Smiles Across The Miles: Gifting To Friends and Family Living Overseas

Posted by Kerri Mosher on December 22, 2016 in Blog |

With increasing globalization, sometimes we find ourselves in a position of not being able to be with the people we care for. It’s made all the harder on significant dates, when birthdays become a little more lackluster, and the winter magic of Christmas is missing some of the sparkles.


For the older parents reading this, it’s made all the more complicated when the people across the miles are your children. Sure, you can smile via messenger programs and wave through grainy pictures – but somehow, it just seems to emphasize the distance more.


To add to the emotional complications of being separated from one another, you also have the gifting problem. If you are not around someone frequently, don’t know the items that they have in their home, then it’s difficult to judge what to get them. Say you know they like a particular band, so you want to get some wall art celebrating said band. But as you’ve not seen their home for a while, how do you know they haven’t already got something similar?


While there is no fix for the problems of separation anxiety and missing someone who doesn’t involve a plane ticket, on the gifting front, there are a few ideas you can look through. It’s not the same as being there, but some of these might be so appreciated, it’s the next closest thing.


Potted Plants


All the better if you can source them from a retailer local to your loved ones. While flowers might be the obvious option, they are also temporary – they will wither and die, which is not always the best sentiment to send!


With plants, however, you have a sense of longevity. Potted indoor plants that require minimal care are a good idea. For keen gardeners, you can go for an outdoor option that means you will quite literally take root in their home.




The beauty of hamper delivery is that there is something for everyone, a gift for every member of the family. You don’t have to have specific information on what each person likes and dislikes; you can just rely on the hamper to provide enough of a spread to take care of it for you. You can even pick themed hampers to go with a favored memory you have shared. A hamper doesn’t have to be widespread either, of course – if they’re a chocolate or tea fiend, go for an option which focuses around these.


Homemade Creations


The best option for a homemade gift is to look into a video of things they have missed. If possible, get as much footage as possible in the year between birthdays and Christmas. This is a chance to document all the little, insignificant things that people living abroad miss the most. It also shows you have been thinking of your overseas friend throughout the months before the big day rather than just in the moments before clicking “purchase”.


The only potential downside is the recipient themselves – some may prefer materialistic to sentimental! But that works too with the options above, so there’s something for everyone.


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