As an expat in Berlin, I’ve had some trouble adjusting to a new life. Germany, while similar to the USA in many ways, also has a pretty divergent culture from what I’m familiar with. Living abroad can be a challenge for a number of reasons, from the troubles with bureaucracy to communicating with people both here and at home. But the hardest part for me? Being away from my friends and family back in America. Yes, I’ve managed to settle quite nicely into a new home, but there’s still a certain longing for the past. I’m thousands of miles away from my family and though we’ve got a lot of ways to communicate abroad, it’s nowhere near as regular as it used to be.

Oftentimes, the out-of-sight, out-of-mind mentality comes to play. Of course, it works both ways, with me forgetting birthdays of friends back home and missing out on important events. But I will say this: being in a foreign country, the single best way to make me smile is physical mail. I guess the idea that I’m trying to make a mostly-permanent home abroad is solidified with each letter or package to my new address. There’s something special about receiving mail.

Thankfully, the kind people at Gifts for Europe have found a way to bring smiles to US expats in Europe. The website sells gift baskets with everything from wine & cheese to macaroons and chocolates. Customers in the USA (or anywhere, really) can visit their website and select from a huge variety of gift baskets to send to 21 different European countries. Knowing that I was spending my Christmas nearly all alone this past December, they offered to send me a gift basket to try out!

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wine/cheese gift box

And guess what: I loved it! Mine came with three different cheeses, specially flavored for a German taste palette, some mixed nuts and a bottle of wine. The gift box wasn’t big but the cheese surprisingly lasted me for a few days—and I do love my cheese. It was a perfect little gift to receive, and for those looking to send something special to a friend abroad, I think these gift boxes make for a nice surprise. They range in price from $65-$200 depending upon the size and how gourmet you decide to go with the selection.

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Seeing as how I received my own special gift from Gifts for Europe, I figured a lucky reader should also get a gift. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and make sure you’re subscribed to my newsletter (next edition: Feburary 1st). Gift boxes can only be sent to select countries Europe. If you don’t live in Europe, you’re welcome to still enter and have a gift basket sent to a friend of yours abroad.

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