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Well, here we are! The last of the holiday gift guides for 2014! This particular gift guide might just be my favorite, if only because I was thinking of all the ways I’d use these ideas to bond with my best homies, who all live in different states far from me and who I tend to miss very much during the holidays. While we’re all pretty good at staying in touch, I definitely miss those one-on-one moments over a shared interest. I have one girlfriend back in Wyoming who was my snowboarding partner in crime for years. I have another girlfriend in Kentucky (who is expecting!) with whom I’d swap recipes and have Tuesdates over wine and chatting. For those of you who are also many miles from your homie, here’s The Broke-Ass Bride’s 2014 Gift Guide for The Long Distance Best Friend!
The Foodies (top row): For those who gossip over julienned peppers, give a subscription or gift card to Plated, the at-home recipe delivery service. They’ll send you all the goods necessary (save pots, pans, utensils and some basic kitchen staples) to make their curated recipes. It saves the hassle of going to the store, and the portion control is spot on. Gift cards start at $60, which covers 4 plates. || Load up a Kindle with stellar cookbooks (or your favorite books — like ours!) so she’s fully prepared to bust out a baller recipe without having to sift through piles of hardcovers. Amazon Kindle starting at $59.99 || If your homie is a newlywed, and is now faced with a mounting stock of appliances that she’s not really sure how to use, get her a copy of The Kitchen Decoded. This cookbook puts to use all those gadgets that are wildly prevalent on wedding registries, and gives detailed instructions on how best to use them … and then provides recipes to put that knowledge to work! The Kitchen Decoded cookbook, $19.50.
The Happy Hour Crew (middle): Buy a gorgeous set of Champagne glasses and send her one. There’s nothing quite like sipping (even the cheapest) bubbly out of a fancy vessel to make even the most broke of asses to feel a little more chic. Rosy-Cheeked Coupes from BHLDN, $68 for 2 || Give the gift of booze! Send your best a bottle of her favorite bubbly, or, better yet, send her a bottle each month with a wine of the month subscription service. Then sit down and have a Snapchat sesh as you get tipsy together! Wine of the Month Club, $149 for 2 bottles a month for 4 months.
You’ll Always Be There, No Matter How Far Away (bottom): Send your friend fun, personalized stationery with some postage stamps and bring back snail-mail! Commit to sitting down and writing each other a note once a month — on top of your tech ways to stay in touch. It’ll add a more personal and intimate connection between the two of you. Cheery Checklist sationery from Tiny Prints, $21.60 for 15 cards. || If a coffee break and quick chat was y’all’s thing, send her a Starbucks gift card and set a date to grab your java and catch up over Skype or FaceTime. You can e-cheers your coffee and check out of the regular world for 10 minutes while you catch up with your best homie. Check Raise.com for current gift card offers || Sometimes, when life gets rough, all you want is your partner in crime there to comfort you. Personalize a pillow with Instagram snaps of the two of you and her monogram, so when she’s feeling blue, she can give you a quick squeeze no matter how far away you are. Monogram Instagram Photo Collage Pillows from Zazzle, $33.95