When you’re in a relationship, it’s important to let your man know how you feel. It’s great to say those three magic words: “I love you.” But that can start to feel stale after a while. It’s fun to express that emotion in a different way from time to time. So try these ways to say I love you instead.
1. TRY A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE
Of all the ways to say I love you, saying I love you in different languages can sound the most romantic, especially if you say it in one of the romance languages. Here’s how:
- French: Je t’aime or je t’adore
- Italian: Ti amo
- Portuguese: Eu te amo
- Spanish: Te quiero or te amo
And to be authentic, search the phrase on a pronunciation website to hear it sounded out. You can search for any language you like. It will be romantic no matter which language you say it in.
2. WRITE IT DOWN
When you write down not only the words, “I love you,” but also how you feel about your guy, you’re engaging in the time-honored pastime of writing a love letter. Read some famous love letters to inspire you on this way to say I love you (or check out the advice for writing a letter in this post), and then write what’s in your heart. You don’t need to be a writer or a poet. Just a simple note that he can keep will mean a lot and is a great way to show your love.
3. SHOW IT
Besides saying I love you, you can show your guy how much you do by doing something nice for him. Here are some ways:
- Make him his favorite meal
- Give him your undivided attention by putting away your phone when you’re spending time together
- Wear an outfit you know he loves
- Make an effort on your appearance
- Tell him how much you appreciate him
- Encourage him to have a night out with the guys or to partake in his favorite hobby
- Ask him for his advice or help
- Give him a big hug
- Initiate sex and give him a blowjob
4. YOU COMPLETE ME
Tell your guy that he completes you, meaning that your life feels complete with him in it. Note that in this way to say I love you that if you come off as being needy, this expression could backfire. It’s important that he realizes that you are not pressuring him in any way.
5. USE OTHER WORDS
Instead of saying I love you, you can substitute a whole plethora of words for “love.” Here are some new phrases to try, and they will give you many more ways to say I love you:
- I adore you
- I’m infatuated with you
- I need you
- I want you
- I care deeply for you
- I lust for you
- I’m attached to you
- I’m devoted to you
- I’m passionate about you
- I crave you
- I long for you
- I yearn for you
- I’m crushing on you
- I cherish you
- I delight in you
Discover even more cute ways to say “I love you.”
6. WE’RE SOUL MATES
Did you and your man feel an instant connection when you met? And after that initial connection, did you both fall in love? That could indicate you’re soul mates. If that has been your experience, let him know that you consider him your soul mate in this way to say I love you. Let him know that he is someone you can be yourself with, someone who understands you, and someone who brings you true inner peace.
7. I’M HEAD OVER HEELS
You can also use the phrase “head over heels” to describe your love in this way to say I love you. And if you both have a geeky side, you can explain the background of head over heels. When you think about it, your head is always over your heels, so you can then ask him if he knew the phrase dates back to the 14th century and was actually “heels over head,” which meant doing a cartwheel.
So this can be your inside way of telling each other I love you that only the two of you will get. “I’m heels over head in love with you.”
8. PLAY A SONG DESCRIBING YOUR FEELINGS
What better backdrop to a romantic evening at home than to play love songs for your beloved that describe your feelings for him. Here are some popular love songs to play for your man in this romantic way to say I love you:
- Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
- “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis
- “We Found Love” by Rihanna
- “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
- “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce
Don’t be surprised if the loving words lead to making love. More on that here.
9. LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK
If you’re a parent, you might be familiar with the phrase, “I love you to the moon and back,” which comes from a children’s book. Parents often say this to their children. But the phrase also means that you love someone more than you can imagine or that you love someone more than anything. So you can say this to your man to let him know the depths of your love in a sweet and cute way.
Related: 10 Beautiful I Love You More Quotes
10. I FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU EVERY DAY
Tell him that you fall in love with him every day. This shows that your love is not getting old and tired and that you cherish each and every day that you’re with him.
11. COOK HIM BREAKFAST IN BED
If you’ve settled into a routine — perhaps you have children — you don’t exactly spend a lot of time over leisurely breakfasts. Well, surprise him one morning (when the kids are having a sleepover at Grandma’s) by cooking him a romantic breakfast in bed. This sets the tone that you can just enjoy each other on a lazy weekend morning.
12. GIVE HIM FLOWERS
It’s normally the guy who gives flowers to girls, but who’s to say you can’t give flowers to him? Men enjoy gifts too. But stay away from delicate pink buds with a pretty bow around the bouquet, which would seem too feminine. Instead, choose a brightly colored arrangement with yellow or orange flowers. Blue and purple are also nice.
Perhaps he’s not a flowers guy. Find out other great gifts for guys.
13. TAKE CARE OF THE SIMPLE THINGS
The little things you do sometimes say and mean the most. Notice the things that he could use some help on, and do them for your guy in this way to say I love you. For example, some guys are terrible at buying new socks, so present him with a few new pairs.
If he needs to take medication but continually forgets, ask if he remembered to take it. Even throwing a load of clothes in the washing machine that he thinks don’t need washing is a great way to show your love.
14. TELL HIM EXACTLY WHY YOU LOVE HIM
Besides saying “I love you” or words that are similar, say “I love you” and add the reason. You might love him because of the way he looks after the family. You might love him because he makes you feel special. Whatever it is, tell him. It will make him feel good (compliments usually do – more on that here), and it will mean a lot to him when you choose this way to say I love you.
Related: 61 Deep Reasons Why I Love You
Telling someone you love them is important, so you should do it often. Just make sure your actions back up those words!