We all have that special someone in our lives. It could be your best friend, your partner, a sibling, mum or grandparent. Someone who brings magic to our lives through the tiniest of gestures. A smile, a squeeze of your hand, getting up for that late night baby feed even though it’s your turn, being on hand with a steaming cup of coffee when it’s been a rough night. In the chaos of day-to-day life it can be hard to find time to do something special every now and then just to tell that special someone that we love them, or we defer our special gestures for birthdays, anniversaries or seasonal holidays.
Sometimes, it’s nice to do something special “just because”, but you don’t want to compromise your family’s finances with frivolous gestures. The temptation when we’re feeling grateful or loved up can be to overspend on our loved ones, but we all know this isn’t sustainable (and besides, it’s the gesture and not the expense that our partners value). So here are some little ways you can make that special someone feel extra special without breaking the bank.
Slip a note in their pocket
Everyone loves an unexpected gesture, and your partner will love putting their hand into their pocket and finding an unexpected note. This can be done at no expense by hand writing a few words (it doesn’t need to be War and Peace, just a sentence or two is enough to make their day). Or, if you feel like doing something really special check out these personalized thank you notes for an extra beautiful and elegant way to thank them for the everyday things they do that make you love them.
Surprise them on their lunch break
If you happen to be at a loose end while your bestie is at work, then why not drop by their place of work to share as lunch break with them? If they’ve had a rough day then your presence will be a real pick-me-up. Likewise, if their day’s been successful it’ll feel great to tell you all about it. A romantic, candle-lit picnic can make this gesture extra special if you’re meeting your partner and send them back to work with a spring in their step.
A hot, deep bath
Few among us don’t appreciate the all-encompassing relaxation of a hot, deep bath filled with soothing bath salts or aromatic bubbles. This might be easiest to do for your partner, especially if you live in the same home. But you could also show your best friend or sibling some love too by looking after their kids while they take an hour to chill out in the bath. They might not get much time to themselves if they have a family so will really appreciate this time alone while you care for the little ones.
Get the kids involved
If you and your partner have little people in your family, then their involvement can be the key to a truly heart warming gesture. Kids love an opportunity to express themselves so try to use their ideas wherever possible (or make your own ideas seem like theirs). Coming home to some of the kids’ artwork is always a sure way to put a smile on their face but sitting down with some popcorn to enjoy a musical recital or a devised play? That’s priceless!
Let me know if you have more ideas for kind and caring gestures – has someone done something special for you that you think would be lovely to recreate? Please share your tips in the comments section below to help us all to give the people we love a treat for no reason other than we love them 🙂