A long distance relationship doesn’t usually catch you unawares. But if you or your significant other travel for work, and travel often – you might suddenly find yourself in a part-time long distance arrangement.
While there are many upsides to having technology at our fingertips, one particularly great thing about it is the ability to send a gift to a loved one anywhere in the world. Even if physical distance separates you from someone on a holiday or special occasion, or just when you want to spur a smile, the ability to make their day still exists.
Especially since online shopping is so convenient, it’s becoming more and more popular in today’s world. Big Commerce reports that 51 percent of Americans prefer to online shop while 96 percent of Americans have made an online purchase in their life, 80 percent of those respondents having shopped virtually in the past month. Forget about packaging gift items and lugging them to the post office on your own – technology is here to simplify your life as well as the gift-giving process.
To combine convenience with the ability to send a gift across the miles, I have compiled a list of long distance gift ideas to take advantage of.
– A Personal Touch –
Thanks to technology, it’s easy to gift a loved one something with a personal touch that they will treasure forever, like a video keepsake. A few fun ideas for this are “The Top 10 Things I Love About Us” or, “Favorite 10 Memories Together”. Simply use your webcam to create the video and they will no doubt love watching it over and over again. You can even weave in photos of the two of you or video clips of fun times together to make it more sentimental
Another idea is to go paperless by creating a coupon book that you can make on simple computer programs, giving your loved one a unique and fun gift that they will be using for a long while to come! You can email it to them and give them vouchers for items like, “an hour long video chat”, “a handwritten love letter”, or “a home cooked meal when we are together”. We know that your loved one will be tickled at the thought put into this gift as well as the prospect of cashing in all these meaningful gifts.
– Photographs –
If you think custom photos gifts are too expensive and difficult to coordinate, you couldn’t be more wrong! Luckily, there are a wide range of websites out there where you can upload a picture, choose your matting and frame, and send it off as a framed gift. This is also possible to have done on canvases, which also make a great gift. Other fun photo gift ideas are custom designed memory books, phone cases, or other household items that are made better with a memory attached to them. All of these ideas are bound to be a special memento for the recipient, and they’ll think of you every time they walk past it hung on their wall!
– Flowers & Plants –
While flowers are a pretty standard gift, with so many great sites out there nowadays, we couldn’t resist mentioning this. Flower services that deliver nationwide have wide selections, making it easy to match any personality! From roses to tropical flowers to even succulent plants, these gifts are a sure-fire way to make someone smile from afar.
– Treats –
For anyone who loves to indulge in something delicious, the possibilities are seemingly endless for what you can send their way to celebrate a special occasion. For those who love something savory, send them a tin of popcorn to snack on. Or, for anyone who has a sweet tooth, try a candy subscription so that they get their fix on a monthly basis!
– E-Gifts –
Great gifts can be delivered directly to the recipient’s email inbox! Some ideas that are sure to be a hit are a music subscription service credit, a television or streaming service gift card, an ebook gift card for a bookworm, or even airline gift cards for someone that you’re hoping will come visit you soon! The possibilities for this idea are endless, allowing you to truly match the gift to the interests and passions of your loved ones.
Thoughtful and convenient all in one? It’s possible! Modern technology makes all of our lives easier on a daily basis, and this is just one more way to take advantage of it. Give all of your loved ones – no matter how far they may live – exactly what they want by sending something directly to them that they will love.
Despite it being 2016, and having every shred of common sense tell you it shouldn’t matter, chances are, if you are in a long distance relationship and happen to be spending Valentine’s Day weekend apart, you might feel a tinge of sadness.
And you’re not alone either — millions of couples in long-distance relationships will be separated for February 14th. That’s a lot of conflicting feelings surrounding the day of love.
After learning about one PlentyOfFish couple’s long-distance relationship (Kristen hails from New Jersey and Johnny from Pennsylvania), PlentyOfFish decided to bridge the gap by flying them both into Vancouver, British Columbia for an all-expenses paid romantic Valentine’s Day getaway. What followed was a very sweet reunion, and a reminder that love is truly greater than distance.
But what about the millions of other long-distance couples who may be spending Valentine’s Day apart this year? The Dating Experts at PlentyOfFish have you covered there too. Below are four simple tips to keep you feeling close to your partner this Valentine’s Day, even if there are miles stretching in between:
Call Your Love First Thing: There’s nothing quite like hearing the voice of your Valentine first thing in the morning to get your day started on the right foot. Even if you can’t be together physically, you’d be surprised at how effective a few kind words over Skype or the phone can be.
Send A Letter – Or Email! Trust us when we say that everyone loves receiving a little written reminder that they matter. The days of the love letter aren’t over, so even if you can’t mail a letter in time, compose an email highlighting everything you love about your person, or even recap a special shared memory.
Plan A Reunion – So you can’t spend Valentine’s Day together…but you can definitely plan for the next time your paths will cross. This will both keep your spirits up, and give you something to look forward to. Blue skies ahead!
Try Not To Stress – Most importantly, whatever you do, don’t put too much pressure on yourselves. Valentine’s Day is just one day out of the year, and letting your partner know you care about them on the 364 other days is just as important. That’s the most romantic thing of all.
We’re celebrating those who go the extra mile this February 14th. Happy Valentine’s Day from PlentyOfFish
Every Day, PlentyOfFish receives love stories from couples who’ve found love on the site, and all of them are unique. To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, we’re posting stories written by these couples in their own words. Here is Krystal’s long- distance love story:
I had been on PlentyOfFish for a month or so and had talked to several guys, but never actually progressed to the meeting stage. I had even started talking to a guy in Vegas and he was supposed to come up and meet me…but I was stood up! I was pretty crushed, vowed to delete my profile and give it up.
