One important aspect, which I am still getting the hang of, is the communication aspect.
Our opposite schedules can make this difficult at times; night shift, day shift, class schedule - oh the complications. He's totally worth it, I just have to stop over thinking every little thing. I have plenty of friends who are in the same boat as me. My best friend P was away from her boyfriend, who was in Afghanistan for months, then NY to NJ. And still when he's on leave. Along with her, I have two other friends in the distance boat.. so I'm not alone, sort of.
I really like surprises.
My favorite thing to receive are cards. I love love love cards that are perfect for the recipient. So I have searched far and wide (or Etsy) for the perfect cards.
I know you can get these at Hallmark or at Target, I usually do, but these cards are special. I also enjoy supporting the small business owners of Etsy. Plus, letterpress cards are my favorite.
Some of my favorite Etsy card shops:
• DeLuce Design
• Sapling Press (I've bought these in some stores)
(he just received this one yesterday from SteelPetalPress)
So if you're looking for some fun cards for your significant other, far or close - I definitely recommend those sweet little shops. It's nice to be able to put a smile on someones face. Some snail mail once in a while, isn't so bad either ;)