Our social circle acts as a second family—we enjoy hanging out with them, doing fun activities together, and supporting one another in times of distress. As such, it’s important to show some love to the people we care about the most. However, some people don’t know how to convey gratitude properly. Here are three ways to express your appreciation for your friends.
Get Them a Gift
Gift-giving is one of the best ways to show you care about someone. This present doesn’t have to break the bank—even small items with sentimental value are perfect for your bestie. Before going out and shopping, determine what type of gift your friend will appreciate the most by considering these questions:
- Do they have a favorite hobby?
- Will this gift help them with their hobby?
- Do they like receiving food?
- Are they more into material things like clothing?
- Are they extroverted or introverted?
- Is this gift something they already own?
These are all essential questions to consider when finding the best possible present. However, you can also opt for something your friend would never think of purchasing for themselves, as this adds an element of surprise.
Plan a Friend-Date
Many people separate dates from hangouts, associating dates with love interests and kickbacks with buddies (usually in larger groups). However, planning quality one-on-one time filled with awesome activities and experiences for you and your friend can really help you express your admiration for this person. As with gift-giving, there are a few aspects to consider when creating the ultimate friend date, including:
- Is your friend into high-energy activities like running or hiking?
- Do they prefer something relaxing such as visiting a museum or having a picnic in the park?
- Is there a movie or live performance they’ve been dying to see?
- Do they like spending the day at a live sporting event? Or is a simple night in just their speed?
You should always consider these questions when planning a get-together since this will show how much you care for your friend. Throw in some surprise activities like checking out a fun new restaurant or coffee shop.
Throw a Party
Friend dates are very special, but some friends are social creatures who love hanging with multiple people at once. Throw your extrovert a fun, easy-going party, either by yourself or with co-hosts. Yes, it’s totally acceptable to have a party for no particular occasion! Start the planning process in advance by determining a good venue (like a home or large outdoor space), the number of guests, and what supplies you need.
Finding an amazing and engaging theme is the key to pulling off this party. Costume parties are always a hit and a fun way to add excitement. Or you can go all out by decorating for a theme related to your friend’s interests. If they love rock and roll, go with an ‘80s party. If they’re an absolute space-nerd, incorporate the cosmos into your decorations, activities, and food. But if your bestie is more introverted and prefers something chill, plan a small party with a relaxed vibe that’s more intimate and personal.
Nothing beats a friendly companion to share good and bad times with. Understanding how to express your appreciation for your friends can help strengthen your bond and relationship.