50+ Fun Long Distance Relationship Birthday Ideas For Couples

To keep your long-distance relationship from becoming monotonous and devoid of that spark, it is important to keep things interesting with a certain level of persistence and novelty. We have compiled a list of long-distance relationship birthday ideas that will restore the charm and make up for the void created by the distance. Even though the feeling of being able to hug your partner on their birthday is unmatched, there is no reason not to have an awesome time with each other in a long-distance romance. Delve into this post as we bring you interesting ways to celebrate birthdays over long distances.

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50+ Long Distance Relationship Birthday Ideas

  1. Flirty snail mail cards: Long gone are the days of sending postcards and letters. Sending speedy text messages through various apps is the norm. However, nothing says it best than an old-school snail mail card. You could get innovative with the kind of messages you write on these cards. Make them flirtatious and fun. Send a series of cards counting down to your love’s birthday.
  1. Say it with flowers: Flowers have the power to evoke beautiful feelings. Gifting someone flowers is a time-tested way to profess love. Choose an arrangement that reflects your feelings and get them delivered first thing in the morning. You could also add a romantic message or a cute cake to make it more endearing.
Gifting someone flowers is a time-tested way to profess love.

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  1. Photo clip strings: Weave your hearts together with a photo clip string. It’s the simplest way to add some birthday decorations. Dig out your photo album and choose photographs of time spent together or those that depict the two of you in various moods. String and team them up with fairy lights to add that extra sparkle. Ensure that you parcel this birthday décor in advance. Ask them to give you a virtual tour of their room when they place the photo string.
  1. Shop online: Take your sweetheart on an online shopping spree. A few websites also offer simultaneous surfing for couples who would like to shop together but stay in different cities. Spend time browsing together through different virtual shops. Even if you decide against purchasing anything, the time spent together will be worth it.
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Surprise your LDR partner by buying everything on their wishlist and getting it delivered to their address before their birthday. All you need to have is their login credentials (wink wink)!!
  1. Go roundabout: Work out a tricky code between the two of you to share secret (read passionate and suggestive) messages. Develop one in advance to familiarize yourself with the cryptic language. It gives you the edge of conveying the naughtiest birthday messages in the presence of family and friends. Who says birthdays in long-distance relationships can’t be exciting? Get decrypting!
  1. Pizza party and games: If your partner is a sports lover, you can celebrate their birthday by enjoying a live stream of games. You can also order their favorite pizza for them, so you can both eat yummy food and enjoy watching the match. It’s a cheesy yet fun way to celebrate their birthday.
  1. Photos wish: Take the old school route and send them pictures of times you spent together, or you can also send them photos of you doing daily activities. You can also write sweet little notes behind the photographs. Put all the pictures in an envelope and mail it to them. This old-school idea is going to make their heart warm.
  1. Send ice cream: Find out about a delivery service that delivers ice cream at their doorstep. Pick their favorite ice cream flavors and get them delivered. Sweet treats showing up at the door can be the best gift one can ask for.
  1. Send balloons: No matter how old we get, balloons can make anyone smile. So get some mylar balloons with helium, put them in a large box, and send them through overnight mail. Waking up to a box full of balloons would be fun and exciting.
  1. Birthday playlist: A simple yet thoughtful idea. Make a playlist of all their favorite songs and send it to them on their birthday. Trust us, they’re going to love it.
  1. Party it is: You may not be present in person, but can surely plan a surprise party for your partner. Get in touch with common friends and relatives who stay close to your companion via phone calls. The more, the merrier! Work with them to throw a birthday bash.
Plan a surprise party for your partner

