99 Ways to Show Love and Affection to Your Partner: Simple, Romantic Ideas for Couples

I don’t know about you, but I love love. And I love showing love to my husband. There is an endless number of possible ways to show love to your partner, but sometimes you need some quick ideas. For just that scenario, I’ve put together a list of 99 ways to show affection and love. 

Most of these are not groundbreaking ideas. Many of them are things you probably do for your spouse already. But it never hurts to have a reminder of ways we can be more loving, especially when it comes to our spouses. 

Ready to knock your partner’s socks off with your tremendous love? Here are 99 easy ways to do just that:

How to Show Love and Affection to Your Sweetheart: 99 Things to Do

  • Learn their love language
  • Leave him a special note
  • Dress up just for her
  • Send a sweet text
  • Send surprise flowers
  • Cook their favorite meal
  • Support them in their decisions
  • Let her pick the movie
  • Plan a surprise date
  • Brag about her
  • Pay him a compliment
  • Take care of one of their chores
  • Pray for him
  • Buy him something special he’s been eyeing
  • Give them a hug
  • Make them a playlist
  • Write a list of all the reasons you love them

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  • Give them a hand with something 
  • Run your fingers through their hair
  • Say thank you
  • Bring her breakfast in bed
  • Give him a no-strings massage
  • Bake a homemade dessert they love
  • Ask them how you can be more helpful in their life
  • Ask him how you can be a better wife
  • Ask her how you can be a better husband
  • Bring home her favorite snack or drink
  • Take a walk together in your neighborhood
  • Find any opportunity to connect physically
  • Pack his lunch for him
  • Make reservations at her favorite restaurant
  • Don’t forget important dates, like your anniversary
  • Celebrate the little things
  • Build good relationship habits
  • Accept them for who they are
  • Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable
  • Give a passionate kiss
  • Spend extra time in bed tomorrow morning
  • Write her a note on the mirror
  • Bring him his coffee in bed
  • Participate in their favorite hobby with them
  • Let something go (that you might otherwise argue about)
  • Be there even when things suck
  • Forgive when she does something wrong
  • Post something sweet about them on social media
  • Watch a romantic movie

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  • Give him an arm scratch
  • Offer them time for their favorite hobby
  • Let him pick the music
  • Say you’re sorry
  • Play with him
  • Make time for an intimate conversation
  • Write her a love letter 
  • Hold his hand
  • Put your arm around her when walking
  • Cuddle
  • Call them by their pet name
  • Fill up their gas tank
  • Give them your undivided attention
  • Make their favorite meal
  • Plan a romantic evening at home
  • Let him sleep in
  • Make eye contact
  • Do something they need before they ask for it
  • Listen to their problems 
  • Say “I love you” 
  • Teach them something new
  • Ask about work
  • Flirt with them in public
  • Send them a video or meme that will make them laugh
  • Plan a romantic getaway
  • Read their favorite book
  • Watch their favorite show
  • Tell them how much they mean to you
  • Cheer them on
  • Encourage them to stay healthy
  • Be physically active with them
  • Ask what they want in bed—then do it! 
  • Share a secret

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  • Do a relationship challenge together
  • Recreate your first date
  • Surprise them with new lingerie 
  • Take care of her when she is sick
  • Give him the “day off”
  • Make time to connect every single day
  • Read a relationship book together to help improve your relationship
  • Surprise them with a flirty text
  • Let your hug last a little longer
  • Provide them with time for self-care
  • Tell them what a good partner they are
  • Tell them what a great parent they are
  • Have a marriage check-in to see how things are going
  • Show them respect even in the little things
  • Go on an adventure together
  • Pray with them
  • Be the one to put the kids to bed 
  • Try something new together
  • Give her a craft or a project you made with your own two hands
  • Give him the benefit of the doubt

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Amy Hartle is the author of Do You Love Me? How To Stop Seeking Reassurance in Relationships, a book on reassurance seeking and relationship anxiety. Both her book and this blog are born of personal experience; Amy shares expert relationship advice from the lessons learned during her own 10+ years with her husband, as well as couples travel tips and romantic getaway recommendations, all gleaned while traveling the world together.


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