If there’s one person who deserves to be spoiled, that would be my husband. He is truly the most incredible dad to our three little girls. They love him so much that they cry when he leaves and ask for him all day long (aren’t kids supposed to be more attached to their moms?!). He spends quality time with them, reads to them before bed, wakes up with them in the middle of the night, changes diapers and more. I am incredibly thankful to have him by my side.
Today, I wanted to share a list of ways I spoil my husband without spending any money. If you’re looking for free gift ideas or just want to say “thanks” to your man, you’ll want to keep reading!!
John and I try to show each other we appreciate one another on a regular (daily) basis. We tend to spoil each other all the time because it helps make our marriage stronger. There have been many times where I’ve been having a “blah” day and John will show up with flowers. This small gesture really brightens my day.
But ladies – this post is for you! Today I’m sharing tips on spoiling your husband without spending money.
How to Spoil Your Husband without Spending Money
Give him a back massage
While my husband in particular LOVES back massages because he works in construction, I can’t imagine a man that wouldn’t want a massage. Create a spa day at home for your husband to help relax him and show him you care.
Cook him his favorite meal
John’s favorite meal is steak, hands-down. I’m not the grill master in the house, but John loves when I surprise him with his favorite cut of steak. He also loves coming home from work to a plate of food, so lately I’ve been trying to have an iced coffee and some treats waiting for him for when he gets home. It takes me no more than five minutes to put together and it really cheers him up after a hard day.
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Tell him how much you appreciate him
This one’s easy, but when was the last time you thanked your husband for everything he does for you and your family? I know I cannot thank him enough, so I try to regularly let my husband verbally know that I appreciate him. I try to be specific with this instead of just saying, “I appreciate how good of a father you are.”
Ask him what you can do for him
Most mornings, I ask John if there’s anything I can do for him that will help him that day. This could be paying a bill, buying something he needs at the store or taking the trash cans back in.
Kiss him goodbye and greet him when he gets home
Thanks to my new morning routine, I’ve been waking up with or before my husband and have been able to chat with him a bit before he leaves for work. We always make sure to kiss goodbye and tell each other we love each other. When he gets home from work, I stop what I’m doing to greet him and ask him about his day. Not going to lie – this is not always easy and doesn’t always happen depending on what the girls are doing, but I do try to make a conscious effort to be there when he walks in the door.
Let him pick what you do this weekend
This weekend, let your husband decide what activities you’ll do that day. Lately we’ve been trying to each pick one activity per weekend and it’s been working well. John gets to do something he wants (whether that’s going out to breakfast, playing a round of golf or taking our kids to a certain park) and I get to choose an activity, too (my activities are typically going to the bookstore, exploring a new area or going to the lake). But seriously – wake up one morning and tell your husband that it’s his day and you’ll do whatever he wants all day with a smile on your face. I’m normally quite surprised at what my husband picks and I never regret putting him in charge of the plans!
Give him a break from the kids
While this gift is normally geared toward moms, I’m sure most dads would love some “time off” from their little ones – especially knowing that you approve! An everyday example in our house is bath time. Typically, we tackle it together. Just the other night, John and I headed to the tub with the girls to start their bath and I told John to head downstairs and relax. He got 20 minutes of peace while I bathed the girls and got them ready for bed. Easy peasy, and John was in a great mood all evening from one little gesture. In marriage, it really is the little things that matter.
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Ladies- what do you do to spoil your man? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!
Christina @ Embracing Simple saysat
These are fantastic ideas Sarah! You’re so right, it’s truly the little gestures that make for a strong marriage. I know that even when my hubs makes me my morning coffee, I feel really taken care of and appreciated. I try to tell him how much I appreciate him and how great of a husband and dad he is. I think little things that like really do go a long way!
Michele walter saysat
Here is one I recently discovered….if my husband is having a bad day and happens to snap at me for some reason, rather than snap back at him, I pause and listen. Then, I say something like…”you must have thought I meant (whatever), but what I meant was (whatever), because I would never hurt you on purpose.’ He melts, and the rest of the day runs like a dream. It works way better than sarcasm or retaliation…!
Jayleen @ How Do The Jones Do It saysat
These are all great ideas and reminders! I feel like the spoiled one in our relationship and could probably do a little more spoiling. I do take time to listen to him debrief about his day and I iron his clothes and put together his outfits (pants, shirt, tie) so he doesn’t have to think about it in the morning. I have also been thinking he would probably just love time at home alone, which he rarely gets. Thank you for the motivation to do a little spoiling!
LOVE this! So often you hear about us women being spoiled but it’s so important to make sure hubby feels treasured and valued as well! Sometimes, it really is just the little things! Thanks for the great tips! Definitely pinning this! 🙂
We hold hands while watching TV AND I watch sports with him.
These are great ideas! Most I do already. I have had my blog for over two years & would love to see income come from it but so far my Amazon affiliate isn’t doing that great. Any tips are greatly appreciated. We travel in our rv due to my husband’s job but wish it was more for pleasure lol. I love to spoil my husband by having supper cooked and waiting when he gets off & then letting him choose the agenda for the evening.
Laurie Russell saysat
I do try to spend as much time together as we can. This is our 2nd marriage, as my 1st hubby died. Great husband he was too. Back to my now hubby, I have a foot bath & soak his feet & give him a full pedicure treatment every 2 weeks. Yes! Its scheduled on the calendar. If we are busy & it gets skipped he does ask about it. I guess he sure loves it. He deserves it.
So how do I get started in the business of blogging?
Cathy Longoria saysat
Love this! I do some of these things. The most important for him is spending quality time on weekends and allowing him to decide what and where. I don’t mind because it is usually something I enjoy as well. What I will add to my list is back rub and asking what can I do for you today. I have to admit I take that for granted. Thank you!☺️
Allyson Gibbons saysat
I love this blog post. My husband and I do these things for each other all the time. Thank you for sharing! Also, something stood out to me that you and your husband have a goal to be financially independent. I love that! I praise you for what you are doing to make that happen! My husband and I actually have the same goal. We are part of a business team doing web based marketing. You can do it from home 5-15 hours a week and become financially independent in as little as 1-2 years depending on how ambitious you are. If you would like more information please email me personally. Just thought I’d mention it and I commend you for wanting to do something bigger and better with your life! I wish you and your husband the best!
Jennifer Wilkinson saysat
Thanks for the tips Sarah!!