Then a day or so later, I did a 180 and decided I’d start browsing all people PlentyOfFish recommended for me, message all of them and then see what happened.
Strangely, The first profile I came across intrigued me. This guy seemed to like nerdy things like me! And he wrote enough in his profile to give me a feel for who he was (and he used proper grammar!), so I thought, this must be too good to be true! Where is he from? My heart sank – Vegas. Still stinging from the last Vegas possibility, I decided it best to just pass him up and move on.
Lo and behold, 5 minutes later, he messaged me!! We talked a little on PlentyOfFish before switching to texts. This was on a Sunday.
I had Thursday off from work and had planned to go to the Vegas Renaissance Faire that weekend after work on Saturday. I jokingly told him to come up (about a 2 hour drive) and visit me Thursday. He agreed!
We hit it off immediately, and hung out together Thursday to Saturday then met up again Saturday night at the Renaissance Faire. I was getting good vibes, but then he left the faire early claiming to be tired but that he would meet me back at the faire Sunday morning. After not hearing from him again, I started to feel very discouraged.
Eventually, the faire was about to close and I was getting ready to leave… and my phone vibrates! Apparently his phone died and he wanted to know where we were so he could pick me up. He then officially asked me and we’ve been together ever since.
It’s been a great year, but it hasn’t been without it’s struggles. Our schedules haven’t always lined up. He works graveyards, our days off never lined up when I was working and going to school, so for the majority of our relationship we only got to see each other for a few hours for a couple of days a week.
I will say that a big reason our relationship has lasted as long as it has is because he has been very understanding of my inflexible schedule and he will drive up every weekend (except for the few exceptions when I would have the weekend to go down there) to see me for however long we had together that particular weekend.
We’ve had some wonderful trips together, Scandia in Ontario, CA for Valentines Day, Disneyland (my favorite) for our anniversary in Oct, a cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada for Christmas.
It’s been wonderful, hard, but we make it work because we want to make it work!
Imagine falling deeply in love with someone who lives over 1,000 miles away. Would you dive in head first and try your hardest to make it work, or would you give up and always wonder what could have been?
Love knows no boundaries for the two incredible people you are about to meet!
We learned about Marcus and Gina’s special PlentyOfFish success story just this past November and are very excited to share it with you.
Where do you live?
Gina: New York City, New York
Marcus: Orlando, Florida
1,105 miles, 7 states apart, 22 hour train ride, 3 hour flight
Who initiated the first message?
Marcus: Gina took the reins on that one and messaged me first. I noticed her profile once before and thought, whoa she is beautiful!
Gina: I definitely reached out to Marcus first. I saw his picture one day, but at the time I had gone on a couple dates with someone else. In the end that didn’t work out, so I went back on PlentyOfFish and there was Marcus again under Meet Me. I decided to go for it!
Why did you feel so compelled to message Marcus?
Gina: I viewed his profile and noticed we had a lot in common; both liked the Yankees, he was a family man (I have a son myself) and had great taste in music. He was fully clothed in his profile picture (laughs!) and I was definitely attracted to him.
How long did your first conversation last?
Gina: June 30, 2012 was the first message and we talked from 3:44pm-5:37pm (yes, I timed it and saved all our conversations)! Marcus asked for my number at the end of our message thread, we exchanged texts which eventually lead to phone calls and an invite to NYC for our first date!
Marcus: Once we started talking there was no looking back from there. This was it. When I visited Gina in NYC, we had to make a trip to Sprint to get Gina’s phone fixed from the amount of saved messages she had from our lengthy conversations.
What was your first date like? Were you nervous? (3 weeks after they first met online, Gina and Marcus met face to face in NYC)
Marcus: Nervous? Not at all. Gina had mentioned to me that her son had joined a bowling league so I thought it would be a great first date idea. I already felt so comfortable with Gina since we had talked so much on the phone together.
Gina: I was so nervous to see him for the first time! I picked him up at the airport. We arrived at the bowling alley but there was quite the wait so Marcus suggested we play a game of pool. I used to play pool often and knew I could kick his butt, my nerves got the best of me and I was a hot mess.
What is the most romantic thing Marcus/Gina has ever done for you?
Gina: There have been a lot of things. Out of the blue he will send me little videos saying “I miss you, I love you and I can’t wait for us to be together.” There was this one morning in Florida at 4:30am when Marcus woke me up and said let’s go to the beach and catch the sunrise. We sat on a lifeguard chair with a blanket while the sun came up on the water and to our surprise a pod of dolphins swam by! I will never forget how I felt in that moment with Marcus.
Marcus: I’m a huge football fan and my team was playing a big game in London, England but unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the game. I made a trip to NYC to visit Gina and when I arrived she had her living room set up like the city of London with props, photos and an amazing food spread. She knew just how much the game meant to me and I couldn’t have asked for anything better.
At what point did you know this was forever?
Gina: To be honest it was almost immediate for me, but it felt too good to be true, I kept pinching myself. I never imagined a relationship like this one was even possible. After Marcus left NYC on his first trip, I was sitting on the porch with my best friend and he looked at me and said “Gina you have a glow about you, who is it?” He knew I was head over heels.
Marcus: I was telling a coworker about Gina when I got home from NYC and he said “she’s the one you will end up with, I just know it.” Gina still wonders what I told him! (laughs) It was a steady progression for me over time because the more I got to know Gina, I realized we clicked on all levels. Every day just keeps getting better and better.
What are you most looking most forward to in the future together?
Gina: I will be moving to Orlando, Florida with my son in the New Year which is a huge step for our little family. I can’t wait to have the two families together and legitimately be able to see Marcus on a daily basis. No more tearful goodbyes at the airport!
Marcus: I am looking most forward to starting our lives together in one place and growing deeper in love every day.