We all like to feel special and appreciated. You are the main source of appreciation for your spouse or sweetheart. If your spouse spends all day at a thankless job, whether it be at the office, or home with your noisy kids all day, you need to be there for them. Use small, special and inexpensive surprises and acts of service to make your spouse feel special and appreciation. You know what your spouse likes best; let the following ideas get you started showing your appreciation.
Acts of service. Doing something special for your spouse is an easy and free way to show your appreciation. A foot rub after a long day of work would be greatly appreciated. Use some scented lotion for a bit of aromatherapy as well. Clean the house! Coming home to a messy house can be very stressful. If you are home during the day, keeping the house clean shows your appreciation for the hard work your spouse does.
Making your spouse’s favorite meal or dessert on an ordinary day is a terrific way to make him feel special, especially if you don’t make it very often. Or make something new for dinner; the same old things can get boring after a while.
Whatever your spouse’s job around the house is, give him a day off. Who wouldn’t feel special and enjoy not having to do a chore? Rake the leaves, shovel the walk or doing the dishes for once and let your spouse enjoy a little well-deserved rest.
Treats and Surprises. A simple and inexpensive way to surprise your spouse with a treat is to pick up his or her favorite treats at the grocery store. Then you can sneak them into a computer bag a few days later for your spouse to find and enjoy at work. Or leave a treat on the pillow or nightstand, or in a jacket pocket.
Leave your spouse alone to do a hobby, such as watching sports or going fishing, with no strings attached. He is probably tired of hearing you complain when he is playing video games. Let him have a night off to do his own thing, and don’t be looking over his shoulder. Or your wife might enjoy a night out with her girlfriends. Pick a day and tell her you’ll be watching the kids.
Show your appreciation. If your spouse works hard at a thankless job, thank him for working hard for you and your family. A simple thank you can mean a lot. Send an “I love you” text message, or leave a message on your spouse’s voicemail. If your spouse travels out of town on business, write love notes and hide them in the luggage. Put one under the deodorant lid, in reading materials, tucked in a shoe etc. You could even have the kids write notes, or draw pictures so your spouse will know how much he or she will be missed by you and your family. Hiding love notes around the house works just as well.