Valentine's Day is touchy for many long-distance couples—in more ways than one. Whether you're excited to be together or sad to be apart, there are many ways to celebrate and make the most of the occasion. You can celebrate with long-distance Valentine's Day cards, gifts, and dates. And we can help you find the perfect long-distance Valentine's message to write inside your card.
It may be tempting to count yourselves out of the Valentine's Day celebrations and resign to grumpiness. Or…you can make lemonade out of your long-distance lemons & plan something sweet despite the miles between you.
Valentine's Day is the perfect time to celebrate & strengthen your connection with your significant other. So, rather than focusing on what you're missing out on by being far away, you can find ways to celebrate and make them feel loved—even from a distance.
Long Distance Valentine's Day Date Ideas
One of the most significant challenges in a long-distance relationship is figuring out how to enjoy time together when you can't be together.
You can take advantage of many romantic, unique, and low-key date ideas, whether there are five miles between you or five thousand. Of course, it's not the same, but you'll carry the memories of those long-distance dates with you for decades.
Romantic Long-Distance Dates
What are the most romantic long-distance dates? Some people find just talking on Facetime at the end of the day romantic, while others prefer more bells and whistles. But, no matter your preference, you can't go wrong with one of these super-sweet ideas.
Virtual dinner date. You both order takeout or cook a delicious recipe together on Facetime. Or you could create a tasty charcuterie board—make it a friendly competition. You can still enjoy a playful, romantic, and delicious Valentine's Day dinner together.
Fall asleep together. Just because you can't fall asleep in each other's arms doesn't mean you can't talk until you fall asleep. Stay on the phone (or Facetime) until someone falls asleep. It's the next best thing to pillow talk and snuggles IRL.
Watch a movie a together. Press start at the same time with headphones! This is a fun way to enjoy a movie together without being together. You could even share screen!
Unique Long-Distance Dates
You want to spend time together on Valentine's Day, but more exciting than just talking on the phone. New experiences enhance your relationship, so it's always a good idea to try something new together—you'll make fresh memories & bond over them.
Attend a virtual museum tour. 2,000+ museums around the world offer virtual tours. For example, you can do so online if you'd like to visit the Smithsonian, the Met, or the Getty Centre. Or, if you want to "travel" outside the U.S., you can see The British Museum in London, Musée d'Orsay in Paris, or Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh Museum.
Take a class together online. Enrich your relationship by signing up to learn something new—from cooking a particular dish to mixing a new drink to learning new Kama Sutra techniques for improving physical intimacy. Check, check, and check!
Virtual stand-up comedy shows. Find a comedian doing a virtual show (some do them on Zoom occasionally), or choose a Netflix comedy special. Laughing together is a sign of a healthy, happy relationship.
Low-Key Long-Distance Dates
Long-distance dates are typically pretty low-key, but these ideas are extra chill for Valentine's Day when you can't be together. You want to enjoy hanging out together in any possible way until you can be together again—these are all great ideas.
Watch T.V. together. Snuggling up to watch a favorite show is most couples' favorite low-key way to end the day. But, since you can’t be together, press play together & text or talk throughout—a sweet alternative to snuggling.
Listen to music. Songs fuel our connections, even from a distance. So listen to your favorite music together, or spice it up with a song challenge: your favorite song to sing in the car, a song you're embarrassed to love, a song from your first CD or cassette tape, the first song you downloaded on a streaming service, a song from your favorite movie soundtrack, etc.
Play a game together. Online or video games are fun and low-key if you want to do something fun (but chill) for Valentine's Day. Stick to a favorite or try something new. We've heard Bananagrams are fun to play over video chat. There are also lots of cool question games for couples on the market!
Long Distance Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
Gifts are a little easier to come up with, but you can still get stuck in a funk. Sharing your love and a long-distance Valentine's Day gift and flowers will lift your spirits—and theirs! A thoughtful pop-up card is just the icing on the cake.
The most important consideration with long-distance gifts is time, so plan accordingly and get them in the mail early. You don't want Valentine's Day to come and go before your love's special gift is delivered. We also recommend following the same rule for cards and flowers: shop & send gifts early.
Long-Distance Valentine's Day Gifts
Ok, so let's get into the nitty-gritty. You know gifts are significant if your boo's love language is GIFTS. Super important! So, what kind of presents are meaningful and sweet to send to your long-distance love for Valentine's Day? Here are a few of our favorite ideas:
- Anything that smells like you. Send a t-shirt, blanket, or new pillow and pillowcase. There's only one stipulation—it has to smell like your signature scent. Your valentine will love snuggling up and feeling like you're there, even for just a moment.
- Long-distance touch lamps. These lamps are unique because you can touch your lamp, and your S.O.'s lamp will light up the same color as yours. They can also interact with your lamp by changing colors.
- A love letter on a pillow, blanket, or really anything. You can have a love letter printed on almost anything these days, even in your own handwriting. So explore the options and give them a love letter to snuggle or carry around; they'll feel loved even from afar.
- A sweet fill-in-the-blank book. There are many cute books to choose from: why I love you, why I miss you, or why I love us! If you've noticed your thoughtful words mean the most to your person, they will love this. Remember to give yourself plenty of time to fill it out and get it in the mail.
