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15 Long Distance Gifts That’ll Spread Cheer to All the Family

Celebrating the holidays without your extended family? Go the extra mile and discover the perfect present for loved ones near and far.
ByMartina Garvey
Associate Editor
Updated
February 5, 2021
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Celebrating the holiday season with your loved ones is the greatest gift of all. But in 2020 it may not be possible to see all your VIPs. Long distance family gifts bridge the gap and help you connect with relatives, no matter where they may be. Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa, a small gift goes a long way. Unsure of where to begin? We’ve selected the best long distance gift ideas to suit every occasion and every family member.

Long Distance Thanksgiving Gifts

Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to reflect on cherished family moments. Although you may be spending it apart this year, you can still show you care with lovingly selected long distance gifts. From cards to home fragrance, a little treat can go a long way.

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Give Thanks Turkey Pop-up Card

Send someone you love a magical moment this Thanksgiving. Lovepop’s cute and kitsch pop-up cards make perfect long distance family gifts. Feast your eyes on an array of festive designs that’ll spark joy with every member of the family. There are even options for Halloween, Christmas and Hanukkah. Bonus: Add a personalized note and enjoy free shipping on all US orders.

Buy it: Lovepop Give Thanks Turkey 3D Card, $13, Lovepop.com

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Homesick Natural Soy Candles

Picture the scene: A crisp fall afternoon spent with family searching for the perfect pumpkin. Can’t all make it to the pumpkin patch? The Pumpkin Picking candle will evoke memories of your beloved family tradition. With notes of ginger, vanilla and tonka bean, this natural soy candle is perfect for cosy nights in. Not a fan of pumpkin spice? Homesick’s product range will help faraway loved ones feel closer to the people and places that matter most. There are fragrances inspired by every US state, multiple cities and countries, occasions, people and moments, so you’re sure to find the perfect long distance family gift.

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Buy it: Homesick Pumpkin Picking Candle, $34, Homesick.com

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Baketivity’s Face-Bake Cookies

Has it been a while since you’ve seen your family in person? Remind them what you or your kiddos look like and deliver a sweet treat with your faces on it! The personalized cookie kit is the perfect long distance Thanksgiving gift for extended family. Simply upload your image, add some text and send your design. The custom-cookie kit includes pre-measured ingredients, edible stickers and clear recipes. All of the baking fun, with none of the fuss.

Buy it: Baketivity Face-Bake DIY Cookie Kit, $65, Baketivity.com

Long Distance Christmas Gifts

Holiday shopping for long distance Christmas gifts doesn’t have to be difficult. Personalized presents and subscriptions are a great way to spread Christmas cheer (and mischief!). After all—’tis the season to be merry!

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Greetabl Personalized Gift Boxes

Looking for a heart-warming and convenient long distance family gift? Greetabl offer customizable gift boxes that can be rolled out to the whole family (and won’t break the bank). The curated range of products include candy, keychains, jewelry and more. The process is simple: Select a festive gift box, choose the perfect present, write a personalized message and go! It’s a perfect way to spread a little love this Christmas.

Buy it: Greetabl Personalized Gifts, starting from $13 per box, Greetabl.com

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Personalized Alpine Mug Set

A family ski trip may be off the menu this Christmas, but a mug of hot cocoa definitely is not. Celebrate your family’s favorite winter pursuit with these adorable personalized mugs, customized with your distinct family traits, name and snow sport of choice. It’s the perfect long distance gift for ski-bunnies.

Buy it: Patricia Carlin Personalized Family Ski & Snowboard Mugs, $85 for a set of 4, UncommonGoods.com

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Winc Wine Club

Searching for sophisticated long distance gift ideas? Look no further than Winc. A flexible and personalized wine club, Winc subscriptions make the perfect gift for wine lovers. With hundreds of curated options to choose from, the process couldn’t be easier. Simply answer six questions to build your flavor profile and Winc will send their recommendations straight to your family member’s door. All they need to do is sit back, sip and enjoy.

Buy it: Winc 1-month subscription, $60, Winc.com

Long Distance Gifts for Baby

Baby’s first festive season is a magical time. Celebrate your niece, nephew or baby cousin’s first Christmas with an unforgettable long distance gift. From personalized books to DIY ornaments, these baby gifts are the best of the bunch.

