Ah, the pain, the longing and the red hot reunions of the long-distance relationship. It's a form of love that's not for the faint of heart. And though facetime and flirty texts do make it easier these days, it's filled with a lot of special challenges.
Then again, absence does make the heart grow fonder. Not to mention your other bits. And the object of your long-distance love probably had to be pretty special for both of you to decide it was worth staying together - even when you're apart.
The good news is that it is doable.
As a survivor of a four-year-long, 3000-miles-apart relationship, I can vouch for the fact that there are happy endings to these stories. Yes, dear readers, I married him. We even live under the same roof now.
But while you're waiting to get it together literally, a little extra effort on your part can help fuel the flames of your romance and keep your relationship on track.
So for the separated but hopelessly devoted lovers out there, we've compiled a list of the best long-distance relationship gifts.
They range from romantic to practical, from techie to old school, from cool to downright corny. But as one of my favorite rom-com heroines once said, "I'm looking for corny in my life."Wiser and more heartfelt words were never spoken.
On that sickly sweet note, let's dive into our list of 31 long distance relationship gifts for any couple.
For the Tech-Savvy Couple
Long-distance lovers everywhere are thanking their lucky stars for technology. These gifts will help take your romance up a notch from those old fashioned love letters.
When you're in an LDR, you can't live every adventure together. But a selfie stick will make it easier for your SO to take pics. That way you can share in the fun from far away.
If you can't live together, and least you can live vicariously.
Not quite ready for your closeup on FaceTime?
Even if your sweetie knows exactly what you look like when you wake up in the morning, good production values never hurt.
Until you see your LDR person IRL, you will be relying on a LOT of phone calls and Skyping. A phone stand will keep your arm from wearing out and make it a lot easier to fall asleep together. Or whatever else you do on the phone.
Sometimes you just need a little love outside of your iPhone. This LoveBox will not only let your SO know when you are thinking of them, but it will also let them read your message without having to look at their phone.
You may have a million pics of your SO on your phone, but what about something more tangible? With an instant camera you can print out all of your special moments together and put them on on your fridge, desk, nightstand or wherever you need to see an extra friendly face.
Keep your favorite pics and videos on display with this LED picture frame. It also comes with an alarm clock feature. You don't want to be late to work after those late night chats with your loved one.
You may have seen touch lamps, but did you know you can get a touch bracelet set? Tap this techie but romantic bracelet, and your partner will be able to feel it. No matter where they are on the planet! No, it's not exactly a teletransporter. But it is a romantic way to stay in (here it comes) touch. It had to be said.
Are you a sporty couple? Well, it won't replace those morning runs together, but this activity tracker from Amazon is a great way to spark a little healthy competition and stay in shape for the next time you can raise your heart rates together IRL.
Wondering if it's too late to call? Set this beautifully romantic watch to your SO's times and yours, and you'll never lose track. Even if they're only an hour ahead, every time you look at your watch you will be reminded that someone in another time zone loves you.
And now a truly futuristic way to stay in touch. This heartbeat ring allows you to see and feel the heartbeat of your loved one in real-time wherever they are. Whether you think it's romantic, corny or vaguely creepy, you have to admit it's a unique gift.
Gifts to Keep You Connected
There’s no getting around it – relationships take work. And you will have to work extra hard to stay connected if you are doing the long-distance thing. Here are some ways to keep the love going in those hard in-between months.
Plus, they're made of soy and are also non-toxic. Just like your relationships should be.
You can personalize this unisex bracelet on the inside with a secret message for your honey. Perfect for romantic messages, inside jokes and naughty little secrets. You know you have some!
If you're into jewelry, these matching necklaces can be personalized with a meaningful message that keeps you connected wherever you are. Wear them loud and proud or tuck them under your shirt and close to your heart. Awwwww.
A journal that you can mail (or fly) back and forth is a great way to tap into your romantic and creative spirit. Fill it with your thoughts about them while you're apart. Jot down a poem. Or if you can finish each other's thoughts, write a piece of a story that your partner has to continue.
This beautiful leather journal can be personalized and will be an enduring keepsake that you can sigh over (or laugh about) for years to come.
And if you need some inspiration to get started, the Relationship Vision Couples Reconnection Journal is designed by experts to help navigate through some of life’s most challenging questions.
Rabbi Shlomo, certified Therapist with the Marriage Restoration Project notes, “Because our journal was written by a marriage counselor whose goal is to keep couples together and happy, you'll not only be given prompts to answer but actual counseling material on how to have safe, emotionally connected conversations.”
Although it was specifically intended to help married couples, these questions are a great way to cut to the chase and see if your relationship is built for the long haul.
Sometimes it's hard to nod off without your favorite person by your side. If they can't cuddle with you, a weighted blanket is the next best thing.
A weighted blanket will bring your SO a little comfort and help them sleep better on those nights you spend apart. And when you finally get together, they'll be well-rested and ready to stay up late!
Related: 15 Benefits of a Weighted Blanket
Think mix tapes are a blast from the past? The truth is that having a collection of "your" songs never goes out of style. You can put together a playlist on a USB or sink up your playlists to share jams that make you think of your favorite person.
It doesn't take as much effort as taping them off the radio as they did in the '80s, but it's still romantic.
