Out Of Sight But Not Out Of Mind
Sharing special holidays when you are far from each other can be brutal. Sometimes all you want is to hug your beau and let them know how happy you are to have them in your life.
Long-distance birthdays are one such special day you may have to celebrate more than once if you live far from each other. To make the day that much more special, you will have to rely on some awesome long-distance birthday gifts to relay the message and emotion.
Picking these presents is not always easy given issues like the logistics of shipping and the fact that some gifts are just better delivered in person. However, in this day and age, you are not entirely hopeless in terms of options.
If you are stuck, here are 16 long-distance birthday ideas that will help you wish your lover a happy birthday in a meaningful way.
16 long distance birthday gift Ideas
A custom care package
Two long-distance birthday presents will always be better than one. The more, the better, which means LDR care packages are a sure win!
The best thing about them is that you do not have to choose just one gift if you are undecided. Just throw it all in there.
There are all sorts of options available online, but it is always best to make one yourself to be more sentimental. Include things they like, whether it is their favorite video game or snack collection.
A party planning package
You could also make your significant other’s birthday special by planning a party for them. That would work great if you have common friends (or a family member) on their side to execute things on the ground.
If you do not, send them a package with all the party essentials. It could include things like:
- Glitter bombs
- Shot glasses
- Solo cups
- DIY décor pieces
- Bowls for serving snacks
- Whatever else you think they may need
Virtual surprise party
This might be a little tricky to pull off, but it will definitely be worth it. It will, of course, be a lot easier if their close friends and family are around you and you have some sort of relationship with them. In that case, all you have to do is gather them to a central location and throw the party through a group video chat.
An item of your clothing
It is, without a doubt, one of the easiest long-distance birthday ideas to execute. Just go into your closet, pick a shirt, hoodie, or scarf, douse it in your scent and mail it in a sealed bag.
This simple gesture will earn you more points than any box of chocolates or generic tie ever could. It lets them have a part of you for their birthday, and that is an awesome gift!
A birthday Card, video Message, or scrapbook with your favorite moments
Whether you have been together for a very long time or you just started your LDR, you can never really go wrong with a memory collection for a birthday gift. It could be a slideshow with your own photos from all your awesome adventures together set to your couple’s song.
You could also go the old school route and make an actual scrapbook. Here, you can attach so much more than photos. It could be a receipt or ticket stub from a memorable date. It could be anything that can be taped down to the paper that reminds you both how special your connection is.
Good old-fashioned birthday cake
Long-distance birthday ideas do not have to be complicated. Something as simple as a cake with a bright ‘Happy Birthday’ icing on it could go a long way.
Fortunately, we live in an era where online orders and deliveries are super simple. So, find a bakery near your beau with their favorite cake and have it delivered.
That is awesome, especially if your significant other doesn’t have many close friends or family around who would otherwise have put something together for them.
A virtual love letter
One of the best gifts you could ever give to someone is letting them know how you truly feel about them.
Take a piece of paper and a pen and write it all down. Love letters are timeless, and believe it or not, your thoughts and feelings do count as gifts! They go especially well with other gifts like jewelry and treats.
Writing a love letter doesn’t have to be complicated if you follow these tips.
Or send it by snail mail
Sometimes, old school is the way to go. There is just something infinitely more intimate and romantic about actually putting pen to paper to express your feelings for your long-distance beau.
This also allows you to add little personal touches, whether it is a sticker, a lipstick kiss print, or even a spritz of your perfume.
A love poem or song
If you are musically or artistically inclined, then you could express your love for your long-distance partner on their birthday by creating something for them. It could be a romantic song about how much they mean to you and how special they are. It could be a poem that captures their essence. Either way, it will be a hit for them.
A piece of art
Here, you could do anything you want. You could make and frame a collage of all your great memories together. You could commission something extravagant like a unique landscape or your partner’s portrait. Or you could do a stick figure drawing of the two of you and frame it.
Take Them to a Virtual Shopping Spree
This is a great long-distance birthday gift idea if you’re partner loves shopping.
You can do it the old-school way and visit their favorite online shops together while chatting on Skype. You can let them pick an item they like, send you a link, and you can then make a purchase. Your treat!
You can even be more old-school than that and send them a gift card to spend at an actual store (though this one’s without a personal touch).
Or, you can use a site called SameSurf.com that lets you browse the web together.
Make a Donation in Their Name
If the birthday person is the saving-the-world type, why not help them make an impact and make a donation to their favorite charity. It could be anything, from planting a tree, supporting their local animal shelter, or even helping low-income kids have a fun birthday celebration of their own.
A subscription Box to something exciting
Another great long-distance gift is getting a subscription for something you know your romantic partner is interested in.
It could be anything from a monthly book or wine selection to a gym or cooking class membership. This gift allows your partner to focus on other interests and develop themselves, which is a key component of having a healthy LDR.
A special video chat session
If you are wondering how to make someone’s birthday special online, then you have come to the right place.
Most LDRs inevitably play out online – you catch up, hang out, fight & make up online. So, if you want to surprise the birthday boy or girl, then put on a show for them on their birthday.
Again, here your imagination is your only limit when it comes to virtual dates. You could throw them a surprise birthday party with their friends back home. Or agree to a marathon of his or her favorite series. Or you could make things sexy and put on a tease show.
An Android TV Box
If your lover spends a lot of time gaming or streaming YouTube and Netflix, then one of the best surprise bday ideas for him is getting them a top-notch Android Box. The Nvidia Tv Shield or the SkyStream are the best Android TV Boxes on the market at the moment, but there are more options.
The great thing is that you can even use it to stream your Skype calls on your TV!
A surprise visit
If you can do it, make your partner’s long-distance relationship birthday special by paying them a surprise visit. Sometimes all they want is to be with you, and this will make the biggest difference.
However, do not be too hard if your schedule or budget doesn’t allow it. The other options should do just as well.
Get to shopping
The best long-distance gift is one that truly tugs at your partner’s heartstrings. It is not about extravagance and grand gestures unless, of course, that is what your partner is into.
The most important thing is that you get to understand what matters to your significant other and incorporate it into your surprise plan.