17 Weird to Wonderful Long Distance Relationship Gadgets [2021 Update]

Our Long Distance Gadgets Gift Guide

Our Top Choice

Touch Lamps by FriendLamps.com

person activating friendship lamp

Light up your partners life with the most popular long distance gadget of 2021.

Unique Alternative

HEY Bracelets

Tap one bracelet, the other gently squeezes their wrist! App included.

Cool Tech

LoveBox Heart Messenger

lovebox messenger for long distance families

Send loving & heartwarming messages no matter where you are in the world.

While it may not be obvious at times, there are some pretty cool perks to being in an LDR.

Having the ability to take ME time, no awkward conversations with their parents, and not having to offer that last piece of pepperoni pizza!

But you also have an excuse to buy all sorts of cool long distance relationship gadgets that none of your other friends will have the privilege of using!

Technology has become an LDR’s best friend and it has never been easier for product creators to make their ideas a reality.

long distance relationship gadgets

We’re super supportive of anyone wanting to create products for the long distance community because, no matter how weird or wonderful it is, it could be the reason your relationship lasts the distance.

Here are our 17 favorite gadgets for long distance relationships.

1. Long Distance Touch Bracelets by HEY

hey bracelets on wrists of two hands with fingers touching

These long distance touch bracelets are the ultimate fashion accessory. The look is similar to that of a fitness band, but the function will get your heart racing for another reason!

Whenever you or your partner are thinking about each other, by tapping the bracelet you send a subtle but sweet message. The other bracelet will gently squeeze their wrist, just as if you were holding it yourself.

They're really unique! So check them out on FeelHEY.com to learn more.

The video below is a popular review of the HEY Bracelets by YouTuber Stamped Together.

Don't forget to check out our post comparing the best long distance touch bracelets we uncovered for LDR Couples.

2. Long Distance Touch Lamp by Friend Lamps

two touch lamps for long distance relationships

You may have seen LDR lamps floating around Facebook, so consider this your sign that it’s time to take the plunge and purchase a set of the best long distance touch lamps around!

These lamps from FriendLamps.com are amazing.

The way they work together is both simple and genius: using Wi-Fi, any movement you make above the lamp to make it glow makes the other half of the pair glow, regardless of how many miles apart.

See them in action here.

Initially created to connect friends and families separated by distance, they later found that they made a great gadget for LDR couples!


The creators run promotions from time to time. Currently they're offering 33% off and FREE SHIPPING so head over to FriendLamps.com to take advantage!

Last checked 24th February 2021.

Don't forget to check out our post on the top long distance friendship lamps that are perfect for long distance relationships.

3. The LDR Watch by Kitmen Keung

ldr watch kitmen keung

Not only is this Kitmen Keung watch super sleek, stylish, and carefully hand-crafted, but it is also super cool and handy for long distance relationships.

Keung's design allows you to set two timezones, one with a dark finish and a second with a light finish. This is a unique fashion statement you don’t want to miss out on.

Now you'll have no excuse for missing your next Skype Date Night!

4. The Apple Watch

apple watch ldr

We’ve all heard about the Apple Watch, but chances are you haven’t unlocked its full LDR gadget potential!

The Digital Touch feature allows you to stay near and dear to your partner, regardless of the distance. Through taps, sketches, and even heartbeats, you can feel closer to one another than ever before, regardless of the distance.

There are also dual display options in the latest Apple Watch models, which is great for those LDR couples that are in different time zones.

The Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4 and Series 5 are available for purchase. We recommend the Series 3 through Amazon because of their unbeatable price (and free shipping).

The how to video below shows you just how easy it is to 'send your heartbeat' to your partner.

Want more? See our post on stylish dual time zone and smart long distance watches.

5. Pillow Talk by Little Riot

pillow talk wristband

If your least favorite part of a long distance relationship is sleeping alone, then Pillow Talk's long distance pillow heartbeat speaker might be what you’ve been searching for.

Pillow Talk is a wristband you wear when you sleep, it recognizes your heartbeat and sends it to your partner in real time.

