Best friends are vital. For someone to earn that coveted title, they must have a deep and intimate understanding of you, to have stood by you through hard times and good times, and to add real value to your life. For that reason, it’s important to find ways to express how valuable they are to you. Here, we’re going to look at a bunch of little ways you can show your appreciation for your best friend.
Take them for a night out
It’s natural for a lot of us to find the opportunity to hang around with our best friends during the day, whether we go out shopping together, they come to our house to chill, or vice versa. However, you should take the time to make a night a little more special. A night out bowling or a trip to the theater together can be the perfect opportunity to hang out and give the friendship the time it needs to keep growing.
Be there to listen
This might sound like a no-brainer, but the truth is that actively listening to others is a skill that can take some time for us to develop. If your friend is in need, then to really listen to them you should make them a priority, spend time alone with them, and make sure the conversation stays focused on their needs and the feelings they are trying to express.
Send little gifts to bring cheer
Think your friend is going through a rough patch, feeling a little lonely, or do you simply want to make them smile? No matter where they are, even if they’re out of the country, you can make them smile with a gesture as simple as taking the time to send flowers to them. One practice that’s becoming more popular is writing letters by hand, as well.
Take the time to remember them
Are you the kind of person that has a hard time remember specific experiences you’ve had with your friends? A lot of people have this issue, which can make it seem like those experiences aren’t important, even if that’s not true. Showing your friend that you appreciate all the memories with them with a gift photo book (physical or digital) of the things you’ve gotten up to together over the years can be an excellent dedication to those memories.
Bake them a treat
It might a cliché, but who cares, baked goods are delicious. Think of some baked treats you might think your friend would like and pour some love into a homemade present for them. It can be a great opportunity to pop round for a cup of coffee and to share some of those newly made goodies, as well.
If the ideas above give you some inspiration, that’s great. However, you are likely to know your best friend way more, so if any ideas spring up in mind, run with them. Another important thing to remember is that you should avoid getting caught in the trap of reciprocal kindness as that can get awkward quickly. Show your appreciation when you feel it, not when you feel it’s socially mandated.