- Chocolate, of course. Chocolate is a traditional gift; we all know why: it’s absolutely delicious! We recommend sending fair trade chocolate to your love this Valentine’s Day if you want to spread the love to communities worldwide too. Some great brands include Original Beans, Divine Chocolate, Alter Eco, and Unreal Chocolate.
Long-Distance Valentine's Day Flowers
Sending flowers is a traditional and romantic way to celebrate Valentine's Day. Many floral gifts will mean the world to your Special Someone. If you're wondering what flowers to send for Valentine's Day, these are a few of our faves.
A beautiful paper bouquet of flowers. One benefit of paper flowers is that they last way longer than real flowers & are a bit more unexpected than silk ones. Lovepop's bouquets will leave your love speechless—choose from sunflowers, wildflowers, hydrangeas, and even traditional red roses for Valentine's Day.
A monthly gift of flowers. Send flowers monthly with a subscription to a floral delivery service like Urban Stems, BloomsyBox, or Bouqs. If she loves flowers, keep them coming once weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly for however long you'd like.
Pressed flower gifts. Pressed flower gifts are beautiful and long-lasting. These are all romantic and breathtaking gifts, from earrings and necklaces to paperweights and framed flowers.
Romantic flowers. Some flowers are simply the most romantic, so if you are looking for traditional romantic flowers, go with long-stemmed roses, pink tulips, lilacs, and alstroemeria.
Long-Distance Valentine's Day Cards
Of course, you'll probably talk to each other on Valentine's Day, but sending a card is another way to express your love. You can send a card with a gift or flowers, or you can send it all by itself—or you can send a pop-up card and flower bouquet bundle that will warm your honey's heart.
One of the most important things is to ensure that your card arrives on time–you can definitely make that happen with Lovepop's Schedule & Send Service.
We may be biased, but our favorite Valentine's Day cards are from—you guessed it!—Lovepop. It's too hard to choose just one, so here are a handful of the best long-distance Valentine's Day cards online.
Valentine's Day Basket Pop-Up Card. A beautiful pop-up basket for a lovely Valentine. This one is super-sweet!
Valentine's Lupine Hummingbird Pop-Up Card. Send a sweet little hummingbird and flower card this Valentine's Day. Hummingbirds can symbolize the end of challenges and the beginning of hope and healing. Therefore, a hummingbird card can hold special meaning if you've hit a rough patch in your love story.
A meaningful card shows that you care. A thoughtful message, gift, and gesture mean the world in any relationship, especially a long-distance relationship. Remember: you can also send an eGift card to their favorite retailer with any Lovepop card!
Long Distance Valentine's Messages
Speaking of the perfect messages, you’ll want to use the right words to show them you care this Valentine’s Day. We've got some helpful messages to get you started.
Whether you're writing a romantic or funny message to your faraway valentine, we've got some sweet messages—and equally lovely quotes that will bring joy on a day when you wish you could be together.
Romantic Long-Distance Valentine's Messages
When writing a message inside a romantic Valentine's Day card, you want your message to really fan the flame of passion—or create a love explosion—in your relationship. Making your partner feel appreciated and adored is a beautiful way to do just that on Valentine's Day.
Even when we must be apart, you're always on my mind and in my heart. I can't wait to see you again! Happy Valentine's Day, my love.
I so wish we could celebrate in person today, and I can't wait to hug & kiss you when we're finally reunited. Happy Valentine's Day, sweetheart! Xoxoxo.
Your love means so much to me when we are close or far away. I'm forever grateful that our paths have crossed & look forward to seeing where our love leads.
Thanks for being there for me, for your love and encouragement, even from a distance. I'm thankful for you every day. I love you!
I love you like crazy and miss you just as much! Happy Valentine's Day.
Funny Long-Distance Valentine's Messages
If you like joking with your love (and, most importantly, if they do too), writing a funny Valentine's Day message in their card will give you something to laugh about together on the phone.
Funny quotes from your favorite shows work, too!
You're so lucky to have me — and vice versa! :) Happy Valentine's Day!
Roses are red, and lemons are yellow; I consider myself a lucky fellow!
“Would I rather be feared or loved? Umm… easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” —Michael Scott, The Office
It turns out I like you more than I expected. And I miss you more than I thought I would, too! Happy Valentine's Day!
"I just want to be friends. Plus a little extra. Also, I love you." —Dwight Schrute, The Office
Long-Distance Valentine's Day Quotes
Sometimes, other people have already said exactly what you're trying to say. A thoughtful quote can communicate your feelings & bring a smile to your long-distance love.
"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." —Emily Brontë
"Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place." —Zora Neale Hurston
"When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." —Nora Ephron
"I have late-night conversations with the moon; he tells me about the sun, and I tell him about you." —S.L. Gray
"Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it." —Thomas Fuller
"The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again." —Charles Dickens
Valentine's Day is a sweet time to let your love know how much they mean to you, especially when you're far away. It can feel unbearable to be apart, but there are always opportunities to strengthen your bond and communicate your love for each other.
We hope these long-distance Valentine's Day date, gift, and card ideas—and just the right messages—can help you make your love's day feel sweet, even from a distance.
Beautiful pop-up Valentine's Day cards and paper flower bouquets are perfect to say I love you this Valentine's Day. We wish you and your boo the sweetest day, no matter how many miles are between you.