It goes without saying that long-distance is never easy or preferable. If you’re missing your girlfriend at the moment, it’s easy to get down on yourself and be sad from being so far apart. It’s also easy to get stuck in what feels like a perpetual loop of missing each other without any plans to visit in the near future. To combat this, consider taking those feelings of sadness and turning them into motivation to do something special for her (think: surprise visit, phone calls, virtual date night, love letters via snail mail).
Luckily, there are more ways than you might think to get out of this rut and feel connected to your long-distance partner, and we have a few unique ideas in mind that will make your long-distance girlfriend feel special no matter the distance between you two.
If you find yourself wondering what to do when you miss your long-distance girlfriend, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover six ways to make your partner feel special in a long-distance relationship.
#1: Send Her a Sweet Care Package
Compiling a care package is such a simple and thoughtful thing to gift to your long-distance girlfriend, especially if you handpick the items yourself. You can package anything from her favorite essential at-home items, or some unique gifts from Amazon or another online delivery website.
Nothing screams making your girlfriend feel special like sending her a care package with some self-care items. This is especially true if she hasn’t had an at-home spa day in a while or you think she could use one. Trust us — it’s so easy to compile one of these. De-puffing eye patches, a face mask, or a box of calming tea are our go-to’s for a cozy day in. If this is the sort of thing she’s into (who isn’t these days?) she will absolutely love having it all in one box from you.
With the help of delivery services, it is super simple to get a care package together and have it sent right to your girlfriend’s door. You can also attach it with a sweet note and let her know that you’re thinking of her. If you’re unsure of what items to send her in particular, play it safe with her favorite products; but don’t be afraid to take a risk and send her some surprises!
#2: Send Her a Lovebox
This gift is extra unique because it’s something that the two of you can enjoy together and you’ll have it for as long as the two of you are together.
Lovebox is a digital messaging device that pairs with an app and allows you to send photos, messages, and drawings to your long-distance partner. This is a perfect option if you and your partner are looking for a new way to get creative with communicating, or if your schedules aren’t perfectly lined up (because of time zone differences, work schedules, etc.). Both of you can send a quick picture, message, or drawing when it fits in with your schedule, and it’s not like you’ll be waiting by the phone for a response. Your message will get sent to the associated app on their phone.
This special gift to your loved one is something that she will not only use frequently, but probably tell all of her friends and family about because it extends beyond couples… Loveboxes are a great present for your family members, old friends, or anyone who is important to you.
#3 Tell the (Cyber)World How Special She Truly Is
For some reason, people still don’t have faith in long-distance relationships. Even if they historically don’t have the most obvious success rate, it’s still frustrating that people underestimate the intense emotional connection that is a natural outcome of an LDR. Without a consistent physical connection, an emotional one holds more significance, which makes it even stronger.
Having your friends and family doubt the sustainability of your relationship is certainly a challenge. It can lead to insecurities within your relationship, and the key to making a long-distance relationship work is not letting these sorts of things get to you. People will always underestimate the emotional effect of a long-distance relationship. And while you may have to accept that there will always be skeptics, this doesn’t mean you can’t combat it by showing the world how special your girlfriend is.
Consider crafting a social media post that expresses your love for your girl with a bit of a wider audience. Couples frequently turn to TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, and beyond to give their significant other’s shoutouts and adorable messages, and it’s a great excuse to post a cute pic of the two of you. And while you can’t go wrong with a simple “I love you”, there are so many sweet, heartwarming things to say to your long-distance partner. It’s good for the world to hear some of the nice things you have to say about her!
We promise you, this won’t go unnoticed. In our opinion, posting with your GF on social media in an affectionate way is arguably the new version of giving someone flowers. Not that you should stop giving her flowers, but you know what we mean. It goes a long way.
#4: Speaking of Flowers… Send Some to Her Door
Although there are a number of new and innovative ways to make your girlfriend feel special, gifting her flowers is a timeless gesture that will never go out of style, as far as we’re concerned. Have you ever wondered: Why do women like flowers? Well, here’s our best shot at the answer… they’re beautiful, romantic, and express a sort of thoughtfulness that is simply unmatched.
It's worth noting that not all women like receiving flowers, and your girlfriend very well could be among that group. So, as with all of our ideas, consider the particular wants and desires of your girlfriend, because, at the end of the day, you know best what will make her feel special. We’re just here to help you get inspired.
Now, if you do decide to send your long-distance partner flowers, take into consideration her favorite kind of flowers (if you’re not sure, many flower delivery websites have beautiful arrangements that are pleasing to most), and be sure to leave a note letting her know that you are thinking of her. Even if you aren’t sure if she likes flowers, a kind note from the person you love is all anyone can really ask for.
#5: Plan a Long-Distance Movie Night
This is a date idea that doesn’t require a lot of time, doesn’t need to be a special occasion, and could end up being one of your favorite things that you do with your long-distance love.
Thanks to technology, now you can watch Netflix with a long-distance partner. Prior to this genius invention, it would probably require a Facetime or Zoom call to watch a show or movie with your girlfriend, or you would have to send text messages to each other every five seconds while you were both watching the show/movie in your respective homes. Now, the Netflix Party extension allows you and your partner to watch the same movie in real-time, both on your laptops or computers.
This means no worries about crappy connection over video chat, or missing part of the show to be texting them your reactions. The best part? It has a chat feature that allows you to communicate with your partner without having to take time away from whatever it is the two of you decide to watch together.
#6: Send her Text Messages Throughout the Day
We understand how frustrating messaging with your partner can be during the week, especially if they live and work in a different time zone than you. It can feel like you’re just talking to a wall, and by the time they actually respond or answer your question, it’s not even worth it anymore.
Instead of letting that frustration get the best of you, acknowledge with your partner that it’s both out of your control, and send her kind messages throughout the day despite all of this, even if she doesn’t have the opportunity to respond right away. We know it sucks to not be instantly gratified with a quick and timely response, but for this purpose, it should be less about receiving a response and more about letting your GF know that you are thinking of her and that you miss her.
You can do this each week by sending a morning text as soon as she or you wakes up, and this is a fantastic option that will likely make her day better. Consider browsing through morning texts for her so that you can switch it up and have a bunch of different messages in your arsenal.
If you’re more of a night owl, send her a thoughtful text before she falls asleep, and we promise it will be the last thing she thinks about before she dozes off.
Making Your Girlfriend Feel Special Will Keep the Spark Alive
After reading through some of our ideas to make your GF feel special in a long-distance relationship, we hope you took note of the ideas that are most applicable to you and your long-distance love. These unique and creative ideas can also be used as inspiration for future long-distance anniversary ideas, Valentine’s Day, any special occasion, or even if you’re just looking for ways to have fun in a long-distance relationship.
Whether it’s by purchasing a Lovebox, planning a unique date that you haven’t done before, or sending flowers to her door, put yourself out there! You never know what it is that will make your girlfriend feel special, and you won’t know until you try. Regardless of whether she actually likes what you planned or sent her, it is the effort that truly matters, and that will shine through with your actions.
And remember, if you’re ever feeling down on your luck or insecure about your relationship, it isn’t as challenging as it might appear to make your girlfriend feel special. It’s really about the little things, and while that usually comes with some extra effort in an LDR, we promise it will be worth it in the long run, for you and your long-distance love.