Despite the various challenges that come with a long-distance relationship, there are more ways than you might think to make your boyfriend feel special. Although it might feel impossible at times to keep that spark alive from so far away, making your special someone feel appreciated and important is all you really need to do.
Usually, when you look up what to send or surprise your boyfriend with, stereotypical presents pop up, and chances are your boyfriend already has all of them or doesn’t really need them. You know what we’re talking about… you usually are told to gift them with cologne, a whiskey set, or something leather. Don’t get us wrong, all of these are great choices, but they aren’t specific to your boyfriend. We believe that the most personalized gifts are the important ones.
We believe that you can get more creative than the most stereotypical gifts or surprises for your boyfriend, so we’ve compiled a list of ways to make your man feel special, even from far away. Read on to discover creative tips, tricks, and ideas that will leave him feeling more cared for than ever.
#1: Send Your Boyfriend a Lovebox
If you haven’t heard of the Lovebox yet, look no further. Known as the world’s first love note messenger, the Lovebox was made to keep the connection alive between you and your loved one. This might be the best and most unique idea. If you’re constantly left wondering, “do I get my boyfriend a Valentine’s Day gift?”, the answer is yes. Getting your boyfriend a Lovebox for a Valentine’s Day present, an anniversary gift, or if you just want to make them feel special, is a NO BRAINER.
The Lovebox is a messaging device that pairs with an app on your phone and allows you to send messages, photos, stickers, and drawings to your boyfriend, family member, or really anyone you might miss every now and then. The best part? It doesn’t really resemble your stereotypical iPad or tech device from the outside, which can be an eyesore. The device is actually located on the inside of a lovely wooden box with a heart on the outside that spins and sends a waterfall of hearts to your loved one’s Lovebox app. That way, it’s visually pleasing from the outside and discreet so that you could keep it by your bedside table, or as a decoration somewhere in your home.
Don’t believe us? Listen to this testimonial from Anna, who was in the exact same position as you: “This was a gift for my boyfriend who I do long distance with. We absolutely love it. The instructions for the setup and downloading of the app are super simple. It’s almost like a 2 in 1 gift since we both benefit from buying 1!”
That is also another insane perk of investing in the Lovebox: it’s for your relationship, not just for your BF.
#2: Surprise Them With Their Fav Food Right at Their Door
Who doesn’t like a free meal? One way to make your long-distance boyfriend feel special is by sending them their favorite food via a delivery service app. Luckily with technology, food delivery apps are more efficient than ever and allow you to order food right to their door without them finding out during the process.
You can pick out food they might like and leave a note when you order it. We assure you it will make their day, especially if they mention that they are having a busy day at work or just a crappy day in general. Letting your boyfriend know that you were thinking of them while they weren’t having the best day will make them feel extra special.
To take this one step further, you could also order a similar type of food to your house (depending on what you both like) and Facetime once he receives it — it will be as if you’re having a little dinner date together. Also, food helps everything, so if you save this idea for when your boyfriend isn’t having the best day, it will cheer him right up.
#3: Give Him a Special Shoutout on Social Media
Telling the world about someone you love is the best feeling ever, and we promise it will make your boyfriend feel special. When you’re in an LDR, social media is the most convenient way to do this, and you have the biggest audience.
Depending on the social media of your choice (Instagram is a personal favorite of ours) find one or a collection of your cutest pics with your man and create a post or story. With the help of apps like Instagram, you can pair it with cute stickers, tags, and edits that match your vibe. You probably know how good it feels when he posts with you. It makes you feel like your BF wants to shout to the whole world that you are together, and there’s really no better feeling.
Sometimes, keeping your boyfriend hidden on social media can lead to insecurities, and you never want your partner to feel that way. It’s a small but significant gesture, and as we all know, caring about the little things is what makes a long-term relationship last.
#4: Write Him a Sweet Letter
From far away, achieving intimacy can be difficult with your boyfriend. However, it’s not impossible. Consider writing a handwritten letter to him. It can be sweet or sensual (whatever you’re comfortable with). This is a way to feel closer to your partner from far away, and it will certainly make him feel special.
You know what they say, be careful what you put into writing… while this applies to text messages too, something about a letter feels more permanent, because it’s giving a piece of your heart from you to him, and it’ll be his for as long as he so chooses.
#5: Send Him a Good Morning Text Everyday
There’s no better time to let your significant other know that you’re thinking of him than first thing in the morning. Even writing something as simple as “Good morning, I miss you and I’m thinking of you!” will set the tone for a good day and will ultimately improve your LDR, if you keep it up.
If you both have the time, phone calls in the morning or a video chat is also a fantastic way to start or end the day, because it leaves your long-distance lover thinking of you right before he goes to bed or right when you wake up in the morning. If you feel fresh out of ideas for what to discuss with your partner, there are a number of great conversation topics for long-distance relationships.
We know that time zones can make this tricky (depending on where you are located in relation to your partner), but you shouldn’t let this stop you from sending a sweet text when you wake up or before you go to bed, because it will let him know that you are thinking of him no matter the time of day.
#6: Send Him a Care Package With His Favorite Things
Using an online service, you can easily compile a package with your man’s favorite things. It will deliver right to his door, and you can hand package it yourself or pay a little extra to have it done for you!
We recommend starting with the essentials, such as a restock on some of his go-to self-care items, like deodorant, shower items, or his favorite foods. Or you could even splurge and send him a new shirt, pair of shoes, or some gadget that he might find fascinating!
#7: Make Him a Special Playlist With His Favorite Songs
Nothing screams I love you like making your long-distance lover a playlist. It’s so easy to share and edit playlists today, and we’re convinced that music is key to making a long-distance relationship work.
When the two of you are together, we’re sure there must be songs you enjoy listening to together, and this doesn’t have to disappear or be put on hold when you’re far away. If your partner isn’t having a good night, he will be able to listen to this playlist and be reminded of the good times you share together when you’re in person.
To take this idea up a notch, consider making a collaborative playlist. This is a feature where you can both add songs to the same playlist, and it will be ever-changing, just like your relationship. It is also rewarding to look back at the songs you used to listen to and add new songs as you make new memories in your LDR.
Making Your Boyfriend Feel Special Is the Key to a Long Distance Relationship
As you can see, we’re big believers that solid long-distance relationships and making your partner feel special go hand in hand. The bottom line is, you can’t really have one without the other. So, whether you’re just starting an LDR or you’re well-seasoned with long-distance love, take some time out of your day to send that text, care package, Lovebox, or whatever it is that works best for you and your love.
Taking matters into your own hands and planning a date night is an overlooked and simple way to improve your relationship, especially in the long term, because it will incentivize your partner to do kind things for you in return, which will eventually lead to healthy and long-lasting love.
People really underestimate the strength of LDRs, but if it proves anything, it’s that when there’s a physical distance between the two of you, you never take seeing them in person for granted. A lot of regular couples don’t see that, so give yourself a pat on the back for actively seeking out ways to improve your relationship.
If you’re struggling with your LDR, you’re not alone; they are tough, but if you can get through this period, you and your boyfriend can get through anything. We promise that it will pay off in the long run, and if all goes well in an LDR, he could be the one.