26 Thoughtful Christmas Gifts for Your Long-Distance Bestie

Living far away from your bestie is hard—but it’s been especially so in 2020. If limited travel opportunities and social distancing guidelines 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. 

velvet ear bud cases

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Earbud Case

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 on one side, so she can also use it to store her charger, spare cash, or other small items. Available in black, pink, and blue, the 4.5-inch case is just $10, so you can use it as a gift or a stocking stuffer.

Buy It: Vixen Earbud Case ($10, Anthropologie

Box of Russell Stover assorted chocolates on a marble surface

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Russell Stover Holiday Chocolate Gift Boxes

Life can be like a box of chocolates—but in this case, you do know which one she’s going to get. This season, spoil her with a box of assorted chocolates (including caramels, creams, and pecan clusters) delivered straight to her doorstep. She’ll appreciate every delicious bite!
Buy It: Russell Stover Holiday Chocolate Gift Box (Under $10, Walmart)

greeting card that says sending positive vibes your way

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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.

Buy It: Minted Gift Card ($25+, Minted

woman wearing gold necklace with A initial

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Initial Necklace

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.

Buy It: Big Letter Necklace ($23, Etsy)

wine cork board shaped like california

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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.

Buy It: Wine Cork State ($35, Uncommon Goods

wood slice ornament with two state outlines

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State-to-State Ornament

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.

Buy It: Best Friend Ornament ($15, Etsy)

round velvet jewelry boxes

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Velvet Jewelry Box

If you’re looking for a personalized gift that’s not too sappy, add a monogram to a practical gift you know she’ll use. This velvet jewelry box comes in gorgeous fig, gray and blush options, and you can choose from various monogram designs.

Buy It: Velvet Jewelry Box ($29, Pottery Barn)

white and gold framed map print

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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.

Buy It: Custom Map Print (from $36, Minted)

four fuzzy blankets

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Faux Fur Blanket

One of my favorite things to do after a long day is curl up in my coziest blanket, call my best friend on FaceTime, and tell her all about it. This Christmas, give your bestie the same opportunity by gifting her this insanely cozy throw blanket available in four gorgeous hues.

Buy It: Channel Faux Fur Throw ($49, Sleep Number)

two enamel pins shaped like hands doing pinky promise

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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 $10 each!), so you can let her know you’ve always got her back—pinky promise.

Buy It: Enamel Pin Set ($20, Etsy)

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