Article originally published on 30th May 2014

Care Packages for you and your lover

So, you and your love have been separated, whether by hours or by several time zones. How can you go the extra mile to show them how much you care? Send a package! It’s a highly customizable, personal, and romantically old-fashioned way to show your love. 

At a loss for where to begin? We’re here to help.

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1. A piece of your clothing

There’s nothing nicer or more comforting than the smell of your partner. A flannel button-up, t-shirt, or hoodie are all great choices. Maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll get a special snap of your beloved in your favorite old T!

2. Something edible and local

Whether it’s a chocolate bar from Sarris Candy in Pittsburgh or a pound of the best dark roast Seattle has to offer, pick up something local for your long distance love. Every bite or sip will remind them of you.

3. Something you know they want 

That they won’t buy for themselves. In my opinion, these make the best kinds of gifts. Does he really want a new camera bag, but feels like it’s a frivolous purchase? Does she want a new phone case, but needs to pay her phone bill instead? It’s the perfect opportunity to show that you pay attention to their wants and needs.

4. A notebook

Start off by writing a letter to your lover in the first couple of pages. Send it back and forth, either as part of your care packages or by itself. Soon, you’ll have a notebook full of letters already organized chronologically. See how many notebooks you can fill before you’re reunited again.

5. The latest best seller 

Or a book you think they’d love. You can even send them a copy of what you’re reading and have your own private book club. Want something steamy? Try The Story of O or Bared to You.

6. Something comforting

When your partner is stressed, what’s the first thing they turn to? Bubble bath, chocolate, an at-home workout? Pick something you know they’ll use to mitigate the stress of long-distance.

7. Something sexy

If you and your partner like to send each other racy pictures, this is a great opportunity to send them something you’d love to see them in. Not the sexting type? Sex toys can be fun to use alone, together, or over video chat. For toy newbies, a bullet vibrator is always a great option. If you want something more advanced, the Onyx+ and Pearl2 are perfect toys for long distance lovers, allowing you to feel each other’s movements over the internet.

8. Etsy 

If you’re not familiar with Etsy, have fun getting sucked down the Etsy rabbit hole on your first visit! You can find literally anything on Etsy. Many shops sell handmade and even personalized goods, while others sell vintage. 

Some of our favorite Etsy shops are the ones that make personalized gifts that you’ll actually use and like. Even if you have no idea what you want, simply typing in “long distance relationship” yields hundreds of results.

9. Local 

Want to give your partner a taste of your city? Putting together a box of local goodies is the perfect way to do it, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. (Tip: If you’re shipping it yourself within the US, choose items that will fit into one of the flat-rate shipping boxes.)

10. Date-in-a-box 

If you live within a few time zones of each other, plan a special LDR date night and include all the stuff your partner needs to enjoy it! You can send over a DVD (or a USB stick), some microwave popcorn or other treats, a blanket or pillowcase spritzed with your signature fragrance… Get creative!

11. Teledildonics

Not to toot our own horn, but Teledildonics really can make a great long distance relationship gift. See, what many people report missing the most when they’re long distance is physical intimacy. While it’s not quite the same thing as making love, haptic sex toys like Onyx and Pearl allow you far more intimacy than you’d get with regular old Skype sex. And yes, we can ship straight to your partner.

What are you waiting for? Get packing!

What are you waiting for? Get packing!