If quarantine has kept you from being able to see or visit your bae, why not send a gift that will let them know how much they mean to you? There’s no need to break the bank. There are plenty of budget-friendly long-distance relationship gifts that are lighthearted, fun, and sure to let your SO know how much they matter to you. Here are seven gifts to surprise your partner with.
If your partner loves writing, buy them a journal so they can jot down all of their thoughts during quarantine. You can also turn a journal into a personalized love letter diary and take turns penciling sweet notes to send back and forth to each other. Reading the thoughtful notes will remind you of how much your partner means to you and make you even more excited to see them in person.
2. Meal Service Subscription or Restaurant Gift Card
For many couples, trying new recipes together is a favorite pastime. Even though you can’t be together physically, you can still carry on that tradition by purchasing meal service subscription kits for both of you and making the food together on FaceTime or Zoom. If you’re not in the mood to cook an entire meal, send a gift card to your favorite date night spot and order food together to create a memorable virtual extravaganza.
3. Kissing Mugs
If you and your partner are coffee connoisseurs, buy a set of kissing mugs and send one to them. (You might also want to throw in a bag of coffee beans from their to-go shop for good measure.) This gift is certain to help your SO wake up with a smile on their face.
4. Paint Night Kit
Plan a virtual date night for your bae by purchasing paint brushes, paint, and canvases for two. Pick a time for the painting activity, decide what you want to paint, and set up everything in front of your laptop so you can talk over video chat as you complete your masterpieces. You can even buy a bottle of wine and cute wine glass to send them.
5. Spotify Subscription
Mixtapes may be a thing of the past, but you can still create a playlist that’s guaranteed to leave your partner movin’ and groovin’. Make a playlist of “your songs” on Spotify and buy your partner a subscription if he or she doesn’t have one so they can listen to the songs on repeat. If you’re musically gifted, you can even try your hand at writing a song of your own.
6. Long-Distance Touch Bracelets
If physical touch is your love language, buy a pair of long-distance touch bracelets for you and your beloved. When you touch your bracelet, your partner will feel it on the bracelet — no matter how far away they are. It’s a sweet way to let them know they’re in your heart, even if they’re thousands of miles away.
7. Love Coupons
Sometimes the best gifts in life are free — and that’s certainly the case when it comes to love coupons. Spend a few minutes brainstorming some creative coupons your significant other can “redeem” when they see you next. Whether sexy or silly, these love coupons are sure to put a smile on their face. (And if you’re looking for other homemade gifts that are sure to wow, we’ve got you covered.)
By using this list as a go-to guide, you can send your partner a heartfelt gift that will let them know how much you mean to them — and how excited you are to see them again soon!
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Rebekah Bell is a writer who lives in Los Angeles.