If you’re reading this, it means that you probably already know how tough it can be to maintain a healthy and happy long-distance relationship. LDRs are not for everyone, but the ones that make it work do so by putting in some serious work and effort.
A great way to keep your LDR alive and well is sending little gifts here and there. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion like an anniversary or a birthday, or you just want to show your boyfriend what he means to you, sending gifts to him is a wonderful, thoughtful way of putting a smile on his face.
One of the good things about LDR gifts for him is that you aren’t limited to a certain price. In a long-distance relationship, it truly is the thought that counts.
If you’ve wracked your brain and can’t think of things to send your man, take a look at some of our awesome suggestions.
How to Choose a Gift that Shows Your LDR Boyfriend How Much You Miss Him
About 14 million people in the United States consider themselves to be in a long-distance relationship. Some of these relationships are young couples in college, while others include engaged and even married couples. In fact, 10 percent of marriages in the U.S. started as long-distance relationships.
That’s a whole lot of people who are looking for ways to keep their relationships strong, fresh, and happy. If nothing else, take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. Whether your distance is a result of military service, education, or work, all of them have one thing in common: it’s hard.
I can tell you from experience that thoughtfulness is the key to LDRs. Since the option of being physically together isn’t always possible, you need to go above and beyond to show your boyfriend how much you care.
Different from gifts in a regular relationship, gifts that inspire thought about you and your love can be the most impactful. For example, buying his favorite video game for him probably won’t inspire him to think of you whenever he sees the case. However, something with a picture of the two of you reminds him of your bond every time he looks at it.
At the same time, it’s important to focus on attributes specific to your relationship, but also your boyfriend. Sure, a video game will likely take up some of his free time where he could be talking to you, but maybe he’s been really stressed and needs something to distract him from work or school.
Like I said: thoughtfulness is key. Tap into his likes and preferences and what brings him joy and do so with a focus on the relationship you two have developed together.
Easier said than done, right? That’s understandable—especially for couples who are new at the long-distance thing. Everyone needs a little help here and there, so let’s dive into this list of awesome LDR gifts for him!
The term “care package” can seem a bit broad; what do you even put in a care package? Well, you have a few options. Many online sites sell pre-made care packages that follow a certain theme of your choosing. You simply order the one your boyfriend would like best and have it shipped to his house with a personalized note from you attached.
That’s the easy way.
We recommend making a care package yourself. It’s so much more fun this way. You can create a theme and stick to it, or just fill a box with some of your boyfriend’s favorite things. Try creating a sunshine box. Fill a box with things that are all yellow: candy, body wash, gum, a charger cable, a notebook, pens. The goal is to make him smile and brighten up his day.
Whatever you fill your care package with, make it simple and thoughtful. You don’t need to break the bank, just let him know he’s been on your mind.
While some people may not consider a letter a gift per se, it’s still certainly a nice surprise. It’s not often that people take the time to handwrite love letters these days, and let’s face it: who doesn’t love getting mail?
Surprise your man with a handwritten letter detailing your feelings for him. Quote his favorite author (or favorite movie if he doesn’t read). Focus on specific things you love about him. Spray a little bit of your signature scent on your name at the bottom. When he opens it, he’ll be met with the familiar smell of you, which can be a huge comfort in a long-distance relationship.
Another thing that’s been lost in this age of technology is printing physical photos. Not only that, but many people don’t even own photo albums to flip through anymore.
Print some of your favorite photos of the two of you. You can put them in a simple album or decorate a scrapbook. You may even consider writing out some of the memories that go along with the photos for a full page of loving detail.
Personalized items are perfect gifts for long distance relationships. Get him a beautiful, handmade wallet to replace his old one. On top of it being nicely made, you can also get it engraved.
Swanky Badger makes a great, leather wallet with customizable initials on the front and a special message on the inside. No matter where he goes, your man will carry your message of love and encouragement with him—even though you’re far away.
For the man that loves to write, consider sending him not just a new journal, but a leather-bound, personalized journal.
A personalized journal lets you add that extra thoughtfulness with an etched message from you on the inside cover. Every time he uses his journal, he’ll be greeted with sweet words from his love from far away—a perfect reminder of how much you care.
You can find a great personalized pocket journal online and have it shipped right to his doorstep.
Personalized Phone Case
What does your man keep on his person more often than his cell phone? A customizable cell phone case is the perfect way to give him a constant reminder that you love him and miss him.
Whenever your boyfriend pulls out his phone, he’ll see the beautifully etched initials in the leather front. And when he opens the case, inside he’ll notice the personalized message you’ve had engraved on the inside.
Every man’s home can use a woman’s touch. Picture frames are not only a great way to liven up your boyfriend’s bedroom, apartment, or house, but they can be filled with his favorite pictures of the two of you.
A little decorative touch goes a long way, but this gift will have your boyfriend thinking of you every time he sees the frame.
If you want to take it a step further, consider buying personalized frames engraved with your names or anniversary. The extra details will be much appreciated when your gift arrives in the mail.
What makes a better surprise gift than seeing you in the flesh? If your schedules allow for it, one of the best things you can buy for your boyfriend is surprise plane tickets so you can see each other.
The distance is the very thing that is making your relationship hard. While seeing each other every day in person isn’t a possibility right now, visits can boost both of your morale. Planned visits are always great, and you get to count down the days together, but a surprise visit is a happy occurrence that wasn’t expected.
You may not be together right now, but you will be eventually. Put together a journal or a scrapbook detailing things you’re going to do when you can be together. Decorate it with pictures, magazine cutouts, and doodles.
Dream up some date night ideas and adventures, both big and small. Illustrate small things like a fast food date and big things like a vacation to Greece. Pull ideas from things you and your boyfriend have talked about doing in the future.
When you’re together, you can cross things off your list as you do them.
Find the Perfect LDR Gift
Whatever you choose to get for your long-distance boyfriend, remember to put thoughtfulness at the forefront. Your gift may be just what your relationship needs to keep the spark and make things fun.
Everyone loves a surprise gift, and if you’re in a rush and are looking for quick shipping, Swanky Badger is your best bet. Not only do they offer quality, customizable products that your man will love, but we’ll ship them right to your boyfriend in as little as four days.
Try some of these ideas out or check out our other great products to find the perfect gift for your long-distance boyfriend.