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Appreciate Your Man


When it comes to pampering a girl, guys appear to have it easy—flowers, jewelry, chocolate… Here, seven great ways to show your appreciation.

By Elsa K. Simcik

ut on top of all the pampering, they also have to sprinkle in a little affection, compliments and the daily, “Yes, your abs are just as toned as Gwen Stefani’s.” They also have to deal with our mood swings, but let’s not even go there.

Maybe it’s time we turned the tables and showed our guys a little
Why not splurge for a dual massage at the spa?
appreciation. That doesn’t mean you should run to the nearest mall and buy him the customary six-pack of striped boxer shorts. Here are seven ways to simplify your “thank you” while spoiling your guy:

1. Give him compliments.
When it comes to showering your man with compliments, don’t be stingy. You’ll be surprised how even a simple comment like, “Honey, I love it when you gel your hair in that spiky way,” can put him and his coiffure on cloud nine.

2. Find his celebrity twin.
It’s doubtful that you’re dating Brad Pitt. But maybe if you squint your eyes and tilt your head, you’ll see that your man could remotely resemble someone on the red carpet. “You know, when you wear those scrubs, you sort of look like a younger George Clooney.”

3. Give him a royal rubdown.
You dragged your guy around the mall, looking for those perfect heels to match the snazzy dress you searched for yesterday. Yeah, he’s feeling pretty tense. Why not splurge for a dual massage at the spa? That way you can relax too before squeezing into that dress.

4. Get adventurous.
Plan something spontaneous for you and your man: Go skydiving, bungee-jumping or maybe just jump in an RV and
When in doubt, make brownies.
start driving. He’ll be flattered that you planned such an impulsive outing for the two of you homebodies.

5. Let him spoil you.
Sure, we know you can open your own door and carry up your own groceries, but it’s nice to let your guy do these things for you. Why? So he can feel like a man—even though you may wear the pants.

6. Be a kid again.
Instead of rolling your eyes every time he pulls out the video games, join in. Your man will be thrilled to know that you share his passions for sports, music or sci-fi movies.

7. Try the old-fashioned approach.
When in doubt, make brownies. Make spaghetti. Just make anything edible because even if your man is as thin as a toothpick, I’ll bet you that he likes to eat.


Elsa K. Simcik is a freelance writer in Atlanta. Her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Dallas Morning News, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine and CNN.com.
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