6 Great Gifts to Help You Connect Right Now

You may not be be able to physically connect to celebrate graduations, anniversaries, and other big moments right now, but these thoughtful gifts will help you stay in touch from afar.
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Boombox Memory Box

Kind words can make someone's day. Give the person you're celebrating a box full of them with a Boombox Memory Box (from $75-$105). Friends and family use the Boombox website to write messages and upload pictures, and the company turns them all into a custom-designed memory box for your loved one. Send a physical box or a digital version. Either way, your recipient will love flipping through the messages and pictures for decades to come. 

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Aura Digital Photo Frame

Give your parents or grandparents the gift of seeing what you're up to with a digital frame. There are tons of options on the market, but all let you instantly send photos from your phone to the photo frame via email or app. We like the sleek, modern designs from Aura (starting at $179)

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Headspace Subscription

Before you can really connect with others, you have to connect with yourself. Gift someone you care about a subscription to a meditation app, like Headspace ($12.99 for one month, $69.99 for a year). It's full of guided meditations, exercises, videos, and more that promote mindfulness and happiness, which lead to deeper relationships with others. 

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Friendship Lamp

Light up someone's day by letting them know you're thinking about them—literally. Friendship Lamps ($160 for two) glow when touched, so keep one in your home and send the other to your friend or family member on the other side of the country. When their light turns on, they'll know you're sending your love. 

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Amazon Echo Show

Make catching up with friends and family easier than ever. The Amazon Echo Show ($230) makes video calls on command, so all you have to do is say "Alexa, call Grandma," and you'll be chatting with your favorite lady in minutes. Read our review of the Amazon Echo and other popular video home hubs here

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The Sill Plant

Help the people you love stay connected with nature year-round by sending them a pretty new plant baby. The Sill sends windowsill-ready plants anywhere in the country, so pick the plant and pot that fits your recipient's personality and send them thoughtful dose of nature. The heart-shaped hoya plant ($28) is always a sweet place to start.