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  1. Virtual bash: Should, for some reason, something mess with your party blueprint, don’t fret. Plan one virtually. Invite your closest friends for an online celebration. Include close relatives, too, if your partner stays alone. Courier party poppers, balloons, and streamers to your friends beforehand and make it a fun event. Add fervor to the party with a dress or color code. You can even have an online dance party all night.
  1. Bake a cake: No birthday celebration is complete without a cake. Bake one with a special theme and have it delivered. You can also choose a jar cake or a ready-to-make recipe.
  1. Dinner date: Dress up to your partner’s taste and plan an online birthday dinner date. Who says dinner dates sitting across screens, miles away, can’t be romantic? Pre-order food through a food delivery chain that caters to both your destinations and enjoy your dinner on Facetime or a Zoom call.
  1. Me, myself, and my party: Put together a special DIY birthday party-in-a-box for your partner—replete with balloons, birthday banner, candles, confetti, whistles, streamers, and a cap. Add a personal touch by creating one yourself, and ensure your companion indulges in some innocent ‘just me’ revelry.
  1. Musical sojourn: Music lifts the spirit and touches the heart. Gift your sweetheart a soulful mash-up of their favorite romantic songs. Include a few peppy numbers to get the party mood swinging. You can video chat through Skype to listen to the music playlist together. Another way to create a memorable experience is by sending them a ticket for a virtual concert featuring their favorite artist and attending it together, singing along to their favorite songs.
  1. Say it in your voice: Nothing beats a wish for a lover than hearing it in their beloved’s voice. Record the birthday wish yourself. Let one of those sing-along online karaoke apps help you tune it to music. It is bound to widen the smile on your partner’s face.
  1. Phone call: It might not be the most exciting thing to do, but it would be unexpected. A sweet midnight call wishing them happy birthday would be a cheesy yet lovely gesture.
  1. Classic birthday card: Go the old-fashioned way and choose a beautiful card for them and send it through the mail. This card would make them feel special and be better than a social media post.
  1. Birthday countdown box: This is a fun and exciting way to celebrate their birthday. Send a whole week of envelopes or small gift boxes. Label each of them with the date it will be opened. Write a sweet note, memory, photograph, or treat in each of them until the birthday date.
  1. Birthday booklet: This is a unique gift idea, and this booklet would consist of different vouchers. It can range from dining experiences to entertainment and even discount coupons.
  1. Personalized mug: If your partner is a tea or coffee lover, you can send them a customized mug. Many online stores personalize them according to your choice. You can add a sweet note or even a picture on the mug. It surely would be an adorable surprise.
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You could also compose and sing a song for your significant other to surprise them on their special day.
  1. Topographical match: To celebrate the occasion, get unique customized watches to reflect the latitudinal coordinates of your geographical locations. Match your coordinates to remind each other that distance is just a number.
  1. Multiply the wishes: Send your sweetheart recorded video wishes from common friends and relatives. Birthdays become more special when wishes and greetings multiply and have a personal touch.
  1. A good soak and sauna: If your partner believes in the goodness and relaxation of a warm and luxurious bath, then stir up a storm in their bathroom. Gift them care packages that include exotic bath bombs, gels, essential oils, and scrubs to ensure head-to-toe indulgence.
Gift them exotic bath bombs, gels, etc

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  1. Game for it: Board games have long been neglected. But they can engage you for hours. Unleash your sporty side and play the online versions of these games. Or you can simply look for online games that will interest you. Your partner will thank you for an awesome time.
  1. Get quizzy: If you and your partner have wonderful travel memories, relive them on your sweetheart’s birthday. Prepare an online trivia and quiz each other to test who has an elephantine memory. It’s a wonderful way to spend time with your lover. End it with a short video clip of all your favorite pictures.
  1. Handcrafted present: A gift that you have personally handcrafted speaks volumes about your true feelings and how much your partner means to you. Don’t go about challenging Picasso or Frida Kahlo; keep the art projects simple but expressive. You can gift them a scrapbook or a memory book filled with images of the fondest memories you share with them.
  1. Movie date: Have a movie night together. There are several online movie apps that help you watch movies simultaneously. Grab a bowl of spicy popcorn and a fizzy drink before you binge-watch your favorite movie or web series.
  1. Send birthday accessories: While you may not be present with them in-person to celebrate, sending them some goofy birthday accessories would be fun and surprising. In a box, pack some hats, sunglasses, sash, crowns, and any other accessories you’d like to add and mail it to them.
  1. Birthday wishes from a celebrity: Some apps and websites allow you to choose a star, an athlete, famous zoo animals, etc., to make a birthday video for your dear one. Choose a celebrity your partner is fond of and let them make a personalized birthday message for them.
  1. Morning birthday text: A simple yet effective way to make their day at least ten times better. Type a sweet text message and send it to them before they wake up. Imagine how happy they would be simply knowing you took the time to send them a lovely birthday morning wish.
  1. Get them touch bracelets: This would be a perfect long-distance surprise for them. These touch bracelets are to be worn by both partners irrespective of the distance, and they light up when their partner touches them. Ensure the gift reaches them before their birthday.
  1. Plan a trip: Long distance can be hard, so on their big day, take the opportunity to plan a trip with them and take it as soon as you are together. This will strengthen your bond and make you both look forward to meeting soon.
  1. Send a comic book: For a fun birthday surprise, make a cute and funny comic book illustrating your love story and a birthday wish.
  1. Leisure pursuit: If the two of you share a love of literature, drama, and poetry, a birthday could be the best occasion to polish your literary and oratory skills. Do your favorite shared activity together—readouts, play acts, recitations, or you can even try cooking together. The choice is yours.
  1. Age–gift match: Match up your sweetheart’s age with those many gifts. They needn’t drill your pockets. Choose small but meaningful gifts that are bound to make your partner smile. Don’t exhaust yourself with all the shopping; get close friends to pitch in, too. Deliver the gifts during the birthday week.
  1. Sweet lure: Indulging your partner’s sweet tooth on their birthday will definitely win you a lot of brownie points. Drop off a huge jar of your love’s favorite cookies, followed by quirky and interestingly wrapped candies. Toss in some flavored jellybeans and work it up with exotic kisses chocolate. Wrap up the sweet affair with a big tub of ice cream. Include some sweet personal messages to spike that feel-good factor.
Long distance relationship birthday idea

