Many immigrants travel in search of new and better opportunities, some for business, others for freedom. Regardless of the reason, not everyone immigrates with their entire family, and for most, there are still many family members that remain in their homelands.
While you are abroad, there is often the desire to stay in contact with the family you love. There are various means of communication for this, some of which are feasible and others that may not be so easily achieved. We’ve compiled some of the best new immigrant gifts to send overseas to your family.
What to send?
Perhaps the most classic method of communication is writing. Whether it is a postcard or a lengthy letter, the mail has delivered messages and packages throughout the world. But, you may be concerned about what types of things to send to your family. What types of things would be useful? How can you remind your family that you are thinking of them, even when they are on a completely different continent from you?
To combine the two, nothing is better than a gift that says you are being thoughtful as well as mindful. Start by thinking about what you needed when you were home. Were there some items that were on a wish list? Perhaps there were a few items that you needed which weren’t readily available or may have cost too much in your homeland. Certain items can be rare in other countries, while exuberantly abundant in others. This may be a great time to buy gifts to send overseas to your family for these few items that are “hard-to-get.”
Lighting up their life always is appreciated
What about lighting? It’s always great to have a guiding light in your house, especially when you find yourself in the dark. A simple hand-held LED flashlight is always a handy gift and comes in handy in just about any situation. Some flashlights are even combined with a small tool assortment, making them a handy tool to have around the home. Certain tools can be handy and may even be needed for your family to conduct business or work in their homeland.
You should also consider clothes. What about gear such as shoes and boots? These things can be customized to just about anyone’s style or desire, and there are even locations where you can get custom made t-shirts with pictures or writings on them.
Consider a box collection of postcards that has a variety of different scenes of your new city or country. It will save your family the trouble of writing you back, which is a plus since you’ll be able to hear from them more often. As they write to you, they can get an idea of where you are and share some of their experiences with you as well.
Music and art is not always readily available abroad, especially music that is specific or regional. You can share a taste of your new culture or even provide a few favorites that they don’t have. Regardless, music always makes for a great gift. Just make sure you send them the means to play it with as well. In addition, the arts combine a wide range of different mediums. You may have family members that enjoy painting or drawing. As simple as it may sound, some paper and pens can go a long way to making someone happy as a gift to send abroad.
The gift of your voice
What about a way to call you back? Not every country is renowned for its cellular services, and this would make a great opportunity to look into singing up for Pingo to take advantage of the Family Plan to make international web dial calls from over 200 countries for just 1.75 cents per minute. Then you’d be able to stay in contact with them more conveniently with guaranteed crystal clear quality.
Pay attention to the rules
What type of postage and packaging would you need? Consider what you will need to be able to send packages across international borders. What is allowed to travel across boarders? You don’t want to send anything that will be returned or confiscated, so do proper research on banned or prohibited items.
Communication is doubly important. You’ll want to consider investing in a prepaid international calling card service so that you can update family on gifts you’re sending or even the stories that “go with” your gifts.
Take the time to think of the thoughtful things you can send your family that can help them out as well as remind them that you are thinking of them. Send them a message or gift to send overseas, but always send them your thoughts. Though you may be in a completely different country, you can always stay close as long as you never forget those you love.
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