23 Long-Distance Relationship Gifts That Will Bring You Closer
The only thing they'll want more than one of these presents is to see you walking through their door.
Long-distance relationships can be challenging—especially now, when travel, even within the United States, has become more complicated than ever. In the time you are apart, other difficulties arise, like conflicting schedules, different time zones, and FaceTime-only dates. You crave connection, but that distance makes it tough. Still, reconnecting can be as simple as making a small gesture to show your partner how much you care. While a heartfelt email or letter should do the trick, a present doesn't hurt, either—something that's even more important if your loved one cites gifts as part of their love language.
Whether you're searching for a little something just because or shopping for the holidays, this list has the gifts you need to reestablish that connection. From a high tech letter box (it simulates the process of passing clandestine notes, even though you are hundreds or thousands miles away) to a card game that generates meaningful, personal conversations, there's something here for your favorite person. Send them one of these thoughtful presents to let them know that you are always thinking of them, whether they are near or far.
As an added bonus, some of these options work for the both of you. Scoop up two of the mugs on our list and you'll still be able to share a cup of coffee together, knowing you're drinking out of the same vessel. And, even though your couches may be on opposite sides of the globe, you can sit on them in matching (and comfortable) loungewear (who doesn't love a cozy unisex hoodie?). Until you can be together in real life, you'll simply be together in spirit. And if that's not reconnection, we don't know what is.
Famous Love Letters
An updated take on passing live notes, this WiF-enabled box displays messages sent through the app that comes with each box box. Each time a message is received, the heart on the box starts spinning, letting you know that someone is thinking about you.
Shop Now: Lovebox Messenger, $100, urbanoutfitters.com.
Send each other a few pieces of stainless steel barware—courtesy of Martha's collection of sleek bar accessories—and sign up for a virtual cocktail class.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection Barware Collection, from $34, macys.com.
Share cherished memories with this compact photo book, which is bound in premium fabric; it comes with custom foil stamping and thick pages. Best of all, you get to design and customize its content, from photo selection to layout.
Shop Now: Artifact Uprising Everyday Photo Book, from $59, artifactuprising.com.
Light up his room via these friendship lamps. After you both link them to your respective WiFi connections, you can let your person know that they're on your mind by simply touching yours. Each time you do, their lamp glows, as well.
Shop Now: FriendshipLamps Friendship Lamps, $152 for two, etsy.com.
Whether they're heading your way, or traveling someplace else, let them know you'll be thinking of them while they're on the road with this essential set. Each kit comes with a rinse-free hand wash (a must if they're traveling during COVID-19), hand lotion, a hydrating face mask, face moisturizer, lip cream, mouthwash, and toothpaste.
Shop Now: Aesop Departure Kit, $53, verishop.com.
If you need to get on a plane to see each other, this handcrafted crossgrain leather passport cover will surely come in handy. The interior contains gold-stamped pockets to keep your partner's passport and boarding pass together while you're apart.
Shop Now: Smythson Panama Passport Cover, $185, smythson.com.
Make sure her phone is fully charged for your FaceTime date with this sleek dock.
Shop Now: Nomad Base Station Phone Stand, $99.95, shopmoment.com.
Love Letter Blanket
The best love letter is one you can wrap yourself up in. Customize the message written on this paper-style throw—and, better yet, put your own handwriting on the blanket.
Shop Now: Frankie Print Co. Love Letter Blanket, $159, frankieprintco.com.
Put your keys on this enamel-dipped keychain and tell them your door is always open.
Shop Now: Craighill "Wilson" Enamel Key Ring, $18, craighill.com.
Send them a delicate locket—like this minimal piece made of silver and plated in a thick layer of gold—so they can carry your picture close to their heart.
Shop Now: Linjer "Marta" Locket, $95, linjer.co.
Hitting the road can be hard, so make sure the person you love has all the right tools to travel. This suitcase boasts an unbreakable polycarbonate shell, telescopic handle, super-quiet wheels, and vegan leather details. Plus, it's small enough to fit in most airlines' overhead bins.
Shop Now: Monos Carry-On Plus in Terrazzo, $285, monos.com.
Don't want to forget a thing? This Montblanc notebook, made of the finest Saffiano leather, will help you both remember all the details of your time apart (or help you plan what to do the next time you're together).
Shop Now: Montblanc Notebook #146, $70, montblanc.com.
Mugs for Two
Make short trips a breeze with this weekender bag. This timeless duffel bag style is versatile, durable, and perfect for a romantic few days away.
Shop Now: Lo & Sons The Catalina Deluxe Weekender Bag in Dover Gray, $129, loandsons.com.
Never worry about a forgotten toothbrush with this travel toiletry case. Made from 100-percent sustainable and cruelty-free Technik-Leather, this high-tech rip-stop fiber-based bag will be the last toiletry bag he'll ever need.
Shop Now: Von Holzhausen Dopp Kit, $125, vonholzhausen.com.
This loungewear set is designed with an oversized boxy fit and can be worn at home or on the go.
Shop Now: Deji Studios "The 03 Set" in Legion Blue, $160, dejistudios.com.