With so many couples having to do long-distance relationships in this new environment and era, either due to necessity or restrictions, it can often feel somewhat difficult to know how you keep the embers burning. Whether it’s due to working in different towns or areas or even living in different states or countries, there can often be a particular reason why you are physically apart from your significant other.
Then, with the outbreak of the pandemic over the past two years, restraint due to lockdown and restrictions could have seemed to make it that much harder.
However, if there is any truth to the belief that ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder,’ then it can be shown that if you have a true connection with someone, you can figure out the ways to build that bond and make the relationship work.
Therefore, here are my six ideas for how you can still keep the love alive, even when you may not be in the same place.
1. Gift Hamper
If you’ve seen “The Sound of Music,” you know what Maria said, “Brown paper packages tied up with strings…” When it comes to gifts for women, and especially your special person, there is something nice about a wrapped package of their favourite things, if in more colourful paper.
Whether it’s chocolate, their favourite flower, or even several care items, such as bath salts all in their favourite colour.
It doesn’t even have to be or cost that much. The fact that you have taken the time to understand what they truly like and what best suits them is what can make it so intimate and so appreciated.
2. Virtual Dates
With so many people meeting online these days and video chats becoming what seemed to be our way to physically see people, even at a distance, this can be a great way to at least set a mood.
While you may video chat with your partner each or every other day, make these ones special.
You could order or send takeout and choose to watch a favourite movie that you both love in sync with each other, with candles for an intimate experience.
This can help by sharing the little inside jokes about it and the similarities that helped you bond with them over it to start with.
Better yet, you could choose something that you’d both like to see and choose to intermittently text about it or discuss it in a video chat afterwards. A movie is always a good conversation starter.
3. Gift by Snail Mail
Sending a gift with a card attached can show how you express your gratitude to each other. It gives a physical representation of your love and the bond you share.
Whether it’s an album with photos of all your favourite memories together, a handcrafted item that you have made yourself, or one that is personalised, this can show how you know their tastes and interests.
All of these things show them how they are very special to you and that can be special for them. The fact that you have taken the time to physically select and mail it to them can allow for an extra shared experience of gratitude.
4. Send flowers
When it comes to a gift that can be nurtured, just like your relationship, a bouquet or arrangement of flowers can be a loving sentiment.
By sending flowers, you can show a physical means of beauty and romance, reflective of your partner.
You can even convey specific romantic messages if you understand the language of flowers.
So if you want to communicate adoration and bonding, a bouquet of red and white roses with a handwritten card could be the perfect gift.
5. Plan a surprise trip
Nothing could say “I want to be with you” more than truly being there on your anniversary, but how do you go about it?
While this may take some planning ahead, you can arrange a surprise trip, especially if they live interstate or elsewhere.
First of all, gather some intel and make sure they aren’t doing the same thing to you. Check-in with their friends, your mutual friends, and their family to see what they’re up to when you plan to come.
This way, someone is in on the act and knows not to freak out when you show up.
6. Write a love letter
In this digital world we now live in, there is something to say about taking the time to communicate with a pen and paper or a good old-fashioned typewriter. When communicating your love for your partner, tell them why you love them, what your fondest memory is that involves them, and what thoughts you have when not together.
You can also do separate intimate letters for certain feelings or occasions. This can help keep the spark alive and let them know that you take the time to think about the emotional intimacy you share with them.
Hence, there are six ways for you to celebrate your anniversary with your partner, even at a distance. May you have many happy returns, a happy anniversary, and much love, readers.
Also read: 7 Signs of a Committed Relationship