Human connection is everything. You could have the biggest house, the best job, plenty of money and all of the material things you ever wanted- but without people you love and care about around you it really means nothing. One of the best things we can do in our adult lives is to cherish and nurture the friendships and connections we have, our loved ones introduce us to things we might never have heard of, teach us new things and can broaden our perspective by offering a different point of view. When you find good people, it’s important to hold onto them and of course, being a good friend in return is the way to do that. Listen, provide advice and support when needed and generally be there for them. But if you’re looking for some extra little things you can do to show appreciation, here are some ideas.
Give them a gift
Whether it’s to celebrate a special occasion or ‘just because’- a gift is a wonderful way to show someone you’ve thought about them. An accessory such as a belt, a wallet or John Henric ties for men are an good choice for guys. They’re nice things that will be used and appreciated but you don’t need to know their exact tastes or clothing sizes. If you choose a plainer or classic design then it’s something that everyone will love. For women, jewellery is always a good choice, as is perfume if you know their style. A bunch of flowers, chocolates and alcohol are also things that go down well, or you could make your own gift. These kinds of gifts aren’t about monetary value, but are a token of appreciation, a little something that tells them ‘I saw this and thought of you’.
Write them a letter
We live in an age of instant gratification, and when it comes to communication we can generally speak to people whenever we want. A message on social media, a text or whatsapp message, even a video call. This is of course fantastic, it’s actually something that we probably take for granted. Having the ability to easily contact the ones we love, no matter where they are in the world truly is amazing when you think about it. However, there are downsides. It can mean that it’s quantity over quality with our communication, and unlike the days of snail mail we never sit and properly write out our uninterrupted thoughts as we’re getting instant replies. A really nice gesture would be to write your loved one a letter, something they can cherish and keep and that really sums up why you love and appreciate them. Get a piece of paper and write it up in your neatest handwriting and seal it in an envelope. Since this is something that’s so rare these days you get the novelty factor of it, and it’s a beautiful way to really express your thoughts and feelings towards the person you care about.
Cook them a meal
There’s nothing quite like good food, good drinks and good company. If you’re looking to spend some quality time with someone, why not cook a delicious meal and enjoy it with some wine and great conversation? The internet is home to lots of recipe ideas for all skill levels, simply follow the instructions exactly and you’re guaranteed a delicious meal every time. You could find out their favourite meal and cook that, or introduce them to something you love. Otherwise, things like pasta, steak and chicken are all solid options that most people will enjoy.