How to Celebrate a Birthday in a Long Distance Relationship


Finding a way to make a birthday feel special when in a long-distance relationship takes a considerable amount of thought and effort. However, it also provides an opportunity to show your romantic side with a surprise gesture. From a personal DVD video message to a surprise visit, there are many imaginative ways to make her birthday one she will never forget, no matter how far apart you may be.

  • Make a homemade birthday card. A card that is homemade shows that she is worth the time, care and effort. Include a photograph of the two of you on the front for a sentimental touch.

  • Arrange a surprise visit for to see the recipient if it is in within your budget. Speak to his close family and friends to help you keep the arrangements a secret. If a surprise visit is not convenient on his birthday, book tickets for him to come and see you in the near future. Mail the tickets to him as his birthday gift.

  • Choose a birthday gift for the recipient, focusing on items that are suitable to send in the mail. Alternatively, have your gift delivered directly from the supplier. Online gift stores, local florists or cupcake stores are well equipped to provide gift-wrapping service. Ask the retailer to include a heartfelt and special message on the gift tag.

  • Create a personal video message wishing the recipient happy birthday. Record the message using a webcam or video camera and burn it onto a DVD. If you are confident using editing software, edit the message into a montage with her favorite song and images of the two of you together. Enclose the DVD inside her greeting card as a thoughtful surprise. Seeing your face and hearing your voice will mean more than any store-bought birthday gift.

  • Arrange to video call him from a smart phone on the day of his birthday. If neither of you has cell phone capability, arrange to chat via webcam instead. A face-to-face video call is the next best thing to being together in person on his birthday.

Tips & Warnings

  • Plan how you intend to celebrate in advance. Early preparations will help you to avoid last-minute panic and stress. Gifts should be mailed early to meet birthday deadlines.

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