All you have to do is download the app, place the speaker under your pillow, and slip the wristband on. That’s a small price to pay for being able to 'fall asleep' with the one you love.

Check them out on their official website, LittleRiot.com for more details.

See our related article on Long Distance Themed Pillows for LDR Couples.

6. The HB Ring by TheTouch

HB Ring by The Touch

Add the HB Ring to your birthday or Christmas wish list. We’ve seen watches and bracelets designed for long distance relationships, so of course, there has to be a ring.

The HB ring allows you to feel your partner’s heartbeat in real time, with additional options to play a saved heartbeat.

It’s as simple as connecting your ring to the app and tapping it twice each time you want to feel your partner’s heartbeat.

It doesn’t hurt that the rings are also gorgeous with rose gold and stainless steel options.

7. Long Distance Sex Toys by Lovense

lovense long distance sex toys

Sex toys have been around for years, and they’re exciting and all, but they’re not nearly as fun as having private time with your partner.

Lovense may just be the answer if you’re looking to keep your sex life spicy, regardless of the distance.

They have a unique line of vibrators (their Max & Nora options are pictured above), but what makes it so special is that you can connect with your partner using the “Long Distance” tab on the app.

Once you’re connected, you can video chat through their app while also controlling your partner’s toy so that, even from across the country or globe, you can still have some dirty fun together.

Check out our related post on the top long distance sex toy options that are perfect for LDR couples.

8. Long Distance Sex Toys by Kiiroo

kiiroo long distance sex toys

Kiiroo also create long distance sex toys that can help you “feel someone else in a whole new way”.

As soon as the Pearl 2, the women’s vibrator, is inserted inside of her, the sensors send a signal via Bluetooth to Onyx+, the male vibrator, to create a sex-like experience. 

With the simple touch of a keypad, you can control vibrations to make your sexual encounter whatever you’d like it to be.

9. Long Distance Sex Toys by Vibease

vibease long distance sex toys

Vibease does just what its name suggests—it lets you use a vibrator with ease.

Having been featured in magazines ranging from Allure to Women’s Health, this hands-free vibrator makes intimacy easy despite the distance. One of the more interesting features is that it can even be worn in your underwear.

You can create custom vibes for your partner—or vice versa—and pleasure one another from anywhere in the world. See the video below for a tutorial.

10. ChatLight


ChatLight makes every day feel like you’re video chatting with your love under bright Hollywood lights.

The tiny light, which has been featured on the likes of HSN and The Grommet, is easily portable and can be used on any laptop, smartphone, or tablet.

The company boasts that the light even lasts over 50,000 hours and charges in fifteen minutes.

11. Kissenger


For us this was a real WTF!? moment.

As you might guess, Kissenger’s product name is derived from the words “kiss” and “messenger”, and they boast that they are the world’s first commercial kiss transfer device.

It was first developed in 2011 in Singapore, and has been making its way around the world since 2015. The technology uses a pair of silicone lips to replicate your and your partner’s own lips.

12. Kissenger Mobile

kissenger app

This Kissenger App is a more on-the-go approach to sending kisses to your loved ones.

Send a kiss whenever you’d like, and feel the force on your own lips when your significant other offers up a kiss in return. The high-tech app uses precise force sensors under the silicone lips to make this as close to a real kiss as you can get without being in the same room.

Take a look at a review by The Gadget Show.

13. The Hug Shirt by CuteCircuit

the hug shirt by cutecircuit

Try saying The Hug Shirt without it bringing an inquisitive smile to your face.

It’s impossible!

An amazing product with the goal of simply making people who miss their loved ones happy, this shirt allows you to send hugs back and forth with your partner in real time.

The co-founders of this product developed the technology back in 2002, using strong sensors that can utilize skin warmth and heart rate data to recreate the sensation of a hug.

14. Watch Anything Anywhere with Rabb.it 

rabbit watch video together

Rabbit, which has been around since the app was developed in 2013, started with the idea of being able to share in all sorts of experience with other people, regardless of where they were located.

