Remember those early days of a relationship – when you were so hot and crazy for each other you could barely keep your hands to yourself? Where dates went on for days and sex went on for hours…

Like all good things we grow accustomed to, it’s easy to fall into the trap of taking what we have for granted, and lose sight of those special little moments that make us feel excited, desirable and sexy.

This is where Couples Appreciation Month comes in. If you find yourself wondering where the romance has gone, this month is the perfect time to rekindle that spark and rediscover why you fell for that person in the first place.

You don’t need to plan grand gestures to show your appreciation for each other. Sometimes, the little day-to-day things can go much further, and make your partner feel better than an expensive gift or a dramatic declaration ever could. We’ve looked at the best ways to make your partner feel loved and appreciated each day.

Make time for each other

Whether it’s a weekend afternoon or one night a week, make the effort to put some time aside where there are no distractions; just the two of you together. You can do whatever you want – go on a date, stay in with a bottle of wine and a movie or enjoy some quality time in the bedroom.

Life can easily get in the way of us making time for our partners, so the key here is setting a regular date in the diary so you can have some special time set aside for just the two of you.

Grab that diary, get some date inspiration and plan some quality time!

Talk more

Communication is such an important part of our relationships, but talking to each other can sometimes be one of the hardest things to do. Being honest and open means you’ll have a better understanding of each other and will bring you closer.

Regularly telling your partner that you love them and thanking them for the things they do for you is a great place to start – and should encourage them to do the same.

Also, it’s so easy to get frustrated with our partners when they don’t intrinsically do the things we want.

So, it’s important to tell them about your wants and needs, after all, as amazing as they are, they’re not mind readers.

When you’re in a long term relationship it can be easy to think you know exactly what gets your partner going – but that’s not always the case. Tastes can change, fantasies can develop and opening up lines of communication can mean that things are always fresh and exciting for you both.

If you want to be more open with your partner, especially when it comes to sex, take a look at our guide – 6 easy ways to make sex better – for some inspiration.

Make time for pleasure

With our hectic lifestyles, childcare commitments and demanding careers it can be easy to put sex on the backburner. Use this month to take little steps to reignite the spark in your relationship and put sex back on the schulde

  • Start outside the bedroom – It’s sometimes worth couples remembering that sex isn’t just about the act itself, but everything surrounding it. Intimate texts throughout the day or long, slow kisses when you get back from work will add towards you and your partner feeling appreciated, sexy and intimate with each other.
  • Set the scene – A quick tidy up, a change of sheets and some candles can work wonders for setting the scene in your shared bedroom.
  • Get Intimate – Trying new things together can be a intensely romantic experience for both of you. Exploring different ways to give each other pleasure is an incredibly intimate experience, and can add a whole new level to your sex-life.

Discover more great tips on how to have better sex.

Dress up for each other

During couples appreciation month, take one day to get really dressed up for each other and head out on the town. Making a special effort for each other will remind you of the days you first started dating, and give you both an excuse to get your glad-rags on.

If you want to feel especially gorgeous, you can drape yourself in beautiful lingerie, so you feel incredibly sexy while you’re both out. It will be an amazing surprise for your partner when you both get back home as well!

Teach each other the techniques that drive you wild

Even if your foreplay together is amazing, we think there is always room for improvement. Take a look at our oral sex for him and oral sex for her guides to make sure you’re both experts at driving each other wild.

Introducing lube into your foreplay will help take you both to new levels of pleasure, and the added excitement of something new will help keep things exciting.

Always look for positives

Appreciating each other means noticing all the things you do for each other and looking out for all the positives in your relationship.

Take the time to tell each other about what you value most in the relationship and thank each other for all those awesome little things you do that makes your relationship so incredible.

Start writing each other little love notes when they do something that has made you feel special or valued and leave them around the house for them to find.

If you’re looking for inspiration on how to really celebrate couples appreciation month, why not take our 30 Day Sex Position Challenge? From Missionary to The Butter Churner, there’s a position to suit every couple (and we think it’s the perfect month to try them all).