What Is Husband Appreciation Day?

This holiday is a full day dedicated to showing your appreciation for your partner.

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Every day is an opportunity to shower your significant other with love, but there’s an official holiday dedicated to celebrating your husband that happens once a year. Husband Appreciation Day, also known as National Husband Day or World Husband Day, is a full day intended to honor your spouse, and it falls on the third Saturday in April each year. Here's everything to know about the holiday, including its history and the best ways to celebrate.

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Jaime Bronstein is a licensed relationship therapist and the author of MAN*ifesting.

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What Is Husband Appreciation Day?

From taking out the trash every morning to asking about your day every evening, your partner probably plays a big role in making your life easier and more enjoyable. He deserves to know how much he means to you, so Husband Appreciation Day is a day to express gratitude for who he is and all that he does. With the routines, schedules, and obligations of everyday life, you might forget to thank your spouse for his support and company or voice the qualities you admire most about him—even if you’re thinking it. This holiday is a reminder to take time out of your busy days to make him feel loved, valued, admired, and appreciated.

By observing this holiday, licensed relationship therapist Jaime Bronstein explains that routinely celebrating this wonderful man in your life will strengthen your union, boost your emotional bond, and improve relationship satisfaction. “By taking the time to celebrate each other, you send a clear message that your relationship is a priority,” she says. “This commitment to nurturing your connection can contribute to long-term relationship success.

The History of Husband Appreciation Day

Although the origin of Husband Appreciation Day is unclear, many believe this holiday began as a counterpart to Father’s Day—which falls on the third Sunday in June—so husbands without any children could feel acknowledged, too. However, Husband Appreciation Day is a day to appreciate all husbands, regardless of whether they are fathers. 

The purpose of the holiday and the focus of the celebration has also changed over time. In the past, husbands were traditionally viewed as the breadwinner of the family and were expected to support their wives and families. Now, the role of the husband has shifted to include a larger contribution around the household, so partners have much more to honor than just their spouses’ triumphs in the workplace.

How to Celebrate Husband Appreciation Day

Husband Appreciation Day is a chance to do something thoughtful for your partner, so they feel loved and appreciated on this special day. If you want to observe the holiday but don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered. From romantic gestures to grand plans, these ideas will win your spouse over and ultimately strengthen your connection. 

Give Him a Gift

One considerate, well-received way to communicate your appreciation is through a present. Specifically, a personalized item that caters to his interests will make him feel seen and acknowledged. If your husband loves sports, give him a sweatshirt imprinted with the logo of his favorite sports team. Is he a music aficionado? Buy two tickets to his favorite band’s next concert. You don’t have to drop an exorbitant amount of money on the item to make an impression. Consider arranging a gift basket with his favorite candy, snacks, and drinks. Bonus points if you include a handwritten note.

Enjoy a Romantic Dinner

Sharing a romantic dinner for two is another way to show your partner how much you care. If you’re a whiz in the kitchen, whip up a home-cooked meal, and enjoy the dish while noting your favorite traits about him. If cooking isn’t your strong suit, you can also book a reservation at a nice restaurant. Consider choosing a place that has sentimental value to you, whether it’s your go-to spot for date nights or where you first met. Not only will you spend quality time together, but you’ll be reminded of past memories.

Participate in a Shared Activity

If your significant other has a beloved hobby or favorite pastime, carve out time to partake in the activity with him. Whether he enjoys playing tennis, taking a hike, or volunteering at a local charity, Husband Appreciation Day is the perfect time to join him. Taking note of his interests will mean a lot to him, and the shared experience will bring the two of you closer and create priceless memories.

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