1. Arrange a Skype dinner date. Amp up your normal Skype sessions by “going on a date together.” Both of you can cook your own favorite meals and then set them up in front of your camera to have a virtual dinner date.
2. Mail him/her letters leading up to V-Day. When the only form of contact between you two is communication over the phone or computer, switching it up can be a little tricky. A week or so leading up to V-Day, start sending your significant other love letters (or print out pictures of you two and send them as postcards) in the mail. Receiving mail that isn’t a bill these days is rare, which will make your love note even more special and fun to receive.
4. Give him/her a bunch of letters to open at different times. Long-distance relationships are as hard as they sound, and spending holidays like Valentine’s Day apart make them even harder. Fill envelopes with small gifts and sweet letters to cheer up your loved one based on how they’re feeling at that moment. Label the outside of each envelope with instructions of when to open them such as “when you’re feeling sad” and “when you’re feeling frisky.”
5. Count down the days until you see each other again by filling a jar with slips of paper detailing things you love about him/her. Write as many notes as you have days left, so each day he/she can draw one out of the jar to make passing the time a little bit easier. Send him/her the jar in the mail or give it to them in person when you see each other before Valentine’s Day.
6. Be the first person they hear in the morning and the last person they hear at night. Get up a little early on V-Day and call your significant other first thing. If you’re used to saving your daily phone calls for nighttime, this will be a sweet little surprise to wake up to. After your busy day, fall asleep talking on the phone at night so it almost feels like you’re right there with them.
7. Plan a V-Day celebration a little off-season. You don’t have to celebrate Valentine’s Day only on Feb. 14. If the next time you’ll see each other is in March, surprise him/her and a plan a full out Valentine’s Day date for then instead. They really won’t see it coming and that’ll make it all the better.
8. Send a package full of goodies and love notes to your guy/girl’s roommate or friend, and have them lay out the gifts all over your significant other’s room when they’re not looking. He or she will be shocked when they walk in to find handwritten letters and thoughtful surprises from you.
9. Take advantage of delivery services and surprise him/her with their favorite meal.Whether you want to send your significant other a sweet little pick-me-up or a full-out meal, place a delivery order to surprise him/her during the day. Or try a delivery service like Drizly to drop off a bottle of your loved one’s favorite alcohol so you two can celebrate together and cheers over FaceTime.
10. Plan a surprise trip to see him/her. What is more romantic than showing up when you’re not expecting to see each other? If you can swing the expense of a plane ticket and the time off from work, the ultimate gift you can give your significant other is time spent together on arguably the most romantic day of the year.