Having a long-distance relationship can be tough, but as if long nights on Skype or text messaging weren’t difficult enough, special dates can’t be celebrated as easily or as practically as you’d hope.
For those of you out there who are strong at heart and give love a chance when miles separate you and your significant other, here is a list of cute snazzy stuff to give to your partner in crime even if he is in a different time zone.
It doesn’t matter if it’s your anniversary, his birthday or if you just want a little something to reinforce how much you love him. There’s something in the list for everybody!
1. Forget-me-not love notes
Take a bunch of blank note cards (or printed cards) and write something you think of him or love about him in each one.
You can decorate them or keep it simple, as long as you write something on each card straight from your heart. Put them all in a box (or mason jar) and ask him to take one each time he feels down or needs a reminder.
You can also use these cool 60 pack printed love notes from PaperJunkie (image on the left) that comes with a blank side so you can write your message.
2. Message in a Bottle
You can write him a romantic letter and send it to him in a bottle sealed with a cork.
You’ll have to go to the post and mail it yourself, but it will be a very personal and cool gift, especially if your boyfriend lives across the ocean.
You can simply use a soda bottle or buy this ‘message in a bottle’ gift set (image to the left) that comes with a plastic bottle, cork closure, writing paper and a gift box.
3. Classic care package
Care packages are great because they show you know a person’s tastes and what they enjoy.
Pick a box, whichever size you like and fill it with his favorite candy(maybe some he can’t get where he is?), a flash drive with a bunch of songs like a mixtape, little trinkets that make you think of him, photos and whatever else he may enjoy.
Or you can send a ready made care package. We recommend this care package (image to the left) from Carvebox that contains an assortment of delicious candies, bars and snacks.
4. Latitude Longitude Bracelet
Lots of things can be engraved, as long as it’s metal or wood, you can get your coordinates and his engraved on something.
keychains and bracelets are great because you have to take them anywhere you go, so you always have it with you.
Another option is a dog tag or a necklace, but if he’s into outdoor activities, what could be better than a compass to find his way to you?
We recommend this cool bracelet (image to the left) that is fully customizable. Along with the coordinates it also allows you to imprint a message.
5. Postcards with love quotes
Believe it or not, despite the existence of email, postcards still exist!
There is something about getting a postcard that is just so heartwarming and beautiful.
You can use a regular postcard or send him these cards that come imprinted with beautiful graphics and love quotes. On the flip-side, you get to write your message and his address.
These cards come in a set of 20 and are sized perfectly so they can be sent without an envelope (of-course you can enclose them in an envelope if you want to).
6. Girlfriend pillow
This cool pillow in the shape of a girlfriend’s arm can make for a hilarious present to your LDR boyfriend. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t like pillows?
It will make him laugh and he’ll remember being in your arms when he uses it.
7. Coupon jar with love coupons
To make this gift, get a mason jar – as big as you want– and fill it up with pieces of paper in different colors which each have a coupon written in them for something when you meet again.
Some suggestions are: “A movie date”, “I’ll make you dinner”, “Good for one picnic” and you can make up as many cute and fun coupons as you like.
You can also buy ready made coupons online. We recommend ‘Love Tokens’ from ‘Knock Knock’ (image to the left). They come in a set of 15 perforated coupons and look great.
8. USB mixtape
Like we mentioned above, music can be a great gift. If you don’t have time to put together a care package, you can always get a USB flash drive and you can make a huge playlist of music you both love; songs that remind you of him or those songs that mean something to either of you.
we recommend this USB drive (image to the left) which comes in the shape of a cassette!
9. Keychain with love quote
This stainless steel keychain carries a beautiful message, ‘One day we will never have to say goodbye, only good night‘, making it a great gift for your long distance boyfriend.
This keychain comes with a polished finish with the quote engraved in it.
10. What I love about you – Fill in the blanks book
This is a really cute book that contains fill-in-the-blank type prompts that you can answer and send to your boyfriend.
The book contains 112 pages, so there is a lot to fill and your boyfriend is sure to read your answers again and again reliving the time spent with you.
Definitely one of the best LDR gifts.
11. Cute custom teddy bear
This cute teddy bear comes with a removable t-shirt that carries a custom message.
You can write any message that you like at no additional cost.
12. Cute love notes in capsules
This is a really cute bottle (comes with a cork closure) that carries 25 capsules each with a love note wrapped inside.
You will need to take apart each capsule, take out the tiny note/scroll and write your message on them before putting them back together again.
So it definitely takes a bit of effort, but that’s a good thing in a way. Your boyfriend will really appreciate the gesture.
13. Fruit infuser water bottle
Help your boyfriend stay healthy by drinking more water throughout the day by gifting him this fruit infuser water bottle.
With this bottle, not only will his water taste better, it will also have nutrients from the fruits.
All that he needs to do is fill the infuser with his favorite fruits and he is good to go.
