There are many things you can do to let your partner know you care. Taking them to dinner, treating them to a well-deserved gift, or sitting down for a genuine chat are all simple ways to show your affection. Here are our top five ideas to show your partner just how much they mean to you.
Write a heartfelt message
In the age of smartphones and social media, communication often occurs via short messages, icons and imagery. However, no matter how modern your relationship is, you cannot get more thoughtful and intimate than a hand-written love letter. By letting your partner know how special and appreciated they are, you can increase intimacy between the two of you. A letter will be even more special if it is completely unexpected, so try leaving it on a pillow before you leave for work, or slipping it into your partner's work bag so that they find it when they arrive at the office.
Organize a surprise date night
No matter how long you have been together, spending time alone can help to strengthen your bond and add an element of fun and spontaneity to your relationship. If you have been lacking in the dating department recently, show your partner how much you care by organizing a night for both of you to enjoy. Whether you reserve a table at your favorite restaurant, buy tickets to a movie, or plan a trip to your local bowling alley, you are sure to put a huge smile on their face and give a clear sign about how much they mean to you.
Give a thoughtful gift
When it comes to buying a gift for your loved one, it doesn’t always have to be expensive flowers or perfume. Small, thoughtful tokens are always appreciated, and relationship advice dictates that the more personal the gift is, the better it will be received. A gift could be anything—a train ticket for your partner to go visit their best friend, a make-up bag to replace the one they lost on their last business trip, or even something handmade like a painting. No matter what gift you choose, it will send a loving signal that you care.
Prepare a pamper session
If your partner works long hours or has a particularly stressful job, then chances are an evening of pampering might be exactly what they need. Start by running a warm bubble bath with sweet smelling bath crème, and then lay candles all around it – lighting them just before your partner is due home. Put on some gentle music, and after they have relaxed into the bath, bring them a cup of their favorite herbal tea to enjoy while soaking in the tub. A sensual massage would be the perfect way to finish off the pamper session, using some aromatherapy oil to stimulate your partner’s body and ease off any remaining tension.
Just be there
The above ideas are perfect for showing your partner how much you care about them and letting them know that you want to make them happy. However, sometimes the most important thing you can do is to let them know that you are there for them unconditionally, and have their best interests close to your heart. Listening, talking, and sharing ideas about the future shows that you are committed to the relationship, and will help to reassure your partner that they have an ally with whom they can share their fears and concerns.