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Top Gift Ideas for Faraway Loved Ones This Holiday Season

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Thanksgiving is officially over and malls and stores across the country have started to fill with frantic buyers eager to cross a few gifts off their shopping list. While some shoppers enjoy the thrill of picking out the perfect present, wrapping it carefully with pretty ribbon, and placing it under the tree, there might be some people on your list whom you won’t be able to see in person this holiday season. Instead of risking your present arriving in a crumpled mess (or not making it there in time), consider sending your loved one a holiday gift basket that is sure to deliver a smile and some holiday cheer.

For anyone with a sweet tooth

There is no limit to the options available if you want to ship something sweet to your someone sweet. Even the famed Dylan’s Candy Bar will ship candy across the country – just remember to be careful when shipping chocolate to warm climates!

For someone wanting something a little healthier

If you don’t want to send candy to someone who might be looking for a little less sugar, consider adding them to a fruit-of-the-month club. Harry and David offers several varieties of membership where recipients receive a sampling of fruit arrangements, including fresh fruit and cheese, organic fruits, or the company’s signature Tower of Treats package that offers the recipient a bountiful medley of treats in December instead of the usual fruit of the month (which will then be sent to the recipient beginning in January).

For anyone who needs a hug

If you’re looking to send a gift that won’t fade after the holiday season ends, consider sending a holiday teddy bear gift basket from The Serious Teddy Bear Company. This gift basket comes with one of the softest teddy bears on the market, Hugs. Hugs comes complete with three boxes of chocolates, gourmet jelly beans, and chocolate chip cookies. You can even personalize the message that Hugs will deliver to your loved one.

For the paper craft lover

For anyone with a flair for design or crafts, OliveBox sends a package of paper and lifestyle products each month. These packages may include inspiring books, gift ideas, cards, and other paper trinkets perfect for the fan of traditional snail mail.

For the beauty fanatic

Similar to OliveBox’s monthly gift of paper goods, Birchbox will send a monthly supply of beauty and lifestyle samples to your door. Some of the brands included in the specialty boxes are Stila, Kiehl’s, and Smashbox. This gift would be perfect for anyone who likes to try different types of makeup but might not have the budget to buy a new cosmetics supply every few weeks. Who knows, you may even introduce her to her new must-have beauty product – and that can be a gift in itself.

For the wine or beer lover

If your loved one doesn’t have a sweet tooth, and only booze will do for them this holiday season, GiftTree has a wide array of holiday baskets you can send. In addition to holiday-themed baskets, they offer dozens of wine gift baskets. Whether your recipient prefers the tastes of Napa Valley or would like a gift basket complete with champagne to toast the New Year, GiftTree has plenty of options available. There are even craft beer baskets complete with snacks for the beer lover on your holiday list. 

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