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Personalized Story Book

What better way to introduce a little one to their family than a personalized story book? We love this bear-themed tale that introduces baby to their family page-by-page. Add up to nine different named bears so everyone appears in the story. Friends and family can all join in the fun with a dedicated page for each character. End the book with a heartwarming letter welcoming baby to the family. It’s an ideal long distance family gift to bring everyone together.

Buy it: Wonderbly A Letter for the Littlest Bear, $30, Wonderbly.com

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Baby DIY Ornament Kit

Well-chosen long distance family gifts can turn into treasured memories. Case in point: This baby hand and footprint craft kit. The DIY kit includes clay, heart-shaped moulds, paints and more—everything you need to create a beautiful keepsake. Plus, creating the prints is a fun family activity in the run up to the holidays.

Buy it: Bubzi Co Baby Footprint Handprint Clay Ornament Kit, $18, Amazon.com

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Lovevery Play Kits

Looking for a present that’ll support baby as they grow? Lovevery’s expertly designed play kits include STEM and early learning toys that encourage tots to explore and learn. Each kit includes a selection of award-winning toys created using sustainable materials. And there’s a kit for each developmental stage, from newborn up to 3 years old. Make a one-off purchase or schedule convenient kit delivery every two to three months, to coordinate with baby’s growth. Playtime is about to get a whole lot better!

Buy it: Lovevery Play Kits, starting from $36 per month, Lovevery.com

Long Distance Gifts for Mom

Whether you’re shopping for your mom or a new mom, a little bit of luxury goes a long way. Show them that you love them with a little something. Our top long distance gifts include cozy loungewear and huggably soft weighted blankets.

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Fluffy Sheepskin Mules

Slippers that are equal parts cosy and beautiful—yes please! Made from 100 percent sheepskin, these chic mules actually get softer with wear. Perfect for putting your feet up by the fire. Long distance family gifts don’t get better than this.

Buy it: Piglet x WoolOvers Neutral Womens Open Toe Sheepskin Mule, $59, PigletinBed.com

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A Hug in a Blanket

Longing to give your mom a hug? Now you can (well, sort of). The Gravity weighted blanket uses the power of deep pressure stimulation to simulate the feeling of being hugged. It’s been proven to increase serotonin and melatonin, which aid a restful night’s sleep. Plus, it looks and feels great! Trust us, this is one long distance gift the mom in your life will thank you for.

Buy it: Gravity Blanket, $189, GravityBlankets.com

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StoryWorth Keepsake Book

Never did hear the story of how your parents met? Or maybe you’re curious about a family motto? Unravel your family history together with StoryWorth. Each week, your loved one will be sent a question and invited to share their stories. At the end of one year, their stories are gathered in a beautifully bound keepsake book. Long distance family gifts this great are a rare find.

Buy it: StoryWorth Subscription, $99, StoryWorth.com

Long Distance Gifts for Dad

First time dads and grandpas who’ve been around the block a few times have one thing in common: They all love to be treated! Here, discover our favorite long distance gifts for dads.

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Atlas Coffee Club

Sourcing long distance gifts for dads can be tricky. But never fear— Atlas Coffee Club is here. Atlas sources premium beans from farmers worldwide, supporting ethically sustainable farming practices. Eco-conscious and delicious? Win-win. With the starter pack, each month Dad will receive the finest single source coffee alongside flavor notes, brew tips and postcards from each country of origin. It’s a thoughtful present that’s sure to brighten long winter evenings.

Buy it: Atlas Coffee Club Starter Pack 3-month Gift, $60, AtlasCoffeeClub.com

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Build a Family Tree with Ancestry

Long distance family gifts should celebrate family bonds, old and new. So this holiday season, give Dad the key to discover his roots with Ancestry. Ancestry offers a range of options, including the World Explorer membership, which grants access to billions of records from 80+ countries. Why not get involved and build your family tree together? It’s a great remote project to keep you connected.

Buy it: Ancestry World Explorer Membership, $149 for a 6-month membership, Ancestry.com

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eCreamery Ice Cream

Satisfy Grandpa’s sweet tooth with four pints of delicious gourmet ice cream. Each pot contains only the finest ingredients and are named specially for grandparents. Flavors include: Peanut Butter and Choc Chip Cookie Dough. Yum! A tasty long distance family gift that is sure to earn you brownie points.

Buy it: eCreamery Grandparents Classic Collection, $70, eCreamery.com

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