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    19 Thoughtful Gifts To Let Your Family Know You're Thinking Of Them

    Show your family you're thinking of them, even if you can't physically be with them.

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    The past year has been difficult in many ways, and for lots of us, COVID-19 has ruined plans and isolated us from loved ones. If you're feeling far away from family, here are a handful of small yet heartfelt gifts you can send to brighten their days and let them know you're thinking of them.

    1. A Homesick Candle that smells like Georgia peaches or Kansas sunflowers to remind them of wherever they're from, or a place that is meaningful to the both of you.

    A lit Alaska-scented homesick candle on a tabletop.
    Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "I LOVE these candles! I miss my desert homes in Arizona and New Mexico and these candles take me right back there every time I light them! They smell JUST LIKE the natural beauty of these states! Highly recommended!" —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $28.98 (available in all 50 states).

    2. A package containing three chocolate babkas from Breads Bakery, which is guaranteed to make their day sweeter.

    Thick sliced of chocolate babka from Breads Bakery
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    I usually spend the Jewish holidays with family, and we always have a big meal filled with the recipes my mother makes, which have been passed down from generation to generation. This year, my grandparents in Florida won't be able to celebrate with us, so I sent them this package of babka from Breads Bakery. The chocolate babka is our family's absolute favorite, but Breads also offers seasonal items specifically for Rosh Hashanah like honey cake and apple babka. I know it will make my grandparents smile when they open it, reminding them of holidays we usually spend all together.

    Get it from Goldbelly for $49.95.

    3. Just a really cute card to say "hey, I miss you, and I wish we could be together right now."

    A card with two little creatures wearing masks that says "Sending a hug from a social distance."
    Petal Paper Co via Etsy / Via

    Promising review: "These cards are absolutely adorable and on the finest paper with bright-colored envelopes. Truly a delightful card to send or receive." —Marcee Mioni

    Get it from Petal Paper Co on Etsy for $3.85.

    4. A photo book from Artifact Uprising with family pictures from past adventures or special occasions that they can put on display in their home, reminding them of time spent together.

    Two photo books from Artifact Uprising.
    Artifact Uprising / Via

    Promising review: "I absolutely love the quality of this photo album. It was such an easy process to create the book with plenty of layouts and caption options to choose from. The finish of the pages comes out in a matte which is also very beautiful and stands out from other photo book services. I definitely recommend and will use Artifact Uprising again." —Talie B

    Get it from Artifact Uprising for $69+.

    5. A monthly care package of hand-selected bottles from Primal Wine so you can toast to one another from afar.

    A handful of colorful wine bottles including reds, whites, rosés, and orange wines with colorful labels.
    Primal Wine / Via

    If you can't have a drink together in person these days, send your love in the form of delicious wine. Then you can enjoy your vino together but separately over a Zoom wine night.

    Get a pack of three, six, or twelve bottles from Primal Wine for $85+

    6. A copy of Melissa Clark's cookbook, Dinner: Changing the Game, full of no-frills yet delicious and comforting recipes to inspire their dinner routine when they're feeling tired of cooking.

    The cover of Melissa Clark's cookbook, "Dinner," with a photo of a sheet pan chicken recipe.
    Clarkson Potter

    Get it from Amazon for $23.27 or from Bookshop for $32.20 (to support local bookstores).

    7. The calming and relaxing luxury of a Wissotzky Tea Magic Tea Chest, which contains 80 assorted black, green, fruit, and herbal teas they can sip and enjoy.

    A wooden tea box filled with eight different flavored tea bags.
    Bryce via Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "I bought this as a gift and the recipient loved it. It's the perfect gift for the tea lover. The box is a lovely display in any kitchen or dining room, and the tea is delicious. I will purchase again." —C. Dubya

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    8. A copy of Nobody Will Tell You This But Me, a belly laugh-inducing, heartwarming true story about the relationship between a woman and her grandmother.

    The cover of Bess Kalb's "Nobody Will Tell You This But Me."
    Knopf / Via

    I laughed and cried often while reading this beautiful nonfiction story by Bess Kalb, which she narrates from the perspective of her late grandmother. After finishing the book, I had to pick up the phone and call my grandma immediately to tell her I love her. Send this to your mother and your grandmother so they can laugh-cry too.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.69 or from Bookshop for 23.87 (to support local bookstores).

    9. A set of whiskey cold granite stones that can be used in any beverage to keep it cool without watering it down, a game-changer for their at-home cocktail game.

    A wooden chest containing a bunch of grey whiskey cold stones.
    Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "I purchased this for my dad and he loves it! It paired perfectly with a decanter set, and the presentation of the product is amazing! It keeps his whiskey cold for hours without watering down the flavor like ice does." —Alyssa Tibbs

    Get a set of 11 stones from Amazon for $15.99.

    10. A Milk Bar cookie tin containing an assortment of irresistible individually-wrapped cookies that pair perfectly with a cozy night and a Netflix movie.

