Housewarming Gifts + How to Stay in Touch with Long Distance Friends

I am very fortunate that I’m still in touch with my close friends from college (10 of us have a Facebook message thread in which we post about our latest job accomplishments, exercise class recs, group vacation ideas, and more!). Unfortunately, though, all of these ladies live in different cities (though some are nearby each other), residing in places such as San Francisco, New York, Madison, WI, and Juneau, AK, to name a few! Hence, the importance of staying in touch! Here are a few of my favorite ways:

Instagram tags: I used to think tagging a friend in a blogger’s or website’s Instagram post was a silly concept, but seriously, everyone and their mother does this. If you see a funny post that reminds you of a friend, tag her in the comments, and I guarantee it will brighten her day next time she logs on. Here’s one that a friend recently tagged me in, so true:

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Snail mail: I don’t trust my friend’s mailperson in NYC, so I send any cards (fun, congratulatory, etc) to her office! It may be good to check with your friend first before doing this to get a sense of what her office mail system is like and to determine whether people frequently receive personal mail. When my friend got a promotion, I had fun writing her new job title on the envelope…it’s the little things, people! Plus, all of my cards are currently jazzing up her desk memo board, making me feel extra popular.

Snapchat: If something exciting happens throughout the day, I’ll frequently send a mass Snapchat to a bunch of friends, which is a quick, non-invasive (see below…) way to inform a group about something fun without having to send a billion different messages.

Group texts: I’m a member of a very active group text with a few girls from my graduate program, and it’s been a blast updating one another on jobs, dating adventures, awkward moments throughout the day, and even discussing our favorite blogs to read, duh! Of course, some people absolutely despise group chats and all of the constant messaging (all of the guys in our friend group have chosen to exit the chat at some point between when we started it in May and now, so maybe we text each other just a little too much).

Now for the next part of this post—housewarming presents! I recently sent a housewarming gift to two of my good friends who moved in together as roommates in New York, and I’ll admit it, I was at first a little stumped about what to send! I was this close to clicking purchase on these initial mugs from Anthropologie, but I wasn’t sure if one of the girls already owned one, plus kitchen space in NYC is so limited anyway that they may not want extra mugs lying around. I then decided to focus on finding something New York or city themed, and after doing some browsing on Etsy, I found an adorable brownstone print, which they love!

If I could shop for housewarming gifts again (and I’m sure I will), here’s what else I’d pick. Not only are these finds cute and likely things she wouldn’t buy herself, they’re also super affordable ($20 or less!):

From TJ Maxx: 

Play up the pineapple trend with this fun figurine, $14.99

A leopard-loving friend will appreciate this quirky throw pillow, $16.99

From World Market: 

Help her jazz up her bathroom area with this cute NYC-themed bar of soap, $5.99

These mugs are perfect for travel fanatics and the stacking system makes them easy to store, $16.99

From Nordstrom Rack: 

Roommates can leave notes to one another on this cute magnetic board, $14.97

throw blanket will help her jazz up that hand-me-down couch, and this one is such a steal at only $13.97

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