16 Fun Long Distance Birthday Ideas to Make Anyone Smile

We live in a world where many of our friends and family live far away, but we still really want to celebrate their big milestones with them.  I have complied a list of totally unique and really fun long distance birthday ideas to put a smile on anyone's face.  

Everyone wishes “happy birthday” on Facebook walls or takes it a step further with a text message.  While sweet gestures, these can be so impersonal.    

Here at The Confetti Post, we really love snail mail.  It just feels so personal in this digital age. Therefore, many of these long distance birthday ideas are gifts you send in the mail.  Birthday surprises in the mail are the best, aren't they?

Read our list of highly personal and really fun ways to give long distance birthday gifts.  We share simple to elaborate, with DIY ideas and companies that do the work for you.

Long Distance Birthday Ideas To Make Them Smile 

1. Send cake in a jar

16 Long Distance Birthday Ideas To Make Anyone Smile | Send Cake in a Jar | Jam Jar Bakery Funfetti Cake in a Jar

Everyone deserves cake on their birthday!  

Do it yourself or have Jam Jar Bakery do it for you.  They have so many yummy flavors of cakes and pies in a jar.  

Of course the Funfetti Cake with a "Happy Birthday" label would be the natural choice. (But that Monkey Madness and Hot Fudge Toffee Crunch are calling my name.)

2.  Schedule a movie night

While you can't be together in person, you can watch together online via this super fun new app, Rabbit.  The app lets people share online experiences.

Be sure to have popcorn on hand.  And cake.  I mean, you are celebrating a birthday after all.  

3. Send a birthday party in a box

16 Long Distance Birthday Ideas To Make Anyone Smile | Send a Birthday Party in a Box |  Teeny Birthday in a Box Gift Package by The Confetti Post

Piece one together yourself or let a mail-order company like us at The Confetti Post do it for you.  Helping you celebrate others is our specialty.  

Our Teeny Happiest Birthday package is a super fun surprise, complete with card, balloon, confetti, sweet treat, and a personal note from you!  Best of all, most of the work is done for you.  

We have lots of other options for long distance birthdays and any occcasion at all if you really want to spoil the party person.

4. Make a video

Record yourself singing happy birthday.

Send it privately, or make a public declaration of those birthday wishes on Facebook or YouTube.  

Or send this super cute video.  

5.  Throw a virtual surprise party

16 Long Distance Birthday Ideas To Make Anyone Smile | Throw a Virtual Surprise Party |  Virtual Birthday Party Mail Invitations Filled with party supplies

Use Skype or Facetime to connect friends from different locations to host a virtual party. 

Make it even more fun by sending balloons, a party horn, and a treat to all those included in on the surprise.  

Maybe something like these party invites on Oh Happy Day.  Don’t forget the birthday person.  Put a note on theirs saying not to open until you give permission.

6.  Make a phone call

Not a text or email or Facebook message. 

A real, old school phone call means a lot.  

This may not be the most creative of long distance birthday ideas, but it will probably surprise your loved one!

I bet that number is tucked away somewhere in your cell.

7.  Send photos

16 Long Distance Birthday Ideas To Make Anyone Smile | Send Photos | Instagram camera by Projecto


Obviously you can go the old school route and stick some fun memories in an envelope.  

Or you can kick it up a notch with this tiny Instagram projector by Projecteo.  You choose Instagram photos (hint: super effortless), then this company puts them on a teeny reel.  You send reels and a the tiniest projector ever.  

So. Much. Fun.

8.  Treat them to lunch

Send a gift card.  

Use Yelp to search for a fun new local spot wherever the birthday person is located.  Most restaurants allow you to easily buy a gift card online, and send straight to the recipient's email.

One of the easiest long distance birthday ideas, but still personal and thoughtful.

9.  Send coordinating snail mail

16 Long Distance Birthday Ideas To Make Anyone Smile | Send Coordinating Snail Mail | Birthday Post Card Puzzle

Coordinate with other friends and family to send some classic snail mail.

