15 Awesome Long Distance Gender Reveal Ideas (2024)

The past year has created some interesting situations, and the need for long distance gender reveals ideas is certainly one of them! Whether you are looking to do a gender reveal for family who live far away or are unable to throw a gender reveal party until things return to normal, then this post is for you!

If you are looking specifically for ideas for announcing gender remotely, then after reading this post, be sure to check out our post on virtual gender reveal ideas!

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I am no stranger to having to do gender reveals for family out of town. In fact, I’ve done them for two different pregnancies! The first we did by mail and Skype (where we knew the gender ahead of time) and the second we were surprised along with our family on a joint Zoom call.

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Check out my post on How to Do a Long Distance Gender Reveal over Facetime or Zoom for a step-by-step look into the logistics of both planning an online gender reveal and for how to mail party surprises so they could find out the very same day we did!

While it might seem like a disappointment to not be physically present with friends or family, there are lots of ways you can still celebrate.

And I promise, people are just as excited online as they are in person!

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Tips for doing a Long-Distance Gender Reveal

If you plan on doing a virtual reveal over an app or on a computer, then there are some things to keep in mind and to figure out in the planning stage.

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Other things to consider include:

  • Do you want to find out with your friends/family or ahead of time?
  • Are there any holidays coming up that you might want to do a theme around?
  • Mail delivery timelines (especially important if sending treats in the mail)
  • Shipping times from the store/seller to you, if mailing items personally. Depending on what you decide to go with, you may want to consider buying one set of each male and female so you can do your reveal more quickly after an ultrasound appointment.

Fun & Easy Long Distance Gender Reveal Ideas

Send It in the Mail

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Relying on snail mail builds up quite a bit of anticipation! If you have family members that live far away and don’t use video chatting programs, there are lots of things you could send through the mail to reveal the surprise.

One fun way to reveal the gender of your baby is to send them a blue or pink paint chip or fabric sample. Label a regular letter envelope as you normally would. Put the fabric or paint chip in another envelope for extra padding before stuffing the labeled one.

Other gender reveal items you can send through the mail include:

  • Cookies, Gender Reveal Cake Pops, Truffles or other treats colored to indicate boy or girl
  • A themed or colorful onesie
  • A greeting card from their future grandson or granddaughter/ niece/nephew, etc
  • A picture from the ultrasound with anatomy revealing the sex

Don’t forget to tell your family to check their mail!

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Host a Virtual Gender Reveal Party

People are getting so creative these days by moving game night, get together and birthday parties online. Having a virtual party to reveal the baby’s gender is a great idea!

Send out invites (Evites or Facebook invites are perfectly fine) with a special date and time and create your own Facebook Event or Group for the Party. You can have people play guessing games by creating posts, and then do a Facebook Live Video reveal using one of the great ideas on this page!

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Play a Game

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Get the whole family involved with a guessing game like Wheel of Fortune, Snowman (an alternative to Hangman) or even just a simple game of fill in the blank!

Once everyone is on a Zoom call, have your family guess your baby’s name, or make them spell out a phrase that will reveal the gender. Use a clue of some sort so they can’t easily tell boy from girl in the blanks!

Use a posterboard to write the letters as they guess so it is visible through the computer screen. Your gender reveal will be fun and interactive, but won’t take much effort to execute.

Show Them on Skype

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If your long-distance family members use Skype, FaceTime, or another app, plan a simple gender reveal over the Internet. Ask them to hop online so you can reveal the gender. When the call connects, they’ll see you in a pink or blue T-shirt. It’s that simple!

Get the Pets Involved

Grab a pink or blue bandana, collar, or outfit for your pet. When your family is ready to learn the gender, bring out your pet. Alternatively, you could have your pet bring your family a pink or blue toy.

We actually did a pregnancy announcement using dog bandanas over Skype for our first, it was great! And the best part is that the bandanna becomes a special keepsake for later. 🙂

Send a Card

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Send a greeting card to your family for a classic gender reveal. Grab a few “It’s a Boy” or “It’s a Girl” cards from your local card store, or create an e-card online.

If you’d rather make your own cards, get creative! Write a poem, draw pictures, or use other hints to share the news with your loved ones. You could also make a card through an online service like Shutterfly or Minted and upload a photo or ultrasound to it, and then have it mailed directly to them.

Make a Scratch-Off

Part of our gender reveal for long distance family included scratch off cards in the package. You can buy them on Amazon (here’s one for a baby boy, and one for a baby girl).

Or make your own that tell your family whether you’re having a boy or a girl:

First, decorate some pieces of cardstock and write the baby’s gender somewhere on the card. Cover the gender with a white crayon. Paint over the crayon with a 2:1 ratio mixture of acrylic paint and dish soap. Don’t forget to include a penny with each card!

Make a Video

Make a gender reveal video to post to platforms that your family uses. You can keep the video simple – talk to the camera, do a quick dance with your partner, or make a montage. Or you can get super elaborate and use your creativity. Whatever you are in the mood for!

Upload the video to Facebook and/or YouTube, but adjust your privacy settings to make the video only viewable by invitation.

