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    Updated on Dec 30, 2019. Posted on Dec 1, 2019

    35 Perfect Gifts For Your Long Distance Best Friend

    You'll be next door neighbors one day, but for now...

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    1. A ceramic mug that can be personalized with two different states on the front and a sappy message in the back to signify that while you may not be close geographically, you *are* in each other's hearts.

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    These dishwasher- and microwave-safe mugs come in two sizes, can be customized with nine different colors, AND come with a gift wrap option — because we all know that gift wrapping is a huge burden, okay? Let's just admit it.

    Promising review: "Oh my goodness. I am so, so, so very happy with my mugs! I would give it more than five stars if I could, and have recommended these to multiple friends who live away from their loved ones. The mugs themselves are absolutely beautiful, the gift wrap is beautiful, and the box itself is actually really cool, the states on mine are gorgeous...I am just so happy with this product." —Laura Ann

    Get it from Cupology on Amazon Handmade for $19.95.

    2. A organizational notebook that will bring a bit of humor to the cubicle they sit in every single day (the one that's many many miles away from yours): This nifty gift includes long-list pad, six page markers, and five square sticky pads all held together by an illustrated sloth.

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    Promising review: "My friend loves sloths and it has been hard to find practical but cute items to give to her. She will be very happy when she gets these!" —Kathy Kerr

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

    3. A scratch-off chart featuring major league ballparks scattered throughout the United States that can be crossed off their list whenever they go to a new stadium. Sing it with me: Take me out to the ballgame, I need to scratch off everything on this list.

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    Promising review: "I bought this for my brother's birthday and he absolutely loved it! It was the perfect gift for a baseball enthusiast!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    4. A waterproof sticker pack to cover every precious thing they own — I'm specifically thinking their laptop and cell phone — with their favorite bits of The Office. Beets, bear, stickers you can give as a gift but will likely keep for yourself.

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    Promising review: "I’ve placed quite a few on my laptop to show off to my coworkers. They stick really well and are really well made in terms of print quality and stickiness. I wish that it came with two of each, but I will just have to order a second pack." —Eugene

    Get a pack of 50 from Amazon for $7.99 (also available in VSCO-inspired designs).

    5. A soy candle that is the literal embodiment of what I text my long-distance pal on the daily. Perfect message aside, the available scents for this vegan gift are divine: think lavender woods to cinnamon bun.

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    Get it from AtoZCandles for $12+ (available in four sizes and 12 scents).

    6. A Cadbury box packed with ten full-sized chocolate bars. The best gifts IMO are ones that are edible, and what better an edible gift than this delicious UK treat?

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    Promising review: "This is the best chocolate I've ever had! There was a great selection to choose from, and I've already ordered more. Plus, I received it before the estimated delivery date!" —Cats

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    7. A pack of photo stickers featuring the apple of their eye: the pet of the house. Sure, you can get customized stickers of yourself! But something tells me they’d prefer adding a picture of their dachshund to the surface of her laptop in lieu of your selfie.

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    Also! These stickers are waterproof, microwave-safe, and dishwasher-safe. Yeehaw.

    Promising review: "I gave these to my sister for her dog's birthday this year and she LOVED them! It was such a cute, personalized gift that really meant a lot to her — especially for the price! Sometimes personalized things are so expensive, but this price was great. Will definitely purchase again!" —Kelly O.

    Get a pack of 20 assorted stickers from Amazon for $17.99.

    8. A gorgeous custom ring that can be personalized with their favorite cityscape (or the one they're currently living in now). Think places like New Orleans and New York to Paris and Prague being adorned by their digits — plus cities that are much smaller.

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    Get it from CaitlynMinimalist on Etsy for $23.62 (available in three colors, 68 cities, and sizes 4.5-12).

