32 Long-Distance Relationship Gifts That (Literally) Go the Extra Mile

Gifts make the heart grow fonder, right?
Four long distance relationship gift ideas: map candle, coordinate necklaces, custom map art, dual timezone clock
Photos, clockwise: TheSouthernFlame, BROOK & YORK, cartographika, ServeWell
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Updated Jan 24, 2024
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If there's one expression couples in a long-distance relationship despise, it's definitely "Distance makes the heart grow fonder." Words don't exactly pacify the ache of being apart—but gifts can help. So, instead, we'll say these long-distance relationship gifts will make your heart feel fuller and the time go back faster. Even when you're physically separate, there are still plenty of ways to show each other you care from any corner of the world. Whether your S.O. lives across the state or across the country, these gifts for your long-distance boyfriend, girlfriend or partner suit every style, budget and occasion. From high-tech touch lamps to cozy blankets, here are the best holiday, birthday and anniversary gifts for long-distance couples.

1. Spinning Heart Messenger

Spinning heart messenger long distance relationship gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

While you and your long-distance partner (or spouse) probably text all the time, this messenger box is an extra special way to communicate with them. The small device connects to an app on your phone where you can type out a sweet message. Once your S.O.'s box receives your message, its chunky red heart spins around like crazy until they open the lid to read it. It makes an especially cute long-distance Valentine's Day gift.

2. Custom Embroidered Sweatshirts

Custom embroidered sweatshirts long distance relationship gift
Photo: tshirtest

Here's a super cute (and cozy) gift for long-distance couples celebrating their anniversary. These matching sweatshirts are custom embroidered with your anniversary date and each other's initials, so we definitely recommend getting one for each of you. They'll be a homey 'fit to throw on for your next video call.

3. Birth Flower Pendant

Birth flower pendant long distance relationship gift
Photo: Made by Mary

Everyday jewelry is always a sweet long-distance relationship gift because your S.O. can wear it daily as a reminder of your love. This necklace is an especially fitting birthday present, since its pretty gold, silver or rose gold-filled pendant is stamped with their birth flower. For extra romance, you can add a second charm with your own birth flower, too.

4. Preserved Rose Bouquet

Preserved red roses in heart-shaped box long-distance relationship gift idea
Photo: Rosepops

Flowers are always a romantic gift idea, especially on your anniversary. But when you can't be there to hand them over in person, you'll need to find a florist that delivers. Why not try a boxed bouquet from Rosepops? These gorgeous preserved roses will maintain their beauty and freshness for one year or longer, so they'll last until the next time you see each other. And the darling, heart-shaped box is perfect for the occasion. Best of all though, The Knot readers get 15% off sitewide with code THEKNOT15.

5. Keepsake Scented Candle

Keepsake scented candle long distance relationship gift
Photo: TheSouthernFlame

Set the ambiance for your virtual date with this sentimental candle. Its custom label features each of your states marked with hearts and the back can be personalized with a message like "Distance is temporary, but our love is forever." You can choose your own scent, too. We love the soothing Eucalptyus Mint & Rain, warm Apple Orchard and classic Vanilla options.

6. Custom Coordinates Necklace

Custom coordinates necklace long distance relationship gift
Photo: BROOK & YORK

This long-distance gift idea will let your loved one keep you close to their heart (literally). The dainty vertical bar can be engraved with your current coordinates, or perhaps the details of another special spot like the place where you met or had your first date. Its brass base comes plated in a choice of 14K gold, 14K rose gold or rhodium and includes a matching cable chain.

7. Custom Map Art

Custom map art long distance relationship gift
Photo: cartographika

Even miles apart, you're two halves of a whole. Pay homage to the places you're both currently located in the form of this creative art. Each half of the heart displays the map of a different location and your names and anniversary date are featured underneath. Note: It can come as an unframed print or framed with a black, white or natural wood border.

8. "I Wish You Lived Next Door" Mug

"I wish you lived next door" mug long-distance relationship gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

This mug says what you're always thinking: "I wish you lived next door." It's made in Pennsylvania from stoneware clay and painted with two colorful homes whose chimneys release smoke that connects to form a heart for extra cuteness. Despite its handmade nature, it's microwave and dishwasher-safe. Consider pairing it with a tea or coffee subscription so they get a small reminder of your love each month.

9. Light-Up Touch Bracelet Set

Long distance relationship bracelets gift
Photo: Bond Touch

Give the classic romantic idea of jewelry a long-distance relationship makeover. A pair of touch bracelets for you and your S.O. will help you feel connected even when you're miles apart. Simply touch your bracelet to send special light and vibration codes to your sweetheart's matching band. You can even create a series of codes based on certain tap rhythms: one tap: "I miss you," two taps: "I really miss you."

