21 DIY Gifts For Long Distance Relationships
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21 DIY Gifts For Long Distance Relationships

Best Gifts for Long Distance Relationships

Being in a long distance relationship can be tough. When you’re miles and months apart, a small gift can serve as a reminder of your love and your excitement to see each other again. Here are 21 gifts for long distance relationships that will put a smile on your partner’s face.

21 DIY Gifts for Long Distance Relationships

1. A Box of “Open When” Letters

We all go through ups and downs in life, but when you’re in a long distance relationship, your partner isn’t always there to celebrate or help you through it. A box of “open when” letters can help you be there in thought and mind when you can’t be there in person.

Your letter can be filled with words of encouragement, support, love, enthusiasm and humor. You can also fill them with little gifts that will make their day better, like a snack or gift card.

Here are some ideas for your “open when” letters

  • You’re sad
  • You can’t sleep
  • You’re stressed
  • You need motivation
  • You miss me
  • You need a laugh
  • You’re happy
  • You’re mad at me
  • You’re having a bad day
  • You need a confidence boost

2. Date Night Cards

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You don’t get to see each other often, so make each moment count. Create fun date night cards, and pick one just before you say good-bye each time you meet. This will give you both something to look forward to the next time you see each other.

If you can only see each other once or twice a month, pick date ideas for every month, and give them as a small gift to your partner.

3. Five Senses Gift

Let your partner know that you love them with all of your senses. Pick thoughtful gifts for each sense:

  • Sight – Movie or concert tickets, jewelry, framed photos, books, etc.
  • Sound – Audiobooks, headphones, vinyl records, etc.
  • Smell – Cologne/perfume, shaving cream, essential oils, etc.
  • Taste – Candy, chocolate, dinner reservations, cooking spices, etc.
  • Touch – Cozy blanket, soft sweatshirt, beard grooming tools, etc.

Pack your gifts in cute packaging with labels for each sense.

4. A Jar of Kisses

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Who says that gifts for long distance relationships have to be elaborate and expensive? Here’s a simple but sweet idea: Fill a mason jar with Hershey Kisses and give them to your special someone. Now, they have “kisses” for when you’re not around. You can personalize the jar with a heart or quote that means something to you both.

5. Countdown Calendar Jar

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Create a personalized and adorable countdown calendar jar to keep track of the days until you see each other again.

6. Create a Box of Memories

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When you’re far apart, taking a trip down memory lane can help you feel better. Write down some of your best memories together, and place them in a keepsake box as a gift. Whenever your partner is missing you, they can grab a memory and relive those special moments.

7. Send a Care Package

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Want to put a smile on your partner’s face? Send an out-of-the-blue care package. Fill it with their favorite things, or choose a theme for your items. Here are some ideas:

  • A movie night package with popcorn, candy and DVDs or a Netflix gift card
  • A “hot stuff” package with spicy snacks and candy
  • Holiday themed packages, like Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, etc.
  • A “cheesy” package with cheese-flavored snacks
  • A games package with a variety of card and board games

8. Make a Photo Collage

Create a cute photo collage for your partner for those times when they are missing you. You can add a sweet quote about distance and even a map that shows the distance between each other.

9.  Map Puzzle Pieces

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Remind your partner that even though you’re apart, you still fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Create your own puzzle pieces of out a map with your locations. Add your names and a cute quote. Don’t forget to frame it, too.

10. Create a Hug Pillowcase

Nights can get lonely when you’re far away from your partner. Create a hug pillowcase to be there in your heart when you can’t be there in person. Use fabric markers to write a thoughtful message and sign your pillowcase. You can spray your signature cologne or perfume on the pillowcase, too, so that your partner can be reminded of you each time they’re near it.

11. Shoebox Gift

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Here’s a practical and thoughtful gift:

  • Buy your partner a pair of shoes they’ll love.
  • Write “I’m so happy you walked into my life” on the inside of the box.

Your partner will love the shoes, and the message is a sweet reminder of how much you love them.

12. A Watch

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When you say good-bye, you’re already counting down the minutes until you see each other again. Send your love a watch with a message inside the box about time, counting the minutes and how much they mean to you.  

13. The Key Gift

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If you’re in a serious long distance relationship and want to take things to the next level, here’s a sweet gift idea: the key to your apartment or house. Send the key in a keepsake box or jewelry box with a note. Your partner will always know they can come to your home day or night.

14. A Deck of Love Cards

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Sometimes, we all need a little reminder of why our partners love us – whether we’re in a long distance relationship or not. Remind your special someone of all the reasons you love them, and put those reasons on a deck of cards. To create something like the card deck above, all you need is a hole puncher, playing cards and a printer.

15.  Create an Explosion Gift Box


Make your own version of an explosion gift box filled with memories from your adventures. Fill the center box with something that’s meaningful for your relationship. Your partner will love reliving these memories and the small gift inside.

16. Create a Shared Journal

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Create a shared journal and give it as a gift to your partner. You can write notes to each other, share ideas and thoughts and more. When you’re apart, your partner can read through your messages and insights to feel close to you again. Sharing a journal can be a fun way to get to know each other and share thoughts you may not feel comfortable saying out loud.

17. Scrabble Art

Give your partner a reminder that you love them. Use Scrabble letters to send a message. Say “I love you,” or something that’s meaningful to just you and your partner. Frame it, and give it as a gift for any occasion. This is one of the simplest gifts for long distance relationships you can make, but it’s still thoughtful and meaningful.

18. Painted Rock Love Notes

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Send your partner love notes painted on rocks. If you’re a crafty person, this gift idea will give your creativity a chance to shine. Your partner can keep these rocks in a bowl or even in the garden. Make sure you use the right paint for outdoor use. Smooth rocks will be easier to paint.

19. Make a Photo in a Bottle

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Give your partner a reminder of your love with a photo in a bottle. For this project, you’ll need a tiny jar with a cork and an equally tiny picture of the two of you. The best part of this gift is that your partner can take it wherever they go.

20. Plan a Surprise Trip

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If you know your partner’s schedule, why not plan a surprise trip together? Send a cute announcement in a package with a note. If you can’t plan a trip, maybe send an announcement of a surprise visit to see them. There’s no better gift than time together.

21. DIY Hand Warmer Hearts

When you can’t be near each other, these DIY heart-shaped hand warmers can make you feel a little closer. For this project, you’ll need basic sewing skills, cozy fabric, and a blend of rice and oatmeal. These little hand warmers can be popped in the microwave to help keep your partner’s hands warm.

It’s The Thought That Counts

Nothing beats handmade gifts for long distance relationships. Whatever your idea, your partner is sure to love whatever gift you give. Use these ideas as inspiration to remind your special someone how much you care and can’t wait to see them again.