Thanks to technology, we don’t have to wait a week for a letter to arrive in the mail - we can phone or video-call loved ones whenever we want! Whether the separation is from your partner, your siblings, your parents, your child, or your BFF, distance is always tough. Coming up with special little ways to show how much you care is just as difficult as it always has been and finding that unique gift that you can send across a country, a continent, or an ocean can be a major challenge.
Thankfully, there are a lot of birthday gift ideas out there as well as fun ways to let your friends, family, or significant others, know that you care - no matter what the distance between you. Of course, all of these ideas would nicely complement the gift of a group video. ;)
Birthday Gift Ideas for Long-Distance Relationships
How do you keep the romance alive in a long distance relationship when there’s significant physical distance between you? It’s an age-old problem. There’s never enough time, or easy enough access to affordable transportation to be reunited as often as you’d like. Whether you’re a young person going to a different college than your high school sweetheart or a military spouse who has to frequently hold the fort at home while their loved one is deployed, long distance can leave you feeling lonely and isolated. Here are some suggestions for keeping the romance alive:
A Handwritten Letter
It’s old fashioned, but the romance of it is undeniable. How many stories and movies tell tales of people reading old love-letters, even years after they were sent?
There’s something about a physical letter, each word chosen with care, that just can’t compare to an email or text. If your loved one is in the military, a simple heartfelt letter is often the best choice - removing any worry of breaking the rules of what care packages may or may not contain. Plus, depending on where your loved one is, letters can be sent much cheaper and arrive much faster than parcels.
Do the kids still do this? If not, they’re missing out - and if, as adults, you’ve stopped doing this, it’s time to bring it back! Music can stir emotions like nothing else out there. Pick a theme. Maybe it’s songs by the artists you’ve seen together. Maybe it’s all the songs that mention their favorite vehicle. Whatever music is going to bring your loved one back to the great times and great memories you share is the perfect music for your mixtape! Consider yourself lucky - these days, you don’t even have to sit by your radio and wait for the DJ to take your request so that you can press record on your tape-deck!
It’s easy to make a unique playlist on streaming platforms like Spotify or iTunes, or if you want a more tactile touch, you can “burn” your own CD, or fill a USB memory stick with your favorite tracks. You’ve got both retro & modern options.
Birthday Gift Ideas for Friends
Birthday Party In A Box
Can’t be there in-person to throw a birthday party? Send them one in a box! You can DIY this, but why deal with the hassles of packaging and shipping when you can have experts curate one for you? Imagine receiving this!
There are a ton of mail-order gift box companies out there, but our absolute fav is The Confetti Post. Their birthday boxes have beautiful packaging, plenty of thoughtful content, and options for add-ons. Make your selections, place your order, and wait to hear the excitement from your friend when they receive their special gift!
Most friends share a passion, or two or three, that no other two people seem to “get” quite as much. Or there is something that you do together that can’t be replaced with anyone else. Whatever it is, there’s probably a subscription box for it!
Whether it be an undying obsession with skincare, a joint interest in spiritual healing, or a shared affection for teatime, a monthly surprise is the next best thing. For those who love a great mystery, you can have intriguing packages mailed over a certain interval up until the great reveal.
Long Distance Birthday Gift Ideas for a Family Member
For the first eighteen years of our life, we’re used to celebrating our birthday with our immediate family. Or, if you’re the parent, there may have been many years where you not only had to make the family birthday dinner, but also plan a child or teen birthday party! There can be a lot of birthday traditions that you find yourself missing when there comes a year or more where you’re now living away from home, or you’re at home, but the nest is empty!
Luckily, there are still ways to express your familial love, even across distances...
Remember being a kid and your mom asking what you wanted to eat on your birthday? That special attention felt so good… and it still does! If they’re far away from home, how will you get them that special treat?
You can send them a gift card for their favorite restaurant, or even order their “regular” meal delivery via phone or online ordering. Surprise them with their favorite munchies! If they’ve moved out of the country, they may enjoy the most mundane items that remind them of home and that they can’t buy locally: Cheez-Its or Nutter Butters for an American, for example, or ketchup chips or Shreddies cereal for a Canadian!
Let’s be honest though, a birthday isn’t official until cake is served. So why not send them some. Mix all the dry ingredients from their favorite recipe in a sealer jar and ship it to them with instructions to add the liquids and bake for that true taste of home. Even easier, send them ready-to-eat!
If you used advent calendars in your home for Christmas, it can be a nostalgic fun alternative, but this time with no siblings there to try to open the ‘day’ when it’s not their turn!
Long Distance Birthday Gifts for Anyone
Send them a Group Video!
You had to know this one was coming! We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our very own group videos. Whether it’s for your spouse, romantic partner, sibling, parent, child, or friend - it’s easy to cross any distance with a heartfelt personal message recorded just for them!
A Group Video from Memento is like having a surprise party even when you can’t physically be together. It’s a great way to gather loved ones together to show appreciation for finishing another rotation around the sun!
Nothing makes someone feel more special than joyful wishes and smiles from everyone they care about and they’ll love you for making it all happen. With enough time and computer skills, you could do this yourself, but it isn’t easy. If you’re not a video editing nerd with tons of time on your hands, use the Memento platform, sit back, and we’ll make you look like a creative genius!