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  1. Make it memorable: As a couple, you could leave a lasting impression on this planet. Plant seeds or saplings to mark birthdays. You would be doing the environment a whole lot of good.
  1. Spread love: Bring a smile on someone else’s face. Use your sweetheart’s birthday as an occasion to donate to a charity. You can also arrange for your partner’s birthday celebration with a philanthropic foundation. There could be no better way to celebrate than by spreading love and cheer.
  1. Be the gift: The ultimate way to cheer up your long-distance partner would be to be with them in person. Surprise your sweetheart with a quick visit or send across a ticket. The destination could be any place where the two of you can enjoy being together.
  1. A TikTok dance: You can make a viral TikTok dance video for your partner wishing them a happy birthday and also asking your followers to drop a sweet wish for them. Getting birthday wishes from so many people would be a very heartwarming birthday memory.
  1. An Instagrammable present: This surprise involves creating a private Instagram account for your partner with only close friends and family members and using this account to appreciate them and show them love—an unusual yet lovely birthday surprise.
  1. Learn languages together: Buy a year of language learning subscription for yourself and your partner and learn a language with a real-time tutor. This would be a lovely and thoughtful way to celebrate their day.
  1. Surprise dance party: Hire fun professional dancers who’d show up at your partner’s place and give a dope performance. Plan this and surprise your partner on their birthday.
  1. Astrology twist: If your partner is into sun signs and astrology, you can get them a detailed astrology birth chart. On a Zoom call, you can both discover the mysteries of the stars and have fun spending time together.
  1. Calendar memories: Get crafty and make a personalized calendar with photographs of times spent together and funny or sweet memories from that time. You can schedule a Zoom call where you both go through this calendar, have fun, and end it with a happy dance.
  1. Take a yoga class: If you and your partner are fitness freaks, book an online yoga class with a real-time tutor and begin your partner’s birthday with a yoga class in the morning. It is a thoughtful and fun surprise idea that your partner will appreciate.
  1. Plants surprise: If your partner is a nature lover or a plant parent, you can mail them indoor plants or succulents and have them delivered on the morning of their birthday, along with a birthday card. This would be a memorable surprise for them, and every time they look at those plants, it would remind them of you.
  1. Host a cooking party: For this surprise party idea, you can include yourself, your partner, and a few of their friends. Send them an invite with a link to the cooking show and grocery items. Let everyone pick up their times, join a Zoom call, and cook together. Later, you all can sit down and enjoy the meal together.
  1. Radio surprise: If your partner listens to any particular radio station, you can give him a shoutout and dedicate a lovely song. This would be a cost-effective and beautiful surprise idea.
Surprise your sweetheart with a quick visit

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We hope the above long-distance relationship birthday ideas will help keep the romance sizzling between you and your partner. Apart from the ideas mentioned above you can also try a virtual picnic or online wine tasting or online escape room for your dear one’s birthday. Even though your partner may be miles away, these ideas will help you connect with them virtually. This list includes classic ideas and a few modern ones to help you express your love for your partner as memorable as you would in person. With these ideas, distance may no longer seem like a barrier. So get creative and customize these ideas based on your favorite memories of each other to make their birthday unforgettable.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Should I send a birthday card to my long-distance partner or try to make it more special?

When you decide to send your long-distance partner a card, remember to have a handwritten, original message on it. They will appreciate your effort and love.

2. Is it better to plan a long-distance surprise birthday or let them know about it beforehand?

You can let them know beforehand, especially if they are too busy and are unable to make time for it. However, you will miss seeing the surprise and happiness on their face. If possible, try to keep it a surprise.

3. Is it okay to celebrate a long-distance partner’s birthday a few days later?

Everyone has their priorities and commitments. Celebrating a birthday on the actual date is always preferable, but if you or your partner do not have the time, it is fine to celebrate it another day. Celebration is all about making the most of the moment you spend with each other.

We hope the above long-distance relationship birthday ideas will help keep the romance sizzling between you and your partner. Even though your partner may be miles away, these ideas will help you connect with them virtually. This list includes classic ideas and a few modern ones to help you express your love for your partner as memorably as you would in person. With these ideas, distance may no longer seem like a barrier. So get creative and customize these ideas based on your favorite memories of each other to make their birthday unforgettable.

Infographic: Let Distance Not Spoil The Fun

A long-distance relationship has its own challenges, but you can yearn for your partner more, especially when it’s their birthday. But this year, we can help you make it a different and happier experience. Use this infographic to surprise your love on their special day, and you can join the celebrations virtually!

long distance relationship birthday ideas (infographic)

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Key Pointers

  • Being in a long-distance relationship may not be easy for all and may pinch a little more on special occasions such as birthdays.
  • You may shop online, enjoy a virtual date, or watch a movie online to make your LDR partner happy.
  • You may send them gifts, cards, flowers, and other things to make their special day remarkable.
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Image: Stable Diffusion/MomJunction Design Team

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JoAnn is a Master Wedding Planner, a Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, a Certified Green Wedding Planner, and a Certified Sandals Specialist. She has also authored a book titled “Laughing All the Way to the Altar.

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