    A pile of wrapped cookies from Milk Bar in flavors like marshmallow, corn cookie, and confetti cookie.
    Milk Bar Store / Via

    Each box contains either one or two Compost Cookies®, Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies, Corn Cookies, Blueberry & Cream Cookies™, Chocolate Confetti Cookies, and Confetti Cookies.

    Promising review: "I gave this cookie tin as a pick me up gift to say 'you're stupendous and boy did it wow. Thanks for helping to make someone's day brighter!" —Tiffany R

    Get it from Milk Bar for $20+ (available in six-count or 12-count).

    11. A jar of wild Maine blueberry jam that tastes like summer and will give them a reason to smile while eating their morning toast.

    A jar of Maine blueberry jam in a pretty jar with a blue and white label.
    MaineFoodies via Etsy / Via

    Promising review: "I sent some blueberry jam as a gift to someone who loves Maine. I know the jam is good because I've bought it before. The jam was nicely packed and service was fast. I will be ordering again." —Karen

    Get a 5 ounce jar from Maine Foodies on Etsy for $8.99.

    12. A lush yet hard-to-kill Snake Plant from The Sill to add a pop of color and a lot of joy to their home.

    A snake plant in a coral colored pot on top of a white side table.
    The Sill / Via

    This handsome plant is available in two sizes and arrives in a minimalist yet colorful pot. The best part: Your recipient doesn't need to have a green thumb to keep this baby alive. It thrives in just about any indoor environment and only needs to be watered once every three to four weeks.

    Get it from The Sill for $33+.

    13. A cozy, colorful, and irresistibly soft knitted throw blanket that will instantly add a sense of hygge to their home this fall.

    An orange throw blanket on the arm of a brown couch with some decorative pillows.
    Meagan via Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "I received this blanket yesterday and I am already obsessed. It was a great buy and just what I was looking for. It is so soft and comfy. It's light enough for warmer temps, but warm enough for cool ones. I would totally gift this throw to others." —Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in 18 colors).

    14. A bottle of delicious-smelling orange and bergamot Molton Brown hand soap to make their constant hand-washing less of a chore and more of a luxury.

    A duo of Molton brown hand soap and hand lotion on a tray in a bathroom.
    Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "This one bottle will last a single person seven months, and the smell just makes me feel better. It warms my heart and refreshes my soul. Buy this to cheer up any day!" —Leo Muscarello

    Get it from Amazon for $30.

    15. A copy of Gray Malin's Beaches, a collection of dreamy coastal images from around the world that will instantly transport them to a sunny, exotic seascape, even if they're stuck at home.

    A full-bleed of Gray Malin's "Beaches" book displaying two bright and cheery beach photos.
    Harry N. Abrams

    Get it from Amazon for $26.27or from Bookshop for $36.80 (to support local bookstores).

    16. A cheeses of the world sampler set from Murray's Cheese because let's be honest, nothing says "I love you," quite like creamy Brie cheese.

    A plate with several different kinds of cheese surrounded by crackers, fruit, and wine.
    Murray's Cheese / Via

    Each sampler kit comes with six different half pound blocks of Mitica Drunken Goat, Pyrenees Brebis, Roomano Extra Aged Gouda, French Raclette, Murray's Cave Aged Gruyere, and High Plains Cheddar.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my sister as a COVID-19 'thinking of you' delivery. She was thoroughly impressed and will recommend Murray’s to friends and family!" —Krista S.

    Get it from Murray's Cheese for $79.

    17. A Shutterfly custom jigsaw puzzle of a family photo you absolutely love, that they can put together and then keep on display.

    A custom jigsaw puzzle being put together on a coffee table.
    Shutterfly / Via

    Promising review: "We took several pictures and made a photo collage for my mother, who has just taken up puzzling. She loved it! It brings back good memories as she puts the puzzle together and discusses what fun times she had. It's a great gift." —Debra T

    Get it from Shutterfly for $19.79+ (available in four sizes).

    18. A "You Are Loved" mindfulness gift box containing soaking salts, a soothing candle, loose leaf blended tea, and a personal greeting card to send a little bit of self-care to someone you love.

    A mindfulness gift box containing a note, candle, scrub, and tea.
    GratiaBoxCo via Etsy / Via

    Promising review: "This is a great little gift for a anyone who is having a tough time. Loved how easy it was to order and how quickly it arrived!' —Tamar Adler

    Get it from Gratia Box Co on Etsy for $37.

    19. A Dash mini waffle maker that takes up almost no counter space, is easy to use, and will get them excited to jump out of bed and make breakfast.

    Samantha Brown via Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "I absolutely adore this thing. Believe the hype. I was pleasantly surprised that for only $10 this product could be so consistent. I whipped up a bunch of waffles yesterday, froze them overnight, and just now popped them in the toaster like boxed waffles. It's the perfect gadget for an easy breakfast." —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 20 colors).

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