It is important to share something memorable for long distance friends. Some ideas for birthday gifts for long distance friends that they might appreciate:
Personalized gift: Consider a personalized gift like a custom-made mug or a piece of jewelry with their name or initials on it. These days even spa vouchers can be customised with your photograph and be sent online.
Spa Vouchers / gifts: You could also consider gifting them a spa voucher / spa gift card. This is a memorable relaxing experience that your friend will cherish.
Experience gifts: If your friend loves trying new things, consider giving them an experience gift like a virtual cooking class or a guided online tour of a city or a getaway.