Discover 9 ways of showing appreciation to those you love with something homemade that you should know about, from baking something for them, to cooking a homemade dinner, and more. See what's helping people show their appreciation to the ones they love with greater ease. Learn how you can benefit from those same advantages.
While we're all familiar with the phrase "It's the thought that counts," nothing says it more than a homemade gift from a loved one. After all, anyone can buy something from a store. Here's where the real trick comes in - taking the time to think of a special gift, gathering the supplies, and crafting it out of your own time, energy, and talents. Small, thoughtful gifts, while usually less flashy than diamonds, are often cherished more than the most precious of gems. Here are 9 ways to show your loved ones that you love and appreciate them!
1Bake Or Cook Something
Call up grandma and get that delicious red velvet cake recipe you've wanted for so long. Besides, what could be more romantic than fighting over who gets to lick the bowl and the spoon? Not only will it give you a chance to catch up with granny, but it will also show your loved ones that you care enough to take some time out of your busy schedule to whip up some fantastic eats. There are thousands of great recipes online for dinners that will wow any loved one. If you aren't a great chef and have some trouble when it comes to pots, pans, and open flames, just go with something simple.
2Create A Card
Remember making cards in 5th grade? Grab a sheet of construction paper, some popsicle sticks, and a few of those fancy hole punchers; go to town and work on your card. Who knows, maybe you'll uncover a hidden talent!
3Make A Coupon Book
Coupon books are always a hit with your partner. Fill the coupon book with massages, a night away from the kids, or even a week of taking care of the other person's chores. Make it personal, honor the coupons without complaining, and don't put an expiration date on them.
4Make A Slide Show
Whip out your old pictures and make a slide show from "then till now." Set it to your favorite music and let it scroll through some of the highlights of your relationship. If it's for your partner, remember what it was like before kids, when the kids left the house, before grandkids, or whatever stage of life you want to remember. Just sit back in each other's arms and let the pictures and music envelope both of you for a while.
5Recreate Your First Date
If you went to a fancy restaurant, recreate the experience at home. Dim the lights, put on the same music, and fix the same meal. If you drove somewhere, pack a picnic-style dinner, go back, and enjoy the experience all over again. Whatever you did that first time, do it again and remember where you began and how far you've come.
6Make A Chocolate-Covered Fruit
Pick a fruit. Dip it in chocolate. Allow it to cool. Indulge. Simple, right?
7Make Homemade Jewelry
Make a necklace from triangle-shaped pieces of wallpaper wrapped into bead shapes. You can also create rings made from polished stones. Handmade jewelry is always a hit with family and friends.
8Make A CD
Remember mixed tapes when you were a teenager? Technology has advanced a bit since then, so why not create a CD that holds all the songs that have meant something to you and your friends since you've known each other? It will remind you of old times and bring back memories of the past. These are great gentle reminders of why you love them so much.
9Create A Scavenger Hunt For Your Partner
Start with a trail of rose petals from the front door to a location of your choice. From there, use a post-it-note to give them a second clue. The next one can be written on the inside of a chocolate wrapper. Send them all over town if you must and have them meet you somewhere special.
There are thousands of things you can do to show appreciation to those you love. The best thing to remember is to let it come from the heart. No matter what you make or how well you do it, your loved ones will appreciate it because it's coming from you.
Jackie Wing is an Alaska native who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut or as she likes to call them Thing 1 and Thing 2.