It lets you watch movies and videos through platforms like Netflix or YouTube with your partner, and takes text messaging and video chatting to the next level.

Both the app and website allow you to experience everyday events with the person you love, and we all know that even the most mundane of experiences can be fun when you’re sharing them with your partner.

15. The LDR App 'Without'

ldr app without

The Without app is unique in that it was created by a man who was in the same boat we’re all in.

Jeremy Schoenherr’s girlfriend landed her dream job across the country from where they lived, and they were thrusted into an LDR a week later. The couple had a tough time adjusting, deciding that texting was getting old, but that existing apps for couples were lame or overcomplicated. So, Jeremy decided to create his own. 

You can read the original story on Medium.

The app tells you what the weather and area is like where your significant other is, you can send selfies with one tap, and makes real time conversations easier and more meaningful.

Check out our article: 28 Empowering LDR Apps You Should Download!

16. Emotive Gloves for Physical Touch Over Distance

flex n feel ldr gloves

The Flex N Feel Gloves are still in the prototype stage, but they could definitely make a weirdly wonderful LDR gadget! After all, anything that makes us feel closer to our partners is a definite win.

These flexible gloves have sensors on each finger, which allow you to feel your partner’s touch and movements as they happen. If you worry about being startled by unexpected touches throughout the day, don’t worry, they even have a small soft-switch that serves as a gentle way of letting you know that your partner wants to initiate a touch.

The creators of the product say that their goal was to create a flexible, mobile product for LDR couples.

17. Frebble Hand Holding Device


A recent Kickstarter success, the Frebble is a wireless device that allows you to hold your love’s hand from anywhere.

Frederic Petrignani created the product after hearing fellow MBA students say how they wished there was a way to hold hands with the people they loved through the internet.

When you squeeze a Frebble device in your hand, the person you’re sending your hand-hold to will receive your touch in real time. The developers suggest using the product while video-chatting, as it creates a truly realistic and meaningful experience.

Now it's your turn!

Have you tried any of these long distance relationship gadgets, or are there others that make your LDR easier? We’d love to hear how they helped! Sound off in the comments below!

Lolo & Nate

Hi, we are Lolo (Canada) & Nate (Australia) a couple that had to go through all that a long distance relationship has to offer, just like you. With our experience and lessons learned we want to help you keep your long distance relationship as strong as ever and ultimately last the distance!

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sarack - July 18, 2018


    Lolo & Nate - August 20, 2018

    We think so too!

Skye Caluyn - July 23, 2019

I need something that can send a gently touch to my partner but with an internet connection

    Lolo & Nate - July 24, 2019

    Hey Skye!

    Your options for sending a ‘gentle touch’ would be the touch rings or the touch bracelets.

    Both of these options connect over the internet (a bluetooth connection is first needed to the app on your cellphone, which then uses the internet to send the signal to the other device).

    The rings are very cool but they cost thousands of dollars. The bracelets have the same features at a fraction of the cost.

    Check the bracelets out here on UncommonGoods.com.

    If you don’t have a cellphone or want to use the internet connection in your house then friendship lamps might be the next best option. These work similarly to the rings and bracelets but instead of a vibration to simulate touch, they light up to let your partner know you’re thinking about them.

    We really like the friendship lamps on UncommonGoods.com and another cool set from friendlamps.com.

    Let us know if you have any questions.

    Good luck!

Molly - August 6, 2019

Bond touch is expensive too though

    Lolo & Nate - August 7, 2019

    Hi Molly!

    It is a little pricey compared to other gifts. But in terms of gadgets and technology, we think it is pretty affordable. You just need to weigh up how much you would use it or another item to help you get the most for your money!

      Stacey G. LeMay - November 6, 2020

      My daughter got us the bond touch bracelets for mothers day. Hands down the best gift ever. She was going to college and when I felt the vibration all day long I knew that’s when she needed her mom. It’s perfect for all types of relationships and not just for romantically involved couples. I absolutely stand by this product!

