Now that we’ve covered Valentine’s Day gifts, some of you might be wondering how you can celebrate with your sweetheart when you’re far apart, and the traditional dinner-and-a-movie date isn’t possible.
Just because you’re miles and miles away doesn’t mean you can’t still have dinner together, though. Here are some tips: For a long-distance spin, put your laptop at your kitchen table or set up a card table in front of your desk, use a table cloth and candles to set the mood, and then get all dressed up—just as you would for a formal in-person meal. If you’re both handy in the kitchen, make the same recipe, right down to dessert. If cooking’s not your thing, you can both order food (for example, each order Cashew Chicken from your local Chinese place). Then enjoy a special dinner and conversation together over the webcam.
Whether or not you have dinner together, you can make your s.o.’s night special in other ways. If you know your s.o.’s friends, siblings, or roommates, and you think they’d be willing to do you a favor, you can also enlist their help in setting up a surprise—ask them to fill your sweetie’s room with balloons, or set up a bouquet of flowers from you just inside the front door.
Another idea that works really well if you each have the opportunity to go out with a group of your single friends is to coordinate ahead of time to see the same movie in the theater. It’s a nice feeling of connection, knowing that your long-distance valentine is seeing the same thing you are at the same time, and the two of you can discuss the movie on the phone together later, before bed.
If you prefer to stay in, you and your valentine can still watch a sappy movie on DVD together, or play a board game, or read each other some romantic poetry. Many in-person dating ideas can be adapted for your long-distance relationship—all it takes is a little effort and creativity.