1. When you want to say, “I’m counting down the days until I see you again.”
For the lucky ones, missing someone has an end date. For these people, the Perpetual Calendar (which moves on its own and without batteries) would be the perfect way to show how quickly time can fly until the next time. At least it’s a better alternative to refusing to shave until you’re reunited.
2. When you want to say, “Remember me in the little details.”
Every glass of whiskey they pour will be perfectly chilled if you send these small soapstones. Even in this small detail, they’ll remember you—whether they want to or not. Which hopefully they do, otherwise you probably shouldn’t be sending them “I miss you” gifts. Awkward.
3. When you want to say, “I’ll still be there when you need me.”
Of course we have phones when we need to chat, but it’s not always the same. How about this idea: give someone a small Moleskine notebook to carry. Whenever they think of something to tell you, they can write it down. Then, when the book is full, they can send it to you. Frankly, I’m tearing up just thinking about it.
4. When you want to say, “I may be far away, but I still know you better than almost anyone.”
Maybe you have a friend who likes things particularly neat. Maybe they have very specific rules about letting food touch, or the best way to eat a donut. Whatever their quirk, this “OCD Chef” cutting board is the kind of gift you see and know EXACTLY who could use it. Sending it shows them that you were thinking about them lovingly, quirks and all.
5. When you want to say, “Let’s hug it out.”
Until Karma figures out how to send your hugs across the country (which would require some Willy Wonka-style magic), we have the World’s Most Huggable Bears from GUND. That lucky bear can collect all your hugs for you until you’re finally able to get them for yourself.