You can get a digital version of everything nowadays, and friendship bracelets are no exception. Remember the brightly colored threaded version you wore around your wrist as a kid until they disintegrated? They’ll always have a place in our hearts, but the new version is pretty awesome — particularly if your BFF doesn’t live around the corner.
The Long Distance Touch Bracelet from UncommonGoods comes in a set of two (of course) for $98 and use an app to connect the bracelets. As soon as it’s all set up, you can send messages to each other whenever you like, no matter how far apart you are. When one person taps their bracelet, the other person’s bracelet lights up and vibrates. It’s the easiest and quickest way to let a long-distance loved one know you’re thinking of them. You can even tap several times in a row, giving you the chance to create codes only your BFF understands.
The bracelets are rechargeable and waterproof, and the silicone bands are interchangeable, letting you switch out the black for blue, green, white or pink. They work through your phone’s Bluetooth connection, over wifi or your mobile data plan.
Other great long-distance friendship gift ideas from UncommonGoods include a wooden lamp that lights up when a “matching” lamp is touched somewhere else and a “heartbeat speaker” that comes in a set of two wristbands and two speakers.
The Long Distance Friendship Lamp ($99 for one lamp; $198 for two) also works for a group of people. You can give each person a color to make spreading the love even more special.
The Long Distance Heartbeat Speaker ($189) is the solution if you’re pining for a loved one so much it’s giving you sleepless nights. When you wear it, you can fall asleep to the other person’s heartbeat in real time. (For this to work, each person has to wear their rechargeable wristband to bed and tuck their speaker — which is connected to their phone — under their pillow.)
Nothing beats having your bestie right there beside you, but if that’s not an option it’s good to know there are things out there that can make the distance a little more bearable.