10 Ways to Wish Someone Happy Birthday From Afar

We can’t always be with our loved ones on their birthdays, but we can make turning another year older extra special for them from whereever we are. Start counting down the days to their big day with these simple, fun and creative ways to wish someone a Happy Birthday!

This year, we’re not sending our loved ones who are far away just another paper card. We’ve decided that they deserve to be reminded how much we love them, and so we’re getting crafty and sending one of these special ways to say Happy Birthday, and of course “I love you.”


1. Treat Them to Lunch

Of course across the country, or even the globe, you can’t take your loved one out for lunch on their special day, so send it to them instead! Sites like Seamless.com make it easy for you to order their favorite lunch right to their office. If their city doesn't have a Seamless or GrubHub, check their favorite local spots to see if you can order a meal for delivery online or over the phone.


2. Make Them a Birthday Countdown

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Give them something to pass the time with until their birthday. You can make this DIY Birthday Calendar from Pizzazzerie, or you can even put together a bunch of photos of the two of you to get them through the weeks that lead to their birthday!


3. Send a Birthday in a Box


Since you won’t be with them to throw a party for their birthday, you can send them one in a box! This Birthday Party in a Box from Cheryl's comes complete with everything they need to celebrate their big day, including individually wraped treats, a cake and even candles! 



4. Make Your Own Photo Book

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Let your loved one remember the great times you’ve spent together as a way of forgetting that you’re missing out on this momentous day. Make your own photo book, like this one from Que Linda Crafts, and fill it with the memories you cherish with them the most.


5. Birthday Coupons

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For their birthday let your long distance hubbie or BFF have something to look forward to next time they see you. Make some fun coupons for them to cash in on next time you’re together, like a massage, or a free mani pedi.


6. Send a Heart Attack

via thehousethatlarsbuilt.com

No, we’re not suggesting sending your loved one to the hospital on their birthday. This DIY from The House that Lars Built is a cute way to send your love even if you have to break state boarders. And it’s so much better than your plain old Birthday card!


7. Send Them a Hug

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Hold the birthday gal, or guy on their birthday, figuratively of course! Send them this DIY from I Pinned It and let them enjoy your loving arms even though you can’t be together.


8. DIY Cross Country Book Club

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Make a long distance reading club between the two of you for their birthday. Pick your favorite book, and re read it writing notes to your loved one as you go along. Send them the book for their birthday and they will feel like they are reading it with you.


9. Send Playing Cards for a Long-Distance Card Game

Send your pal a deck of personalized cards with your favorite photo, like these from Personalization Universe. Then, set up a video chat date and play a fun card or drinking game that you can both play virtually. Win-win! 


10. Send a Distance Picture Frame

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This frame from Etsy would be perfect for any long distance birthday gift. Of course, printing your two locations on it will make the distance seem even longer than it is, but a picture for you to remember the times when you were close will make the miles seem like inches.

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