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by Viki Papadakis
Long-distance relationships aren’t easy—especially around Valentine’s Day. Our society is in a pink and red flurry, and we are all being bombarded with images of hearts, chocolates, Sweethearts, and obnoxiously cute cards. Unfortunately, for those of us in long-distance relationships, these Valentine’s Day products seem to be a reminder of what we don’t quite have. Instead of inciting feelings of love and happiness, people in long-distance relationships often dislike Valentine’s Day. It’s disheartening to not spend a holiday designated to celebrate love with that special someone. However, people in long distance relationships no longer have to feel jealous of those fortunate enough to live near their significant other on Valentine’s Day. With new technologies and ways of communicating, long-distance couples are able to spend quality time with one another on Valentine’s Day. Here are a few ideas for long-distance Valentine’s Day presents and dates.
1. Love Letters
This is perhaps the most classic way to express long-distance love. Although it may be quicker to post on your significant other’s Facebook wall, it is somehow more meaningful to receive a hand-written letter. If both partners decide to send a letter, video chatting while opening the letters is a great way to spend an hour or two. Partners will typically end up having a dialogue about the letters’ contents, which is fun and meaningful for both parties.
2. Restaurant Dinner Date
Plenty of restaurants now offer free Wi-Fi, which you can typically find out about by visiting the restaurant’s website. If both partners go to one of these restaurants with their laptops, headphones, and Skype, an almost-typical dinner date can ensue! While this may be a bit awkward at first, you’ll soon realize that people really don’t care what you’re doing when there’s food in front of them. You might get a few funny looks but by the end of it, you’ll be so enthralled by your date that you won’t even notice! To make this date seem even more legitimate, try to attend the same chain of restaurants, such as Denny’s or Starbucks.
3. Care Package
Perhaps even better than receiving a love letter is a love package. Send your significant other that book he or she has been wanting, and include some baked goods, a card, or whatever else you think he or she would like! What’s great about care packages is they’re easily customizable—you can fill them with whatever you want!
4. Talk on the Phone
While simple, designating time to talk on the phone on Valentine’s Day will make a long-distance couple feel close. The conversation doesn’t have to be lovey-dovey, either. Simply talking about your days and verbally wishing each other a happy Valentine’s Day will make you feel closer on this holiday.
5. Play an Internet Game
There are so many games on the Internet that are great for bringing people together. There are personality quizzes, riddles, puzzles, action games—you name it! Play one of these games with your long-distance significant other while video chatting or talking on the phone. This way, you can work together to complete that oh-so-difficult Sudoku puzzle while simultaneously enjoying each other’s company on Valentines Day.
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