Everyday Living March 24th, 2017

11 Gushy Ways To Show Someone You Love Them

Admit it — you love someone. It can be your husband, your wife, your dog, your kids, your favorite teacher, your Mom. There’s someone out there that you’re just crazy about and you want them to know.

Buying expensive gifts for someone is certainly a nice gesture but if there’s no emotion attached to it, are you really telling someone you love them? There are lots of ways to show love without spending a fortune. Here’s just a few:

1. Give them a hug

Almost everyone I know loves to give and receive hugs. It’s a feel-good sentiment. I wouldn’t recommend running up and giving your boss a giant bear hug, but hey … if you want to show that you love your boss, and if he/she is that kind of person, go for it!

2. Make a call

In this world of texting, tweeting and Facebooking, we forget that sometimes all another person wants is to hear your voice. For your parents and grandparents, this is particularly the case. So pick up that phone and call them. And to add to that, before you end the call, tell them you love them.

3. Create something

Gifts that come from the heart are the best gifts of all. Even if a couple of stitches are missing in that sweater; or the cyan ink that ran out on the picture you printed out and framed; or the sheet of cookies that are slightly over baked. Nothing shows love like something made by you for someone else.

4. Write some poetry

Poetry doesn’t have to rhyme, but if it’s easier for you to write that way, by all means, don’t let me stop you! I was taught by my college professor not to write about hearts and flowers, so my poetry took a dive into the dark realm. I wouldn’t recommend writing that kind of poetry unless you plan on channeling “50 Shades of Grey.”

5. Clean the house

I admit it. I hate to clean. To me, nothing says love like coming home and seeing all the dishes put in the dishwasher, the rugs vacuumed and the litter boxes cleaned. My husband is very mindful of saying “I love you,” but it’s even nicer to have him do chores around the house that emphasize those words.

6. Get creative

For Valentine’s Day one year I didn’t have the money to buy my boyfriend an expensive gift, but I wanted to do something. So, I decided to take a page from “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and created “The Fourteen Days of Valentines.” From February 1 to February 14, I gave him a little gift and a homemade card. It was a box of Sweetheart candies or a cupcake or a poem. He loved it, and I loved making him feel special.

7. Make a scrapbook

I don’t consider myself an overly crafty person (unless you count that one year back in the '90s), but I do love scrapbooks. Your Mom probably created one when you were born, and perhaps you made one for your folks on a significant wedding anniversary. What better way to tell someone you love them than to put together a scrapbook filled with photos, souvenirs and other mementos of your time together, whether it be six months or 60 years.

8. Give them free time

Juggling a job, the housework, the kids and the pets can be almost impossible at times. Especially when the one you love seems to be doing the brunt of the work. Turn that around and give them a do nothing day! Offer to watch the kids, clean the house (or hire a maid!) and feed the dog. Wait on them hand and foot. Or better yet, send them off for a mani/pedi. If your significant other doesn’t appreciate all that pampering, send them to a movie or just let them get comfy on the couch with one of their favorite action movies.

9. Hold their hand

There is something about holding someone’s hand that is both comforting and intimate at the same time. It shows the other person that you care enough about them to hold onto them. Literally. There is nothing that makes me go “Awwww” more than seeing an older couple walking together and holding hands. It’s incredibly sweet, and it costs you nothing.

10. Send a card or letter

Snail mail is an outdated and dying art form. Think about it. What do you truly get in the mail anymore? Junk mail, bills, jury duty notices? If you want to show someone you love them, send them a letter via the good ole United States Postal Service. Get a greeting card (or even a piece of paper), stuff it into an envelope and slap on that stamp. It’s a pretty painless process!

11. Give them a treat

And here you thought I was going to forget about your four-legged loves! Bring your cat a new catnip stuffed toy, give your dog a new rawhide to chew on. Give your rabbit a fresh carrot. They know you love them because you take care of them every day, but go ahead and indulge a little. If you don’t want to spend the extra money, grab an empty water bottle and remove the top and label. Your dog will love to play with it. You can even add little treats inside. My cats personally prefer the rings off of gallon milk jugs or gallon distilled water jugs. They’re cheap, on hand and very entertaining to both of you.

So whether it’s your spouse, your significant other, your parents, your best friend or your pet, take the time to let them know how much you love them. Both of you will be glad you did!