21 Thoughtful Long Distance Relationship Gifts (2020 Guide)

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Looking For Long Distance Relationship Gifts? Here Are Our LDR gift ideas!

Are you dating someone long distance and need a great ldr gift? You are not alone! From bracelets to pillows, small tech, and more – there are loads of great gifts for long-distance relationships. The trick is getting something that works and has meaning for your guy or girl!

We know how difficult dating long distance can be. Bruce sent Lisa a stuffed animal and a card early on for her birthday. In fact, the animal – a penguin – is something we still have and cherish today years later!

So, whether you are buying for a boyfriend, girlfriend, married partner or otherwise, here is our list of long-distance gift ideas. Remember: DIY gifts often pack the most meaning!

If you are looking for more gift inspiration – maybe for Mom or Dad -, check out these other gift guides:

Great Long Distance Relationship Gifts

For this list, we’ve tried to compile some of the best long distance relationship gifts. Speaking from personal experience, long distance gifts can have a lot of meaning.

And often it’s the small gifts that fit your partner’s personality well that have the most impact. So have a browse through this list of long distance presents in different price ranges to see if something would suit your significant other!

Love Messages

Love messages are a simple way to send a meaningful gift to someone that you can’t be with physically. This gift can take many forms.

You might choose to send a bunch of little messages with certain dates that they need to be opened on. Or you can send mini-messages that are more “situational” and to be opened when your person is feeling sad, happy, it’s raining out, etc. Be creative and speak from the heart – and you won’t go wrong!

Friendship Lamp

We love this idea for a lamp. If you are ever apart from your person and you want them to know you are thinking about them, just touch your lamp and theirs lights up, too! What a fun way to “touch” across time and distance. Plus, it’s functional!

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Countdown Calendar

A desk calendar is a great to way keep track of dates – and especially countdowns until you see your person again. We know what long distance is like and it can mean the world to have a date to aim for!

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DIY Care Package

Care packages are also a good gift for long distance couples because you can fill them with whatever your significant other likes and send it along! From their favorite foods or snacks to little memories and messages, the things to put in a care package are endless.

Couples Coffee Mugs

A great way to remind your person that you are thinking about them in the morning is through a hot drink.

In this case, make that coffee or tea more meaningful when you both drink out of these awesome mugs. This way, you can feel connected like you’re sharing a beverage together – at least until the real thing can happen!

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Photo Album With Your Pictures

If visuals are more your thing, then why not send along a photo album that you filled yourself? These days, physical photos are hard to come by so the act of printing them out and having them to actually hold and look at (compared to on a phone) is extra special.

Of course, the size of the album will dictate the price to send it in the mail but that’s for you to figure out and determine if it’s a good gift for you and your partner.

Dual Time Watch

We dated long distance between different timezones – so knowing the time was a key detail in our relationship. So, this dual time watch would have been SUPER handy!

Keep track of your Skype dates, when to say good morning or goodnight, or just use it to keep time in a different part of the world for fun!

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Collection Of Songs

Music is another great way to express your love and feelings for someone – so why not send along some song ideas? You can be creative – like mail a list of songs with dates to listen to them on.

You can even write down the significance of the song and a little extra messaging so that your person feels the connection when they listen to it!

Couples Card Game

If you’re looking for something that you can do online together, why not try out a game? This game is full of different cards that make for great, deep conversations about loads of different topics. It’s an easy way to get to know one another more if you are still apart!

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Memory Jar

A memory jar is another one of the best long distance gifts. It’s a good way to send along a bunch of fun and meaningful memories for your person to have/look at whenever they feel sad or lonely without you.

The best part is that you can fill it with whatever is meaningful to you – a receipt from your first date, a ticket stub, a stone from the beach you both love, etc. Be creative!

For this, you might need a mason jar – and be sure to wrap it safely if you mail it!

Journal

A journal is a gift that we both really like! Bruce always had a travel journal for documenting his adventures while Lisa always had a journal for keeping organized and penning her thoughts.

Even if your person isn’t into journaling right now – getting one can be the spark to getting started!

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Digital Photo Frame

If you’re a couple that takes a ton of photos when you are together, consider a great digital frame to scroll through those moments when you aren’t together.

It’s a fun and practical way to share and enjoy memories – and you can even pre-load it before you gift it!

