Even if your special someone is miles away, you can still celebrate your anniversary. After all, with modern technology, creative thinking, and the help of some friends, almost anything is possible! In fact, this may just turn into one of those anniversaries you are still reminiscing about years later:
“Hey, remember that time you sent me a CD full of photos of you walking around London with that life-size cardboard version of me ‘showing me the sights’?”
So if you’re far apart and stuck for ideas (or short on life-size cardboard cutouts) here are 9 other creative ways you could celebrate a long distance anniversary…
1. Favorite Activities Day
Gather some friends who can go out with you (because you might not want to do this one alone or you’ll just end up feeling miserable), and then do something as a group that you enjoy doing with your special someone when you’re together. Check in with each other from time to time while you’re out. Send them photos or videos, or dial them in for a live chat
2. The Virtual Dinner Date
Make your virtual dinner date extra special by paying attention to ambience and planning. Even if one of you isn’t present during the evening (hello, different time zones) you can still make it date-like by including favorite foods, drinks, and flowers! Then, once you’re set up, chat and eat/sip just as you would if you were out together.
3. Surprise Gifts
The day is coming and you two are going to be miles apart! So why don’t you surprise your partner with a gift? It doesn’t have to be something physical if you need to save on shipping.
Be creative! Send a fun virtual card, or a series of notes and photos online. Or you can have some common friends help you with setting up a treat for them. Organize friends to take them out to dinner at a favorite restaurant, or deliver flowers or another gift from you on the day. If you’re stuck for gift ideas, check out this list of 70 awesome gifts for couples.
4. Letters in a Capsule
How about getting together online, then writing letters to each other while you’re virtually together? Your letters can be as simple as a love note or a few words of appreciation, or as detailed as a series of answers to questions about your wishes for your relationship, your dreams, and plans, your favorite memories of each other, etc.
Then, put the letters or notes in a capsule, to be sent to one another or exchanged and opened when you are physically together again.
5. Video Message
It’s always a great idea to record a video message for each other. The two of you can plan it, and even have a friendly competition (such as who comes up with the funniest or most romantic video.) Just make sure the competition stays friendly!
And while we’re talking about videos, check out Tine Tags (pronounced “tiny” tags). They’re tiny little tags that let you stick video messages to, well, anything.
Here’s how it works: Buy the tags (100 in a package, woot!!), then download the TINE App at tinetag.com. Now scan the tag with your smart phone, record a message, and put your sticker on a card, package, or letter (or hide them around the house at the end of a visit).
After your partner downloads the tine app they can scan the sticker with their smartphone. Your video message will play on their phone (seeing your face will make their day!) and you will be notified.
6. Advance Planning
If you know ahead of time that you won’t be together on your anniversary, then you can plan ahead and send (or leave behind) a gift or box of letter that they are only allowed to open on the anniversary. Then, get together online so that the two of you can open the gifts and letters together (well “virtually together” anyway).
7. Open When Letters
Have you heard of “open when” letters? They are a heart-warming gift that just keeps on giving in important ways!
Here’s how it works: Right before you part ways, you write some letters that are to be opened based on the title. Here are some ideas:
- Open when you’re feeling lonely
- Open when you miss me
- Open when you want to reminisce
- Open when it’s the day before our anniversary
- Open when you wake up on our anniversary
- Open when you want to find out my wish for us
It’s fun to plan the titles and create the letters. It’s even more fun for your partner to actually open them! With this gift, you can celebrate your relationship not just on your anniversary but also throughout the time that you are apart.
8. The Virtual Movie Date
If a virtual dinner date is possible, what else can you do online together?
What? I’m talking about a movie date! What did you have in mind?
Pick a movie that you can each download, then tee up a movie date. It would be good to have two devices handy— one for viewing the movie and another one for video chatting. This way, you can simply watch the movie and your partner at the same time. Throw in some popcorn and other snacks and it’s almost like being on the same couch.
9. Slum Book Fun
Remember those slum books (also known as autograph books) that were popular years ago? These are books with trivia questions and blanks that you fill out so that others can get to know you better.
You and your special someone can rip out a page from an old-school slum book or find one to use online. And of course, you can always invent the questions.
Incorporate the usual ones that are bound to make you guys laugh or learn:
- What is love?
- What’s your most embarrassing moment?
- When and where was your first kiss? (Make this “our first kiss” for obvious reasons!)
Incorporate some of your own ideas…
- What made you fall in love with me?
- How did we meet?
- What will we be doing 10 years from now?
- How many kids do you want?
With these 9 ideas in your pocket you’re bound to enjoy celebrating your anniversary, even if you’re oceans apart. And if you need even more ideas, you can check out this post on anniversary wishes for couples.