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Spending Valentine's Day apart? 33 thoughtful gift ideas for long-distance relationships

These presents will make your far-away partner feel extra loved on Feb. 14.
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While seeing your partner in real life for Valentine's Day is the ideal scenario, it's not always possible — especially if you live on opposite ends of the country. But you can still show your special person how much they mean to you on Feb. 14. Since we know gift-giving can be stressful — especially with the added stress of a LDR — we rounded up 33 gift ideas for couples who are spending the holiday apart.

From silly personalized presents to more romantic gestures, scroll on for everything that will make your S.O. feel loved, wherever they are.

Valentine’s Day gifts for long-distance couples

Long-Distance Cup

Now they can sip their iced coffee or sparkling water and think of you! Not only is it cute, but it's also very handy for running around doing errands or commuting thanks to a lid and straw.

Personalized Map

Stay connected with a framed mini-map connecting the two of you. Just enter both of your initials and the two cities you want to connect and the vendor will send it out framed!

Photo Box Nightlight

Light up their bedroom or living room with this cozy nightlight. You choose the photo you want on the box as well as the message you want to be projected and voila!

Photo Album Keychain

This teeny tiny album has a personalized leather cover that snaps shut and clips right onto your partner's keyring! Now they can carry your memories with them (literally) wherever they go.

Sur La Table Cooking Class

A restaurant reservation on Valentine's Day? Impossible. Since you're already apart, why not book a virtual cooking class to enjoy together? The prices per person start at only $29!

Homesick Love Letters Candle

They'll think of you every time they light this candle that has notes of lemon, sandalwood, rose petals and peonies.

Music Code Keychain

Another way for them to keep you close is with this personalized scannable music code on their keychain. Have it lead to a song that means a lot to y'all or create a special playlist they can listen to on Valentine's Day and whenever they're missing you.

Lego Heart Keychain Set

These two keychains have the first initial of each of your names, and the two Lego pieces fit together to form a heart. Adorable!

The Bagel Nook Valentine's Day Baker's Dozen

If they're a bagel addict, they'll love this special Valentine's Day carb delivery. Pink and red swirls are a festive touch and you can add cream cheese to really round out the gift. If they can't eat 12 before they go stale, bagels freeze quite well!

Artifact Uprising Desk Calendar

This sweet mini calendar assures you see our partner every day. This comes with a modern, sophisticated brass holder that you can reuse year after year. Bonus points if you both design one of these for each other — it would be fun to see if either of you uses the same photos!

Better Together Personalized Book of Love

This cute, personalized book will surprise and delight your long-distance partner. You pick the cover design, genders, and a few other characteristics.

Custom Paint-By-Numbers

Send them a favorite photo of the two of you in paint-by-numbers form — a different way to commemorate a special memory. Plus, it's an easy enough craft project! A win-win in our eyes.

W. Concept Matching Pajamas

Can't snuggle up together on Valentine's Day? Wear matching PJs from afar and watch a favorite movie while FaceTiming. While you're at it, send them a snack pack for your long-distance date night.

Handwritten Letter Blanket

What better way to commemorate your love from afar than by writing a love letter — on a blanket! They'll curl up with it every time they watch a movie or read a book and think of how much they miss you.

Bearaby Cuddler Pillow

This is no normal body pillow — it's supremely squish and cozy to help your partner cope without their big or little spoon. Choose from five cover colors and go ahead and get one for yourself, while you're at it!

We're Not Really Strangers Card Game

In lieu of IRL hangouts and activities, consider a gift that will shake up those routine phone calls and text chains. This "game" of conversation cards and interactive prompts is sure to teach you new things about your S.O. The original version has over 4,000 ratings on Amazon and is loved for its ability to foster deep connections among strangers and life partners alike. There's also a special version designed just for couples, if that's more your speed.

Lego Icons Flower Bouquet

This bouquet is guaranteed to last until you can see your partner again. With over 756 pieces in total, this Lego project for adults builds a fun and unique floral arrangement. We love the idea of grabbing matching sets to put together on FaceTime and display in your respective homes as a sweet reminder of your other half.

Capsule Letters Message in a Bottle

A dose of love is just what the doctor ordered. Each jar comes filled with 90 capsules that you customize with sweet messages.

Letters to Open When…

The gift-giver fills the pages with words of love and encouragement. Each book contains 12 prompts including, “You are remarkable because…” and “I wish for us a future full of…”

Custom Coffee Mug

Make the distance feel less daunting with a cheerful handmade mug that represents both of your locations in the United States.

AIMILAR Digital Countdown Clock

Count down the days until your next reunion with this desktop clock. “My boyfriend is deployed and I have been eagerly counting down the days until he returns,” one reviewer wrote on Amazon. “Who knows, maybe someday I can use this for a wedding countdown!”

Custom Star Map

Commemorate a special date with this custom star map print. All you need to do is select a short phrase (think the night we met), two names, date, and location.

Custom Face-Shaped Pillow

They can snuggle with you every night thanks to this plush pillow emblazoned with your face. For best results, make sure to upload a high-resolution image.

Wish and Design Morse Code Couples Bracelet

This dainty but sturdy thread bracelet spells out you and your partners’ names in morse code. “They are the cutest little gift and a subtle way to keep your loved one near,” one happy customer wrote on Etsy.

Baked by Melissa Red Velvet Cupcakes

Not being together on Valentine's Day is brutal. Let them eat their feelings with this assortment of red velvet cupcakes from Baked by Melissa.

Jigsaw Puzzle Map Art

Two jigsaw puzzle pieces are hand-cut from maps of the locations of your choice, along with a personalized messages. Some popular text choices include, “What is meant to be will always find a way.”

Naot Unwind Slipper

The next best thing to in-person foot rubs? These mattress foam-lined slippers with super soft fleece to cradle your partner's feet after a long day.


This Wi-Fi enabled device allows you to send messages to it from anywhere in the world at any time. When the box receives a message, the heart begins to spin and continues spinning until the message is read. It’s the perfect way to brighten your sweetheart’s day.

Nixplay Smart Digital Photo Frame

This digital picture frame allows you to email directly to the frame’s display so you can surprise them with new photos.

Bond Touch Bracelets

These waterproof silicone wearables mimic your partner’s touch via mutually exchanged vibrations. Just tap your bracelet and the person who has the matching one will know you’re thinking of them.

"My love is being deployed to Kuwait for the Army and we both know that there aren’t going to be too many times where we are able to chat on the phone or Skype/FaceTime each other with the time change," one person wrote on Amazon. "I wanted to find something that would keep us close even though we are going to be so far away. These are so awesome."

Friendship Lamps (Set of 2)

Touch-activated friendship lamps are a way of feeling connected to those who you can’t see in person. You can even assign meaning to different colors, such as pink for “I love you.”

Gravity Blanket

For the partner who is always cold and loves to snuggle, consider getting them Gravity’s weighted blanket to use when you're away. The cover is made of a micro-plush fabric and the inside contains glass beads for a soothing hug-like effect. Choose from three colors (gray, blue and white) and three weights (15, 20 and 25 pounds).

The Bigger Carry-On

Get your S.O. excited about your next in-person visit with a quality carry-on suitcase. This lightweight luggage fits perfectly in the overhead bin of most airplanes and comes complete with a built-in USB charger. Choose from six colors including navy, black and pink.