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Making friends as an adult can be difficult. I moved out to California from Florida when I was 19, leaving all of my close high school friends behind. I skipped starting college right away and instead became a young wife and mother. I don’t regret any of my choices, but I will say that it made it harder for my not-so-outgoing self to make friends. Eventually I got a part time job and made some great friends that way, but most of them already had a best friend of their own.
You don’t need a best friend per say, but it sure is nice to have someone you can be 100% yourself with. Besides your partner, because sometimes you need to complain about them too. At 28 years old I found someone that I enjoy talking to every day, about every thing. Sadly, she doesn’t live close, so most of daily contact is through messages, phone calls, and skype. Even though we haven’t been friends since we were young, we have a great connection.
Since we’re fairly new best friends, we are slowly making our own traditions. She thought it would be fun if when we traveled somewhere, we would grab a cheesy souvenir for the other person. We didn’t want to limit our choices to “shot glasses” or “magnets” or something like that, so basically anything under $5.00, like vintage postcards or an I Heart Vegas highlighter, is fair game.
When something happens and your best friend is feeling crappy, you want to run over to their house with a crappy movie, some wine and maybe a big ol’ tub of the chocolaty-est ice cream you can find. But when your best friend lives too far away to do that, you have to be creative finding ways to cheer them up. Texting pictures of yourself making silly faces is a great way to put a smile on their face for a second, but sending some fun in the mail will make their whole day.
We like to choose cards that will really make the other one laugh. Sometimes they might be a little inappropriate, but if you can’t be that way with your BFF, then who can you be inappropriate with? The Hallmark Connections Buzz-worthy cards are kind of perfect for us. The humor is a bit more adult than some of the other funny cards, and they are changed frequently to reflect current events. They’re gone quick, so if you find a few you like, stock up! Plus with the Hallmark Card Rewards Program, you get a reward for every 5 cards you buy. Oh, and speaking of current events…
Nothing takes your mind off of a crappy day like some trashy gossip magazines. I don’t usually buy them for myself, but a good BFF doesn’t mind if you thumb through them before you send them her way. You have to know what’s going on, otherwise how are you going to talk about it together?
Along with the magazines and souvenirs, I also added in some really really good chocolate. It’s no replacement for a personal-sized pint of Ben & Jerry’s, but it’s a little more shelf-stable. A candle in a relaxing scent is a great mood lifter as well. I wanted to throw in some mini wine bottles as a mood lifter, but it turns out you’re not supposed to mail alcohol. You could also add in a gift card or two – Starbucks or Target are always a good choice. And don’t forget the funny card to make her laugh.
You don’t have to wait for an emergency to send it to your BFF. You can send a box of goodies and instruct her to open it only when she needs a pick-me-up. Chances are if your BFF is a parent, or has a stressful job, or a busy schedule, they may need a good laugh sooner than later.
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