10. Digital Photo Frame

Digital photo frame long distance relationship gift
Photo: Aura Frames

If you're looking for a classically romantic long-distance relationship gift, you can't go wrong with a picture of the two of you—or ten. A digital frame will let you upload all of your favorite photos together to play like a slideshow. You can even keep uploading photos after handing it over, too, as you make more memories together.

11. Colorful Touch Lamp

Colorful touch lamp long distance relationship gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Let them know you're thinking of them with a romantic, colorful touch lamp. The lamp's clever tech is a game-changer for long-distance relationships. A single tap to one lamp will light up both, whether you're on opposite sides of the city or opposite sides of the world. You can even assign different meanings to each hue.

12. Customized Care Package

Customized care package long distance relationship gift
Photo: Happy Box

A care package for your boyfriend or girlfriend is a cute way to compile all their favorite things. While you could go to the store to pick out small gifts, you'd then have to wrap and mail them yourself—and HappyBox makes the gesture a lot simpler than that. You can select from dozens of snacks (including sugary treats), candles, apparel, drink mixes and more, then personalize a card that's even handwritten for you. Easy-peasy!

13. Body Pillow

Body pillow long-distance relationship gift
Photo: Buffy

From here on out, you can consider this pillow your replacement. It's 82 inches long, squishy, flexible and naturally-cooling for the ultimate cuddle buddy while you're away from your person. Just make sure you add a fluffy cover to the gift so it's extra cozy. TBH, they might sleep with it even when you're around thanks to its full-body support.

14. Super-Soft Throw Blanket

Soft throw blanket long distance relationship gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

This cozy throw blanket will give your S.O. a loving embrace whenever you're not around. It's made from 100% cotton and woven to read "very big hug" with two open arms. They'll love snuggling into this blanket on your anniversary or during the holidays when they're missing you a bit extra.

15. Mini Cupcakes Gift Box

Mini cupcake gift box long distance relationship gift
Photo: Baked By Melissa

Wondering what to get as a long-distance birthday gift? There's nothing more festive (and yummy) than this colorful mini cupcake delivery! Choose from any of Baked By Melissa's cupcake flavor assortments and surprise your S.O. with 25 delicious confections like Chocolate Chip Pancake, Tie Dye and Cookies & Cream. Yum!

16. Stylish Weekender Bag

Béis weekender bag long distance relationship gift
Photo: BÉIS

If we had to guess, a slick duffel bag is probably at the top of your partner's birthday or holiday wishlist—and it'll be even more special coming from you! The next time they visit, they'll have the perfect luggage for the trip thanks to this Insta-popular Béis bag. It has three interior pockets, a padded tech sleeve and an exterior zip pocket, along with a bottom shoe compartment to keep their shoes away from their clean clothes. Plus, the beautiful canvas fabric is totally waterproof. Talk about fashionable and functional!

17. Large Toiletry Bag

Toiletry bag long distance relationship gift
Photo: Mark & Graham

Another travel essential for your long-distance partner? A good toiletry or makeup bag. Crafted from vegan leather, this case will store their bath essentials while they're home and away visiting you. It has one large zippered pocket with mesh pouches to further organize their products as well as an outside zippered pocket. For a personalized touch, have their monogram foil-debossed onto the front.

18. Comfy Neck Pillow

Comfy neck pillow long distance relationship gift
Photo: Ostrichpillow

Travel accessories make good long-distance relationship gift ideas since you're both probably traveling often. The next time your boo comes to visit, send them home with this ergonomic neck pillow. It's made from supportive memory foam with adjustable velcro straps and a 360° design for total support and comfort. Plus, it can compress to 60% of its size so it's easy to pack. Now they can feel well-rested and immediately ready for a good time when they get off the plane and into your arms.

19. Custom Keychain

Custom keychain long distance relationship gift
Photo: TheLonelyMoose

If you're looking for a small token of your love to gift to your partner "just because," check out this adorable keychain. One charm reads "[number of] miles can't stop us" while a second state or country-shaped charm is engraved with a heart and their initials. They can hook it up to their keys so they see the sweet reminder of your relationship every day. We especially love this sentimental present if you're saying goodbye for the first time.

20. Adorable Lobster Plushie

Jellycat lobster plushie long-distance relationship gift
Photo: Nordstrom

Any Friends fan will instantly get the reference when they receive this sweet lobster-themed gift. A stuffed animal will comfort your boo whenever you can't be there yourself. This one comes from TikTok's favorite plushie brand, Jellycat. It's (almost) as cute and cuddly as you.

