Any day is a good day to appreciate the wonderful man in your life. When you have a great partner who supports you through all of life’s ups and downs, it’s important to let him know how much he means to you.
Here are our top 10 tips on ways to make your bae feel as valued as he makes you feel.
1. Always Start With Food
Everyone knows that the way to a man’s heart is with food. It may sound a little old fashioned, but we’ve never met a man who wasn’t happy to have his lady get the stove going and make him his favorite meal! Don’t know how to cook? Fake it—there are awesome services like Plated and Blue Apron that help you get all the right ingredients and the perfect recipe for a romantic evening so you don’t have to.
2. Take Him Out To Events He’ll Love
If your guy has a special hobby or loves going out to events, do your research on places to take him and treat him to a fun date! It’ll show him that you pay attention to the things he loves and that you’re willing to put in effort to make sure he has a good time.
3. Look Him In The Eye
It’s one thing to thank your man when he does something thoughtful, but it’s another to look at him with love and admiration in your eyes. Slow down. Give him eye contact when you tell him you appreciate him—and give him a big, long, hug when you do. He’ll thank you later. Wink.
4. Give Back When He Does Kind Things
Remember that time he sent you flowers at work just because? Reciprocate! Your man shouldn’t be the only one doing random acts of kindness in your relationship. Return the favor by sending him a chocolate bar at his desk when he least expects it. Hand him a nice cold beer when he gets home. Record the game for him when he can’t make it to the TV in time to watch. Anything can work! Just be creative.
5. Give Him Space
If life gets a little hectic and your relationship is getting a little tense, you might just need to give your man some space. Men sometimes grow distant when relationships get a little intense. Rather than suffocate him when you start doubting his feelings, give him time to process his feelings on his own. Your relationship could turn out much healthier and resilient for it.
6. Surprise Him With Thank You Notes
Showing your appreciation for your man doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money that you don’t have. Something as simple as a heartfelt note left in his suitcase or in his packed lunch could go a long way.
7. Praise Him In Front Of Your Friends
It’s one thing to tell your man that you’re proud of him in private but it’s a whole other story when you do it in public. The next time you and your friends get together, don’t be ashamed to brag about that sweet, thoughtful date your bae took you on last weekend. Your friends might get jealous but your man will hear loud and clear how much him impresses you.
8. Listen To What’s On His Mind—Even If You Don’t Care
Guys don’t talk about their feelings much but when they do, it’s important that you hear what you have to say. Whether it’s as major as a huge argument they had with their family or as trivial as a petty spat with a co-worker, give him your undivided attention. Everyone needs to vent—even your man.
9. Let Him Chill With The Guys
Just like you love the occasional ladies night, your man should be able to enjoy the same freedoms without any guilt or restrictions. Let him stay out late and talk to the guys. Sometimes he needs a testosterone fix just as much as you do.
10. Ask Him For His Advice
There’s no better way to show that you value hearing what someone has to say than to ask them for their opinion. If you’re having a problem with something, whether it’s related to work, friends or family, get his perspective on it. He’ll feel included in your life and he’ll know that you take what he thinks into consideration.