It’s hard to know what you can do to let your friends know that you value their companionship and appreciate their support. Sometimes it’s as easy as cooking them something or returning the favors that they extend to you. Think about what they enjoy experiencing and consider ways to show your friends you appreciate them.
Treat Them to Some Dinner
Everyone enjoys something good to eat, especially when they’re not expecting free food. Suggest a place to go, ideally their favorite restaurant, and intercept the bill when it comes. Let them know you’re happy to do it and that they’ve done more than enough to earn it.
Specially Make Them a Meal
If you have the culinary skills to spare, you can make the meal more personal with your spin on it. Prepare a feast for them to enjoy, or even just a few of their favorite snacks, and gift it to them free of charge.
If you want to give them something more permanent than food, think about what they love, what they need, or what they’ve craved for a long time. Whether a book or a game they’ve anticipated or some minor car repair they’ve put off for a while, think about how you can benefit them and let them know there’s no string attached.
If you find they’re not in dire need of anything specific, think about some gifts that can represent your bond with them. For example, get them a picture book commemorating your time together or an object that holds mutual sentimental value. You can even gift them a Hawaiian flower necklace, something that holds many meanings, but chief among them is companionship.
Reciprocate Their Help
One of the best ways you can show your friends you appreciate them is to help them out when they need it; be there for them the same way they were there for you. Whether it’s emotional support or offering life advice, make it clear that they’re not a burden and that you’re always willing to help in whatever way you can.