    9. An activity journal filled with illustrations, blank pages, and prompts that will inspire them to embrace their inner weirdo. Suggestion: Write a note inside this book signifying that they don't need a lot of help in the weird department.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This journal is not only great for kids, but for adults who want to embrace their their inner goofball. This is a playful workbook with quirky illustrations and fun exercises that help the reader explore what makes them unique. I especially enjoyed the pages that ask 'what were you taught about individuality growing up' and 'what kinds of weirdness are most important to you in a partner'. I really appreciate the notion that individuality and staying true to oneself should be valued and celebrated. Well done!" —Lori

    Get it from Amazon for $12.30.

    10. An 80-page blank adventure book stolen from the set of Up and delivered into the hands of your Pixar-loving BFF. Fill this up with things like photos and ticket stubs, then use the included colorful corner stickers, specialty scissor, colored pens, adhesive lace, and postcards to add extra embellishment.

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    Promising review: "This is a perfect gift for a friend, family member, significant other, or Disney-loving couple. I'm only a little worried about the book holding together because it is tied together, but it is worth the money. Great value for everything that comes with it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    11. A Groot pot so adorable, they'll be thrilled to receive it even if they aren't Guardians of the Galaxy fans. This is perfect for storing succulents (it's designed with a drainage hole and all) or any of your other knick knacks that need a home. Consider this the perfect thing to gift a friend who lives a ~galaxy~ away.

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    Promising review: "I am madly in love with this planter. It's perfect! I recently bought a bunch of two inch baby succulents and the little plastic pot it came in dropped right in! No need to re-plant. How adorable is this?!" —D. Shaffer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.26.

    12. A 60-sheet customized journal that looks super expensive and thoughtful, but in reality costs less than a New York City lunch. Luxe items + an affordable price tag = a very happy me.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love this notebook. It is well made and exactly as described. I even gave them a pretty difficult phrase to display on the front and they spelled everything correctly. It arrived quickly and was packaged nicely to keep it safe during shipping. It is beautiful, sturdy, and big enough for all my journaling needs." —Bridget Kenney

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two colors).

    13. A silicone ice cube tray to send your favorite long-distance Scrooge that prefers Halloween to Christmas. These molds make four giant ice skulls to ~liven~ up any mixed drink, and the molds themselves are microwave-, oven-, and dishwasher-safe.

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    Promising review: "Got this as a gift for my cousin and he loved them. The ice molds turned out great and are super easy to use." —Sarah Stinson

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in two styles).

    14. A Lucky Feather 14k gold-dipped pendant necklace available in all 50 states. So, hypothetically, if Dorothy was your best friend, you'd be gifting her the Kansas option.

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    Promising review: "I purchased this for my sister who is a WA native living out of state. I am very happy with the quality! The necklace is delicate but doesn't look or feel cheap, I like the size of the charm, and the length of the chain. I'm thinking of purchasing another for myself." —KDSeattle

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98+ (available in all 50 states).

    15. LED curtain string lights to give their new out-of-state apartment a super cozy feel. This is perfect for folks who prefer dim ~mood~ lighting while spending their Friday night bingeing the newest Netflix original.

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    These string lights are perfect for both indoor and outdoor use.

    Promising review: "These lights are perfect for what I was looking for. They give off a warm and cozy glow, and really add a nice touch of oomph to the room." —Nechama G.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    16. A palm-sized map in which each city is connected by a red string and held in place with two initialed brass hearts. The red string is important: In Asian myths, being connected by a red string means those two people will always find each other, despite changing paths or circumstances.

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    Get it from michaelandsabriney on Etsy for $18.

    17. A playing card set featuring some of the most badass women throughout history, including icons like Wilma Rudolph and Sacagawea. (It should be noted that cards themselves are also beautifully illustrated by artist Zeb Wahls, so I wouldn't blame them if they opted for framing this deck instead of playing it.)

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Fabulous portraits of fabulous women. This is a great gift for anyone in your life who is behind female empowerment." —Awilda

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    18. An Elizavecca clay mask that's become a cult favorite for the fact that it produces bubbles upon application. Fun insta-ready look aside, this actually contains an impress blend of extracts (ranging from green tea and aloe vera to charcoal powder and peony root) to significantly reduce blackheads. Send this to a friend in a different city with a note that reads: Have yourself a little spa day.

