One of my best friends and I live about a 4 hour drive away from each other so we don't see each other or the DC's very often but like to send presents through the post at Birthdays and Christmas.
Her 2 DS's are a lot older than mine (10 and 11 years old) so I often struggle to think of what to buy them and as they're becoming tweenagers, it's getting harder and harder! BFF was also diagnosed as being Bi-Polar this year and has had a very tough time, including a stint in a special facility and struggles with leaving the house at the moment.
My idea for this year's Christmas present is to send her and her family a parcel containing a big bowl, packs and packs of popcorn and a voucher for somewhere like Blockbuster or LoveFilm so that they can rent some movies to watch.
It'll work for her as she can get DVD's delivered so she doesn't have to go out and she can get her DH or DS's to post them back. Blockbuster also allow you to borrow DVD's from one of their shops and a quick look on Google (I've not been to her new house since she moved earlier in the year) shows that there is a shop just down the road from them so her DH and DS's would be able to pick up DVDs when they wanted too without waiting for delivery.
Of course the added bonus of getting them something the whole family can share appeals too - her DH was always hard to buy for and they boys are getting increasingly so too!!
I've never used LoveFilm or Blockbuster etc before so I'm not entirely sure what's involved though. Are they any good? What happens if you lose a DVD or one gets damaged? Is it a good present idea do you think or a bit rubbish?
We use Lovefilm its great. On their site they have a huge list of films - anything and everything you can possibly think of. You select which ones you want and they send them to you. You can set priorities of what you want to watch, but its very hit and miss.
There is a monthly subscription charge so I'm not sure how it would work as a gift.
potplant - Both LoveFilm and Blockbuster let you chose a gift subscription. You can choose how many months you want it to run for and how many DVDs you'd like them to be able to rent and then you can either e-mail, print or they'll post you a voucher to give.
I was going to print one and add it in with my popcorn and bowl parcel.