14. Kiss you to sleep pillow
This is a really soft pillowcase that comes printed with a beautiful message, ‘may the moon kiss you to sleep until I can‘ making this a great gift for your long distance boyfriend. Each time he goes to sleep and reads the note, it will remind him of you.
Note that this is just a pillowcase. You will need to buy the pillow separately.
15. Two states coffee mug
This 11 Oz ceramic coffee mug comes with a custom print option of two states. You can choose two states (your state and the state your boyfriend is in) or countries and the miles in between.
The mug also carries the message, ‘love knows no distance’.
Definitely makes for a cute and thoughtful gift especially if your boyfriend loves tea/coffee.
16. Easy recipes and kitchen hacks for guys
Since your boyfriend is staying alone, he is most probably tired of eating out and is craving home cooked food.
That is where this cookbook can help. This book contains simple recipes for absolute beginners. So even if your boyfriend has no experience in cooking, he can still use this to make some tasty dishes.
Here’s a tip: If you plan on gifting this, go through the recipes and mark the recipes that you think he should make. Also leave cute little love notes everywhere on the book.
17. Hamilton sandwich maker
Gift your boyfriend this easy to use sandwich maker which will allow him to make healthy, lip smacking sandwiches in a matter of minutes.
This is perfect for that quick breakfast/snack.
The best part is that this product also comes with a complimentary recipe book that contains a ton of easy to make recipes.
Plus this product is easy to clean and is dishwasher safe.
18. Yeti stainless steel vacuum insulated tumbler
This cool tumbler from Yeti is vacuum insulated and will keep his beverages (coffee, tea, beer etc.) hot or cold for a long period of time.
This tumbler also comes with a magnetic lid that will keep his beverages nice and covered.
19. Friendship Lamps
This is a really unique lamp that that beautiful and has over 256 color settings! And that’s not all, one of the main features of this lamp is that it lets your boyfriend know when you are thinking of him.
Here’s how it works. You gift one lamp to your boyfriend and keep the other one for yourself.
Whenever you want to let him know that you are thinking of him, simply touch the lamp and his lamp will automatically change color to yours letting him know that you are thinking of him. Cool isn’t it?
20. Bluetooth shower speaker
This cool speaker is waterproof and will allow him to listen to his favorite music in the shower.
The best part is that this speaker also comes with a mic so he can pick up your call even in the shower.
21. 3D I Love You night light
This night light creates a beautiful 3D effect of three hearts that say, ‘I Love You’. It comes with a touch control and changes colors (has 7 different colors) upon touching.
Will definitely make him think of you each time he puts this light on.
22. I love you picture frame
This beautiful photo frame carries a beautiful message for your long distance boyfriend – ‘I love you more than the miles between us‘. The photo holder can hold a 4×6 photo and comes with a clear acrylic photo protector to ensure that your photo stays in good condition.
Gift this to your boyfriend with a photo of the two of you and he is sure to love it.
23. Explosion gift box
It doesn’t get any cuter than this gift box that converts into a beautiful multi-layered card when opened.
You can customize the card as per your preference. You can write love notes, attach pictures, paste stickers and what not. You can also include a mini gift inside.
Your boyfriend is sure to appreciate the gesture.
24. Moon light
This is a 3D printed moon lamp that when glows looks like a realistic version of the moon. It has three light modes that can be controlled via touch.
Considering that the moon is a symbol of love, luck and happiness, and the fact that both of you can look at the moon together irrespective of where you are, this can
make for the perfect long distance gift.
25. Soy wax – I love you – candle
Made using eco-friendly soy wax, this scented candle has a relaxing fragrance that your man is sure to love.
The container says, ‘I love you‘, on the outside.
26. LED candle holder with customization
This is a cool wooden LED candle holder that projects beautiful hearts and a custom message on the adjacent walls. The custom message can be the name of your boyfriend or a love message or a combination of both.
This product comes with a LED candle that you can place inside the holder to generate the desired effect.
27. Always together – Wall art with personalized initials
This wall art not only features a beautiful drawing of a couple standing underneath the star-studded night sky but also carries a heartwarming message.
Plus you also get to customize it with your own initials.
28. Personalized men’s wallet
This is a high quality leather wallet from Swanky Badger that comes with 5 slots for credit cards, one zipper pocket for coins and a large compartment for cash.
What sets this wallet apart is the fact that you can customize it. You can add a custom message on the inside and also imprint your boyfriend’s initials on the front of the wallet. Now that is really great.
29. Bcozzy travel pillow
Considering that your boyfriend lives away and probably undertakes a lot of travel back and forth to meet you, this Bcozzy travel pillow makes for the perfect gift idea.
This pillow offers complete head and neck support so he can sleep peacefully as he is travelling. The design of this pillow ensures that he will not get a sore neck which can also help reduce jet lag.