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5 Valentine's Day Ideas for Long Distance Relationships

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published January 20th 2015
Say I love you from anywhere in the world
Long distance relationships can definitely be hard work, but with a world of global communication options at our fingertips it is even easier to stay connected to your loved one. Valentine's Day doesn't have to be an excuse to sulk because it's yet another day you can't be together, instead use it as an excuse to get close despite the distance.

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Here are 5 ideas for a romantic Valentine's Day across cities or even countries. If you've ever had a long distance Valentine's Day, let us know how you made it special.

1. Have a Candlelit Dinner

Cooking and eating together can be a great way to bond with your partner, but when you're in a long distance relationship sharing meals is more likely to occur over Snapchat and Instagram rather than the dinner table.


This Valentine's Day idea works best if you're in similar timezones. First pick a recipe that you both love. You can set your table for a romantic meal, and your partner can do the same. Set up Skype on your laptop or tablet in the kitchen, and start cooking together at the same time. When dinner is ready take your laptop or tablet over to the table, and enjoy your meal together.

It's not quite the same as a romantic meal face to face, but if you both love food and cooking it's a nice way to connect despite the distance.

2. Send Flowers

A quick and easy way to say 'I love you' despite the distance is to send flowers. Most cities around the world will have florists with online ordering systems and delivery. Order flowers online and have them delivered to your parter at home or work on Valentine's Day. Some places will even send chocolates and other small gifts.

Keep in mind that Valentine's Day is a busy time for flower shops, so get in early to make sure you can guarantee the flowers you want and the right delivery time.

3. Watch A Romantic Movie Over Skype

Watching movies and television shows over Skype helps add a sense of normalcy to any long distance relationship. You don't have to pick a romantic movie for Valentine's Day, just pick a movie you both love (or both really want to see) and get comfortable.


Make sure you've got headphones, this means you can listen to the movie and your partner without getting the echo from each other's audio. Make sure you both start the movie at the same time, a three, two, one countdown always works well. Your partner will be in a little Skype window that you can move to any corner of the screen and it'll be as close to a romantic movie night as possible.

4. Send a Memorable Gift

Rather than focussing on something big and expensive, choosing a more memorable gift is the ideal option for a long distance relationship (and probably any relationship).

A playlist of songs that remind you of your partner and your relationship is a great idea. You can send them a physical CD or USB, but if you don't have the most reliable mail system consider an online option instead. Make a playlist on YouTube with music videos, or use a system like Tapely or Spotify to make a playlist you can share with them. Make sure you keep a copy for yourself, because chances are you'll love listening to it too.


There are plenty of other handmade gifts perfect for long distance relationships. Each of the origami love hearts in this jar contains a romantic message, while this bag contains happy pills with a tiny love letter inside.

5. Make a Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt can take a little more work and preparation, but it can be a fun activity to plan even if you can't be in the same city.

If you have friends that live in the same city as your partner, enlist their help. Have them plant clues at locations around town that mean something to you and your partner. Having a friend to help out means you can set up things like balloons and physical notes as part of the hunt--something that's a bit harder if you're orchestrating the whole thing over the internet. Make sure your partner keeps in touch along the scavenger hunt so you can see their reaction after each clue.

If you don't have anyone to help you out you can still organise a great scavenger hunt. Just text your partner the first clue, and get them to send you a picture when they've solved it and found the first location. Then you can text them the next clue. Find locations that are special to the two of you, and explain why you've picked each spot.

You can leave a special present at the end of the scavenger hunt, but if you're smart enough the clues will be romantic enough on their own.

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Why? Celebrate Valentine's Day no matter where you are in the world
When: Valentine's Day
Where: Wherever you and your partner live
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The scavenger hunt sounds different.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4034) 1302 days ago
Very simple but very clever ideas
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