Big romantic gestures get a lot of attention (not to mention views on YouTube), but when it comes down to the everyday business of having a real relationship, it’s the little things that really count — and that is every bit as true for guys as it is for girls. But that doesn’t mean they’re the same little things! A 2012 survey found that while men don’t notice the smaller stuff like when you dye your hair or your favorite perfume, they do pay attention to plenty of things you do. Need ideas on how to get started? These men shared their favorite ways the woman in their life makes them feel special.

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"Every time I travel for work, she hides a note in my suitcase for me to find to let me know she's going to miss me." —Clancy Q., 29, Marion, IA

“Every time I travel for work, she hides a note in my suitcase for me to find to let me know she’s going to miss me.” —Clancy Q., 29, Marion, IA

2

"Not shaming me for wanting to watch football every Sunday." —Brad F., 31, Brooklyn, NY

“Not shaming me for wanting to watch football every Sunday.” —Brad F., 31, Brooklyn, NY

3

"Always letting me have the last french fry…or pretty much the last bite of any dish." —Edward M., 30, New York, NY

“Always letting me have the last french fry…or pretty much the last bite of any dish.” —Edward M., 30, New York, NY

4

"Nothing beats a nice back or head rub. Nothing." —Paul A., 38, Redmond, WA
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“Nothing beats a nice back or head rub. Nothing.” —Paul A., 38, Redmond, WA

 

5

"Holding my hand just because. What? Guys like to hold hands, too!" —Ted W.,  35, Greenville, WI
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“Holding my hand just because. What? Guys like to hold hands, too!” —Ted W., 35, Greenville, WI

 

6

"Tucking in my tag or pointing out my fly is undone. I'm glad she notices these details because I sure don't." —Allen L., 37, Denver, CO

“Tucking in my tag or pointing out my fly is undone. I’m glad she notices these details because I sure don’t.” —Allen L., 37, Denver, CO

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"A kiss when she walks in the door after work. It's a nice moment for the two of us before we turn to cooking, kids, homework, etc." —Conley R., 40, New York, NY

“A kiss when she walks in the door after work. It’s a nice moment for the two of us before we turn to cooking, kids, homework, etc.” —Conley R., 40, New York, NY

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"Making my favorite dinner even though she can't eat it — my wife is lactose intolerant and my favorite dish is lasagna." —Jim C., 30, Tampa Bay, FL

“Making my favorite dinner even though she can’t eat it — my wife is lactose intolerant and my favorite dish is lasagna.” —Jim C., 30, Tampa Bay, FL

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"Planning date night. When my wife finds the babysitter and makes the plans, it's relaxing and we always end up having so much fun." —Joseph H., 37, Smithfield, UT
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“Planning date night. When my wife finds the babysitter and makes the plans, it’s relaxing and we always end up having so much fun.” —Joseph H., 37, Smithfield, UT

 

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"Packing me a healthy lunch and snacks every day. She really cares about my health." —Dave D., 40, Honolulu, HI

“Packing me a healthy lunch and snacks every day. She really cares about my health.” —Dave D., 40, Honolulu, HI

 

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