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    23 Things To Help You Feel Closer To Family Members Who Are Far Away

    Just because you can't hug them in person doesn't mean you can't hug a big ole pillow shaped like their face.

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    1. An adjustable neck mount for your phone to make a hands-free virtual dinner with the fam a total breeze, whether you want to wear it or prop it on the table.

    2. A string of enchanting fairy lights with clips for photos, so you can have all your happy memories with your family as a night-light in your room ✨.

    A string of clip on fairy lights with photos attached to them

    3. A Bluetooth-connected instant mini photo printer that transmits images directly from your phone and prints them on the spot, so you can make happy memories feel even more solid and lasting.

    A white mini printer about the size of a phone printing an image from a phone

    4. Why I Miss You, a small journal you can fill in the blanks of and send to the family you're missing most. It comes with sweet prompts like "Next time we hang out, let's ___ until we ____" and "We should start a long distance _____ club."

    A small rectangular pocket-sized journal

    5. A "mushion," which is the delightful name of these head-sized cushions you can get with your loved one's faces on them to hug when you miss 'em most.

    Cushions with people's faces screenprinted on them

    6. An Amazon Echo Show 5 enabled with a camera screen for calls, so you can keep the whole fam connected for some socially distanced cross-country chats.

    A person on the screen of an Amazon Echo Show 5 on a video call with their family from the other end

    7. A customizable face mask you can all get to match from afar — you can either the same print with your initials and names, or put a beloved family photo on it. Zazzle has a *ton* of options to choose from.

    A model in a face mask with a monogram in the top right corner

    8. One Question A Day: A Five Year Journal, so you can each get your own copy and use the daily question as a conversation starter in the group chat every morning.

    The journal

    9. A sweet little socially-distanced greeting card, because the one thing that hasn't changed in quarantine is that there's nothing quite like the ~thrill~ of getting mail from someone you love ❤️.

    A card with illustrated people talking through cups attached to wires from a distance

    10. A "because quarantine birthday" wineglass so y'all can have a toast in each other's Zoom birthday chats after singing "Happy Birthday" in nine different (but no less enthusiastic!!) keys.

    A transparent wine glass with opaque text

    11. A Friends photo frame mug you can slide a pic of your fam in — a way of saying 🎶I'll be there for you 🎵even when you gotta say it from afar.

    A purple mug with a yellow frame modeled after the door on the show Friends that you can slide a pic into

    12. A 25-pack of Baked By Melissa's iconic mini cupcakes with a "Thinking Of You" message so your family knows they're on your mind (as is cake).

    A box of 25 mini cupcakes

    13. A set of Bluetooth-connected long-distance touch bracelets you can pair with a family member so that when one of you is thinking of the other, you can tap the bracelet, and the corresponding one will vibrate and light up in the color of your choice 🌈.

    Two models with the black bracelets on their wrists

    14. Or a Wi-Fi-enabled long-distance picture frame that works the same way — when you tap yours, another frame connected to it will also light up, letting your loved one know you're thinking of them.

    A picture frame with a pink light at its edges

    15. A personalized cutting board you can get engraved in your (or a loved one's) actual handwriting with your most cherished family recipes, so you can all enjoy the same tastes of home even when home is far away 🥘.

    Two cutting boards in light and dark wood with different fonts of recipes engraved on them

    16. A collection of "Letters To Open When," so you can be there with your fam in spirit even when you can't be there give them an either much-needed pep talk, kick in the pants, or reminder of your love in person.

    A notebook full of letters to open

    17. A personalized necklace with the letter of your first name and an outline of each other's states that lets you carry a lil' piece of each other wherever you go.

    Necklaces in silver, gold, and rose gold with a bar that has different letters and state outlines on them

    18. A set of temporary friendship tattoos you and your fam can put on the inside of your wrists so you'll think of each other every time you're washing your hands and singing your favorite 20-second bops.

    A set of tattoos with a moon and sun on two wrists

    19. A glare-free, waterproof Kindle Paperwhite for the ultimate socially-distanced family book club. You can make an account and connect up to six Kindle devices on it so you can read e-books together at the same time.

    20. A Marshmallow of the Month (!!) subscription box, because you know what? Virtual happy hours with the fam are great, but virtual indoor s'mores hours are inarguably better.

    Roasted marshmallows in hot chocolate

    21. A "Hug This Pillow Until You Can Hug Me" pillowcase to keep you company (and keep all your hugging muscles flexed and raring to go for next time!).

    A pillow that says "hug this pillow until you can hug me"

    22. A glass with a city map etched on it, so every time you drink out of it you can feel like a part of the city streets where your fam is right now.

    A whiskey tumbler with the map of Chicago etched on it

    23. Or a social distancing mug you can get to match, so you always think of each other during the best part of your mornings (read: when that sweet, sweet caffeine hits).

    A mug that says "though we may be far apart, we will always be close at heart" on the front, and a two states with hearts in them and people's names connecting them together on the back

    All of us sending socially-distanced kisses to family that's far away:

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