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Long Distance Birthday Celebration Ideas – 11 Creative Suggestions

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Whether you have a long-distance lover, a kid who’s away at college, a friend who lives halfway across the country, or a friend you cannot visit due to quarantine, there is no reason why you can’t share in their birthday celebrations from afar. Put a smile on their face across the miles with these unique and creative long distance birthday celebration ideas!

Put a smile on their face across the miles on your loved ones' special day with these eleven fun and creative long distance birthday celebration ideas!

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Send Them a Cake

No birthday is complete without a cake. And while you might not be able to bake and deliver them a cake by yourself, that doesn’t mean you can’t give them some gooey goodness on their special day. There are now a number of companies which offer mail order cakes, which you can send to anyone, anywhere anytime.

Alternatively, you could even make this cake in a jar, which you can then mail out with a nice note that will make their day and give them something sweet to remember you by even if you can’t physically be together.

Long Distance Birthday Celebration Ideas

Send Them Some Love on Facebook

Facebook has made it easier than ever to wish your long-distance friends and family well – especially when it comes to long-distance birthday celebration ideas. When it’s their birthday, post on their wall to give them a birthday boost on the day.

See a Movie

Another fun long distance birthday celebration idea is to watch a movie together! Technology is a wonderful thing, not only does it enable us to keep in touch long-distance, but it even allows us to watch a movie with people on the other side of the world.

Before their birthday, download an app called ‘kast‘ and you and the birthday boy or girl can spend the evening watching and reacting to your favorite movies, no matter how far apart you might be.

Send Them Their Own Birthday in a Box

If you want them to have an unforgettable birthday, buy a large box and fill it with their favorite snacks, a birthday gift or two, some confetti, and a greeting card. Wrap it up and send it in the mail. They’ll have a great time opening it on their birthday.

Send a Video Message

Next up on our list of long-distance birthday celebration ideas is to record a video message of yourself wishing them a happy birthday. Sing to them, tell them what’s going on in your life, and let them know how much you care. Post it on Facebook, or email it to them if you want to be private, and let them know you care.

Call Them

Sometimes the old ways are the best, and if you can’t be with your loved one on their birthday, giving them a phone call to catch up will make their day and ensure they know how much you love them.

Give a Gift Card

If they have a favorite store, why not send them a gift card. This is particularly good for kids in college, who can’t always afford to treat themselves on a tight budget. They’ll love getting a gift card so that they can buy something special for their birthday and they’ll love you for thinking of it.

Send Some Snail Mail

Sending snail mail is another cute long distance birthday celebration idea. Because hardly anyone bothers with snail mail and the only post most of us get these days are bills, it can be a really nice surprise for someone to receive actual snail mail on their birthday.

Buy a nice greeting card or some pretty paper and write them a nice long letter. Slip some pictures of good times you shared into the package, along with some glitter and a gift card, to make it a really special gift that they’ll never forget.

Donate to a Charity

If the person whose birthday you are looking to celebrate supports a particular charity, making a donation in their name is an extra special long-distance birthday celebration idea. Send them the confirmation along with a pretty birthday card, and they’ll be pleased as punch that you’ve remembered their special day and the charity that is so dear to their heart.

Bombard Them With Balloons

Birthdays and balloons go together like peanut butter and jelly, so what better way to celebrate a long distance birthday than by sending a box full balloons! Make sure you pack the box full of colorful helium balloons so they will float up out of the box once it is opened. Everyone, even grown men, and women will surely get a kick out of that.

Send a Gift That Keeps on Giving 

Another great long-distance birthday celebration idea, and one of my personal favorites, is to send the gift that keeps on giving – a subscription box! With a monthly subscription gift box, you can surprise anyone with all sorts of fun, delicious, and unique items every month. Who wouldn’t love that?!

Pretty much every subscription box service offers the ability to choose the number of months you want to want to buy the subscription for, which is super handy. And there are literally hundreds of boxes to choose from.

Some subscription box service (linked ones go to reviews I’ve done) ideas include:

  • Winc – for the wine-lover
  • Candy Club – for those with a sweet-tooth
  • FabFitFun – for the person who loves to look and feel great
  • Cairn – for the outdoors-lover
  • Succulent Box – for the succulent-lover
  • The Handy Box – for those who are handy around the home
  • Rocksbox – for those who love fashion jewelry
  • GrandBox – unique and personalized gifts for seniors 65 and up
  • Loot Crate – for the geek at heart
  • Book of the Month Club – for book-lovers
  • Mickey Monthly – for Disney lovers
  • KiwiCo – STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) subscription box for kids
  • Foodstirs – monthly baking box for kids

Final Thoughts

Don’t let distance dampen the celebration of your loved-ones’ birthday! With these long distance birthday celebration ideas, you can celebrate with your loved one no matter how far away they live.

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