Long-distance relationships are not for the faint of heart. They require endless patience, a solid foundation of trust, and unshakable commitment. Of course, they are 100% doable with the right person, and there are so many ways to stay connected despite the distance.
1. Curate a playlist
A modernized version of the 80’s mixtape!
2. Start a book club
Take turns choosing the books and schedule book club dates to swap your favorite parts.
3. Start a Netflix show together
Let your partner pick a new show for both of you to watch. “Date night” could be streaming it at the same time!
4. Photo album
Whether it’s traditional or electronic, a photo album is the perfect gift for a trip down memory lane when you’re missing each other.
5. Digital photo frame
It allows you to upload photos to the frame anytime, anywhere, so your partner will get them in real time.
6. Send a note via snail mail
Isn’t it fun receiving mail that isn’t a bill? Sending a love letter to your partner is a unique, thoughtful way to express your love.
7. Framed photo
Choose your favorite photo of the two of you and splurge for a nice frame. Your partner can keep it on their nightstand, desk, or anywhere they want to stare at your smiling face!
8. Countdown calendar
Create a fun calendar for your partner to ramp up excitement for the big reunion day. Try to see the custom imprinted wall calendars, you might like to buy one..
9. Send voice memos
Who doesn’t love relistening to old voicemails? This is the same concept!
10. Touch bracelets
You both wear a bracelet, and it buzzes whenever one of you presses the button.
11. Touch lamps
Similar to the bracelet, your touch lamp lights up whenever your partner touches theirs.
12. Doordash their favorite meal
If your partner is super busy or stressed out, you can take care of dinner for them. (They’ll definitely appreciate it!)
13. Send them a bottle of wine
And buy yourself one, too! You can schedule a Zoom “date night” and have a glass together.
14. “Open this letter when”
Letters for when they’re missing you, feeling down, or stressed out. It’ll be the sweet pick-me-up they need.
15. Plan a virtual date night
Cook a meal together, watch Netflix, or order pizza. (Whatever you would do if you were together!)
16. Surprise them with a visit
If you’re sure they’re free, plan a surprise trip to see them if you can!
17. Buy them tickets to visit you
A generous gift that shows how much you want to spend time with them.
18. Airbnb gift card
A thoughtful gift for when you’re planning a reunion trip.
19. Plan a romantic trip
Pick a romantic destination and plan out the trip together.
20. Send them a round of drinks
Send money over Venmo to buy a round for them and their friends!
21. Send them coffee money
Because they’ll probably need coffee in the morning after that extra round of drinks.
22. Buy matching jewelry
If you’re both into a little bling, of course. You can get matching Cuban link chains at https://www.vvsjewelry.com/collections/cuban-link-chains.
23. Get matching undies
Apparently, it’s all the rage nowadays.
24. Husband pillow
Regardless of sexual identity or orientation, a husband pillow can be used to offer snuggles when your partner can’t.
25. Send them a scavenger hunt
If you have the time to plan it, this is a fun, elaborate gift your partner can do with their friends.
26. Stay active together
Fitbits and Apple Watches are a fun way to compare workouts and keep each other motivated. I have also been torn recently on whether to get an iWatch or a Fitbit and could not decide until I saw this great guide on Fitbit vs Apple Watch so have a look there and you’ll easily find the answer.
27. Gift them a spa treatment
The perfect way to unwind after a long week.
28. Continue to learn together
Look into choosing a Masterclass for the two of you to take together.
29. Food subscription box
Blue Apron or Hello Fresh is a fun option for cooking together, and you can do it over your virtual date night!
Using a relationship coaching app together shows your commitment to making things work, even when it’s tough!
Remember, long-distance relationships can work! As long as you maintain good communication, put in the effort, and stay connected using some of the gifts above, you’ll be just as happy apart as you are when you’re together.