My first love note was in 5th grade. I can remember the thrill of reading a few words on wide-lined notebook paper. As good as it gets.
Have love notes been replaced with texting (sexting)? Hopefully not. Love notes can send a powerful message to those you love because they meet a basic human need.
The need to be appreciated.
Love Note Ideas
Try putting away your cell phone and grab a note card, post-it note, crayon, chalk, or pencil.
It’s when we don’t use technology that we stand out. Similar to mailing a letter versus an e-mail (see Sid’s Sense on letter writing). Use silly, corny metaphors, inside jokes, and plays on words. Stir your imagination, be a little sneaky. Please share your ideas!
- In a child’s lunchbox. “Hope you’re having a great day.”
- Hidden on your husband’s pillow. “Sweet dreams of me please.”
- In your spouse’s suitcase when leaving on a business trip. “Missing you already.”
- On your teen driver’s steering wheel. “Drive safe. Love you.”
- In your loved one’s morning coffee mug. “You’re the one who’s hot.”
- On your wife’s mirror. “You are beautiful.”
- Inside athletic shoes. “You go, Girl! Good job!”
- On driveway with sidewalk chalk. “Glad you’re home!”
- Inside a magazine or book you know the person will read. “You’re more impressive than this guy!”
- On the toilet paper or paper towel roll. “I love you no matter where you are.”
- On the shower head. “Nothing could drain my love for you.”
- In between dollar bills in a wallet or purse with “Thanks to you we have a few of these.”
Love Note Ideas +
- If someone is ill, grieving, or going through a hard time, purchase 10-15 cheap $1 greeting cards. (Or make your own or use regular note cards). Mail one each day with a very brief note that you are thinking about them. The next day say you are still thinking about them. And so forth. Sometimes I buy a pack of funny stickers and include a strip in each card.
- If a child is enduring hardship, go to the dollar store and wrap up 10 little mini-games or gifts. Wrap up with a funny sticker on top and deliver in one bag telling them they can only open 1 a day. The gift of anticipation of something to look forward to.
- Scavenger hunts. Tell your loved one there are 10 notes hidden in the house. When they find them all they get a surprise. (back rub, foot massage??)
- Personalized Coupons. They have to be homemade. Store bought booklets don’t have the same impact. Tailor the coupons to the specific chore your wife hates to do, or the store your husband loves, or the ice cream cone your child craves.
People appreciate effort, humor and anticipation.
Intimate dinner parties are one way I show appreciation to friends. (I’ll be sharing many of my entertaining ideas on FITskitz in the future.)
- Write messages or love notes in chocolate on dessert plates. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave and pour into a sturdy ziplock bag (add a drop of oil if too stiff). Barely snip the corner with a scissors to make your own writing instrument. A steady hand helps but even if you mess up, just wipe it off and start over. Place in fridge so the chocolate hardens on the plate.
Occasionally put down the cell phone and use your thumb for holding a writing instrument. Switch off the computer and rip off a post-it note.
Sometimes an iPhone just doesn’t say iLove you in the same way.