10 Thoughtful Gifts To Send By Mail For Long Distance Couples
A long distance relationship is not for the faint of heart. It is for the bold—for those willing to take the risks and endure the hardships of being separated for extended periods of time. Everyone in a long distance relationship goes through times when they second guess themselves and how their partner feels about them. Everyone struggles with feeling far away from the one they love.
No matter how confident you are in your long distance relationship, a tangible reminder now and then of how much you love your partner will do wonders to ease their insecurities and heartache.
Mailing a package is an inexpensive and super-effective way to relay to someone just how much you care, make them feel loved, and strengthen your bond. So if you and your loved one are far apart, here are 10 mail-friendly gift ideas they will adore.
1. A ___ full of ___
This idea requires a little creativity on your end. Fill a box or a jar with reasons that you love your significant other, or with some of your favorite photos of the two of you. Fill a vase with fake flowers to let that special someone know you’re thinking of them (they won’t be ruined in transport, and they’ll last a lot longer!) Fill any vessel with Hershey Kisses and label it “Kisses for when I’m not around.” No matter which route you take, your loved one is sure to smile when they receive their special delivery.
2. Tell them what you love about them
There are so many ways to do this. If you’re on a budget, get creative. Perhaps make a list of reasons you love them and things you admire about them using the alphabet. For A, you might write “you Appreciate other people” etc, and then package up this list in an interesting way. You can always write a good old-fashioned love-letter–they never go out of style. And If you’re looking for something a little more polished than a DIY, Create Your Own Personal Love Story with LoveBook Online.
3. A framed photo or collage
Think about all the times you guys have spent together. Every great relationship has photos to capture those memories. Sift through all of your favorite photos and choose a picture of the two of you to have framed. You can find inexpensive options at the craft store, or have the image custom framed to make it even more significant. If you can’t pick just one photo, go for a trio or a collage.
Or… here’s a gift idea with photos that just keeps on giving all year long: Have photos delivered every month! Timeshel is an app that lets you select some of the photos on your phone and turn them into beautiful prints every month. This app is awesome if you are the sort of person who takes dozens of photos on your phone that you never look at again. But it has a double-benefit if you’re in a long distance relationship! Your SO gets the fun not only of seeing the photos, but getting real mail from you every month–mail you didn’t even have to take to the post office yourself.
4. A fragrance
Scent is one of our most powerful senses. A single whiff of something can conjure up incredibly vivid memories! So mail your long distance lover their favorite perfume or cologne to wear the next time you’re set to meet. Include a note that explains the significance of the fragrance (“You only wear this on date nights – save it for our next one!”) or an explanation of why you love the smell so much. Or mail them a shirt or toy or pillowcase scented with your perfume or aftershave.
Whether it’s a bracelet full of significant charms, a necklace the shape of the United States with hearts stamped in each of your locations, or an elegant set of diamond earrings, jewelry can speak volumes and really show someone how much you care. (You can even combine ideas 4 and 5 with the scent-diffusor necklace below, left).
6. A book
Send them a book by their favorite author. If the series they love comes in a collector’s edition, ship those volumes to your lover. Whenever they pick up their limited edition copies, they’ll think of you. Or you could send them a book on how to better strengthen your relationship (there are dozens of relationship-related topics and titles you can choose from). To go the extra mile, mail the book with a note that explains why you chose it and how you purchased yourself a copy so that you could read along and discuss it together!
7. A mini care package
This option is perfect for people with unique and specific interests. For example, if your significant other is really into a certain craft, put together a “care package” of new tools or supplies to fulfill all of their crafting needs. If they are a beer snob, put together a Make-Your-Own beer kit for them! Purchase copies of some of your favorite romantic comedies, then package them with candy, popcorn, and a pack of tissues. During the times you spend apart, your partner can enjoy watching them and thinking of you. Carefully consider the things your partner loves and you’re sure to put together a care package that’s just right for them.
8. Open When letters
This is a gift that keeps giving for days, maybe weeks. It’s also a budget option! All you really need to create Open When letters is some stationary, some envelopes, a pen, and a list of open when topics. However, if you want to take it up a level or two in the class department, check out KindNotes.
9. Send them a video on a sticker the size of a stamp
Have you ever tucked sweet notes into your partner’s suitcase or left a love token under their pillow at the end of their visit? Well TINE Tags takes this to a whole new level. Here’s how it works: Buy the TINE tags (100 in a package, woot!!), then download the TINE App at tinetag.com. Now scan the tag with your smart phone, record a message, and put your sticker on a card, package, or letter. After your partner downloads the tine app they can scan the sticker with their Your video message will play on their phone (seeing your face will make their day!) and you will be notified.
10. An I-Owe-U
Research has shown that money can buy you happiness if you spend it in on moments, not stuff. So get thinking about the sorts of moments that make good long distance relationship gifts. What would be something special that you could do together during your next visit? A spa day with couples massages? Dinner out somewhere classy? Musical tickets? A hot air balloon ride? If you want to take this gift to the next level, give them personal IOUs for all sorts of different moments (a half-hour massage given by you, a free pass out of cleaning up after a meal, etc). The possibilities are endless.
And here’s a bonus idea—one you can send by email!
JibJab allows you to personalize e-cards for every occasion. And most of them are so ridiculous you can’t help laughing. You can even put your face on a (totally goofy) striptease. Better yet, you could put theirs. So add your face into a hilarious e-card today and dance your way into their heart without even having to shake your own hips.
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received or sent by mail?
Sean is a blogger for Apple LTD, a packaging company that specializes in bubble mailers.
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