Best gift ideas for friends living abroad

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Being separated from friends and family when there are big occasions to celebrate can be very tough. It is one of the tragedies of the modern age that families end up living so far apart, often in different countries entirely. And as much as you always want to be present for your special people’s significant events and moments, it quite simply isn’t possible or affordable to always make the trip. But that doesn’t mean that you are not there in thought or that you cannot send a special gift that will express your feelings and act as a reminder of how much you feel for them. With that in mind, here are a few ideas of gifts that work well for friends and family living abroad.

Online is great

One of the best things about the modern age that we live is, is the convenience that is afforded to us by the internet. Online shopping and the ability to purchase and send items seamlessly is an absolute treat. Many online stores allow people to create wish lists, places where they can chronicle the items that they hope for. It makes it easy for you as a purchaser to go in and find the perfect choice. But even if that is not the case there are plenty of other great options. You can buy wine online or flowers or books. The options are endless. Obviously, try to purchase items that have a special meaning. For example, if your son had a particular brand of wine at his wedding and you want to send an anniversary gift – it would be a nice touch to send him a bottle of the wedding wine. It is little details like that, which work very well.

Go the extra mile

No matter how far away your people are, there are always people who will be travelling there at some point. Look to find a way to get something to them through your network of connections. In this regard using platforms like Facebook and Twitter to crowd-source, some help is a good way to go. If you are in Sydney and you need to get a parcel to America, it is almost certain that you know somebody who is going, or if you don’t, that somebody you know will know somebody who is going. Use these connections to send something personal. It will mean the world to your special person when they see the effort that has gone into getting a gift to them from across the world.


One of the primary reasons that people who are far apart are not able to see each other too often is down the costs of the ticket. So, help to make that disappear by buying your person a ticket to come and see you. It doesn’t even need to be date specific. Give them the option to travel at a time that is convenient for them. And the nice thing here is that while the tickets might be expensive, if there are enough of you back home hankering for a visit, then you can all contribute towards the cost of the flights. Easy!


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