Two years ago, Chris and I were dating long distance. I'm a big fan of sending mail so when his birthday came up, I had an idea. I designed postcards based off song lyrics from songs we liked and sent them to him as a surprise birthday countdown. The logistics were very difficult so of course it didn't work out exactly as planned.
I picked 12 songs from a playlist we shared back and forth and picked specific song lyrics that I liked. I came up with a style for the postcards and designed them. I then had to estimate when I should send each one so they would get there in time. This got a bit complicated and he received a couple on the same day but it still turned out great!
Printing postcards less than $5 + Postage less than $5 = Less than $10
This turned out to be a fun project for myself and Chris loved receiving the different lyrics in the mail every day. When dating long distance, part of the challenge is coming up with creative and inventive ways to stay in touch. Parts of this gift could be adapted for any type of long-distance friendship or relationship. Try sending a series of cards or postcards to a friend, a birthday countdown in the mail or in person or design custom cards based off common interests!