I love this idea from Oh Happy Day where everyone sent a piece of a puzzle to the birthday person.  They each wrote a special note on a postcard, and the picture sides fit together like a puzzle.  

The sweetest of long distance birthday gifts ever!

10.  Take them on a virtual shopping spree

Have you heard of the site Samesurf?  You can use it to surf the web with someone anywhere else in the world.  Surf some fun shops together.  

Let them pick a fun gift, your treat!  

Might I suggest starting at Uncommon Goods?  Even if you don't purchase anything there, you will find lots of fun items to chat about.  

11.  Keep it classy

16 Long Distance Birthday Ideas To Make Anyone Smile | Keep It Classy |  Send a classic greeting card

Keep it simple and classy by sending a good old fashioned greeting card in the mail.  

Only Grandmas seem to send those anymore, am I right?

They feel so much more special than a Facebook post.  

Hello Happiness Card Co. is one of my favorite card companies.  They spread so much love and sunshine.  

12.  Make a birthday donation

Celebrate their birthday by giving for someone's else's special day.  

We partner with The Confetti Foundation and Box of Balloons.  

They are the perfect place to start.  

The Confetti Foundation gives parties in a box to children celebrating their birthdays while in the hospital.  Box of Balloons gathers complete party kits for low income children, and give them to the child's parents so they can throw a themed party for their child.  

One of the most thoughtful long distance birthday ideas I can think of.

So much love.

13. Send ice cream

16 Long Distance Birthday Ideas To Make Anyone Smile | Send Ice Cream | Ice Cream Sundae in a Box, ice cream lover gift idea

Shipping can get complicated so I recommend making a “sundae kit” in a box.

Take a look at what we put together in our ice cream gift package.  

Also, you can order gourmet ice cream online straight to their doorstep.  Shipping is obviously super expensive, but I bet Jeni's and Salt & Straw are worth it!  

14. Long Distance Book club

Reread one of your favorite books.  

Mark it up with post it notes all the way through with the birthday person in mind.  

Send it to them in the mail of course!

15. Send balloons

16 Long Distance Birthday Ideas To Make Anyone Smile | Send Balloons | Surprise Balloons in a box

Do it yourself as seen here on Studio DIY.  

Get balloons filled with helium, and put them in a large box.  Send via overnight mail so they are still inflated when the birthday person opens the box.  Latex balloons stay afloat for a very short time with helium, so perhaps try Mylar balloons if you are sending in the mail.  

Sound like too much work?  Have them delivered for you.

16.  Send a birthday countdown

16 Long Distance Birthday Ideas To Make Anyone Smile | DIY Birthday Countdown Gift for when you celebrate a birthday far away

Send a whole week of envelopes or small boxes prior to the big day.  

Label each envelope/box with which day to open each one.  Stick a fun note, memory, photo, or treat in each one all the way up to their birthday.  

I like this box version on Simple As That and this envelope version on Who Arted?

Do you have a favorite one of these long distance birthday ideas? 

What other ways do you celebrate with long distance birthday gifts?

Share with us in the comments below!

Much love and happy party vibes,

Leitia, Founder of The Confetti Post

 PS  While you are here, be sure to click that "Pin It" button so you come back for these ideas next time you need them!

Image Credits: 1-Jam Jar Bakery//3-The Confetti Post//5-Oh Happy Day//7-Projecteo//9-Oh Happy Day//11-Hello Happiness Card Company//13-The Confetti Post//15-Studio DIY//16-Simple As That

Shop party in a box gift packages from The Confetti Post



Simply Superb!

Sep 26, 2017

SHilpi :

Actually my best friend want to celebrate her husband’s 1st bday after marriage. But she will not be there with him on his birthday. How can she arrange for bouquet ,cake ,gas balloon and gift.

Jun 07, 2017


I am sending a card every few days to a friend who is home bound. I am celebrating her birthday month,
I use post cards as well as good old Hallmark cards. I also make postcards out of photos—-just put the address and a stamp on the back. I put a personal note on each one. It is a fun way to share the love. The hardest part is remembering to mail them every few days!

Feb 24, 2017

Leave a comment