Gift-giving in a long-distance relationship can be tough. It can be hard to find (or make) a creative and thoughtful gift that can really strengthen your connection.
But it IS worth making the effort!
When you are in a long distance relationship, you miss out on 101 small daily moments to show your love. That makes gifts and other gestures matter even more, so it’s especially important to put time and thought into thoughtful presents when you’re in a LDR.
So, if you’re wondering what to get your long-distance boyfriend on his birthday, we have just the list for you.
1. Birthday care package
We all love receiving care packages, especially if they’re full of items we want and need. And the good news it doesn’t have to be expensive to convey love. Just fill a small box with a mix of items you made and bought, include a hand-written birthday card, and presto… a birthday present treasure chest.
Stuck for ideas for what to include?
What about cookies you baked in his favorite flavor? Protein bars and an energy drink if they like to work out? Nuts, other snack food, or even a canister of creamy nutella.
Your care package is only limited by what you know your boyfriend likes and your imagination.
2. An iPod Shuffle
An iPod shuffle is a gift that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, but makes a huge impact. We can bond over many things, and one of those things is music.
You might even fill the iPod with your favorite songs or a customized playlist that he can listen to immediately.
3. A Day-in-My-Life video
Your boyfriend probably wonders what you do on a daily basis. Well, he no longer has to wonder too much if you send him a day-in-my-life video.
It can be difficult to miss out on daily activities. So, film yourself eating breakfast, getting ready, working, grocery shopping, working out and more. Whatever you feel comfortable filming.
A few insights into your daily routine (not to mention seeing your smiling face on camera, will make your long-distance boyfriend feel much closer to you.
4. Send monthly sweets or snacks
Most of us have a sweet tooth, even if we try our best to deny it. If you purchase a monthly sweet gift or snack pack, he will think of you every time he dips in (check out our guide to 15 fun subscription gifts to see our pick for delivering monthly snacks).
5. Get him a custom t-shirt
Sure, your boyfriend can get a shirt whenever he feels like it. But, only you can make a custom made t-shirts that’s really special for him.
Think of a phrase which resonates for the both of you. You might even put an image of a location where you both shared wonderful memories together. Whenever he wears it, you’ll be on his mind.
6. Fill a jar with messages
Write small messages and fold them up in a jar. You might write 30. Then, ask your boyfriend to open one each day. That way, even with the distance he’ll get a new message from you consistently.
7. A personalized vintage watch
There is nothing more romantic and beautiful than a vintage watch, especially one with a personal message on the back. You could write “All My Love” or “Our Time Together is Priceless,” whatever you feel makes sense for the both of you.
8. A painting
Do you enjoy art as a hobby? Does he? You might hire someone to paint one of your favorite photos of the two of you together. There are many sites which offer budget-friendly services and this will be a truly special gift.
9. A quote mug
Is there a specific quote which defines your relationship perfectly? Get it etched into a mug and send it to your boyfriend. He’ll enjoy reading it whether sipping coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
10. Send love coupons
These are Custom Love Coupons your boyfriend can use. To illustrate, one coupon might be a Skype session at their convenience, or setting a date for your next visit.
Long-distance relationships are difficult, this is true, but they are certainly not impossible.
Despite some critics, there are many long-distance relationships which have survived through thick and thin. Of course, you must put in the effort. And, one of those ways is by making your long-distance boyfriend feel extra cared for on his special day.
What’s your favorite gift you’ve given or received in your long distance relationship?
Amy is a former preschool teacher turned freelance writer living in Ohio with her two children and two cats. Amy graduated college in 2014 with an A.A. in Elementary Education and a B.A. in English. When she’s not playing “super heroes” with her son or toting her daughter to sports practices, Amy writes for Babygaga, AdvisoryHQ, and several other blogs, including her own mom-business blog: theworkathome-mom.com.