23 Thoughtful Christmas Gifts for Your Long-Distance Bestie
Living far away from your bestie is hard—especially at Christmas. If crazy schedules and holiday stress have you missing your BFF a little more this season, let her know how much her friendship means to you with a sweet and sentimental gift. We've rounded up our favorite festive makeup picks, feel-good, self-care products, and a few splurge items for your very best pal. Plus, we've also got practical gift ideas that will remind her of you each time she uses them.
You can have any of these gifts delivered straight to her door (most of the items have a gift receipt option at checkout), or you can order a couple of small items and put together your own holiday package to mail out.
With a gorgeous jewel tone earbud case, she'll never be without her Airpods when she calls you on the go. The case has a mesh pocket that she can also use it to store her spare cash, house key, or other small items.
Snail Mail Supplies
Sure, you FaceTime frequently, but it's nice to get something in her handwriting every now and then. This year, give her the gift of snail mail supplies by giving her greeting cards or stationery. Minted's greeting card subscription makes a great gift, since she'll be able to plan out which cards she wants to send and when. Grab a gift card so she can customize her own order.
Jewelry doesn't have to be an over-the-top expensive gift. This holiday, give her an ultra-trendy initial necklace—for under $25! The design is available in silver, gold, and rose gold, and it ships free anywhere in the U.S.
Wine Cork Board
If your bestie enjoys a frequent glass of red, white or bubbly, gift her this state wine map. At $35, it's an affordable way to give her something personalized, and she'll also have a way to save all her favorite corks. To make this gift extra special, send her a bottle of your favorite wine to help her break it in.
This custom state ornament will let her know you're always just a road trip or plane ride away. This hand-painted wood slice ornament ships free anywhere in the U.S., so you can send it directly to her mailbox. But don't delay—the last day to order for Christmas delivery is December 13.
This sherpa is the coziest thing I own, and I've already told all my friends about it. Your bestie can wear it on walks while she talks on the phone with you, and she'll think of you every time she throws it on to run errands too.
Custom Map Prints
If you can't be together in person this year, send her a memory of a special time when you were. A custom map print from Minted captures the topography of anywhere in the world. Choose your hometown, the city where you attended college together, or the location of a favorite trip you've taken together.
Faux Fur Blanket
One of my favorite things to do after a long day is curl up in my coziest blanket, FaceTime my best friend, and tell her all about it. This Christmas, give your bestie the same opportunity by gifting her this insanely cozy throw blanket available in ten gorgeous hues.
BFF Enamel Pins
These pinky promise enamel pins are like the grown-up version of a friendship bracelet. The set comes with one for you and one for her (this makes them $6 each!), so you can let her know you've always got her back—pinky promise.
You may not be able to watch the classic Christmas movies together on the couch, but you can sport matching holiday sweatshirts and have a virtual movie night. This very merry sweatshirt comes in two colors, so you can get a matching set for your movie marathons.
My friends are obsessed with their Fab Fit Fun deliveries, and the boxes are an easy way to gift something she'll love. It's perfect for anyone who is hard to shop for because you don't have to pick out the products yourself. For $50 a box, she'll get $200 worth of 8-10 full-sized beauty, fitness, wellness, and home products. The subscription is delivered four times a year, so you can just buy one, or splurge on the yearly subscription.
Women of Change Bath Bombs
We're all about celebrating stron women, and this self-care set from Anthropologie is one of our favorite finds. Each bath bomb features a famous woman (Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, and Maya Angelou are featured), so she'll get a little history lesson before her bubble bath.
Practical Christmas gifts are always in style, and these leggings are good for just about everything. She can wear them to her weekly yoga class, while running errands, or while she's traveling to see you. Plus, Lululemon will tailor them for free, so you can send her a pair and she can get them perfectly hemmed at her local store.
Hallmark Wine Glass
You can have a virtual happy hour together anytime, but since it's the season of Hallmark Christmas movies, consider hosting a themed wine night via Zoom. Send her this Hallmark-theme wine glass and get ready to queue up one of this year's 40 new Hallmark holiday movies. Let her open this one a few weeks early so you can start the movie nights before Christmas.
If she picked up knitting as a hobby during quarantine (or if she's looking for a new hobby), consider gifting her a kit from We Are Knitters. Buy one and give her the finished product as a gift, or grab matching kits and learn together. You get to choose the yarn colors of any product kit, so you can totally customize the finished product.
Homesick candles are my go-to gift for almost every occasion. Get two so that you have each other's locations, or give her a candle with sentimental value, like the location of the place you met or where you went to college together.
Beauty Advent Calendar
Treat your friend to a gift that lasts all season long. You'll need to send this one a bit early so that she can spend each day of December unwrapping a luxurious beauty product that'll help her relax and unwind during the holiday season.
Her New Favorite Book
If you're shopping for a book worm, it can be hard to know what books she's already read. The solution? Send her a new release! The Twelve Dates of Christmas is one holiday book I can't wait to read.
Brightening Eye Balm
This season, send your bestie a few self-care products she won't splurge on for herself. This Glow & Get It Balm from Tula is a cooling and brightening eye balm that'll make her feel refreshed and relaxed on her most stressful days. If you know what other products she likes, gift her a larger set, like the best-sellers travel kit.
This ultra-popular luggage brand makes a great gift for anyone who travels often. The Away suitcase is made with a durable hard shell that's built to withstand heavy-duty travel, and it comes with a removable battery (it's TSA-approved!) that holds four full phone charges—a game-changer for long layovers. This is definitely a splurge (think Christmas and her birthday combined) but this gift will mean that when she's planning her next trip to see you, the suitcase isn't one of the travel items she has to worry about.
Central Perk Mug
Let her know you'll be there for her—'cause she's there for you too. Could this Friends-themed latte mug be any more perfect for a fan of the show? She'll think of you every time she sips her morning coffee from it. The oversized mug also makes a great Friendsgiving gift!
Half-Truth Board Game
This Christmas, give her everything she needs to host an at-home game night. You can even turn it into a virtual game night so you can play too! Send her the Half-Truth board game (it comes with 500 trivia cards with obscure categories like 'animals with blue tongues') and read the cards to each other over Zoom—just be sure to keep track of the score!
Box of Sunshine
The holidays can be a hard season (especially if she's not able to travel home), but this box of goodies will add a pop of happiness to her day. The "grateful for you" gift box is packed with a seed-starting kit, chocolate bar, card, cactus-print notepad, and shiny gold pens.