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Send them a box full of love & joy
Fill a NoteCube with wonderful things that will warm their heart when you’re not there to warm them up in other ways. Notes can be related to anything you want–reasons why you love them, good memories, kind words, future promises, inside jokes, and favorite quotes. Your imagination is the only limit, and it’s easy to get friends and family to submit a note too, which can make your NoteCube even more special!
NoteCube was founded by siblings after they filled a box with sixty years of memories for their Mom’s 60th. She loved it so much they figured others would too. This makes a fantastic, classy LDR gift they’ll treasure forever.
Tell them why you love them
Love them? Tell them why! There are so many ways to do this. If you’re on a budget, get creative. Perhaps make a list of reasons you love them and things you admire about them using the alphabet. For A, you might write “you Appreciate other people”, etc.
If you’re looking for something a little more polished, check out LoveBook Online. Totally customizable, these books let you list all the reasons why you love someone and illustrate your words with casually cute stick figures.
Stuck for what to say? Check out these books of questions and prompts to help you get rolling:
Make Them Laugh
Remember in grade school when friendship necklaces featuring two pieces of a heart that fit together like a puzzle were all the rage? No? OK, well, maybe you weren’t a little girl in the 80’s. My bad. The point is, you can now now get some more sophisticated options along similar lines. BoldLoft sells a whole range of “halved” products – from tee shirts to mugs to pillow cases, and some even have a specific LDR themes. My favorite? Their “No Matter The Miles” design.
Send a bunch of happiness
You have plenty of options when it comes to shipping flowers, but I recommend VIVAROSES. There is a wonderful love story behind these family-farmed roses, as well. (Save 10% when you click this link for VIVAROSES).
If you’re looking for something a bit different than flowers, have a bouquet of helium balloons delivered. A dozen helium balloons really brighten up a room.
The sweetest words of all
- I Love You Chocolate Greeting (elegant, with the added bonus of being light on the wallet and the waistline)
- Hershey’s & More Candy Bouquet (this can double as flowers AND candy!)
- An airplane made out of chocolate (something that may help sweeten the distance just a little)
- 50 Heart Truffles (because yum, and awwwwww, and yum again)
Send them photos every month… straight from your phone
Timeshel is an app that lets you select some of the photos on your phone and turn them into beautiful prints every month.
This app is awesome if you are the sort of person who takes hundred of photos on your phone that you never look at. But it has a double-benefit for LDR couples! For $5.95 a month you choose 10 photos a month to send to your loved one. They get the fun not only of seeing the photos, but getting real mail from you every month–mail you didn’t even have to take to the post office yourself.
Open When letters
This is a gift that keeps giving for days, maybe weeks. It’s also a budget option! All you really need to create Open When letters is some stationary, some envelopes, and a pen. However, if you want to take it up a level or two in the class department, check out KindNotes.
Send them a video on a sticker the size of a stamp (…say what???)
Have you ever tucked sweet notes into your partner’s suitcase or left a love token under their pillow at the end of their visit? Well TINE Tags takes this to a whole new level.
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.
- Photo collage bowl (good for everything from cereal to an extra large cup of coffee)
- Personalized notebook
- Custom Love Wedding Photo Magnet (a bargain, and a good long distance relationship stocking stuffer)
- Personalized Photo & Monogram Dry Erase Board
- Customized Bath Set (toothbrush holder and soap dispenser)
- Personalized iPhone case
You can do this the old-fashioned way–with a blank notebook, a bunch of photos, and a glue-stick. Or you can save some time and check out MailPix. MailPix allows you to create classy photo books and other gifts (mugs, blankets, bears, posters etc) quickly and easily. They can also print your photos onto canvas and stretch them for easy hanging. Winkflash provides a similar service, and allows you to link to images in Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
If a “photo book” is not your thing, think about buying them an electronic photo frame and loading it up with happy snaps. I did this last Christmas. Here’s a link to the frame I chose.
Dozens of great dates
Every couple in a long distance relationship (or an up-close-and-personal relationship, for that matter) goes through times where they have trouble figuring out what to talk about apart from the same-old, same-old.
This little book gives you 401 different questions to:
- Help you learn a lot of new things about each other (yes, no matter how long you’ve been together)
- Make talking together easy and fun
- Help you talk about topics you’ve been nervous to bring up
- Draw you closer together and build the kind of intimacy that really matters—the kind that lasts
If you want to take this gift to the next level, give them personal IOUs for all sorts of different moments (a half-hour massage given by you, a free pass out of cleaning up after a meal, etc). The possibilities are endless. And if you want to package this all up an an awww-worthy way, check out LoveCoups or datevitation.
Wear your heart on your sleeve
A stiff drink
A visit journal
Bring it with you on visits or trips and use it to write notes or letters to each other and/or keep a scrapbook of your experiences together.
If you each write one note to each other during every visit, it won’t be long before your little book will be overflowing with love and memories.
SendAPantygram delivers a heart-shaped pair of red lace panties in a mysterious black envelope. There’s a short message on the card, and login details so your love can go online to collect the rest of the message and find out who the sender is.
I don’t expect these would be very comfortable to wear, but they might be a thrill for your love to receive.
Show them you’re “sweet” on them
- Cocktail Classic jellybeans by JellyBelly (they make every hour happy hour)
- 49 Flavors Of Jellybeans (make this even more meaningful by writing down 49 things you love about them)
- Mrs Fields Classic Combo Tin (six cookies and six brownies)
- “I Love You” Big Cookie Cake (it’s a cookie, a cake, and a virtual kiss all in one)
The key to your heart
The path home
Tell them they mean the world to you
Grow a wish
This Garden Of Wishes flower kit gives life to these truths. The kit comes with six different types of flower seeds, all with special meaning (friendship, strength, love, clarity, happiness and joy). Plant in your garden or in containers, give them water and sunlight, and watch your wishes unfurl.
(Note: Possibly not the best gift option if your significant other is bad at remembering to water plants. Dead wishes are sort of a downer).
A care package
However, if you’re running short on time or inspiration, check out Minimus Biz. They specialize in travel-sized products and they put together some fun care packages.
Their romance kits are fun and affordable (they even have a karma sutra weekender kit you can send as a teaser). My other favorites include Cold and Flu Care Packages, the Bug Out Survivalist kit, and the Breakfast on the Go kit.
Make a difference with a Kiva Card
When you give a Kiva Card, you give someone else the chance to make a loan to a borrower who inspires them. When that loan is repaid, they can lend those funds again and again to make an even bigger difference. It’s truly the gift that keeps on giving!
Make an exotic meal together
“Don’t just make dinner–make memories.”
A good gift to share together during a visit. Dinner kits from Destination Dinners combine travel and food to create a delicious learning experience. You pick a dinner kit (Pad Thai from Thailand or Kibbeh baked lamb from Lebanon, anyone?). The “travel” booklet in your kit contains a shopping list, ingredient guide with information about selecting fresh high quality items, suggestions for accompanying dishes, and even recommendations for drinks. Learn how to cook your selected dish together, and then enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Telegram Stop charges one flat rate to send a personal telegram anywhere in the world. At just over $7, this long distance relationship gifts option is both cute and cheap.
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