How To Make A Man Feel Loved: 16 Simple Gestures That Go A Long Way

How To Make A Man Feel Loved: 16 Simple Gestures That Go A Long Way

Folks, when was the last time you went out of your way to plan a romantic or memorable gesture for your man? If you can’t remember, you need to hear this: Men need love, too! Guys still appreciate gestures that make them feel loved, valued, and supported, just like anyone else. We owe it to the special man in our lives to show them we care. If you’re looking for inspiration or just want tips to keep your man happy, here are 16 simple gestures that go a long way in making your man feel loved.

1. Leave him a note.

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You can offer your sweetie this cute and simple gesture to give him a little extra pep in his step. Write a note detailing something you like about him, wishing him good luck at work, or a sweet sendoff message. Put it on the mirror, in his car, or lunch for him to find later. When he reads it, he’ll think of you, and it will make him feel special that you put the extra effort in. You can choose to repeat it, too. If your man is the sentimental type, he might enjoy reading over the notes down the road.

2. Compliment him.

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It’s no secret that guys enjoy praise. Giving the man in your life a compliment about how he is dressed, his new haircut, or his cologne will make him walk a little taller. You can also compliment him if he fixes dinner, does some work around the house, or takes a proactive role in parenting. Telling him, “You’ve done so good with x” or “I’m so lucky to have a man who does y for me,” can make his day. Just make sure it’s genuine and specific to him.

3. Cook him a good meal.

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They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and nothing says I love you more than a homecooked meal. Consider whipping up one of his favorites or rolling out a decadent new recipe to show your man some appreciation. If you want to put a sentimental spin on it, recreate food from your first date, or pretend your sit-down dinner is a five-star experience. This playful and romantic gesture is sure to make your man smile from ear to ear. Plus, it’s a win because you also get to enjoy the delicious meal you created.

4. Get him a surprise gift.

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Gift-giving is one of the four love languages, and though people who enjoy this type of love get a bad rep, I see nothing wrong with a nice treat now and again. With this one, you can go as big or as simple as you want. You can pick up some of his favorite snacks or a bottle of his favorite liquor, or you can head to Home Depot to pick up the new drill he’s been eyeing. Whatever you decide to get your man, this gesture shows that you know him and have him on your mind.

5. Send him a flirty text.

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If your man is off working all day, a nice way to treat him with a loving gesture might be digital. You can send him a message detailing how much you care for or miss him or play it flirty, fun, and maybe even spicy. The best part about this is you can go as wild or as tame as you want, and there’s far less pressure when speaking your mind over text. Take some time to brainstorm some nice things you can say to your man, and get ready to receive a flurry of heart emojis in return.

6. Plan a fun date night.

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This one might really win your man’s heart since date planning usually falls on him. Step up and plan the next date! You don’t have to tailor it entirely to him, but it doesn’t hurt to incorporate activities you know he’ll like. Mostly, he’ll just be grateful that you put the effort into planning something in the first place. Not to mention, he’ll be relieved knowing he won’t have to argue about what you all are having for dinner.

7. Have an impromptu spa day.

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This suggestion will be a home run for a man who loves physical touch. Offer your man a spa day from home. Give him a relaxing and tranquil massage, and don’t skimp on the lotion. Do a face mask together. Run him a warm, steamy bubble bath, complete with a bath bomb and candles. There are tons of ideas to run with, and you can bet your man will feel pampered and oh-so-appreciated when it’s done.

8. Do some of the chores.

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If you and your man split housework, you could take a couple of things off his plate as a loving gesture. Acts of service never go unnoticed, regardless of your love language. If your man does the dishes or takes out the trash, step in and do it for him this time. This can be especially effective when he’s having a hectic week or a hard time at work. You let him relax a bit by alleviating one of his burdens, and for some men, that’s the best gift of all.

9. Show him spontaneous physical affection.

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If your man is the loving type, it can be a great gesture to show him a little extra PDA. Planting a smooch on him while he’s making his coffee or giving him a big hug when he walks in the door may be just what he wants. Maintaining affection and desire in your relationship is never a negative, and your man will appreciate your effort in keeping the flame alive.

10. Take him to a special event.

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Is your man the biggest football fan you know? Buying tickets to his team’s game might earn you more than a few brownie points. If you and your sweetie like to travel, book a hotel and find some flight options for a weekend trip to somewhere he’s always wanted to go. It can be a big undertaking, but think of it this way: it’s an investment in your love. It’s worth it when you consider all the memories you’ll make together and the excitement you will feel in the weeks leading up to your romantic getaway.

11. Give him time to himself.

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Sometimes, the man in our life just needs some alone time or time with friends. Giving your man the day off to lounge around and watch a game or go out with some friends might be enough to make him swoon. Don’t give him grief about making it back early or remind him what he has to do tomorrow; just focus on making his day off all about him. Letting him pursue his hobbies shows a lot of respect for his autonomy, and men really appreciate this.

12. Make him a playlist.

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Playlists are so romantic, and music has a unique way of connecting with our emotions. What better way to show your sweetie how you feel than through a selection of songs you curate? Some notable inclusions might be songs from your early dates, your wedding, or songs that capture how you feel about them. Burn it on a disk, or make a digital copy and include a cute picture as the cover art. This gesture is one that your love can enjoy for a long time to come, and it will always remind him of how much he loves you and you love him.

13. Offer him support.

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Men are often burdened with being tough. Some men even feel that struggling shows weakness, but the truth is that everyone experiences hardships at one point or another. When these hard times arrive, show your man some support. Stand by him, reassure him, and remind him of his worth. Give him space, but make sure he never gives up. Being his rock during hard times may be challenging, but it is one of the greatest gifts you can give.

14. Tune into his favorite show with him.

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If your man is a big fan of a certain show or sport a good way to show him love is to share in his interests. Though you may not be the most knowledgeable, the man in your life will likely be eager to clue you in on the nuances of something he’s passionate about. Try to avoid being on your phone or dozing off; try to stay engaged, ask questions, and tell him what you liked afterward. Who knows? You may end up getting hooked as well.

15. Help him with a project.

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If your man has been painting the shed for a few months, maybe it’s time to throw on your painting coveralls and lend a hand. Not only will your sweetheart appreciate your help, but it can also be a fun opportunity to spend quality time together. Even if you can’t do much but hand him a wrench or bring him a drink while he’s knee-deep in yardwork, he will still appreciate your presence. Moreover, it will mean a lot that you are willing to get your hands dirty for him.

16. Encourage his dreams.

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One of the best small things you can do for your man is to encourage him to pursue his dreams and desires. Men are often naturally driven towards achievement, and when things don’t pan out or they lose sight of their goal, it can be exceptionally hard on them. This is why continuing to encourage your man to reach for his dreams is critically important and incredibly valuable. Having a partner who believes in you is a great feeling, whether you’re a man or a woman. So cheer him on while he goes after that promotion or goes back to school. Your belief in him will be a great motivator to push forward.

17. Fed up with feeling alone? Attract love by changing your mindset.

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With our sister site Sweetn‘s simple quiz and mind tools, love is closer than you think. They’ll give you the tools and skills you need to transform the way you date and shift your energy to help you find lasting love. It only takes a few minutes to get started, so check it out here.

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