Find a gift that's super sweet — and relevant to your situation.
When you’re in a long-distance relationship, the holidays can fill your heart with longing. (There are about a million songs on this topic, no? Hat tip: Elvis, Dianne Love, and more.) When buying a gift for a boyfriend or girlfriend who lives far away, you can go with something obvious like a new sweater that brings out their eyes, a present that plays to their hobbies and passions, or a gift that references a common interest, like travel or craft beers.
But when there’s a long-distance element to your relationship, there are a number of gifts you can give that speak to your unique circumstances (like all the traveling back and forth and late-night phone calls). Others pack just the right amount of mushiness by offering a tangible reminder of what makes the challenging aspects of your relationship worth it. Bittersweet, but also comforting, reminders of your reality, and reassurances of your devotion, are always welcome, especially if you’re spending the holidays apart.
Hopefully this distance is just a chapter in your love story — and if that’s the case, a keepsake from this time period will one day become one of your most treasured relationship artifacts. We kept most of these gift ideas on the small side (and under $50!) so that if you are spending the holidays together, you can just pop them in your carry-on and be on your way.