How to apologize to someone you love

Words may occasionally be enough to get you back into your partner’s good graces. But just imagine the effect of your apology if you combine it with something sweet, creative, and memorable.

Here’s how to apologize to someone you love without relying on words alone.

1. A handwritten note on fancy paper

This one just never gets old. Using your own words *and not a Hallmark card*, tell your honey how sorry you are for what you did. If you’ve got enough space, you can highlight some of the ways you can make it up to him/her. You get plus points if you make your handwriting extra legible!

2. Leave the note somewhere your significant other will see

If your schedules don’t match, don’t worry, you can leave them a little surprise for when they wake up.

Leave your note on his/her nightstand, bathroom mirror, or even on the kitchen counter to make their day start off with a slightly lighter heart.

3. Write a list

Instead of writing long, verbose paragraphs of text, try using lists.

For example, you can make three separate lists like “The Things I Did to Piss You Off”, “The Things I Will Do to Make It Up to You”, and “The Reasons I Love You too Much to Let This Pass.”

4. A message in a bottle

If you know that your partner will be coming home tired, get out the bath salts and get a bath running! Add in a bottle with your handwritten note to float around in the tub. Who can resist an apology when it comes with a warm bubble bath?

5. Apologize using a children’s book

So maybe a handwritten note isn’t for those who don’t have an inner Shakespeare. If that’s the case, you can use somebody else’s words as long as the sentiment is the same.

Children’s books are simple, sweet, and often funny – the perfect mix for tugging at your partner’s heartstrings.

6. Play an apology tune

Bring out your inner bard and craft a tune for your honey to hear. But in lieu of musical skills, you can refer back to classic songs. Like with using a children’s book, you’re using another person’s more poetic take on apologies, but that doesn’t make your meaning any less poignant and sincere.

7. Use food

If your honey’s a foodie, then the best way to their heart is through their taste buds. Order some takeout from his/her favorite restaurant and add in your apology within the package.

If your honey’s not a foodie, pizza with the toppings shaped into “I’m sorry” can work too! If you got your honey to go out on a date with you, then ask the restaurant if you can accommodate a request to add an “I’m Sorry” shaped squiggle to their cheesecake.

8. Cook for them

If you’ve got some culinary skills, then now is the best time to use them!

Whip up your sweetheart’s favorite meal and make him/her breakfast in bed, a surprise lunch, or a romantic homemade dinner. Let’s face it: it’s hard to reject an apology with the smell of your favorite dish wafting in your home.

9. Clean up

Chores can often be the cause of friction between a couple. But they can lead to serious fights if you forget too often or if you’ve promised to do it but got too carried away with something else.

If your boo-boo is forgetting to clean up, then the first step to apologizing is by cleaning up more than what was expected. Add in a note that says something along the lines of “I’m sorry. Let me clean up my mess.”

10. Attach a note to your pet and send it to them

The best way to get puppy-dog eyes is to use an actual puppy! Attach an apology note to their collar and send them over to your partner.

But if your dog isn’t particularly obedient, sometimes a photo can work too. This can also work with well-trained cats, parakeets, or even iguanas! Just make sure you use something sturdy and non-distracting, lest your pet think you’ve just attached a toy for him to play with.

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