15 Ways To Show Love To Your Friends

Updated April 9, 2024by Regain Editorial Team

Telling your friends you love them may seem intimidating or even silly. But it could be one of the most important things you can do for your friendship. Everyone wants to know they make a difference to someone else. So, here are fifteen ways to show your friends they matter to you:

Write letters

Do you have trouble expressing your feelings?

There may be no better way to tell someone how you feel than in a heartfelt letter. While text or e-mail might be a convenient way to communicate, consider taking the time to mail them a handwritten note. The extra effort could make them feel even more special, especially if it is a surprise.

Go on an adventure

Few things bond people closer to one another than when they experience something new together. If you want to tell your friends you love them, consider arranging a day trip or group activity. It may not be necessary to venture too far from home, either. There might be plenty of opportunities to sightsee or try new things in your local area.

Host dinner

Throughout history, people have come together over food. Creating a special meal for your friends may be one of the easiest ways to show them you care. Consider a laid-back backyard barbecue, for instance, or decorate your house like a fine dining establishment. You may want to keep in mind your friend's personalities when you are putting together the atmosphere and menu.

Celebrate them

You could tell your friends how much they mean to you by celebrating their achievements with them. Whether it is a job promotion, a relationship milestone, or just good fortune, let them know you are genuinely happy for them.

You may want to get creative with your recognition. There is much more you can do beyond praising them in person or over the phone. Send them a radio shout-out, have a cake baked with their face on it, or throw them a surprise party. Consider going out of your way to put a smile on their face.

Encourage them

Friends who love each other stand by one another in good times and in bad. If someone you care about is going through a difficult period or needs help finding a little extra motivation, you might want to be the first one in line to offer encouragement.

Sometimes all it takes are a few heartfelt words to get someone to see the brighter side of things. But if that does not work, you could show them how much you believe in them. Send them flowers, help them with a task or hug them. When in doubt, ask what you can do to make things easier.

Bake them a treat

Most everyone loves baked goods. Making them for someone else is a small act that could speak volumes about how much you care for them. You may want to find your friend's favorite recipes and recreate them with a personal touch. Consider surprising them by dropping them off unexpectedly at their home or workplace, especially if you know they are having a tough day.

Give a gift

Money may not be able to buy love, but most everyone appreciates a gift from time to time. Have your friends mentioned tickets for an upcoming concert? Have they been talking about how great it would be to go golfing together? Instead of waiting for someone else to make the first move, you might want to surprise them and make it happen.

Of course, not all gifts have to be extravagant. Even small ones like a framed picture of you together, a self-published poem, or a handmade keepsake can send the same message of love. When it comes to gift-giving in a friendship, it may truly be the thought that counts.

Let them know they are on your mind

If you love your friends, they are sure to cross your mind throughout your day. Perhaps you hear a joke you think they would like or come across an inspirational message you think they need to hear. Consider sending it along. After all, they may not know you are thinking of them unless you make it known. 

Say thank you

"Thank you" is underrated. Yet, most everyone wants to know that they make a difference. So, even if you just thank your friends for simply being around, it might matter just the same. This humble phrase can says so much more, whether you realize it or not.

There are many ways to tell someone "thank you" beyond just saying the words. Gift bags, gift cards, and flowers are common ideas. However, if you want to step outside what is traditional, consider making a handmade card, putting together a witty gift bucket, or using your craft skills—every token of appreciation matters.

Have fun

There are few things better than laughter. You may want to watch a funny movie, go to a comedy club, or play games with your friends to express your love for them and the joy they bring to your life. The more fun you have together, the more memories you can create.

Invite them into your family

The people we love most in our lives tend to be our family members. If you truly love your friends, make them a part of your family. For example, you could bring them around your home often, celebrate holidays with them, and take time to get to know their spouse, children, and parents.

In your new blended family, you can create new traditions, find new ways to help one another, and go on vacations or adventures together. "The more, the merrier" may be true when it comes to family, so open your door to those you love and let your family grow.

Help them

Maybe your friends are working on a backyard project or need some extra help when babysitting or cooking. To express your love, you might want to lend a hand as much as possible and watch how teamwork gets things done faster.

Be creative and think of ways you can make their day-to-day life easier. You could clean off their windshield at the gas station, put in a good word for them at your company if they are job-seeking, or offer to wrap their gifts for the holidays, for example. There are countless ways to take some weight off the people you love that may only take a few extra moments of your time.

One of the perks of helping your friends often is they are likely to reciprocate the favor. If you are by their side time and time again, they may do the same for you. The more you show that you support one another's success, the stronger your friendship might become.

Prioritize them

Anytime you put someone first, you show them how much you care for them. If your friends have asked you to go out, you might not want to brush them off. Likewise, if they have needed your help for some time, it may be best not to ignore them any longer. If you make your friends feel rejected, unimportant, or like a burden, they may remember it, even if the friendship is otherwise good. 


Of course, talking about the past is always fun. But to go above and beyond , you could create a scrapbook, photo album, or video montage of your best times together. If your art or technology skills are not the best, that’s okay. When in doubt, you might reach out to someone with more experience than you to put it together. 

Say it

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Do you have trouble expressing your feelings?

Perhaps the easiest way to show your friends you love them is to say it. At your next get-together, you may want to make a toast and let your true feelings out. You could tell them how much they mean to you, what a difference their presence makes in your life, and how you look forward to all the upcoming things you will do together.

If public speaking is not your strength, you can still tell them how you feel. Consider sitting down with your friends one by one in a quiet setting and speaking your truth. For inspiration, you could look to letters, poems, and songs about friendship. You may want to avoid quoting them word for word, though. There is something extra meaningful about hearing heartfelt and original words straight from someone's mouth.

Counseling for relationships

When you think of relationship counseling, couples counseling may come to mind. This isn’t the only type of counseling for relationships, though. Individual therapy or therapy with a friend can also improve platonic relationships. 

Of course, not everyone feels comfortable talking about their relationships with strangers, particularly in person. Online counseling could put you more at ease when discussing personal issues like these. Web-based counseling could also provide more flexibility since appointments are available around the clock. 

The legitimacy and effectiveness of online counseling has been proven time and again. One comprehensive meta-analysis reviewed nearly 10,000 cases and found no significant difference in outcomes between online and in-person sessions. 


There are endless ways to show your friends you love them. Be creative with your message and think of a gesture that will mean something to them. In the meantime, if you need help navigating a relationship issue, reach out to Regain for support. 

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