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15 long-distance anniversary ideas to make your partner’s heart melt!

Are you struggling to come up with fun long-distance anniversary ideas? 

Been together for a while and need something new to keep the spark alive?

If so, keep reading to find out what long-distance relationship anniversary idea will be perfect for you two.

There are plenty of long-distance anniversary ideas to make your partner feel special.

Here are a few tips for choosing the perfect LDR anniversary idea for your partner.

Plan your LDR anniversary idea well in advance.

No matter what you end up doing, make sure you start planning a few weeks or even months. 

Planning your anniversary will give you plenty of time to plan everything you like. It’ll also help build up the anticipation for your partner.

Try thinking of things your partner loves and see if you can incorporate them into your plans. Make sure to include a personal touch as well.

Choose wisely

Do you want to plan an LDR anniversary activity, buy your partner an anniversary gift, or both? 

If you’re stuck on what to do, try picking something that will create lasting memories. A shared experience is always more meaningful than material possessions.

Set a budget and stick with it.

No matter what you end up doing, try to be mindful of your budget. 

If you’re sending your anniversary gift in the mail, make sure you count for all the shipping costs.

It’s not worth going into debt to make your anniversary special.

Your partner will appreciate the thoughtfulness regardless of what you get them.

If you want to save a little cash, check out my blog post on anniversaries on a budget if you’re looking for more ideas!

With these tips in mind, try coming up with a few long-distance anniversary ideas of your own. Remember to have fun and be creative!

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Long-distance anniversary ideas ​

1. Start a mini book club for two. 

Pick a book that you’re both interested in reading and set a date for when you’ll discuss it over video chat. 

You could talk about themes or topics in the book or discuss your favorite parts you both enjoyed.

2. Plan a virtual date night. 

You can buy paint and sip kits online and have a romantic night over a video call.

3. Celebrate with an anniversary champagne toast. 

Plan to have a mini celebration with just the two of you by popping some bubbly over a video call.

Instead of having your video call indoors, change things up by heading outdoors. 

You can have your call under the stars or watch the beautiful sunset while chatting with your partner. 

Your loved one will enjoy the change of scenery while they sip on a nice glass of bubbly. 


woman video chatting with her partner while the sun is setting in background

4. Play a few long-distance relationship games online

Are you and your partner the ultimate gamers?

If so, enjoy a little friendly competition by playing long-distance relationship games online.

 If you already play many couples games online, change things up and choose a new game to celebrate your anniversary.

5. Plan an anniversary adventure from afar 

Come up with a list of fun things to do together and complete them even though you’re miles apart.

If you’re struggling to find anniversary challenges to complete, you can buy a book online.

6. Watch a rom-com movie

Watch a rom-com movie together via a group watch app like Netflix. 

Afterward, have a post-movie recap discussion over the phone or video call.

7. Plan a virtual anniversary dinner 

Cook and eat an anniversary dinner via Facetime or Skype.

Long-distance relationship anniversary gifts 

Sending an anniversary gift via snail mail might be the way to meet your partner’s heart this year.

Buying a sentimental anniversary gift is a good option for anniversaries miles apart.

Here are a few long-distance anniversary gift ideas that’ll put a smile on your partner’s face.

8. Create a coupon book

Design a “coupon book” full of things you want to do for your partner when you’re finally able to see each other again.

If you’re not into DIY, you can buy a coupon book for your partner online.

Coupon books have lots of romantic things to do for your long-distance anniversary.

9. Buy a fill-in-the-love book for your partner. 

Fill in the blanks and send the book to them in the mail for a sentimental and personal gift.

Or you can send a handwritten letter expressing your love for your partner.

You can buy a box of love letters for your partner to read when they’re missing you online too! 

10. Have an anniversary treat delivered to their home. 

You can buy a cake, cookies, or even have flowers delivered to their doorstep. 

There are lots of companies that’ll deliver your anniversary gift to your partner.

Companies like Edible Arrangements, the bouqs, and FTD will deliver your gift the next day or the same day!

Next-day and same-day delivery services come in handy, especially if you’re planning your anniversary last minute. 

Just make sure you include a note with your anniversary wishes!

young woman accepting a gift from a home delivery service

11. Buy a customized photo calendar

Create a customized photo calendar featuring all your favorite memories together. 

Creating a photo calendar is a gift your partner can enjoy all year!

13. Give your partner a personalized candle.

You can pick your partner’s favorite fragrance and include a sweet message. 

Personalized candles are thoughtful gifts to make your partner feel loved and appreciated.

14. Make a Shadowbox 

Gather your favorite keepsakes and pictures with your partner so you can display them in a shadow box. 

Shadow boxes are a beautiful way to commemorate your time together, even when you’re apart.

If you want to DIY your LDR anniversary gift, create a photo collage.

Make a photo collage of all your favorite memories together. A photo collage is a gift that they can hang up and cherish forever.

14. Buy a personalized anniversary puzzle

Buy your partner a personalized puzzle with your photo and anniversary date. Your partner can put it together and think of you every time they see it!

15. Plan an out-of-area anniversary date or visit

The best long-distance anniversary gift is to buy a plane, train, or bus ticket to see each other! 

Buying tickets as your LDR anniversary gift can be better than a regular store-bought one. 

If you make your visit a surprise, it’s even better.

All aboard! 

Nothing beats being able to hold each other close after months (or even years) apart.

There’s nothing more romantic than finally being able to hold each other in your arms again.

picture of a couple reuniting at a train station stop

Celebrating a long-distance anniversary can be difficult for you and your partner, especially during holidays and special occasions. 

Check out my blog post on long-distance birthdays if you need additional ideas.

It doesn’t matter if you have an online relationship or if your partner is traveling or in the military. Celebrating your dating anniversaries is a must. 

Take the time to make sure your LDR anniversaries are fun and memorable.

No matter the type of LDR idea or gift you decide on, make sure it’s memorable.

Your long-distance anniversary should be something that will bring you closer together.

I hope this list of long-distance anniversary ideas will help you plan your anniversary celebration.

What anniversary gift or activity will you choose for your long-distance loved one?

Please leave a comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts! 

And as always, happy anniversary,

Happy celebrating!

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