During the time my relationship was long-distance, I was constantly on the lookout for meaningful, creative gift ideas. When you’re apart more than you’re together, and missing each other is something you deal with daily, you want gifts that will make the other person feel like you’re close to them, that will remind them of you. Something that carries more significance than generic jewelry or cologne or flowers. One type of gift that I really like for this is something that incorporates a photo of the two of you—and of these, one of my favorites is the photo puzzle. They’re sweet, fun, and relatively inexpensive to make at around $15.
Lots of companies—both brick-and-mortar photo centers and online photo-storage sites—have these photo gifts available. When I made a photo puzzle, I used Walgreens’ online photo center, and it was pretty straightforward; I just chose a digital picture of the two of us and uploaded it. You can add text too, if you want—even a simple “I love you.” And if you’re feeling especially artistic, you can even buy a blank puzzle and paint or draw your own image.
You have another chance to be creative, too, in how you give the puzzle to your long-distance sweetheart. You could send it a few pieces at a time so he or she can slowly build it to reveal the puzzle. You can save it for an occasion (such as giving it as a birthday or Valentine’s Day present), or just as a thinking-of-you gift out of the blue. Or you can send all but one piece—the piece you’ll use to finish the puzzle when the two of you are finally together again.