Valentine’s Day can be a difficult time for people in long distance relationships. Or, you may want to send some love to a family member that lives far away. While everyone else is sharing a romantic meal for two and a bottle of bubbly in a candlelit restaurant, you’ve got to make do with a phone call and a distinct sense of longing. But it doesn’t have to be completely empty – there are plenty of ways to make lovely surprises for your significant other, without shelling out for last minute surprise flights.
Send something personal
When you see someone day in, day out, Valentine’s presents can become a bit meaningless. When you’re thousands of miles apart, however, a personalized gift of some sort can be a really thoughtful touch. A handmade card, or much-loved photo of the two of you together in a cute romantic frame is thoughtful, especially when you miss each other. In fact, you could get that photo printed on almost anything, from cushions to coffee mugs, keyrings to food – it’s a really adorable way to remind them that you’re thinking of them.
Have an e-date
When you can’t have a real life date, an e-date might have to suffice, but you can still pull out all the stops. Ensure that they’re set up comfortably with their device ready to use Skype, instruct them to light some candles, and then surprise them with their favorite meal which you have cunningly ordered online. Eat together, listen to music – you could even watch your favorite movie together. As long as you have a fairly good internet connection, an e-date can be almost as good as the real thing, minus the cuddling, unfortunately. It’s the perfect opportunity to get imaginative, have a bit of fun, and show your thoughtful side.
Don’t forget the flowers
Valentine’s Day is nothing without flowers, but the long distance thing can make it a bit more tricky to turn up on their doorstep with ten red roses. Luckily, a few clever souls have solved this problem, and now using an international florist is easier than ever – all you have to do is log on, order your flowers, and they can be delivered anywhere in the world, even where you’re not.
Try making a scrapbook
With all of the memories that you share, why not create a scrapbook of your relationship to date, and post if for them to look through – they’re guaranteed to get misty-eyed over something so thoughtful. Include concert tickets, flight ticket stubs, and even receipts from romantic meals out. As long it has some importance or nostalgic element from your relationship, include it. Your journey together is unique and lovely, and your loved one will appreciate the effort you go to. Include love poems and the lyrics from your favorite songs, if you want to get really sappy.
Being apart on Valentine’s Day can be really tough, but it’s still possible to make it a special day together, celebrating your commitment and love, with just a bit of imagination, and preferably a decent internet connection. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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