$10 Mailable Christmas Gift for a Far-Away Friend


This post was sponsored by Redbox as part of a program with Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Raise your hand if you have a friend who’s far away and who you want to keep in contact with! (Okay, not just me? Cool!) It’s deceptively easy to keep in touch with friends and families who are far away; we have social media to thank for that. Still, I don’t know about you, but around the holidays I often feel a little lonelier. Social media offers us a breadth of people to keep in contact with… but not the depth.

There’s something really lovely to be said about sending cards, letters, and gifts, or using the phone to make a phone call– and not just text or click an update. Those tangible things that we often want our service members to get when they are far away are no less important for our friends and family when we’re far away from them.

Gifts and shipping can be expensive, but there are ways that you can minimize your costs while still being thoughtful and reaching out to a friend who is on the other side of the country or world.

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I’ve created a miniature Christmas care package for just that person. It costs less than $10 from gift to shipping AND it’s not lame. I mean, I’d want this to show up in my mailbox.

First of all, get yourself a cute envelope. I found this one for $1 at Target in their dollar bins. Score. If you can’t find one, make one. A little washi tape or stamps goes a very, very long way.

Now, grab an ornament that is adorable and that you know your friend will love. I found this little Santa at Michaels. At this point in the year, you can get these for a song– most stores are already trying to clear their Christmas merchandise. (And of course, you can always keep an eye out for them on the after-Christmas sales and stash them away for next year!)

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Here’s the easiest part: go to Redbox.com and purchase gift codes. (Yes, you can actually do this!) You can buy Redbox gifts either as gift code bundles or egift cards, so pick what you think is best for your gift recipient. I’m a fan of the promo codes– they’re fun! When you give a gift code, you’re giving a 1-day rental for a movie or a game and they can be redeemed at a physical Redbox or online for a reservation. The codes never expire. Ever.

(Make sure that when you buy the egift cards or codes that you sign up for Play Pass, Redbox’s rewards system. You can earn a free movie for every 10 you rent. That means a free Jurassic World or Pitch Perfect 2 night!)

Alright, now that we’ve got that, download the poem and card and print it. This printable is sized as a postcard or you can just print it on paper and cut it out. Mount it onto a piece of card stock (black or gold looks especially chick) with strips of washi tape.  Download the free PDF here: Christmas Printable.

Get it to the post office, and boom. You’re done and will have one very happy friend in a few days.

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