Scrapbook of Letters, Emails, or Pictures
This one is very DIY, but it’s also the most personalized. If someone very important to you (like a significant other) has been away for a long time, you’ve probably been corresponding through letters, emails, texts, or some other indirect means. If you really want to show them how much they’re missed, put together a scrapbook of your long-distance conversations in a way that reads like a story. Pepper it with some photos of yourselves or of things that were happening in your lives at specific points along the way to make it even more poignant. Companies like Smilebox and Mixbook offer online digital scrapbooking services, and allow you to create professionally bound hard copies as well. This is a great way to chronicle all of the time, sacrifice, and faith that you’ve invested in a relationship that’s important enough to both of you to survive a long separation.
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