Whack a Pinata / Pop a Balloon / Other In-Person Ideas done Virtually

Lots of fun gender reveal ideas have something to physically do to reveal the gender, typically at a gender reveal party. You can still incorporate this, either by taking a video of you doing it yourself and then sending it, or streaming it live for others to watch on any of the platforms mentioned above. (I vote for the live stream!!)

Here are some fantastic baby reveal piñatas: gender-reveal box piñata, question mark piñata, baby bottle piñata.

Just don’t forget to fill the piñata with candy and confetti to reveal the gender! They do not come pre-filled on purpose – so you can customize them. You can get pink or blue confetti here.

Perform a Magic Trick

We love this idea! Go a different route with a video announcement by performing a parenting magic.

Instead of pulling a white rabbit out of a hat, pull a pink or blue stuffed animal out of a hat to announce your baby’s gender. If you’re throwing a virtual gender reveal party, you can easily stick this reveal into a magic themed celebration.

Let the Sorting Hat Decide

Do you have Harry Potter fans in your family? Let the Sorting Hat “choose” your baby’s gender assignment!

Place a pink or blue object under a witch’s hat. When it’s time to reveal the gender during a virtual party or video chat, simply lift the hat. Take this reveal to the next level by making a pink or blue Harry Potter-themed item to go underneath the hat – a Quidditch snitch, a broom, or wand. Or maybe assign a house to each gender!

You could also mail a fun gender announcement package that includes a miniature hat and colored candies to go with the theme, and have people open their gift while on Zoom together. It was so fun doing that type of reveal for us!

Use a Bath Bomb

You probably don’t have enough room in your bathroom to fit your whole family anyway (nor would you want to), so you’ll want to record a video for this reveal.

Purchase a bath bomb that has a “surprise” color inside (these are made specifically for gender reveals). The bathwater will turn pink or blue. Here you can get magic bath bombs that turn blue or pink.

You can also do it using a clear tub of water rather than a bathtub or could purchase the bath bombs and mail them to other people for them to discover on their own!

Gender reveals can still be exciting even when apart from family and friends. Many of these ideas can be executed with less than $20, and none of them should lead to an emergency room visit.

With a bit of creativity, you can make revealing the sex of your baby fun for everyone, even family out of town!

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  6. Balloon Card - The Mom Bot.
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How to do a gender reveal on phone? ›

Themed Onesies

During your call, ask them to open the box and look at the onesies to reveal whether you're having a little “he” or “she.” If you're on a tight budget, buy one gender reveal onesie. Then, host a group video call and show everyone the onesie to announce your exciting surprise.

How do you make a gender reveal special? ›

Here are some of our favorite gender reveal ideas for gender reveal parties and baby showers!
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  2. Balloon Box Release. ...
  3. Piñata Smash. ...
  4. Cake Cutting. ...
  5. Cupcake Reveal. ...
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  7. Silly String Fight. ...
  8. Dart Board Balloon Pop.
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How do you announce pregnancy to long distance friends? ›

Ultrasound FaceTime BFF Pregnancy Announcement

If your best bud is long-distance, there's a way to do it in realtime that doesn't involve big fanfare, planning, or spending. On your next FaceTime catchup sesh, wait until the moment feels right and quickly flash an ultrasound pic on the screen.

How to announce gender of baby online? ›

12 Virtual Gender Reveal Ideas
  1. #1 Use a Virtual Background.
  2. #2 Temporarily Dye Your Hair.
  3. #3 Play a Song.
  4. #4 Open a Balloon Box.
  5. #5 Pop a Balloon.
  6. #6 Smash a Piñata.
  7. #7 Dress Up Your Kids.
  8. #8 Let the Bump Do the Talking.
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How to predict baby boy or girl? ›

The most accurate way to know if you're having a boy or girl is an ultrasound, often done at around 20 weeks. To keep you entertained while you wait, read our list of 33 old wives' tales for gender prediction. They're not scientific or medical, but they sure are fun!

What is the free gender reveal app? ›

Baby Gender is a free Android app developed by Ringos that helps expecting parents reveal the gender of their baby. The app is designed to create a fun and exciting experience for parents who want to share the news with their partners in a creative way. The app is straightforward and easy to use.

How many months should you be to have a gender reveal party? ›

Most parents find out the sex of their baby through ultrasound between 18-21 weeks, although those who choose to do genetic testing may find out sooner. The beginning of the second trimester is a good time to plan your gender reveal, as it allows enough time to ensure there are no apparent risks to the pregnancy.

How to do a gender reveal where no one knows? ›

Gender reveal using silly string

Few things will bring on the LOLs like the parents-to-be covered in Silly String. This fun gender reveal idea calls for wrapping cans of Silly String with decorative paper so no one knows what color they have. Hand the cans out at your gender reveal party and let the stringing begin!

How far along do you have to be to have a gender reveal? ›

The perfect moment for a gender reveal party is during the second trimester, 18-20 weeks after the mid-pregnancy ultrasound. This is when you can start exploring various baby gender reveal party ideas to make the event memorable.

How do you get to know a girl over long distance? ›

How to Woo a Girl Long Distance
  1. Share a romantic song.
  2. Send her an old-fashioned love letter.
  3. Surprise her with a care package.
  4. Send her flowers or a candygram.
  5. Celebrate special occasions with her.
  6. Tell her how you feel about her.
  7. Joke around with her.
  8. Strike up a deep conversation.


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