Maintaining a long-distance relationship presents its fair share of challenges. Skype chats, late night calls, and Facetime sessions are sometimes not enough, especially on special occasions like birthdays. Visiting your partner may be the best gift you can give them, but if it’s not possible, then finding a birthday gift may be the best way of appreciating them. Here are some ideas to guide you.

Hand-made Scrapbook or Birthday Video

A video timeline of your special moments throughout the relationship should make their day special. The video can highlight essential days of your relationship, including the day you met, your first date, past birthdays and end with you wishing them a happy birthday.

Such videos help your significant other reminisce all the beautiful memories you have shared, building a stronger connection despite the distance. If you’d instead send a physical gift, a hand-made scrapbook makes a perfect gift.  Attach photos of all the places you’ve visited together.

Send a Personalized Journal

It may sound unusual but sharing a journal with your significant other helps rekindle intimacy and a deep connection. Now that you are in a long-distance relationship, it may be the best time to share that journal. Fill up the pages with details about your feelings, daily activities, people you met and mail it for them to read and add their thoughts. As you send the journal back and forth, you may add prompts to inspire stories from your partner.

Scented Candles

The candles are not only a thoughtful gift but also offer mood-boosting and relaxing properties. They make the perfect gift for a loved one especially if they are available in specific scents to evoke memories of when you first met. If you aren’t sure about their favorite scent, look for a set with different fragrances online.

Letters to Open When

Send a collection of letters for your significant other to read when they are lonely makes an excellent birthday gift. They can be letters of affirmation, love, inspiration, and encouragement. Here are some ideas of ‘Open When’ letters:

  • Open when you need a hug
  • Open when you miss me
  • Open when you need a good laugh
  • Open when you see something that reminds me of you

Customized Gift Basket

If looking to show love in different ways, a customized gift basket is an excellent way of celebrating a long-distance birthday. The basket can comprise a range of items including a box of chocolates, their favorite wine, or a handwritten love note. Build the gift basket around a theme, e.g., a spa kit, a gardener’s or architect’s starting set, or a baker’s basket. It makes it easier to put a smile on your loved one using items related to their passions and interests.

You don’t need to ignore your special day just because you are miles apart. Apart from the challenges of being apart, there are many beautiful attributes of being in a long-distance relationship. It’s a time to create or strengthen the bond between you that goes beyond physical presence and make their birthday memorable.