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    Promising review: "There are so many gimmicky face masks out there that claim to really clean your pores and I swear that I've tried them all. But this one? This one truly works. The proof is in the fact that 99% of the sebum on my nose is gone, and that a couple of stubborn blackheads on my chin came to the surface after rinsing it off. They were easy to extract and hopefully I can get more blackheads removed in the future from using the mask." —Katelin Palmer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    19. A fill-in-the-blank journal so mushy, it's basically a foolproof way to put a gigantic smile on their face. Prepare to jot down your favorite memories, their best qualities, and how you plan on being when you ~grow old~ together.

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    Promising review: "These booklets are the best. I bought one for my sister, mother, and two best friends. Each of them cherish this gift and felt it was one of the best gifts they have ever gotten. I must say it is a lot of fun to fill out too. My favorite thing to do was pour a glass of wine, sit in my recliner, and fill out these books while reminiscing about great memories!" —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    20. An ultra soft knit sweater they can slip on over any ensemble for a hint of both warmth and coziness. This layer truly pairs well with everything in their closet, from that tight LBD to that leggings and white tee duo. Useful gifts = the best gifts.

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    And it has pockets AKA cha ching.

    Promising review: "Absolutely loving this sweater!! The material is so soft and cozy. The length is perfect to wear with leggings and the color is beautiful!" —Jolene

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 30 colors).

    21. A personal library kit for the friend who loves to read and dreams of having an at-home library one day. Send them this package along with a copy of your favorite novel, then prepare for an impromptu FaceTime call in which they're crying happy tears.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm always trying to find interesting gifts for my tween daughter that encourage reading and don't involve screens. This was a HUGE hit. We also bought one for her best friend, and they're both really enjoying it." —Liz

    Get it from Amazon for $13.16.

    22. A slouchy beanie to give your BFF the gift of keeping their noggin warm. I'm not sure what possessed them to move to a city in which the weather can be best described as "my face hurts", but at least this cozy accessory will prevent them from totally freezing.

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    Promising review: "I basically wore this beanie our entire Europe trip. I was looking for a basic black beanie (which was somehow difficult to find) and this was perfect. Matched everything, kept me warm, and you could wear it both pulled down and slouchy and still looked good." —Doug Weable

    Get it from Amazon for $14.70 (available in 48 colors).

    23. Rustic hooks because they've just moved into a teeny apartment and are in desperate need extra storage space. This gorgeous decor transforms their walls into an extension of their closet, where they'll be able to hang everything from hats and purses to scarves and bath towels.

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    Promising review: "Great minimalistic touch to our entryway. Have had them up for months with no issues." —Amy Summers

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two colors).

    24. The Golden Girls socks available in all four of the most beloved characters to ever grace your television tube: Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia. They'll consider this gift a thank you for being their friend.

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    Promising review: "I gave these to a friend for her birthday and she LOVES them. The socks made both of us laugh and I've seen her wearing them twice since I gifted them to her." —K. M. Steck

    Get them from Amazon for $9.46 (available in four styles).

    25. A handmade chocolate box that will be like that scene in The Princess Diaries, but with chocolate and fondant in lieu of Skittles and pizza. Change up the messaging or keep the whole "I miss your face" thing going.

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    Get it from DiamondChocolates on Etsy for $31.99 (available in seven flavor combos and nine letter colors).

    26. Sterling silver cubic zirconia studs that look like a trillion bucks, but thankfully cost very little and can actually be purchased using even my humble savings account.

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    Promising review: "Really beautiful earrings! They look expensive and not gaudy by any means. I have been considering spending $500 on a pair of different studs, but now I’m not sure they're worth the money. You can get the same look with these earrings for so much less!" —Lauren Carter

    Get them from Amazon for $10 (available in three sizes and finishes).

