They say distance makes the heart grow fonder and they are right. This Valentine’s Day, we are looking out for long distance lovers who won’t be able to spend the day together in person. Fret not; we’ve listed a few ideas that can elevate your celebration regardless of where your loved one finds yourself in the world.

With a few simple and thoughtful planning ahead of time, we hope the distance will be felt less this V-day; let’s dive right in.

1. Send them a meal & treats using delivery services
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Sharing a meal is a great way to show someone you care, especially when you’ve taken the time to remember their favourite foods. Food delivery services like Grab, BeepIt, UberEats, and more, make it easy to order and schedule a delivery to your loved one no matter where they are.

But you can go the extra mile and order them an edible arrangement or perhaps have the meal delivered with a personalised bottle of wine. Little additions to what would otherwise be a typical meal will let your partner know that you are thinking of them.

Another fun and cool thing to do if your significant other is living in Malaysia is to send them a Cake Explosion Box. They’ll be, quite literally, surprised and be appreciative of the sweet treat

2. Make them a playlist
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Not all Valentine’s Day presents need to be extravagant. Consider putting together a modern-day mixtape and make a playlist of songs your partner will love, songs that remind you of them, or songs related to memories you have shared over your time together.

Using platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, you can customise your playlist and name and create custom art for the playlist that you can share with your partner for them to listen to endlessly. If you really want to impress them, print and frame up a custom QR code for the playlist and have it delivered to them along with some flowers and chocolates. Making a playlist is pretty romantic but having them come with a bouquet of their favourite flowers and chocolates will make this a Valentine’s Day one they’ll remember for a long time.

3. Host a movie night
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We know what you’re thinking: how exactly does one host a long-distance Valentine’s Day movie night? Teleparty, formerly known as Netflix Party is an online platform that allows you to watch films with your friends regardless of where you are.

Pick a movie on any platform from Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu, HBO Max, and Amazon Prime, and the platform will synchronise video playback. You can go all out and customise your party to your liking. Have your favourite movie snacks and comfy attire ready and enjoy a date night with your Valentine.

4. Make a photo book
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Get crafty and assemble a photo book of some favourite memories with your loved one. If you have some extra time on your hands, you could put together a scrapbook of photos, first date momentos, concert tickets, love notes and any other memory your partner will appreciate.

Alternatively, you can employ photo printing services like Photobook Malaysia and easily customise memory books that will be printed and shipped to your desired address. If you plan ahead, you can have the book ready and delivered to your partner on Valentine’s Day so they can enjoy all the memories you’ve built together. It’s a simple but effective way to put a smile on their face.

Love letters might be old school but they work because they make you feel a little bit closer to your partner. But technology can have the same effect, perhaps more. Apple’s Locket Widget app is an excellent tool for families, friends groups, and partners looking for a fun way to stay in touch. The app sets up a widget on your phone’s home screen that displays live photos sent from your friends.

Every time you unlock your phone, a new photo will be shown, giving your friends and family a glimpse of your whole day. They can also download the app and share snapshots of their day. It’s a nifty little tool to keep around on celebratory days like this when you long to spend the day with loved ones.