Buy a light colored or white NON SATIN pillowcase for both of you and pick up some permanent markers, then leave each other messages on the pillow cases. If you need more room, eventually buy a sheet to carry on the messaging. Write your partner love notes so they can sleep with it when away from you. It’s always a big hit, whether you’re the one leaving home or you’re the one that’s staying behind.
It also makes hospitalizations a little more cheery. Just be sure to let housekeeping services know not to change the pillowcases as you don’t want to lose these precious ones.
And don’t let this be just a one sided gift! If for some reason you have troubles with small motor skills or other obstacles which makes this idea difficult, by all means, ask someone to HELP YOU, it’ll be worth it! Be brave and don’t let it change what you want to say.