It is fun to find ways to encourage your husband and many times, the little things are what add up to show your feelings for him. Remember, gifts don’t have to be costly in order to convey one’s heart. I have been so touched over the years by thoughtful gifts from friends and family—many of which were free—that were incredibly meaningful to me. So here’s a list of 10 ways to say, “I Love You” throughout the year. Use it as a springboard to think of your own ideas.
10 Ways to Say, “I Love You!”
- Cook his favorite meal. Unless his favorite meal is very expensive, it is likely that it will cost less to cook it rather than to go out to a restaurant. You could also make a meal that is a little more elaborate than what you would normally prepare. I have so many cookbooks with tagged pages of things I’d like to make ‘someday’; why not just do it and make that special meal?
- Write out 10, 20, or even 100 things you love about him. I’ve seen this idea all over the internet, ranging from writing love notes on a stack of playing cards to writing thoughts on cut-out construction paper hearts. I’m a list maker so this one always appeals to me.
- Make him a card. Simple and sweet. You don’t have to be a Martha Stewart-style crafter to make a little card. You could even double up and fill this card with those 25 things you love about him. I made my husband an embroidered heart card for Valentine’s Day and then gave our two-year-old daughter some colored pencils to decorate the back of the card so he received a ‘note’ from both of us.
- Pray for him. This one is one of those invisible gifts that you can’t really package but that really, really matters. I’d suggest doing this as you make your gift. Pray for your relationship, for his heart, and for the things that you know he needs.
- Make him a treat. What guy doesn’t like a treat? You can make a mini batch of a dessert if it is only for the two of you. I also like to pick up a bag of chocolates from the bulk section at the grocery store and stash them in his briefcase.
- Go on a coffee date together. We did this often when we were dating, and it was one of my favorite dates. We would buy a cup of coffee and share a treat and then talk like we hadn’t seen each other in years.
- Have a date night at home once the kids are in bed. Rent a movie and make some popcorn or eat a nice meal together complete with candlelight.
- Listen. Ask him about his day and really listen. No interrupting to get your story in allowed.
- Do something random and silly together. Before we were married, one of our favorite dates was walking to our local library, sitting in the children’s section, and reading books from our childhoods to each other. It was a fun way to get to know each other and the children’s section was always completely empty in the evenings.
- Create some encouragement cards for him. I’ve even included a free printable for you at Little Girl Designs to get started. Tuck these in his briefcase or lunch to give him a bit of encouragement while he’s away at work.
Hopefully these ideas will get your creativity sparked to think up even more simple and sweet gifts for your guy. And remember, in the end the most important gift you can give is being present yourself. My mom used to quote Jim Elliot and say, “Wherever you are, be all there!” So whether you create an elaborate experience or a simple one, remember that you being invested, present, and listening is the most important thing.
This post originally appeared on Jennie’s site.
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Jennie is a wife, mom, and a lover of all things creative. She writes about DIY crafts, creativity, and generosity at littlegirldesigns.com. You can also find her on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/littlegirldesigns) and pinning all things lovely at https://www.pinterest.com/littlegirldsgns/.
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