5 Ways to Surprise Your Special Someone

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Who doesn’t love a surprise? Come on, even if you say you hate them, you secretly love when someone does a little something extra, right?  Gifts, events, and affection are expected on birthdays, anniversaries or other milestone dates — but giving these things without warning can really invigorate a relationship. Whether you are looking for a reason to make your kids happy or are hoping to tell your spouse how much you care, planning a surprise can be as much fun for the giver as it is for the receiver.

And, if spontaneity isn’t your thing, there is this: As scary as it sounds the holiday season IS approaching. Why not consider some of these ideas for making your favorite people feel especially loved. 


Make their favorite meal.

Whether you are cooking for your significant other, your kids or even a good friend, making a favorite dish without even being asked shows that you are both thoughtful and willing to put in the time and effort to make that person happy. Cooking not really your thing? Order from a favorite restaurant instead and set the mood for the meal at home. 


Take them away.

Plan an elaborate weekend getaway, or just clear your calendar for an afternoon to head to a favorite park or museum. Come up with an outing that you know your loved one will adore and then do all of the planning before announcing it. Remember that for the surprise to be truly appreciated, you want to do the work. 


Dress them up.

Why not grab them a fave fall fashion find to keep your significant other stylin’. We know we’d LOVE for someone to just bring something home without notice. Marshall’s has got you covered:


Frame a photo.

In this day and age of digital photos, the ones that actually get printed make a statement about their worth. Find a photo that you know speaks to the relationship you have with the receiver, and then wrap it up. Don’t wait for a birthday or holiday; surprise the person receiving it by presenting it out of the blue. 


Write out a card or note.

It’s pretty amazing how good a surprise note can make you feel, especially when the person writing it took the time to plan it out. It’s easy to text; putting a pen to paper takes longer and more forethought. Buy a card or just write your own feelings on a basic piece of paper, then stash it somewhere they will find –and love– it. 


How will you amp up your relationships this fall?

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