If there's nothing you love better than chatting over a good bottle of wine, send your significant other's favorite to their doorstep. Then set up a video chat date and let the romance flow. (Throwing in a little chocolate wouldn't hurt either!)
That's right, sex coupons. Nothing says I love you like like an IOU for an erotic adventure. Whether or not you act on them, your SO is sure to get a kick out of these vouchers for things like "sex with food," "create sex art," or "sex in nature." You can make your own or snag up this one from Etsy.
If long-distance isn't enough to keep things spicy, this coupon book will definitely liven things up!
Other than seeing your favorite person face to face, there's nothing better than getting a surprise from them in the mail.
Relationship & Dating Expert Amy Olson with The Absolute Dater recommends to also include Open When Letters as a way to offer some warmth on lonely nights. “Open When Letters are usually based on emotions, like open when you miss me or open when you need a hug.”
Just a little imagination and some postage could brighten your love's day.
Okay, maybe you don't have time to put together a care package. But you can keep the surprises coming every month with a gift subscription. Whatever your love is into, there's something for them.
Could your guy use some self-care products? Try this gift box from BirchBox. Is your gal a vegan? Send her some snacks every month. Maybe your sweetie is a wine lover. Try a wine subscription and toast each other online or in-person when you're finally able to get together.
Whatever you choose, it's hard to go wrong with a box full of goodies!
For the Traveling Couple
Long layovers and cramped flights are worth it when you are travelling to the one you love. But if you spend as much time travelling as you do together, you owe it to yourselves (and each other) to make that time comfortable.
Now your love can step off the plane well-rested and ready for a weekend of fun.
When your honey flies out to see you, make sure their trip is as smooth as possible. This great tote from Everlane has a laptop sleeve, two water bottle holders and an exterior pocket to stow away essentials. Plus, it's made from 100% recycled polyester. Talk about investing in your future!
It even has a removable battery that can charge your smartphone! Just the thing for relationships on the go.
Even people in long-distance relationships need to get away from it all sometimes. So why not make your next date night something to remember?
Witnessing the monarch migration could be a whole new way to keep the butterflies in your relationship.
When You’re Together
It is always fun to think about the next time you guys will be together. And these gifts are designed to make that time more special.
Nothing confirms the solidity of your relationship like having your SO's toothbrush in your bathroom. Make sure your honey always feels welcome with his or her very own personalized holder. And yes, you should spring for the brush too. Unless you want them using yours.
When your man does roll into town, make sure he has something comfortable to slip into at your place. Not only will it lighten his suitcase, but you can wear his hoodie (and smell it) after he's gone.
Yes, they're ridiculous. But also cute and funny. And at least it's not a keychain.
Send your SO a pair of socks with your loveable mug on them, and they're sure to get a giggle out of it. Or, keep them handy when your SO forgets to bring their socks on their next visit.
They'll either love them or never forget their socks again.
Whether you're face to face or far away, it's always a good time to deepen your relationship. The We're Not Really Strangers Card Game is meant to spark conversation and deepen your connection.
With 150 questions and wildcards, you're bound to find out something you didn't know about your SO. Here's to keeping love interesting.
You'd probably rather see your girl out of her PJ's than in them when you get together. Still, she'll need a little something to slip into eventually. This breezy little number will give her a little coverage while still keeping things sexy.
Want to give your SO a romantic experience to remember you by? This kama sutra kit is appropriately named the Weekender. Inside you'll find kissable body powder, massage oil and Love Liquid (also known as lube).
Pair it with a love book and it could be the beginning of a saucier relationship.
Okay, maybe you don't want to be one of those couples that dress alike. On the outside. But a pair of matching patterned briefs could live on as one of your little inside jokes. Check out these picks from MeUndies for a fun way to hang out in your underwear.
And They All Lived...
As in any relationship, there are no guarantees when it comes to love. Whether your long-distance partner is across town or across the country, you'll need understanding, TLC and real commitment to keep it together.
A gift for your long-distance SO may not be the answer to everything, but it is a thoughtful way to show that that you're thinking of them. When all is said and done, it's what inside that connects our souls and moves us forward on the relationship journey.
Hopefully, your geographical and emotional states will sync up one day. In the meantime, a little swag never hurts either!
You might also be interested in: The 23 Best Gifts for Couples
31 Gift Ideas for Long-Distance Couples:
- Selfie Stick
- Selfie Light and Phone Case
- Phone Stand
- Lovebox Spinning Heart Messenger
- Instant Camera
- LED Photo Frame and Alarm
- Long Distance Touch Bracelets
- Fitbit Activity Tracker
- Long Distance Watch
- Heartbeat Ring
- Homesick Scented Candle
- Secret Message Leather Bracelet
- His and Her Necklaces
- Shared Journal
- Weighted Blanket
- Mix Tape
- Bottle of Wine
- Sex Coupons Book
- Care Package
- A Gift Subscription
- Turtle Neck Travel Pillow
- Weekender Bag
- Carry On Luggage
- Airbnb Experience
- Toothbrush Holder
- Boyfriend Hoodie
- Custom Photo Socks
- Conversation Starter Cards
- Cute Nighty
- Kama Sutra Travel Kit
- Matching Undies