    27. A magical cookbook perfect for the friend currently dorming at Hogwarts. This will have them sipping on gin and (pumpkin) juice in no time, and contains recipes for treacle tarts, rock cakes, kippers, and so much more.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I LOVE THIS. I'm no master chef, but this cookbook might change that: I might even become a master wizard chef! Anyways, the recipes are phenomenal. The book has a bunch of cute references, and my younger siblings go crazy whenever I make something from this book. I most recently made the meat and potato pies, which can be found on page 44." —Tigerlily

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    28. A suitcase bank so they can save all their pennies and put them toward their next adventure with YOU. Send this to your favorite travel buddy along with a list of the destinations you've yet to cross off your joint bucket list.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Adorable. We put euros in it and gave our son and DIL it as a wedding gift for their trip to Ireland. Perfect and can be reused for saving money for the next adventure." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.49.

    29. A microfiber blanket about to become the superstar of their entire household. Whether they're away at grad school or found a job in a new city, they'll always look forward to going home and relaxing under this hunk of ultra-soft fleece.

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    Promising review: "Almost a year later, and I am a blanket evangelist. I stand by everything I've said in this original review. It washes well, holds its softness and color, and is just...THE MOST AMAZING BLANKET EVER. Not only that, but they've added new colors and I may need another one, since I gave one to our dog." —Elentari

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in four sizes and 22 colors).

    30. A Lucky Feather dainty friendship necklace encrypted with a super secret, super special message in Morse code (although if you hate secrets, I should probably tell you said necklace says BFF).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This necklace is dainty, delicate, and simple, but meaningful with the hidden message. Plus, it's a nice length!" —Eva Scalzo

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98.

    31. A Takeya cold brew maker with an airtight lid and stainless steel filter because they've yet to find a solid coffee spot by their new abode. "No more spending money on subpar caffeine," they'll say to their reflection in the mirror, heart jittering as they sip their 15th cup of cold brew for the day.

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    Just add up to six tablespoons of your go-to coffee beans into the filter, fill it with water, and leave it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Then, remove the filter from the pitcher and — BAM — you've got some delicious coffee.

    Promising review: "This was my first cold brewing experience, but this product made it easy! Just put your coffee in the filter, fill it with water, and forget it in the fridge for a day! Plus, I love that everything comes apart easily and can be put in the dishwasher." —shackelforrd

    Price: $18.99

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's review on this Takeya cold brew maker.

    32. A hand-poured Homesick candle perfect for people who are, yes, homesick. Each state has their own unique fragrance: Tennessee has notes of bergamot, tea, single-malt whiskey, and magnolia while Florida smells like citrus, vanilla, and amber

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    These have a burn time of up to 80 hours, and each state has it's own unique scent. For example, New Hampshire smells like apple cider with hints of cinnamon, clove, and vanilla.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in all 50 states).

    33. A wooden postcard superior to all the paper ones you've bought and received in the past. This gift acts as both a heartfelt present sure to promoted the shedding of several tears and provides them with some serious Joanna Gaines-inspired decor.

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    Get it from UrbanForestWood for $14.95+ (available with or without the stand).

    34. A mini Sriracha bottle keychain with a leak-proof cap and refillable design that will remind them of you every time they go to add their favorite sauce to a bland meal.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Bought this for a friend. He loves to have his food hot and most places do not carry sauces hot enough. This allows him to take his own with him and always have it available." —zulezt

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    35. Every Person in New York — a book filled with illustrations that depict (surprise!) New Yorkers in every New York environment: Eating fast food, hanging out on the subway, admiring artwork at the MoMA, etc. This is ideal for the pal who either lives in Manhattan ~already~ or plans on moving very soon.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Yo, this book is straight-up inspiration. So powerful and so moving! Looking at people and observing is key to any creative process. This book is a beautiful thing because it is a pure celebration of that basic human thing — looking at people." —T. Selby

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    Me and my BFF, who decided to be a smartypants and go to grad school in Boston AKA left me here to ROT:

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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