When you have to be apart from friends, it can be a challenge to maintain a strong relationship. Here are a few ways to stay connected despite the distance.

Virtual Fun

Although by now, nearly everyone is a master of video calls, consider connecting in unique ways in a virtual setting. Challenge your friends to a virtual board game or chess match. Watch the same movie simultaneously — and don’t skip all the movie night treats and fixings. Dress up and go out to a coffee shop in your respective hometowns for a virtual coffee date. Try cooking the same recipe together while on a video call, then enjoy a virtual dinner with one another. 

Care Packages

Don’t neglect the magic of a good old-fashioned care package. For the sweet tooth, fill a box with some regional specialties like a local coffee or tea blend and some sweets or a baked treat mix from a favorite confectionery. A self-care package is another great option to make your friend feel your love from afar: some bath salts, a fuzzy blanket and a scented candle are perfect additions to this kind of box. Another fun option is simply to collect trinkets or decor that remind you of your friend, then send off the box when it’s full. 

Unexpected Surprises

Even from afar, you can still surprise your friend with a delivery of their favorite dinner or flowers. In the special instructions on your order, you can often include a message to your friend as a personal touch. For a gift that keeps giving, a monthly subscription service will give them something to anticipate from you all year long. Either way, when they receive your gift, they’re sure to feel the joy of your friendship. 

Though it can be difficult being far from those you love, these acts of affection will help you both stay connected. With a little investment of time, you will be rewarded with countless memories with your distant