Oftentimes, when we think about showing love to our partner, some of the first things that come to mind are physical in nature. And while there is nothing wrong with getting physical, there are other, more intimate ways to show someone how much they mean to you.

The fact of the matter is, that while physical affection is amazing when it comes down to it, a deeper bond is necessary to keep the love alive. At the end of the day, there is much more to a lasting relationship than under the cover love. Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with making physical love. But, when you think about it, there are hundreds of ways to make love without ever getting naked. Here are 12 of them.

1. Do something nice for your partner.

One of the best ways to show affection is to do something nice for them. It doesn’t have to be a big thing- it can be something simple. Good examples of this are to filling up their tank without being asked, or taking them lunch at work.

2. Buy your partner a thoughtful gift.

Buying something you know your partner will love is a really simple but sweet way to do something loving for them. There again, it doesn’t have to be some major show of love, or something expensive. On the contrary, if you hear them say how much they love owls and you see a little owl figure and buy it for them, they will appreciate it.

3. Make them their favorite meal.

It has been said that a man’s stomach is the way to his heart. However, when it comes down to it, everyone loves food! So, if you want to show your love: fix your partner their favorite meal.

4. Make time for them.

Making someone see they are a priority is the easiest way to show them you love them. So, if you’ve been blowing your partner off to tend to work or whatever the case may be, it’s time to take the time to spend with them. Even if it’s for a few hours after work, set your phone to the side, and do something with your partner (fully engaged.)

5. Snuggle with them.

Snuggling is one of the most intimate ways to show love. So, the next time you want to show your partner you care, skip the s3x and go right to the post-s3x cuddles. Not only does it feel nice, but it also boosts oxytocin, the bonding hormone.

6. Help them without them asking you to.

Acts of service don’t just mean cooking something or buying something for your partner. On the contrary, if you notice your partner struggling with something help them. If they are too short to reach something on the shelf, grab it. Or, if you notice they seem stressed, ask them how you can alleviate some of their stress.

7. Accept them.

True and unconditional love includes accepting your partner for who they are. Sometimes, we may not love certain things about our partner, or our partner may frustrate us, but ultimately, none of us are easy to be with. (I am not saying to accept your partner flat out abusing you or cheating on you) but if the worst thing they do is snore or leave their clothes on the floor, accept them and love them for who they are.

8. Listen to them (I mean really listen.)

A lot of times, when the people we love are talking, we may have the intention of listening, but lose our focus. However, it’s important to really pay the people we love the attention. So, if your partner is talking to you, focus on the moment in front of you and get out of your head.

9. Do something romantic for them.

A romantic gesture can be something so simple. Purchase them a rose. Light a candle at dinner. Take them on a picnic. There are so many options.

10. Dance with them.

One of the sweetest ways to show love is through dance. Regardless of whether it’s a slow and romantic dance or a fast-paced and fun dance. Dance is a way to build energy and share a fun moment together.

11. Verbally express your gratitude for them.

We often underestimate the importance of gratitude. Or, maybe we assume our partner just knows that we are grateful. But, the thing is, people cannot read your mind. So, take the time to show or express to your partner what you appreciate most about them.

12. Join in on their favorite hobby.

My husband has a hobby that I am not so much of a fan of. But, from time to time, I join in with him and do it. Not because I think it will change how I feel about it (it’s really not my jam) but more so because I know it makes him happy. And even though I really don’t prefer it- I know that I will still have a good time, because I am with him. It’s the little things.

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