In the white noise of today's social media and the sheer barrage of content that bombards us on a daily basis, the art of gifting has taken a back seat. In an effort to revive this ancient and universal way to communicate love and affection, we've given you some starting ideas for gifting relatives who live overseas. Your parents might be living in another city, your siblings might be spread out all over the country, your in-laws can stay where they are (oops, sorry), and uncles and aunts may not always have time to visit. That's why it's important that you stay connected with these far-flung family members, and gifting is a great way to do that.
These gifts are merely ideas to help awaken your own creativity. Although most of these are unique, they're all available online. But we want you to do the searching - therefore, no links! The only product we've linked to is our own because, obviously (and selfishly), that's the one we really want you to buy. We hope that's enough of a disclosure! Seriously, though, you should consider buying a set of FriendLamps for your most favorite relatives overseas because, as hundreds of our customers have come back to say, they truly make a difference in the way and frequency at which family members are able to "talk" to each other without words. You'll see what we mean when you reach that section.
And now, moving on to the carefully curated list of amazing and unique gifts for relatives overseas, whether it's a messy brother, a coffee-connossieur cousin, a lonely dad at home, a favorite aunt out of the country, or that whiskey-lovin' uncle you love so much but who never has the time to call you!
A wet and dry robot vacuum
We all know that cleaning is an art. Whether your brother in college loves or hates to clean, this handy and compact device will make a huge dent on his routine list. He can use this affordable robot vacuum during his weekly cleans, or—more realistically—an hour before your parents come to visit him. It offers two ways to clean; it can actively mop or powerfully vacuum with smart, structured cleaning paths. He can use it every day and thank you for this amazing gift that will keep his room neat and clean.
Intelex Warmies Slippers, Cream
Give your sister the gift of absolute comfort with these plush slippers. They're infused with natural grain and dried lavender, and can be heated in the microwave to keep her nice and warm. It can also be used as a cold pack by simply placing in a plastic bag and putting it in the freezer. She will love the color and the comfort. Beside the aromatherapy of French lavender and the therapeutic power of heat makes these slippers a perfect solution to rejuvenate, relax and restore - with the soothing warmth and comfort of Warmies Slippers.
Andaz Press 11oz. Funny Coffee Mug
Gift your cousin this funny yet stylish coffee mug to show that you care. It can hold 11oz. of their favorite hot or cold drink. It is made from ceramic
and is UV-protected and FDA compliant. This mug is microwave and dishwasher safe. The words “My Favorite Cousin Gave Me This Mug” will make them feel extra special and remind them (not to mention everyone around them) of you! It is a perfect gift for your tea or coffee-loving cousin as they can use it every day or they can just keep it as a showpiece on the top of their mantle. Talk about public display of affection!
Engraved Whiskey Glass
Your whiskey-loving uncle will love this cool-looking engraved whiskey glass with the words “Uncle. The Man. The Myth. The Bad Influence” engraved on it. Let it always remind him of you whenever he takes a sip of his favorite whiskey from this glass. It has a modern yet old-fashioned look and a chip-resistant rim for durable and long-lasting use. It can hold up to 11 ounces of any smooth whiskey, scotch, bourbon, rum, vodka-based drinks, and delicious cocktails, or whatever his heart desires. Some water once in a while, perhaps?
Customized Birthstone Necklace
Gift your sister-in-law overseas this beautiful monogrammed pendant on a necklace with her birthstone on it. She can easily adjust this chain at 20 inches for a more relaxed fit or at 16 inches for a choker-style look - and whenever she wears it, it will bring back memories of you. The pendant comes in rose gold, gold, or silver plated and is made of glass and is a gorgeous light blue shade. The chains are dainty and look really gorgeous and it is the perfect delicate necklace for everyday wear.
Custom Zodiac Journal
Your sister promised that 2021 would be the year she starts journaling, so go ahead and give her this customized journal featuring her astrological sign to give her a head start. You can personalize it with her Zodiac, her favorite color, and her name. It looks fabulous and she’ll really want to keep using it everyday - a great way to make sure she sticks with the daily entries. She can use it to write her daily thoughts or use it as her to-do list notebook. The personal touch makes it a truly wonderful gift for any relative overseas.
"Best Crazy Little Sister Ever" Coffee Mug
She may be a crazy little sister, but she will always love you even if she’s a thousand miles away. You can make her laugh every time she sips her favorite hot drink from this cute mug. This cute mug is made from ceramic, which is a strong and durable material. The text of the high-quality mug won’t fade away with time, even after several years and multiple uses. The elegant style of these coffee mugs is going to make them the absolute focal point wherever they’re used.
Personalized Pocket Watch
Give your brother this meaningful gift that will always remind him of you. It is a classic pocket watch with exquisite patterns and is beautifully crafted, with a sentimental saying for your brother printed in bold letters on the front of the flip cover. It comes with a necklace chain and a quality gift box. It is made from a premium zinc alloy metal with a shiny black finish. It has a full hunter flip case with a white dial and looks classy. Setting time is easy and there is a button to open the watch. Don’t worry if he doesn’t use it. Nobody’s used these since… Well, the 19th Century, we think! But as memorabilia goes, it’s definitely a keeper!
Featured Gift: A Set of Friendship Lamps
What are Friendship Lamps? They're a set of two or more lamps that can communicate with each other using their local Wi-Fi signals in multiple locations. Hook them up, choose a color for each lamp, and when anyone touches one of the lamps, all the others will light up in the chosen color. Others can respond by touching the sensor plate at the top of their lamp, and once again, all the lamps will change to that particular color. A fun way to communicate without words - just light!
