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There are times when we can’t be with someone special on their birthday, whether due to public health precautions, work responsibilities, obligations, or just plain geography. But that doesn’t have to stop us from feeling close to one another. With the right approach, a long-distance birthday gift can bring people closer than a great big hug!

Create the Best Long-Distance Birthday Gift in 4 Alliterative Steps

See how to give a long-distance birthday gift the easy way with Tribute.

Step 1: Adopt an attitude of appreciation

How to Send a Gift That Beats a Hug, Step 1: Adopt an attitude of appreciation.

The first step to creating a jaw-dropping long-distance birthday gift is to get yourself into the right mindset. No time to dwell on the distance, so forget the FOMO (fear of missing out) and amplify your appreciation for the birthday star!

Think of how your birthday star makes you feel, the richness they bring to your life, and let those blessings fill you with excitement. Great virtual birthday ideas convey your true sentiment, so let’s ensure that sentiment is positive and appreciative.

Step 2: Call in co-celebrators as collaborators

How to Send a Gift That Beats a Hug, Step 2: Call in co-celebrators as collaborators.

The only thing better than being celebrated and appreciated by someone you love is being celebrated and appreciated by many people you love! Is anyone else you know celebrating the birthday star from a distance? Are there any friends or family members that you think could help make your gift extra special? 

Invite others to collaborate with you on giving the best possible gift. Ask people to record a video, share photos, write a message, chip in on the cost, or help ensure your gift is delivered to the birthday star on time. Additional participants can transform the impact of your gift.  

Step 3: Prioritize, plan, and prepare

How to Send a Long-Distance Birthday Gift That Beats a Hug, Step 3: Prioritize, plan, and prepare.

Narrow down the must-have elements of your long-distance birthday gift:


How much time is left before the big birthday? Should you set aside a certain time to complete your part of the gift? How much time do you think other collaborators will need? When and how do you want to deliver your gift?

Example: Selena’s birthday is September 1 and you want to give her a birthday video montage, delivered virtually during her party the evening of her birthday. You might set August 25 as the due date for invitees to submit their videos, so you have one week to put all the videos together and edit them with an easy video montage maker.

Participants and Collaborators

Do you have an ideal number of participants you want to include? Who will you invite specifically? Are some invitees more essential to your idea than others?

Example: For Selena’s long-distance birthday gift, you want her video montage to be around 10 minutes long. That means you can include 10 people with a one-minute time limit on each of their videos. To include more people, you could limit video times to 30-45 seconds. You decide that for the video, her parents are the most important participants, so you check in with them regularly and offer to help them submit their videos if needed.

Themes and Elements

Is there a specific theme you want your long-distance birthday gift to have? How will you carry that theme across all collaborators and elements? Do you want to incorporate photos, quotes, or other common elements to tie everything together?

Example: Selena’s birthday party has a 90s theme. You could ask all video participants to name a 90s song, icon, or other pop culture reference that reminds them most of Selena and explain why. You could also ask collaborators to upload any photos they have of Selena from the 90s to include in the montage.

Step 4: Execute effectively

How to Send a Long-Distance Birthday Gift That Beats a Hug, Step 4: Execute effectively.

Step four is as much about the tools you use as it is about planning. How can you pull off your ultimate long-distance birthday gift beautifully and on time without excessive effort? Work with easy tools to help bring everything together while you focus on the message and personality of your gift.

How to Create a Long-Distance Birthday Gift With Tribute

Tribute is the most user-friendly birthday video maker. In a few simple steps, you can collaborate with others, collect their videos, and easily bring it all together in a montage that is sure to make your birthday star smile.

  1. Invite friends.

    We send the invitations with all the information your friends and family need to participate.

  2. Collect videos.

    We provide the prompt for your participants to make a video and upload it.

  3. Compile the video.

    We make it easy for you to drag and drop the collected videos into any order you like and then share the final Tribute video.

  4. Get premium service (optional).

    Let one of our concierge editors manage the project and compile your final Tribute video.

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