The Best 2016 Sex Toys To Give Your Long-Distance Relationship This Holiday, Because Being Sexually Connected Is The Best Gift

The holiday season is in full swing, which means an increase in the number of people frantically googling 'last-minute gift ideas' every time their boss turns the other way. If you've so far procrastinated buying the perfect gift for your partner, you're probably not alone. In the grand scheme of Christmas, material objects certainly aren't top priority, but the ability to pick out a gift your partner loves says so much more than just "I bought you something cool." It might sound silly, but the pressure to get your partner the perfect gift actually totally makes sense — a well-received gift shows that you listen to and care about your partner, and are in tune with their interests, needs, and wants.

And if you ask me, long-distance couples have it even worse: if you don't see your significant other that often, you'll want to get them a gift they can truly cherish year-round. As anyone who's been in a long-distance relationship knows, it can be more than a little frustrating to yearn for affection from someone who's hundreds of miles away — especially because the warm and cozy holiday season can make us crave intimacy. The solution? Using the holidays as an excuse to splurge on a long-distance sex toy that will help you and your LDR-partner stay sexually in sync.

"Let’s face it, long distance relationships can be tough," Tristan Weedmark, We-Vibe’s Global Passion Ambassador, tells Bustle. "When you are continually apart it can be challenging to stay in tune with your partner. Communication is key to keep you feeling connected, but sometimes without sexual intimacy, daily texts and phone calls can make you start feeling more like friends than partners. Luckily, gone are the days of carrier pigeons and snail mail, technology allows us to connect in real time and even face-to-face making the distance between us feel a little smaller."

Although there's not a good substitute for the real deal (aka your partner), there are lots of nifty long-distance sex toys that can keep the two of you sexually connected in spite of any distance. You'll hopefully be able to spend time with your long-distance partner over the holidays (and try out some steamy holiday sex positions), but to make your eventual parting a little less bleak, consider putting one of these five fun, high-tech, distance-friendly sex toys under the tree this year.

1. We-Vibe Sync

We-Vibe Sync, $159, Amazon

The latest in the We-Vibe line, the Sync is basically every LDR couple's dream."To keep the sexual energy alive in LDR’s a product like We-Vibe Sync, allows couples to play together even when they’re apart," Weedmark says. "With the We-Connect app, you can control your partner’s pleasure from anywhere in the world, all while sexting or video chatting in the app. You can even create custom vibrations or make a personalized vibe playlist! Not only is Sync great at keeping your relationship hot and heavy when you are apart but when you do finally get to reunite you can use it together during sex for heightened stimulation."

2. Max And Nora Long Distance Sex Toys Set

Max and Nora Long Distance Sex Toys Set, $398, Lovense

This set from Lovense is the perfect gift for hetero couples to treat themselves to this holiday season. The price may seem steep, but it comes with two Bluetooth-friendly sex toys that long-distance couples can use to keep each other cozy. The female toy, Nora, is a rabbit vibrator with a rotating head and vibrating arm (which both have three speeds), and it's also waterproof and USB-rechargeable. The male toy, Max, is a vibrator and a "realistic skin-like masturbation sleeve" that can accommodate 95 percent of men. The best part? With Bluetooth pairing and Lovense's apps, you and your partner can control each other's pleasures no matter where in the world you are.

Love Sense Nora , $99, Love Sense; Love Sense Max, $99, Love Sense

3. Lush Bluetooth Egg Vibrator

Lush Bluetooth Egg Vibrator , $119, Amazon

Also from Lovense, this simple, sleek egg vibrator is a great distance-friendly gift to get your partner in lieu of splurging on a set of toys for both of you. You can use it solo or with a partner, and because it's small and app-controlled, you can even wear it out in public for some discreet fun, if that's what you're into (orgasm in public at your own risk). It also syncs to music, in case you want to jam out while your genitals jam out.

4. Hush Bluetooth Butt Plug

Hush Bluetooth Butt Plug , $119, Amazon

For couples who are into butt stuff, don't worry: there are plenty of high-tech toys for you to enjoy, too. Hush, another Lovense product, is the 'world's first teledildonic butt plug' (aka it remotely communicates tactile sensation). It's available in either 1.5-inch or 1.75-inch diameters, and both are the same price, so you can choose which option works with your body. There's also a set of two that you can purchase together at a discount, so if both you and your long-distance boo are into butt stuff, that's a great option.

5. Onyx + Pearl Couple Set

Kiiroo Onyx + Pearl Couple Set, $299, Amazon

This his-and-hers set from Kiiroo takes partnered pleasure to another level: the toys are controlled using capactive touch technology (via a touch pad that comes with the product), which makes things as close to the real deal as possible. For the male toy, Onyx, two air channels inside the core create a 'natural suction sensation' that's supposed to mimic penetration. The female toy, Pearl, is a G-spot vibrator whose surface 'senses' your movements (via the same capacitive technology). With Bluetooth, you can connect the two toys together to control what your partner feels, so even if you're far apart it'll almost feel like you're really together. There's also a video chat platform you can use to see your partner (and engage in a little dirty talk with them, too) while you pleasure yourselves from afar.

Kiiroo Onyx Male Masturbator, $269, Kiiroo; Kiiroo Pearl Interactive Vibrator, $149, Kiiroo

6. Cuddle Vibrator

OhMiBod Cuddle Vibrator , $69, Amazon

This G-spot vibe comes with a handy wifi-enabled app that will let your partner control your pleasure wherever they happen to be. It has seven preset vibration patterns, or you can get creative and make your own (even using the sound of your voice or music to make a pattern). There's also a super cool 'accelerometer' feature: by tipping the phone (vertical to horizontal), the vibes will gradually become more intense — with this kind of technology, the future of orgasms sure looks bright.

7. HULA Beads

LELO HULA Beads , $189, Amazon

This is a different kind of vibrator: these super cute and colorful remote-controlled pleasure beads rotate and vibrate. The combo of sensual, circular movements and powerful vibrations will spice up any foreplay, and provide you with an intense O, whether you choose to insert them or simply use them on your clitoris. Though HULA beads can be controlled by you or a partner the only downside is that they're not Bluetooth-enabled, so unfortunately the partner-controlled fun will have to end once your LDR partner returns home.

Whichever one (or more!) of these toys you choose to gift your partner, it's practically guaranteed that you'll both have a holly jolly Christmas. And while you're at it, don't forget to get a sexy stocking stuffer or two for yourself — the holidays are all about giving, which definitely includes giving yourself lots of Os.

Images: Courtesy of We-Vibe; Lovense (3); Kiiroo; Babeland; LELO