When a couple decides to keep on with their relationship in spite of the physical distance, it becomes more important than ever to have a strong bond. The different time zones, hectic schedules and many activities that surround our day can make it really difficult to fully connect with your partner on a daily basis. If you just started out in a relationship with someone who lives far away, or you, or your partner had to relocate temporarily and you’re trying to make things work, you should do something special to keep the spark alive and remind your partner how much you love them. Check out the best gifts for long distance relationships and pick the one you like the most.
1. Calendar With Marked Dates to Finally See Each Other Again
When you and your partner are in a long-distance relationship, sometimes the distance is too big to jump in your car and drive for a couple of hours to see each other. Some relationships take you or your partner to the other side of the country, or even across the pond. When this happens, you almost immediately start planning for a date when you two will meet. Maybe it’s the winter holidays or maybe you’re saving yourselves for your anniversary. The best gift you can give is a cute calendar where you mark in bright colors the date when you’ll finally see each other again.
2. Friendship Lamps
If you too want to take things to the next level when it comes to showing your true love, this is the perfect gift. Friendship lamps are minimalistic and small lighting devices with a very unique feature: you plug them in and set them to your Wi-Fi, and whenever your partner wants to, they can give a tap on their lamp so yours will automatically light up, letting you know they’re thinking about you at that very moment. Friendship lamps can also send patterns of lights and even messages, so whenever you’re about to sleep and the last thing you want to do before going to sleep is say “I love you”, you can do so with just a tap on your lamp.
3. Matching Bracelets
If you’re all about being romantic but practical, there’s a very classic idea that has been used for ages between couples. Get yourself a pair of matching bracelets for you and your partner. They could be simple string bracelets with a tiny charm, or they could be as fancy as engraved bracelets with each other’s names, birthdate or even the coordinates of the cities you’re both living in. Whenever you feel like you’re missing your partner, you can just take a look at your bracelet and know that, somewhere, they’re also bearing the same bracelet as a token of their love for you.
4. Dual Time Zone Watch
Some couples like to give very thoughtful gifts that can be super useful too. If you’d like to give your partner something so they can always think of you or keep you in their heart, a dual time zone watch is the way to go. Simply set the watch to both their time zone and yours, and that way your partner won’t have to calculate what time it is before calling you. They can just take a quick glance at their watch and they’ll know what time it is in your city, as well as wonder what you’re doing and send you some long-distance love thoughts.
One of the things that people like to do the most whenever they’re in a long-distance relationship is to look at photos of their loved ones. The simple act of looking at the face of someone you love can instantly make you feel better, especially when you’re in a foreign country and you don’t know anyone there yet. If your partner is going away on exchange or for work, the best way to show them how much you’ll miss them is to get together a photobook of all of your moments together. You can even throw in some pictures of their family and friends, so they’ll know everyone is waiting for them back home.
6. His/Her Pillowcases
If you want to be the last thing your partner thinks of when they go to sleep, this is a great long-distance relationship gift. Buy a set of matching “His and Hers” pillowcases or even get plain ones stamped with whatever you’d like them to say. You’ll keep one of the pillowcases and your partner will take the other one. Before drifting off you can think of them and you’ll know they’ll be thinking of you. As an extra, you can spray some of your favorite fragrance on the pillowcase your partner will take, and have your partner do the same. This way you’ll keep them closer even when they’re far apart.
7. Care Package For When They’re Sick/Sad
Let’s face it, being apart is no piece of cake. Some days will be harder than others to stand, and it’s probable that whenever your partner gets sick, they’ll be needing your comfort and love like crazy. That’s why one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give is a care package. You can give it in advance or look for a service that delivers right to your partner’s door in their city. A care package usually has some tissue, aspirins, a bag of tea, a blanket and you can throw in their favorite candy and movie so they can snuggle up in the couch and be comforted by you even at distance.
8. An Open Plane Ticket
Maybe not everyone can afford this long-distance relationship gift, but it’s no secret it’s the most special thing you can give your significant other. Being apart can be very hard and sometimes it’s normal to feel like you can’t take it anymore, and you want to go right that second to their arms and hold your partner. To be prepared for moments like this, you can give your partner an open plane ticket, so they can use it to visit you whenever they want, even if it’s just for a couple of days.
Long distance relationships are very tricky, that’s true. But they don’t have to be unbearable if you’re communicating effectively, trusting each other and giving each other special tokens of appreciation, care and love. Which of these gifts will you send your partner?
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