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Homesick Scented Candle

Sometimes, engaging the senses is a great way to remind someone of a memory, a time, a place, or a person. Enter a scented candle.

Every time your person is missing you, they can light it up and think about being together. Plus, candles just make for a nice atmosphere! This one comes in many different versions for different parts of the United States.

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Duffel Bag

Nothing says “come and see me right now” like gifting your person a good looking duffel bag! We have a duffel bag like this – very similar with leather straps and it’s super functional for our travels.

And even if you can’t see each other in the near future, a travel item like this duffel bag might make you excited for the future!

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Callgraphy Starter Kit

If your person is into writing and calligraphy, then a calligraphy set is a great way to inspire their inner artist! This is also a neat way to create unique gifts and cards to send to your person when you are apart!

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Keychain

If you want a smaller gift with loads of meaning, this keychain has a fantastic message. We always hated “goodbyes” or “see you laters” and always dreamed of when we could say goodnight each and every day!

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Stuffed Animal

We’re big fans of animals – and stuffed animals are no exception. This plush little penguin makes a great hug-able gift that you can squeeze when you’re missing your person.

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LDR Pillow Case

Again with the plush options on this list – a hugging pillowcase is a great item to tie symbolic meaning to. If you or your person can’t be there, just hug the pillow and think about the days until you can!

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Weekly Journal

A great gift for your person to help them stay focused and to pass the time is with a weekly list journal. Each week, you get to focus on a different aspect of life and this kind of perspective can really help you (or your person) to take care of yourself first in the long run. Taking care of you means you’ll have more to give to someone else!

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Passport Cover

Long distance relationships usually mean travel – and with travel comes the usage of a passport. So, why not travel in style with a leather passport holder? Passports are pretty important to keep safe and secure so look into protecting them with this great looking gift.

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Distance Bracelets

Last, but certainly not least – we have a good old fashioned bracelet. A simple bracelet – worn by each of you – is a nice way to keep connected at any given moment. It’s also a good looking reminder of your connection to one another. This bracelet comes in different styles and sizes – but there are many other couples bracelets out there, too!

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Things to Consider When Looking For Long Distance Relationship Gifts

When purchasing gifts for your long-distance love, there are a few things you should think about. We’ll briefly talk about some of them in this section.

Personality

First and foremost, you need to think about your person – more specifically whether the gift fits their interests and personality. If they like practical gifts, buy something useful. If they like sentimental items, buy or make something accordingly!

Budget

Another thing to consider when buying long distance gifts is your budget. Not knowing how much you want to spend can actually make the decision process so much harder.

So, set a budget and stick to it – this way you will not even look at gifts that fall outside of it! And to be honest, when it comes to LDR gifts, it’s not about the price tag – it’s about the meaning behind the gift.

DIY Long Distance Relationship Gifts

A DIY or Do-It-Yourself gift is always a great idea because often these kinds of gifts have the most meaning for your person. There are lots of great ideas for DIY gifts that you send long distance. We mentioned some of our favorite ideas above!

Affordable Long Distance Relationship Gifts

On the cheaper side of long distance relationship gifts, there is no shortage of great ideas. From meaningful stuffed items to practical gear like a passport holder (to be used when you visit one another!), check out these kinds of ideas. Feel free to combine one or more into a complete gift package!

Mid-Range Long Distance Relationship Gifts

Mid-range gifts for your special person can take many forms. Some of the ideas above fit this category perfectly. They could act as standalone gifts – or you can combine two smaller ones together to form a larger gift! We like the idea of a joint journal – playing pen pal would be super fun!

High-End Long Distance Relationship Gifts

Finally, we come to the high-end gifts – and there are some great ones on this list. These are the kinds of gifts that usually cost a bit more – but they pack a punch (in a good way). Definitely check out the lamps – we think they are super cute and very meaningful!

Fragility

One of the most important factors if you are sending gifts long distance is whether or not the gift will survive the mail/postal service! If you send a breakable mug, make sure that it is wrapped well so it can take a few bounces, for example.

And there you have it – some of the best long distance gifts that we can think of. There are loads of great distance gifts out there. We’re positive that you’ll find something that works for you and your person!

As always, Stay Curious,
-B&L

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