        Lolo & Nate - November 7, 2020

        Hi Stacey,

        Thank you so much for taking the time to comment 🙂

        We 100% agree with you! Bond Touch bracelets are great for best friends, parent/child and even grandparent/grandchild relationships.

        We hope your daughter is enjoying college and that your relationship is as strong as ever.

        Good luck!

Janine - October 20, 2019

It’s such a pity none of these are available in South Africa.

    Lolo & Nate - November 5, 2019

    Hi Janine,

    It’s true that some of these are only available in North America.

    If you need any help, please let us know!

Adam & Sydney - February 1, 2020

My (UK) fiancé (USA) bought a pair of the bond touch bracelets for a Christmas present, ftwr figuring out little codes, it has made the distance so much more manageable 🙂 when we aren’t on a call together (which isn’t very often lol) we can send little touches to each other and it makes us feel closer because of it. Possible one of the best ideas iv ever seen

    Lolo & Nate - February 5, 2020

    Hi Adam,

    Great to hear you and Sydney are enjoying the Bond Touch Bracelets!

    We’re big fans of anything that can help the distance feel more manageable.

    Are there any other gadgets or products you use in your LDR?

    Good Luck!

Nikki - March 15, 2020

Are there any braclets, or necklaces like this that don’t need Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection.

    Lolo & Nate - March 17, 2020

    Hi Nikki,

    The touch bracelets that connect to each other will need a wifi/internet connection.

    But we do have articles on other long distance themed bracelets and necklaces!

JM - April 20, 2020

Sadly bond touch cant ship to Singapore:(

    Lolo & Nate - April 20, 2020

    Hi JM,

    Another good option are the friendship lamps. While they’re not able to be with you all the time like the bracelets, they will have a very similar impact!

lime - November 17, 2020

Is it possible to use the Bond Touch Bracelet without my partner having access to a phone?

    Lolo & Nate - November 17, 2020

    Great Q!

    Unfortunately not. Bond Touch Bracelets need to be connected to the app on your smartphones to receive touches.

    Although you can’t take them with you, the Friendship Lamps from FriendLamps.com are a great alternative as they only need wifi and an internet connection to pair together.

      Kass - January 1, 2021

      So after they are connected if they lose internet connection they will still work? Like if you are trying to get something like this for a navy guy that will be on a submarine for months at a time with no phone would the lamps work well?

        Lolo & Nate - January 7, 2021

        Hi Kass,

        They will need to be connected to the internet to work. To be honest, I don’t think this would be a good option in terms of your example.

        Custom couples jewelry like bracelets or necklaces would be better suited to this situation. They’re still a great sentimental option and super affordable :).

        Hope this helps & good luck!

Eris Kane - January 13, 2021

My boyfriend and I got the Bond Touch bracelets when I switched to a college across the country. They were worth every penny (we got them on a Labor Day sale) and now I’m debating on getting the pillowtalk speakers. They’re so expensive on a college budget though.

    Lolo & Nate - January 13, 2021

    Hi Eris,

    That’s great to hear! We really like the Bond Touch bracelets too. Receiving a message while studying must be heartwarming!

    The Pillow Talk speakers are also a really great idea. But if you’re wary of your budget, which is definitely not a bad thing, it might be better to save that money (or a portion) and use it towards the next time you see each other.

    We think the memories will mean much more in your circumstance.

    Let us know what you think.

    Good luck!

Halie - January 13, 2021

Which long distance vibrator is best?

    Lolo & Nate - January 13, 2021

    Hi Halie,

    Thanks for the question! It really comes down to your personal preference in terms of what you like and how you want to use it.

    If you want to use devices that connect with and can be controlled by your partner. Lovense’s Max 2 & Nora devices are a great choice. If you’re after a device that’s just for you and your partner can control, check out our article on remote control vibrators. Here you’ll get an idea of the options available that focus on different areas and provide app control.

    Let us know if you have any questions, we’re here to help 🙂

    Good luck!


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