101 Ways to Show Appreciation to Your Spouse!

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Ways To Show Gratitude To Your Spouse

Showing gratitude to your spouse just might be the biggest secret to having a happy marriage {yep, we’re giving away ALL our secrets, folks!} Even just the day-to-day tasks like laundry, cooking, and working in the yard deserve a ‘thank you’. How great does it make you feel just knowing that your spouse appreciates all those dinners you’ve planned, shopped for, and whipped up nice and hot every night??

Well, we want to make sure that the love KEEPS spreadin’ around even, and especially when it’s least expected! After all, that’s when it feels the best! We here at The Dating Divas are SO dedicated to helping you have the BEST and HAPPIEST marriage possible, we’ve rounded up OVER ONE HUNDRED quick, thoughtful, and loving ways to tell your spouse ‘Thank you!’ for ALL you do! You can consider this your ONE-STOP SHOP for any and all ideas you’ll need to spread the love with the ones you love!

101 Ways to Show Your Spouse Gratitude

That’s right!! Over ONE HUNDRED ideas and ALL in ONE PLACE!

We’ve separated these ideas to show gratitude into 4 different categories to make it a little easier to find an idea that will work for you and your spouse’s situation. Below you’ll find:

  • Ideas to Show EACH OTHER Gratitude

  • Gifts to Order to Show Gratitude

  • How to Show Appreciation to Your Husband

  • How to Show Appreciation to Your Wife

Ideas to Show Each Other Gratitude

These are some of our favorite ideas to show gratitude to your spouse and include some adorable printables! These are mostly from our site, so you know they’re diva approved!

Ways to Show Gratitude to Spouse

  1. Take dinner up a notch and say thank you, with Couple’s Cafe.
  2.  Start a Couple’s Journal.
  3. Create your own gratitude journal all about your spouse! {be sure to share a couple entries!}
  4. There’s nothing better than getting mail! Why not mail a love note to your spouse?!
  5. Roll up a surprise thank-you note in some rolls at dinner.
  6. With the weather getting colder, take a second to warm up his car before work.Ways to Show Gratitude to Husband
  7.  Make him a heart-y breakfast {get it?!}
  8.  Instead of saying, ‘no’, dedicate an entire day to saying ‘YES’ to your spouse! {imagine the possibilities!! :-)}
  9. Take advantage of how amazing technology is and text your spouse a sweet love-note! Add a video for bonus points!
  10.  Use these free printables to show love at your dinner table.
  11. Remind your spouse of all the good times with the ABC’s of Us
  12. Slip this sweet banana love-note into their lunch.Ways to Show Gratitude to Wife
  13. Use this free printable to ask your spouse what special requests they have for dinner.
  14. Print off these tear-away tags full of special compliments!
  15. Use these free printables to create an ADORABLE fall-themed basket just for them!
  16.  Start a tradition EACH day to say why you love your spouse.
  17.  Make your spouse King or Queen of the day, with a Treat Yo’self  date!
  18. Take over their chores for the day and then finish up with a Sexy Honey Do List.How to Show Appreciation to Husband
  19. Use this free printable coupon book to help them sit back & relax.
  20. Who doesn’t love s’mores? Prepare this special treat – a S’mores Date Night.
  21. Not everyone wants treats to feel special, so for your special health-nut, print off these free love note tags.
  22. Slip a sweet note into his favorite go-to snacks where he’s sure to find it!
  23. Write a quick love note on his car windows.
  24. Tell them how lucky you are to have them.How to Show Appreciation to Your Spouse
  25. Say it like it is with this free Hooked on You printable and some yummy gummies.
  26. Take this GIANT 365 Day Love Calendar for daily thank-you’s and gratitude.
  27. Show some gratitude and spare some calories by filling a candy box with sweet and sassy love notes.
  28. Hang a thank-you board to write daily notes where they’ll be sure to see.
  29. Who doesn’t love gift cards? Say thanks with a special gift card holder and gift cards for a night out.
  30. Print off this free Certificate of Gratitude and fill it in with what you’re MOST grateful for!

Order Gifts to Show Appreciation

Sometimes making something to send a thank you message is just out of the question – life gets busy! We get it, so here are a few ideas for ways you can say “THANKS!” with just a couple clicks.

Show Appreciation by Ordering Gifts

  1. Show your spouse how irresistible they are with this set of glasses. {and hurry! They’re on sale for a limited time!}
  2. Show your gratitude with a custom love poster.
  3. Have a picture of your spouse printed onto a blanket to enjoy.
  4. Say Thank You with a custom-made mouse pad.
  5. Make them a custom LoveBook full of all the things you’re grateful for about them.
  6. Thank them with an 8×10 photo canvas.
  7. Don’t have time to make a card? Buying a thank you card still just as sweet!