Cloud Massage Shiatsu Foot Massage
Your brother will love this foot massager as it uses a deep-kneading Shiatsu technique to improve blood flow, reduce inflammation, and stimulate muscle recovery that provides pain relief and relaxation after a long day of hard work. He’ll be eager to thank you for being the reason to relieve his stress. Other massagers on the market only provide a basic foot massage, but with an adjustable base, this massage machine can be positioned with amazing comfort to work on muscles of the feet, ankles, or calves. He’ll love it so much that you’ll wish you’d never gifted it in the first place!
Show your mother how much you love her by gifting this unique funny coffee cup that has a double-sided text design with a humorous message printed on it that will make your mother laugh. Each cup is handmade and looks elegant and unique. It is the perfect birthday gift or a mother's day gift from children to their mothers. It is made from quality ceramics, and the images are kiln-fired to ensure that they will not fade. This cute-looking coffee cup can be used in both dishwashers and microwaves.
Help your mom relax about the fact that you’re hundreds of miles away with these aromatherapy candle gift sets of 4 fragrances: Spring-scented candles, Lavender-scented candles, Lemon-scented candles, and Mediterranean Fig-scented candles. Each candle comes in a large jar that has more than 30 hours of usage time. The beautiful smell of these candles will make her feel rejuvenated and calm and will strengthen the bond between you and your mother. She can use it while taking a nice warm bath or doing yoga. It comes in a candle tin with a lid that is made of a beautiful thick metal to seal the aroma until it’s ready to be used.
Lined Notebook With Quote for your biker Dad
Gift your father this cool notepad that he can use for brainstorming, taking notes, jotting down thoughts for that book he’s planning to write, organizing his day, or just doodling. It has 121 high-quality bright white pages with lines to brighten up your dad’s day (we’re always excited about the little things!) It is quite sturdy and has a matte full-color softbound cover. It’s easy to carry the notebook between home and work, and the design is beautiful. Besides your biker dad, you can give it to any of the journal & planner-loving men in your life. Nobody’s going to say no to this beauty.
Lcherry Aunt Necklace
Make your aunt overseas feel special by giving her this gorgeous and classy Infinite Double Circle Necklace that will bring a smile to her face. This necklace is a cute way to say I Love You to your auntie and show her how much you care. It’s a gift that will last her a lifetime as it's made with S925 Sterling Silver. The chain length is 16"+2" and it also comes with an extender to fit anyone. The sentiment - - is as beautiful as the actual necklace and she will love the shiny metal finish.
WUSUANED Aunt and Niece Bracelet
Gift this beautiful bracelet to your aunt to show her how much she means to you. This bracelet comes with the words “The Love Between an Aunt and Niece is Forever” which is a very sentimental way to show her you care. It is made from copper, which gives it a very regal look. These bracelets come in interlocking circles to help represent the connection of love, and comes in a velvet bag ready for gifting. It also comes with a 5 cm chain and looks really nice on the wrist.
Vacuum Insulated Mug Tumbler
This is a funny gift that you can consider for your brother-in-law living abroad. It is engraved with a funny saying “Being my brother-in-law, it is the only gift you need” on the tumbler. You’ll know how much he appreciates it by the look on his face when he opens it up - make sure someone is standing by with a camera phone! This tumbler has a double-walled exterior with a vacuum-sealed area between the walls, which offers maximum insulation to keep his favorite beverage at its original temperature for as long as possible.
Bamboo Cutting Board
Make your Mother in law feel special with this wooden cutting board with a finely engraved and adorable “Mother In Law” message in an elegant and stylish writing. The root plant enhances the beauty of the board. This cutting board is made from high-quality bamboo wood and has a very natural texture. Besides being a cutting board, it also makes a great decor piece that can enhance the creative look of her kitchen and make her feel loved by you. The cutting board comes in two sizes - 9.4 inches and 12.9 inches.
MAH “ to My Son ” Camping Compass
Your camping-loving son will appreciate this vintage-looking and portable design compass that is convenient to carry on his next camping trip when he graduates and goes off to college. This air-damped compass is made of brass and looks classy. The small lever on the side of the compass operates a needle lift mechanism to protect the bearing and it has a diameter of a standard pocket compass. It comes in a beautiful leather case to give it that appealing Indiana Jones effect. The writing on it makes it very personal and will make a sentimental keepsake for your son to show his kids and grandkids when the time comes.
To My Daughter Photo Frame
Make your daughter feel special and loved by gifting her this photo frame with a sweet poem. Whether she's a new mom or her kids are grown up, the message inside lets her know how proud you are of her. The item has two attached 4x6 inch frames; the left frame contains a poem and the right frame has an area for a 4x6 inch photo where she can showcase a beautiful picture of you two or her and her daughter. The frames are brushed with silver with a glass front and black velour backing, and can be used as a tabletop display.
This is a versatile and unusual gift that will be loved by your dad. It is a personalized Multi Tool Hammer that will fit in his pocket so he doesn’t have to run back and forth to get his tools anymore while fixing stuff around the house, doing a little home carpentry, or other DIY projects. It comes with very sentimental writing that will always make him feel special. This item has 14 useful tools all in one place and can be carried anywhere. It also comes with a nylon bag that can be attached to the belt and looks very cool.