How should you show appreciation for your partner on Thanksgiving? While you should be doing this everyday, it’s always nice to go the extra mile during special holidays or anniversaries. Here, we came up with a list of the easiest, but most thoughtful ways to show your significant other just how much you truly appreciate them and all that they do.
One of the easiest ways to show your appreciation for your special someone is to get them a little surprise. We’re not saying you have to go out and buy a diamond-studded tennis bracelet or a gold-plated watch, but instead, something small. If you’re at the store and you know your boyfriend recently ran out of his favorite kind of whiskey, pick him up a new bottle. Or maybe he’s preparing for his family to come and stay for Thanksgiving but hasn’t had a chance to go out and buy a few must-have snacks to have around the house. This is something you might be able to easily handle. Again, it’s not like you have stock the entire fridge, but picking something up while you’re already out doing your own Thanksgiving grocery shopping is a sweet gesture. In the end, it’s the little things that count.
Maybe you live with your significant other, or maybe each of you has a key to the others’ place. Try and find a time when you know she won’t be home and tidy up a bit. We’re definitely not saying that she isn’t responsible for cleaning up after herself (because she is) but this time of year can be stressful for a lot of people for many different reasons. Maybe she’s been a bit messier than usual because she’s stressed about taking time off from work to go visit her parents for Thanksgiving. Or maybe she’s been working a lot more than usual because she’s dealing with all the upcoming Black Friday sales and hasn’t had a chance to clean the house for her parents just yet. Either way, throwing in a load of laundry, wiping down counters and making sure the house at least smells ok is another super small, but super appreciated chore you can check off her to-do list.
We hate to say it, but some men aren’t the best when it comes to planning out fun holiday activities. Maybe your boyfriend’s family is coming into town for Thanksgiving and their planning on staying with the two of you for an entire week. While a solid few days of lounging around the house and relaxing is always nice, you might have to leave at some point and treat them so a few activities around town. This can be anything from planning to eat out for breakfast at the nearest IHOP one day, to $15 ice skating the next. Whatever you decide on, just let your partner know that you’re handling the planning ahead of time. It’s not anything life-changing, but it’s one less thing he’ll have to worry about when his parents finally show up.
Tell your partner to sit down with a glass of wine and watch their favorite Netflix show, or read their newest book for an entire day while you take care of their normal duties. Maybe that means taking on the housework that they normally do, feeding the cat, taking the dog out for a walk or making dinner. Take away whatever they have on their to-do list for one day, and let them know that today is the day they get to do nothing but relax. Maybe it’s the day after your boyfriend’s parents leave and he is utterly exhausted. Or maybe it’s the day before your girlfriend’s parents fly into town and you can tell how nervous and stressed out she is. It’s a simple thing to take on, but during the holidays, it’s the simple things that can be the most stressful.