Celebrating birthdays and holidays for long-distance friends and relatives poses challenges regarding gift giving. While sending a check or gift card seems like the logical solution, they tend to hold an impersonal sentiment.
Still, wrapping a present or shipping a special gift often leaves the giver worrying about the safety of the item…and the exact arrival. Even with expedited shipping, sometimes accidents happen and parcels end up in across the ocean.
But sending gifts to loved ones living far in celebration of a holiday or a special occasion includes other options than just a check and gift card. Worrying about shipping also shouldn’t be halting more personalized presents.
When showering out-of-town loved ones with gifts in honor of a momentous occasion or for the holidays, embrace technology with these ideas for personalized treasures from companies that take on the shipping worries for you:
- Customized Photo Albums
Many companies (including Apple) allow users to upload photos and create a handmade personalized photo album. Each page of the album can be customized; choose your own captions, cover page and other personalized details. The result is a gift that showcases some of the best memories between you and your loved ones. Out of town grandparents will especially treasure albums featuring their grandkids…be sure to feature those special events that they might have missed.
- Home Movies on DVD
Take highlights of your favorite home movies and put them together on one greatest hits compilation. Some companies also specialize in helping you convert old 8-millimeter films onto DVD, which means you can preserve those old home movies from decades past. Send DVDs of cherished movies to relatives for a memory-filled gift.
- Gifts of the Month
Not sure what to send? Sign a loved one up for monthly presents! Almost every food and beverage item offers an ‘of the month’ club. Choose wine, choose, teas, coffees, candies and more. Each month, your friend or relative will receive a different offering. The mystery is so much fun! The best part? You don’t have to worry about shipping anything…the companies do it all!
- Floral Flair
Almost everyone loves receiving flowers. This is an easy and beautiful gift that shows you care. Choose fun blooms like Gerbera daisies for happy occasions like birthdays and graduations. Roses offer luxury and love. And flowers are the traditional gift for Mother’s Day; in fact, the National Retail Federation estimated that in 2016 Americans were projected to spend “$2.4 billion on flowers.”
- Online Shopping
Is it even necessary to go to a bricks and mortar store anymore? Not really! According to the site Big Commerce, “51% of Americans prefer to shop online.” Online shopping is the ideal way to pick out the perfect gift and have it shipped on time. Shopping online allows you to find anything and everything…and almost every popular boutique and Big Box retailer has online options.
Stop sending checks and gift cards and opt for a more personal gift instead to honor long-distance loved ones. Thanks to technology, there are so many gift options available. And, sometimes, you can snag free shipping on purchases via online deals! Check out personalized DVD and photo albums that can be created online and peruse the limitless virtual mall that is the internet. You will find that perfect present, because, it is out there! So get shopping!Leveraging Technology: Long Distance Gifts Ideas by Megan Ritter