The best gift ideas for couples in long distance relationships are thoughtful items that keep them connected. Couples in long distance relationships often have stronger bonds than couples in geographically close relationships; the best long distance relationship gifts help keep their love alive even though they live in different cities, provinces, states, or countries. Long distance couples don’t need more stuff – they need thoughtful long distance relationship gifts.
An electronic e-reader with Wi-Fi is one of the best ways to stay consistent and connected with your partner. If he or she doesn’t have a digital reader yet, then it’s an awesome gift! Amazon’s Kindle Fire includes an wireless internet connection. This means your partner can text or email you without having a phone or computer nearby. However, I believe the newest version of an Apple iPad Air is even better for email and other electronic communications. The Kindle can email, but isn’t built for it.
An iPad or Kindle is one of the best long distance gifts for couples because of the latest research. Researchers from City University in Hong Kong and Cornell University recently found that couples in long-distance relationships often have stronger bonds because they have deeper communication than normal relationships. Long-distance couples felt more intimate to each other, and this greater intimacy is driven by two tendencies: long-distance couples disclose themselves more and they idealize their partners’ behaviors. One of the best tips for long distance relationships is to stay consistent and connected via phone calls, video chat, texting, instant messenger, and email – which is why I suggest an iPad or Kindle.
Long Distance Relationship Gifts for Couples
This list of the best gifts for couples in long distance relationships are more practical than romantic, because they’ll help keep your connection strong and healthy.
A jar of “missing you” notes. You don’t have to buy the KindNotes Jar of Messages in Mini Envelopes – Missing You from Amazon – you can make it yourself! It’s simple: gather a pretty glass jar, ribbon, and paper to write thoughtful, loving notes. As you can see from the image, the messages in the jar come in mini envelopes, which is a very classy touch. Whether or not you buy this jar of “missing you” notes, it is a lovely gift for couples in a long distance relationship.
Security and reassurance that long-distance relationships work. Long-distance couples are much more common nowadays. Couples get separated for a variety of reasons, due to modern mobility, and they choose to maintain the relationships through all kinds of communication technologies. Recent statistics show that 3 million married couples in the US live apart; 25- 50% college students are currently in long-distance relationships and up to 75% of them have engaged in one at some point. Couples in long distance relationships try harder than geographically close couples in communicating affection and intimacy — and the good news is that their efforts do pay back! How do you turn this into one of the best gifts for couples in long distance relationships? By reassuring your partner that you are committed to him or her, and you are attentive to the signs of emotional distance in long distance relationships.
A weekly bouquet of cookies, balloons, or wine. Many shops will deliver a bouquet of almost anything your partner loves, from champagne to fresh fruit to flowers. A weekly gift basket would be beautiful and fun – especially if it was a different gift basket every time (eg, spa gift basket, chocolate gift basket, wine gift basket, etc).
The Long-Distance Relationship Survival Guide. If your partner likes to read, then The Long-Distance Relationship Survival Guide might be a good gift. I personally love to read, and would really enjoy this gift! But not everyone appreciates gifts from their romantic partners, so I’d tread carefully. Especially if it seems like you’re nagging your partner to “do” the long distance relationship better. Another fantastic book (and gift idea) for long distance couples is 101 Ways to Have Fun and Grow Closer During Your Long Distance Relationship by Sarah Becker Smith.
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A travel, gas, or airline gift card. When I lived in Calgary and Bruce lived on Bowen Island, BC, I’d fly over and visit him every second weekend. The flight wasn’t too expensive – if I did it once or twice a year – but it really added up when I was flying twice a month! If your partner tends to be the one who does more flying, driving, or traveling to see you, buy him or her a travel gift card. A prepaid Visa gift card would be one of the best long distance gifts for people who travel via air, car, bus, or train. An airline gift card would be awesome – and so would taxi vouchers.
A boyfriend or girlfriend pillow. This is one of the best gifts for couples in long distance relationships, because it’s cute and practical :-) Boyfriend Pillow® is a cuddly way to stay connected emotionally even if you’re miles apart. It can be used when you sleep at night, or when you’re napping on the sofa on a quiet Sunday afternoon. It can even keep you hugged on a road trip or airplane ride!
A decadent chocolate and caramel gift basket. Whenever I write an article about the best gift ideas – even when it’s not long distance relationship gifts – I always include gift baskets. The Chocolate, Caramel and Crunch Grand Gift Basket is awesome – it’s an assortment of chocolate covered pretzels, caramel popcorn, peanut brittle, and other treats. Why do I think it’s one of the best gifts for couples in long distance relationships? Because it’s comfort food.
A Spicy Warm Vanilla Spa Bath Gift Basket – Bamboo is another option. Personally, I’d go for the spa gift basket over the sweet treats gift basket. The chocolate gift basket would tempt me to overeat, which I already know I’m prone to doing when I’m in a long distance relationship. It just occurred to me that someone should create a Long Distance Gift Basket, for couples who live far apart. What a great idea, don’t you think?
And finally, the 10th best long distance gift is word art. Have you seen these inspirational wall decals yet? The I Love You to the Moon and Back Again Vinyl Art Decal is a removable wall sticker. Your partner can put it up in her bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, office – anywhere she wants to be reminded that you love her.
No matter who you’re buy a gift for or how long you’ve been together, the most important thing to remember is his or her personality, lifestyle, likes, and preferences. Often when we’re searching for the best gift – even if it’s not for a long distance relationship – we buy things we think our partner should want (because we want it!). When you’re gift shopping, put yourself in your partner’s shoes and try to see with his or her eyes.
For more gift ideas for couples in long distance relationships, read Romantic Gift Ideas for Couples in Love. Also, I welcome your suggestions below!