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Long distance relationships are the definition of bittersweet: Being away from your boo is basically torture, but the corny “absence makes the heart grow fonder” stuff is too true, and it’s probably making you wonder when your life turned into a rom-com.
While these relationships can be stressful, there are tons of tips and gadgets out there that can make the separation a little more bearable — especially if a trip to see each other isn’t in the cards (or the budget) right now. Until teleportation is a thing, fill the void with these nifty gifts that can make you feel more connected, regardless of the miles between.
Let your loved one know you’re thinking about them in real time with long distance touch lamps. After each person connects their lamp to Wi-Fi, they’ll sync up, and a quick touch of the hand sends a message. When one lamp is touched, the other gives off the same radiant glow. Get these lamps in a pair for you and your best pal or boo, or as many as you need to keep the whole fam connected.
In long distance relationships, everything is a huge event. Whether it’s a vacation or hanging out for one day, that time together is important, and being patient is hard. This Countdown Clock is easier than crossing off days on the calendar, and lets you see exactly how much time is left until you get to see your bae, right down to the second. Get one for you and your partner, enter the date you’re awaiting, and voila — watch the days dwindle and feel the excitement grow.
Send love notes at any time with this cloud-connected Lovebox Messenger. A modern twist on the classic love note, this nifty box is the gift that keeps on giving. Once connected to your phone, use the app to send a sweet message to your honey — on something more exciting than a phone screen. The heart on the box will spin, and your partner will be able to read your heartfelt message on the screen inside. (This could also be an adorable gifts for parents or grandparents, too.)
Though your bae or far-away family member can’t be physically close to you, wearing the coordinates of both of your locations on a bracelet together is a heartwarming sentiment — plus it’s stylish. Spice up the average jewelry gift with these super pretty and customizable coordinate bracelets. Available in gold, silver, or rose gold, this subtle gift is the perfect way to carry someone with you every day. Too dainty for your taste? Other customizable jewelry styles are also available.
If your partner has a good sense of humor, give them a gift that’s the next best thing to you being there: a pillow with your face on it, of course. You deserve someone who wants to cuddle your face every night — or sport your face on luggage or an air freshener for in their car.
If you’re looking to give a personalized photo gift that isn’t so out there, Collage.com has a ton of adorable customizable items and decorations that can be covered in pictures of you two, including blankets, phone cases, coasters, mugs, and even shower curtains. Display your memories somewhere other than social media and they’ll never fade, yo.
Creative gifts are fun, but practical gifts are necessary
When you live in different cities or states, spontaneous trips and weekend excursions are constant — which means travel bags are a necessity. If you’ve noticed your partner’s current luggage is worn out or an inconvenient size, make their trips to you easier by gifting a weekender bag. Amazon has an awesome selection with a range prices, fabrics, sizes, and patterns, and most are available on Prime with free 2-day shipping.
If flying is required to see each other, make things easier on your partner by getting them these Bluetooth luggage trackers. These TSA-approved smart travel locks ensure that any lost luggage isn’t messed with while it’s being hunted down, while the app on your partner’s phone will help them locate their stuff and get to you faster.
Facetime and Skype dates are a must in long-distance relationships, and if a smartphone screen just isn’t cutting it anymore, perhaps a sparkly new iPad or Fire HD 8 Tablet would do the trick. Plus it’ll make their commute to you a little less boring and make watching a movie at the same time a much easier.
If they already have a tablet, a holder or stand for it is a perfect accessory to make video calls while making dinner, doing laundry, or any other activities that require two hands.