Finding a gift is a test of how well you know your partner. We have already discussed ideas for how to come up with unique and personal ideas for presents in a long distance relationship. Read Chris’ posts, Finding the Perfect Gift Part 1, and Part 2 for more information on that. However, we realise that coming up with something completely original can be tricky, and you may not be able to every single time.
Fortunately, we have compiled a list of our Top 20 Gift Ideas for Long Distance Couples to help you get started. These gifts range from those designed to remind your partner of you when you are apart, to those that will enhance your time when you are together. One thing is for sure, your long distance partner will love the thought you put in to finding the perfect gift, for the perfect occasion.
1. Message in a bottle
The message in a bottle comprises of a sweet handwritten note, delivered in an elegant glass bottle,add some sea shells for decoration and have it delivered to your partner on a special occasion. Not only will they receive a handwritten letter, but a beautiful decorative piece they can put on display for the world to see. For delivery to the UK, take a look at Getting Personal or for delivery to the USA, check out Bottle Me A Message.
2. Kind Notes
These are unique, beautiful and customisable gifts for any occasion. Select a jar, and a style and then fill it with envelopes. Each envelope has a different message inside and you can either choose from pre-written notes, or request for the papers to be left blank for you to write out yourself. Take a look at the KindNotes website to see their huge range of creative gifts, and order your own jar of surprises for your partner today.
3. Book of emails
Memeoirs is the most popular and well known company that will offer this service. If you and your partner exchange emails frequently then this is the gift for you. While emails can be a great way to communicate, nothing beats the feeling of having something physical to read. Use Memeoirs to turn all of your emails into a stunning hardcover book for your partner. Making it is a simple process, and your partner is sure to love it, as it will give them some great bedtime reading material for when they are missing you. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, you could try creating your own book using a service such as
4. Photo album
Similarly to the book of emails, if you have met in person, the chances are you will have a substantial collection of photos at your disposal. While you may have a few of these printed and framed, you can create a stunning gallery quite easily using online services to create a gorgeous flush mount photo book at a very reasonable price. Personally, Chelsea and I have used Artisan State for this before, due to their elegantly simple designs and high print quality.
5. Thoughtful jewellery
Jewellery is a common romantic gift, and can sometimes be seen as a fallback option when you run out of original ideas. But this does not have to be the case. Search around on Etsy to find some cool customisable jewellery that can be personalised to you and your partner’s tastes. There are jewellery items that map special places to your relationships on a map, or allow you to add your birthstones, names and more.
6. Scented candles
Candles are romantic, and even more romantic is a candle scented with something meaningful to you and your partner. For Chelsea’s birthday, I was able to purchase an English Rose Garden scented candle – special to us because it reminds us of England (where we met). For a huge range of scented candles and ideas, take a look at the Yankee Candle website and get inspired!
7. LDR pillows
Everyone has pillows, so why not give your partner’s a makeover with some custom long distance relationship covers. A common issue in long distance relationships is finding the separation difficult. This is particularly true at night when you are trying to fall asleep, knowing that your partner is not there with you. So remind them that you are always there watching over them with one of these cute pillowcases from Bold Loft.
8. Care packages
A care package is a package delivered to your partners house to get them through a difficult time. Whether it is due to exams, work deadlines or just not being able to celebrate a special occasion together, there is a care package for every scenario. You won’t be able to buy one of these as they are unique to every relationship. But you can find a wealth of LDR care package tutorials over at LDR magazine to get you started. Of course, an added bonus is that the thought of you sending a homemade gift will mean the world to your partner, and really let them know that you are thinking of them.
This is an age old idea, and can be made pretty easily. However, you will need to know your partner’s music tastes before starting on one. To create a mixtape, get a blank CD and burn onto it copies of all of your partners favourite songs. You can make mixtapes for different situations, with different types of music. For example you could create a ‘Missing You’ mixtape, and an ‘Excitement’ mixtape for when you are on your way. Be creative, and have fun with this one, there is no wrong way to go about it.
This might seem vague at first, and it is because it can be applied to a number of different gifts. But it is a great way to turn something simple, into something much more thoughtful. Use the co-ordinates of something meaningful in your relationship to add a personal touch to decorative items, framed photographs or even mugs/ pillows. For example, I used the co-ordinates of where Chelsea and I met on a decorative pillow for her Valentine’s day gift. But you could also use the co-ordinates of where you asked your partner out, went on your first date and more.
