills (or anywhere else you want to visit) next time you get together and rent a house for the weekend. This recently remodeled Rocky Mountain chalet features a gas stove, well-stocked kitchen, and bathroom. Drive to Breckenridge for skiing or relax on the 3.5 forested acres. Once the day is done, warm up in the traditional Finnish steam sauna.

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Rolling Travel Luggage Bag
Amazon

Rolling Travel Luggage Bag

$63 from Amazon
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This AmazonBasics carry-on bag is a Cheapism favorite because it’s inexpensive, durable, and can be stashed just about anywhere aboard an airplane. It can swallow a weekend’s worth of clothes and a laptop, too, if you pack carefully. Available in five colors and two fabric styles.

D-Day Calendar
Amazon

D-Day Calendar

$13.50 from Amazon
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Count the days until the big day arrives — whether that day is a wedding, a birthday, family reunion, or your next romantic weekend together — with this desktop calendar. Available in two colors.

Long Distance Mug Set
Amazon

Long Distance Mug Set

$21 from Amazon
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Yes, we already included a mug set in this gift guide, but what are best friends for if not chatting with while sipping a hot cuppa? This set of customizable ceramic mugs, available in two sizes, is dishwasher- and microwave-safe.

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Pandemic-Appropriate Message Candles
Etsy

Pandemic-Appropriate Message Candles

$24 from Etsy
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Candles make great gifts, but candles with personal messages make even better gifts, especially in 2020. These candles are "Sending Socially Distant Hugs,"
 with a customization option that'll print whatever you want to accompany that sweet thought across the miles.

Universal Yums
Universal Yums

Universal Yums

Price: $14 and up from Universal Yums
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They'll think of you every time they dip into this snack subscription service. Each month, a UY box will arrive filled with with sweet and salty treats from a different country. Each box also includes a 12+-page booklet filled with trivia, recipes, and other goodies.

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