Are you taking part in National Husband Appreciation Day 2023? Gina M Poirier shares 10 creative ways to celebrate that your husband will love!
Have you ever heard of National Husband Appreciation Day? The objective of this special day is to make your husband feel absolutely adored.
What a fun opportunity to go out of the way for the man in your life!
I don’t think I’m alone in saying my husband is a good man 100% devoted to God, whose tireless efforts support us daily. To create a strong, closer family, it’s important to me that we establish a family culture that honors him and builds him up.
Ephesians 5 admonishes us to “make the most of every opportunity” because the days are evil.
So, with this in mind, I’m excited to surprise my husband and make his day a little brighter on National Husband Appreciation Day this year.
When Is National Husband Appreciation Day 2023?
National Husband Appreciation Day is April 15, 2023. It happens every year on the third Saturday in April. Put it on your calendar and start making plans!
10 Ways to Celebrate National Husband Appreciation Day 2023
Here are a few creative ideas for this national husband day that I know a lot of guys would really like.
You obviously don’t have to do all of them at once, but perhaps by being more intentional on National Husband Appreciation Day, you’ll be more inspired to continue building him up all year—and for a lifetime.
These simple gestures are also great ideas for his birthday or your anniversary.
1. Make His Favorite Food
There’s an old saying that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Yes, it’s cliché, but I can verify that it is definitely true for my man! A special dinner is a no-brainer way to go the extra mile on this national husband day.
Making good food was part of our dating relationship. I baked him blueberry muffins and banana bread because that was about all I could afford as a college student! But hey, it worked!
When I make him the dishes he likes, I’m speaking his love language, and that communicates to him that I am thinking about him and putting in extra time and effort just for him. I don’t like making eggplant parmesan, but I’ll go for it because he likes it!
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2. Get a Babysitter and Plan a Date
Crazy idea, right? Is it time for a much-needed date night? Sometimes it’s just extra hard to find time for romance when young children are at home.
I’ll be honest—I don’t like planning dates. I guess I’m a bit old-fashioned, but I like him to take me out. So to plan a date would definitely require some extra effort on my part.
Planning a date can be especially meaningful if it has been a long time since your last date. It may take some money. It will take forethought. It will take effort. But by making that effort, you’re telling him he is worth it, whether National Husband Appreciation Day 2023 or anytime.
Remember, a date doesn’t have to be a traditional candlelit dinner at your favorite restaurant. Do something he likes—go for a hike. Go to a concert. Have a picnic on the beach (okay, maybe that’s kinda girly). The point is, make it special, for him.
Related: 25 Fun and Frugal Date Night Ideas
3. Give Him National Husband Appreciation Day Off
If you’re in a stage of life with kids in the home, life is demanding. I’m pretty focused on how hard it is for me to take care of many of the family’s needs, but I can easily forget that my husband’s role as the breadwinner of the family is challenging too.
So for this husband appreciation day, you can encourage him to take a little extra time to do something he’s been putting off in the season you’re in. Maybe he has been dying to go golfing or to a movie. Maybe he’s a bit geekier like my husband and would love an excuse to go to a gaming convention.
Whatever his personal interests are, encourage him to pursue them. I’ll bet he’ll come home smiling.
4. Praise and Thank Him
While building him up with words is something we should probably do all the time, it’s easy to drop the habit. So take National Husband Appreciation Day as an opportunity to strengthen your gratitude muscles and express genuine appreciation.
What do you love about your husband? Why did you marry him? Why do you stay married to him? What do you admire about him? How does he support your family?
You can get as creative as you want in expressing your feelings. Write a card or a song, or a poem. Or maybe just say a couple of things you usually don’t. However you do it, even small gestures of gratitude will do the job.
5. Show Him Off
My husband is really good at embarrassing me by telling anyone who will listen about how awesome I am. I have to admit, I really like this gesture.
I want to be just as enthusiastic about how awesome he is! He is one of my greatest blessings, and everyone should know it!
Again, you can approach praising him in many ways, whether it’s on social media or just casually amongst friends and family. By praising him in front of others on National Husband Appreciation Day 2023, you’re making a public proclamation that he is yours, and you’re pretty proud of it.
6. Engage in One of His Interests
My husband, who has a fun-loving spirit, loves games—card games and board games in particular. While they’re not necessarily my hobbies of choice, we figured out a long time ago that he feels close to me whenever I play games with him.
While it’s fine and even healthy for husbands and wives to have separate interests, you can say a lot by occasionally going out of your way to do something just because it’s your husband’s favorite activity. So get outside your comfort zone a little bit for this national husband day!
If he’s an outdoorsman and you’re afraid of bugs, put on a giant mosquito net and get out there for an hour or two. If he loves rock concerts but you’re not a fan of loud noise, get some quality earplugs and see his favorite band.
7. Give Him Extra Affection
Physical touch is important to my husband. If I go out of my way to give him an extra long hug or kiss, I have his full attention, no matter where we are or what time of day it is.
In fact, I’m pretty sure that if this is the only thing I do on National Husband Appreciation Day, he’ll be pretty fired up about it. He’s not difficult to please, even in subtle ways!
Of course, the extra affection probably wouldn’t just end there. (See #10.)
8. Get Him a “Just Because” Gift
You probably know if giving gifts is your husband’s love language. If he gives a lot of gifts, then chances are he likes to receive them!
National Husband Appreciation Day is a perfect opportunity for a “just because” kind of gift. So if he’s been eyeballing something for whatever he collects or needs a new watch, this is an excellent opportunity to surprise him.
9. Go on an Overnight Getaway
This is on pretty much everyone’s marriage wishlist, right? To get out of town for a night without the kids?
So quit putting it off. It doesn’t have to be expensive—perhaps you can have family members or friends cover the childcare and have a “night away” in your own home. (We do this!)
National Husband Appreciation Day 2023 is the perfect opportunity. Removing the distraction of kids and having the space to give each other your full attention for a whole night can really bring back some spark. Your husband will love it, and I bet you will too.
10. Dress Up for Sex
You know all that lingerie you got at your bridal shower that’s sitting and gathering dust? Why not put it to use?
It doesn’t even have to fit very well. (Trust me, he won’t care.) It will communicate to him that you’re getting dressed for one reason and one reason only.
If you do this with #7 above for husband appreciation day, he will probably feel very, very appreciated.
How are you going to take advantage of National Husband Appreciation Day 2023? What are some of your ideas?