11. Promise coupons
Promise coupons are both easy to make, and can make for a thoughtful gift if done correctly. The basic idea is to create a little handmade book of coupons, that your partner can exchange for their said value the next time you see each other in person. This is a great way to build excitement for your next trip, and can be cost effective too if you are on a tight budget. Examples could include: ‘Exchange for One Massage’ or ‘One Breakfast in Bed’.
12. Framed maps or quotes
In any long distance relationship, maps will always hold a special place in your heart. Whether it is where you both met, or where you both live (a reminder of the distance you overcome on a daily basis). So why not give your partner a framed, personalised map, or one of your favourite long distance quotes. It is a great visual reminder that no matter how far apart you may be, in heart you will always be together. Take a look on Etsy for some great personalisable ideas.
13. Open when… envelopes
We all have those days when we are just feeling down, or missing our long distance partner. Open when… envelopes are a great way to help your partner in these situations. Write out some hand written notes, and gather a couples small little gifts. Then put each in a separate envelope, and label them with different scenarios. For example: ‘Open When You Are Missing Me’, ‘Open When You Are Mad’, ‘Open When You Need a Laugh’ to name just a few. For more inspiration, check out some of the great creations people have made on Pinterest.
Another classic gift, flowers are the perfect way to let someone know that you are thinking of them. They both make a great centerpiece decoration and can also be dried & pressed into stunning artwork to last forever. Of course the difficulty with sending flowers as a gift in a LDR is the distance they have to travel. To get around this, check out Pro Flowers who will help you ship flowers to your partner from a local depot.
15. Date kit
Send a gift that will enhance your experience the next time you and your partner are together. A date kit can be put together for one of many potential dates. Whether it is a movie date that includes romantic films, snacks and other activities, or a picnic hamper ready to be taken to the park, the date kit is a thoughtful gift that will provide both you and your partner with a wonderful experience. Remember, however, this is a DIY gift idea, and you will have to put it together yourself. For some inspiration on how to get started, check out the Dating Diva’s post on the Cuddle Kit for Two.
16. Countdown calendar
Most long distance couples will spend a significant amount of time counting down the days until you will be able to spend time together in person again. So why not make this wait a little bit easier on your partner? Create a unique and personalised countdown calendar with the days until you see each other again. Perhaps include a different photo of you for every day, or month, and some inspirational quotes for an added level of uniqueness. But there is no doubt that striking another day off of any countdown calendar is definitely a gratifying feeling.
17. Pair of pendants
Remind your partner that you are always there for them no matter where you go with a pair of pendants. You keep one half, and they keep the other. When you are together, put the two halves together to make a whole. You could choose one in the shape of a heart, or perhaps the country you both live it. Personalise it even more with your names or initials, or even the locations of where you live.
18. Subscription packages
If you know that there is something in particular that your partner enjoys, consider paying for a yearly subscription of it. This could be anything, from a year long subscription of Netflix, to an online pass of their favourite game. There are a huge variety of options, including magazines, newspapers, TV, film, apps and more. You can even be more creative, and sign them up to one of the many food clubs. These will deliver anything from cakes, to curries, to surprise treats to your partner every week for a whole year. Take a look at Not On The Highstreet for more subscription package ideas.
19. Homemade decoration
Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a thoughtful DIY project. If you know there is something your partner wants, whether it is a photo frame, a blanket, bookends, a clock or more, have a go at making it yourself. Pinterest is a fantastic resource for home craft ideas that your partner will love. And nothing will give them more joy than to look at your handiwork and know that you poured your heart and soul into it. While this is a vague category, it really depends on what your partner is looking for, and will vary couple to couple.
20. Plane tickets
The ultimate long distance relationship gift. Give your partner the surprise of their life by either flying them over for a surprise visit to see you, or visiting them when they least expect it. This one can be pretty tricky to pull off, and requires a lot of planning and preparation. You can read Chelsea’s experiences of surprising me for my 20th birthday in her blog post, here. It is definitely an experience I will never forgot, and the most incredible gift you can give in any long distance relationship.
Those are our Top 20 Gift Ideas for Long Distance Couples, but we would love to hear your thoughts too. What is the best gift you have ever given or received from your long distance partner? Have you tried any of the ideas above? Let us know what your you and your partner thought of them in the comments below.