How to Make Your Girlfriend Feel Special

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Buying expensive gifts for your girlfriend on occasion is a nice touch, but it's the small gestures that make a real difference in your relationship. A few gestures can help you show that special person how much she means to you.

Listen to her. The number one complaint many women have regarding men is that they don't listen. Even if you're not particularly interested in what she's saying, listen, then acknowledge her with an occasional "I know what you mean."

Be supportive. Always back your girlfriend in front of family and friends. Let her know that no matter what, you will be there to defend her. Never allow anyone to say anything disrespectful in her presence.

Remember what she likes and dislikes. How does she like her eggs cooked? What is her favorite flower? Is she a morning person? She will be very impressed that you have been paying attention.

Remember important dates. This is a big deal with women. Birthdays, anniversaries and other milestones are all opportunities to show her how special she is to you.

Tell her she's beautiful and mean it. Compliment her not only on her looks, but also on her accomplishments, talents and abilities. Always be sincere and don't overdo it.

Don't stare at or flirt with other women. Women understand that men like to look sometimes, but try to avoid checking out attractive women when you're with her. If she catches you looking at another women, don't lie about it.

Touch her regularly. Even the slightest touch can make a woman feel special. Hold her hand, give her a hug or gently touch her face--these gestures will all make her feel protected and loved.