21. Vertical Charging Station

Vertical charging station long-distance relationship gift
Photo: Courant

Gifts for your long-distance girlfriend, boyfriend or partner can be practical and still feel special. This sleek docking station is a chic way to charge their phone and wireless earpieces. Best of all, it's built vertically so they can keep their phone upright and charged during FaceTime sessions.

22. Couples Card Game Deck

BestSelf Intimacy deck of cards long-distance relationship gift idea
Photo: BestSelf

Don't let your nightly FaceTime conversations go stale! This card game lets you grow closer even when you're far apart. Each card inspires intimacy and connection with prompts to dive deeper into your interests, values and relationship expectations. And with 150 questions, you'll never run out of things to talk about.

23. Ceramic Kissing Mug Set

Ceramic kissing mugs long distance relationship gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

This set of kissing mugs is one of our favorite gifts for long-distance couples—just mail one to your love and keep the other for yourself. While you can't give your S.O. a smooch every day, their respective mug will remind them how much you want to. Sweetest of all: Whenever you're reunited, your mugs will be too.

24. Gourmet Coffee Subscription

Atlas Coffee Club coffee long distance relationship gift idea on map background
Photo: Courtesy of Atlas Coffee Club

If you're in different time zones, you might want to thank your coffee-loving partner for all of those late nights or very early mornings they spent talking to you with this unique subscription service. Atlas Coffee Club will deliver craft beans or grounds (or pods) from roasters around the world to the recipient, so they can enjoy a morning (or evening) cup while expanding their geographical knowledge. Perhaps it'll even inspire your next trip together.

25. A Delicious Dinner In

DoorDash gift card long distance relationship gift
Photo: DoorDash

How about a virtual dinner date with you to celebrate their birthday? Send them a DoorDash gift card so they can order their favorite take-out then pop on FaceTime to talk about the day. Bonus points if you order yourself something similar to pretend you're sharing a table.

26. "Open When" Letters

"Open when" letters long distance relationship gift
Photo: NoteworthyKY

If you're really stumped on long-distance relationship gift ideas, nothing beats a hand-written letter, especially when it's tailored to any kind of occasion. These DIY "open when" envelopes come with note cards for you to write sweet messages to your partner for different moments like when they feel lonely or when they need a laugh.

27. Two Time Zone Clock

Dual time zone clock long distance relationship gift
Photo: ServeWell

Timepieces are a wonderful anniversary gift, as they represent all of the wonderful times you've spent together (get it?). Save your S.O. from doing any time zone math before they call by gifting them this unique clock, which features dual faces that are programmed to separate time zones of your choice. They can mount it to a wall or stand it on their desk or bedside table.

28. Succulent Arrangement

Succulent arrangement long distance relationship gift
Photo: plants.com

Flowers as a long-distance relationship gift for her, him or them is a sweet surprise on their birthday or your anniversary. But for a bouquet that'll never wilt, swap roses for succulents. This assortment of cacti is arranged in a charming heart-shaped pot for a fun centerpiece on their dining table.

29. Photo Projection Bracelet

Photo projection bracelet long distance relationship gift
Photo: Perimade

While this bracelet may look simple, the bead is actually a projection stone. What does that mean? It can hold a picture of you and your partner that can be viewed up close by the naked eye or enlarged using a flashlight. How cool is that?! Just choose between white or black leather for the wrist strap and a silver, gold or rose-gold hue for the bead, then upload the photo you want to encapsulate in the bead forever. This Etsy seller also has dainty chains, metal cuffs, braided rope and more bracelet styles with the projection feature.

30. Custom Paint-By-Number

Custom paint-by-number long distance relationship gift
Photo: Just Paint by Number

How about something that'll keep them busy while you're apart? A custom paint-by-number canvas is just the craft to fill any lonely evening. Simply pick out your favorite photo together to get this very cool artwork started. Your partner will be sent a canvas with the image's outline along with paints and brushes. Just keep in mind, that the more complex the photo, the harder it will be to color in. But hey, they might need a challenge if it'll be a couple of months until you're reunited.

31. Fill-In-The-Blank Book

What I Love About You by Me fill-in-the-blank book
Photo: Knock Knock

Sometimes your partner needs a little reminder as to why you choose them. This fill-in-the-blank book offers over 100 prompts to help you express just how much you love them. Whenever they're feeling down, they can flip through the pages and smile.

32. Gourmet Assorted Truffles

Two boxes of chocolates long-distance relationship gift set
Photo: Compartés

Why not say "I love you" with chocolate? Each truffle in this box is stamped with a pink or yellow heart—which actually corresponds to whether the chocolate is filled with Veuve Sparkling Rosé Wine or Champagne. They'll also get a box of pink chocolate dunked Oreo cookies. Yep, this is a sweet and boozy LDR gift that'll show your adoration and excitement next date night be it your anniversary or "just because."

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