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Celebrations like birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays are often bittersweet when you and your loved one can’t be in the same room together. Luckily, there are still tons of ways to mark the occasion together, even when you're apart from partners, friends, or family. Start by scheduling time to video chat, and then queue up one of these heartfelt gifts, any of which will make your loved one feel the love—even if they are half a world away.
Here, the best gifts for long-distance relationships.
Trying to do something different and personal? Curate a fun personalized gift box with the help of Happy Box. When you build one of their gift boxes from scratch, you get to select everything from the packaging to the contents, including all sorts of goodies—candy, candles, stickers, accessories, and more. Because it's customizable, this is a great gift idea for any long-distance loved one, from your significant other to your best friend to your sibling.
Bouqs Flower Subscription
A brilliant bouquet of flowers is a timeless gift for special occasions, so consider taking it up a notch with a Bouqs subscription. Your recipient will be treated to a lovely array of farm-fresh seasonal blooms on a recurring basis—once a month is the most popular choice, but you can choose weekly or bi-weekly deliveries, too—ensuring they always have a beautiful bouquet on the counter to remind them of your love.
Let your partner, bestie, or family member know you’re thinking of them with a set of these pretty Friendship Lamps. Each of you will get one Wi-Fi connected lamp, and when you interact with one it lights up the other, displaying different colors to send a non-verbal message to your loved one. It’s a simple and meaningful way to feel a little closer, despite the distance between you.
KindNotes Airmail Jar of Notes
How precious is this jar of notes? It comes filled with 31 different messages, all packaged in tiny envelopes, giving your loved one sweet sentiments to open every day for a full month.
There’s a special set of messages for long-distance relationships, and it includes phrases like, “Even though we're miles apart, my heart is always with you” and “I'm just a phone call away.” Though if you’re celebrating a special occasion, there are also message sets for anniversaries, birthdays, and more.
Framebridge Instagram Mini
Framebridge makes it incredibly easy to turn your favorite Instagram photos (or any other pictures, really) into beautiful framed prints—you can upload the image right from your feed, and then simply select the frame style you want. Or, for a more love-y gift, the Heartstagram comes with a heart-shaped photo mat that’s oh-so cute. Either way, it will make a beautiful addition to your giftee’s decor.
Facebook Portal Mini
If you rely on video chatting to spend quality time with a long-distance partner, the Facebook Portal Mini is a must-have for your home. The gadget looks like a photo frame, but its built-in camera allows you to make video calls via Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp—without tying up your cell phone. Plus, its Smart Camera automatically pans and zooms, keeping you in frame even if you’re moving around. It will definitely come in handy for virtual date nights!
W&P The Virtual Happy Hour Cocktail Kit
Go ahead and have a drink together, even if you're far apart. The Virtual Happy Hour Cocktail Kit comes with all the supplies and ingredients you need to make cocktails at home (minus the actual alcohol, which you have to provide yourself), and this set of three includes tins—one for a margarita, old fashioned, and Moscow mule. Send one to your loved and one to yourself, and then chat it up while you sip delicious drinks over Facetime.
Lovebox Color & Photo
If love notes are your thing, Lovebox is the perfect gift for your boo. This adorable box allows you to send sweet messages to your partner from anywhere in the world using its paired app. All you have to do is write a love note or share a photo via your phone, and the heart on the front of the box will spin, letting your partner know they have a message. When they open the box, your sentiment will be displayed on the screen—and it’s sure to make their day every time.
Artifact Uprising Hardcover Photo Book
Artifact Uprising lets you create a personalized book about your love story, giving you the freedom to customize everything from the size, color scheme, page count, and title. This book is a great way to commemorate your favorite memories together, and it can be used for any major relationship in your life. If you're not a fan of this particular option, Artifact Uprising has several other options, including softcover books.
Homesick Love Letters Candle
Why not write your sweetheart a love letter, then send it to them along with this fragrant candle? The Love Letters Candle has notes of lemon and sandalwood, as well as roses and peonies, making it a sensual choice to set the mood on long-distance date nights. The candle is made from a natural soy wax blend and can burn for up to 80 hours, so it may very well last your partner until you see each other again.
Porter & Hazel Secret Message Leather Bracelet
It looks like a plain leather band on the outside, but this bracelet is actually hiding a secret message. On the inside, the words “I miss you already” are engraved into the leather—or you can write a customize your own message, as long as it's 70 characters or less. The leather comes in several colors to suit your giftee’s style, and it has an adjustable buckle for a comfortable fit on anyone’s wrist.
Peony & Laces Long Distance Relationship Envelopes & Note Cards
All relationships have their ups and downs, and these special note cards will help strengthen your long-distance bond. The rustic brown notecards have matching envelopes that feature phrases like “open when you feel lonely” and “open when you need a hug”—or, you can write your own personalized sayings. You’ll be able to write your loved one messages for each situation, helping them to weather the tough times in your relationship even if you can’t be there physically.
Mandalyn Nichole Art Love Knows No Distance Print
Celebrate your long-distance love with a custom piece of artwork. This print combines two maps into a heart shape, then the destinations are connected by a swirling script that reads “love knows no distance.” You can choose from a variety of print sizes and map colors, and it’s sure to be a meaningful gift for the person you’re missing.