How to Show Appreciation Every Day

And now that you’ve got a FABULOUS list of gifts and gestures you can make for your spouse, here’s a list of easy, every day things you can implement into your life that will be SURE to make your spouse feel appreciated

  1. ALWAYS say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.
  2. LISTEN with your full and undivided attention.
  3. Ask each other how their day was.
  4. Tell your spouse you are proud of them.
  5. Laugh at each other’s jokes.
  6. Be quick to say, ‘I’m sorry’.
  7. Greet each other as soon as they come home.
  8. Always kiss goodbye.
  9. Be optimistic.
  10. Be understanding.
  11. Tell your children how great your spouse is.
  12. Brag about your spouse in public.
  13. Encourage each other.
  14. Learn more about the other’s hobbies.
  15. Recognize each other’s hard work.
  16. Express faith in each other’s abilities.
  17. Focus on each other’s good qualities.
  18. Help keep the house clean.
  19. Smile.
  20. Respect each other’s ideas.

How to Appreciate Your Husband

Here are a few different ways to show gratitude to husbands. They aren’t necessarily gender-specific, but these have always pleased the Divas’ husbands.

  1. Ask him if he’d like anything when you make a trip to the kitchen.
  2. Make sure the gas tanks are always full.
  3. Organize his sock drawer.
  4. Mend his clothes.
  5. Throw his favorite treat in his lunch.
  6. Buy him a gift certificate to his favorite lunch spot.
  7. Polish his shoes.
  8. Clean his car.
  9. Buy him YOUR favorite cologne.
  10. Make sure his razors are sharp.
  11. Keep fresh reading material in the bathroom.
  12. Keep the fridge stocked with his favorite beverage.
  13. Make sure his whites are WHITE.
  14. Encourage man time.
  15. Buy snacks for the weekend’s sports game.
  16. Ask for his input when you plan the meals.
  17. Slip some cash into his wallet for a special treat for himself.
  18. Take pictures of you and the kids during the day to show him when he gets home from work.
  19. Look nice for him when he comes home.
  20. Speak positively about yourself.
  21. Surprise him with a subscription to his favorite magazine.
  22. Buy him a new car freshener.
  23. Have his favorite snack and drink out for when he comes home.

How to Appreciate Your Wife

And now some of our favorite ways to be thanked! There are so many ways to show gratitude to your wife, but we love these simple, quick ideas to make sure she knows you are grateful for her and in love with her.

  1. Pick up after yourself.
  2. Lock the windows and doors at night.
  3. Give her flowers just because.
  4. Leave work problems at work.
  5. Plan dates.
  6. Keep the bed warm and covered on cold nights.
  7. Buy her YOUR favorite perfume.
  8. Help with the dishes/after dinner chores.
  9. Ask how her day was.
  10. Include her in your plans.
  11. Hold her hand.
  12. Brag to your buddies about her cooking.
  13. Make her smile.
  14. Ask her to dance.
  15. Don’t rush her.
  16. Don’t compare.
  17. Ask her how you can help.
  18. Give her the benefit of the doubt.
  19. When you disagree, listen first and then calmly explain how you feel.
  20. Come home from work quickly.
  21. Be interested in what she has to say.

And there ya have it, folks! Over one hundred ways to show gratitude to your spouse!! Once you start making the effort to express more appreciation in your marriage, you’ll be amazed at how close and even MORE in love you two will be!!

‘Tis the season to give thanks,

Make sure to use some of these ways to show gratitude to your spouse today!!!

For more ideas on how to spread the love and gratitude all year long check out the Dating Diva Store for Printable Love Sticky Notes and the Year of Dates 2.0.



I am a busy wife and Mother to three beautiful children! I was raised in California but I now call Texas home, and I love being with my family more than anything in the world! I have LOTS of different interests and love learning new things. Photography and being a wife/mommy are what make me the happiest, but water skiing on a hot summer day isn't a bad second choice!

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  1. This list was very meaningful to me because not only did have fun and easy ideas of what I can do for my spouse but reinforced some of the small ways he already tries to show his appreciation that I hadn’t fully appreciated. Thank you!

    1. You are welcome! I also don’t always appreciate all the ways my hubby shows love and appreciation, such a good reminder! Thanks for the comment!

  2. Love how many ideas that you have provided. Showing our gratitude to those we are closest to can be a challenge at times. Pinned to my “Gratitude” board.

  3. I love this girl!!! Such great ideas! My favorite way to show gratitude is in small and simple ways because I feel that they can really make a huge difference in my marriage. I’m definitely saving this link forever!!! xox