Unique Ways to Apologize

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Unique Ways to Apologize
The sooner you apologise, the sooner you can make up. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Flowers and a hangdog expression might do the trick, but you'll need to get creative if you want your apology to seem really sincere. When it's time to apologise, swallow your pride and keep in mind that you want forgiveness and a good relationship. Add to that a special, unique apology and things should be back to good in no time.

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Symbolic Apologies

Let the other person know how special she really is. Send her an "I'm sorry" note with details on her new star -- the one you've just named for her. The International Star Registry "sells" stars named after anyone you wish. Or find out which charity or cause is dearest to her heart and either make a sizeable donation in her name or devote a full Saturday to volunteering. Send her a note afterward saying that you apologise and would do anything to be close to her again, so you spent the day working for X Organization.

Gifts

Give him a customised etched wine bottle with your apology and sincere wishes for his happiness and forgiveness. He might drink the wine, but your sentiments will remain forever. Buy an attractive basket and fill it with all his favourite things, such as snacks, a new DVD and a paperback by his favourite author. Leave it on his doorstep with a contrite note. Bake a batch of his favourite cupcakes and use his favourite colours to write "I'm sorry" in icing on each. Include a note that says "I'm so sorry. When you've digested my words, I hope you can forgive me."

Big Gestures

If your offence is serious, you'll need to go to extreme lengths to demonstrate your sincerity. Rent a billboard that you know she passes daily and have the painters write "I'M SORRY, (her name). - (your name)" Send a singing telegram to her home. Have the performer sing Chicago's "Hard For Me to Say I'm Sorry" and leave her with a picture of you looking sad. If you live together or you have access to her house, use toothpicks, tape and paper to make tiny flags that say "I'm sorry." Put them all over the house so that she'll encounter them everywhere she goes.

Other Ways

Write a genuine love letter to apologise to your offended significant other. Use flowery language and borrow lines from the world's most famous love poems. Pour your heart into the letter and beg for forgiveness. Send an apologetic e-card. "Kidnap" him after work and treat him to a posh dinner. Don't force him to talk, just apologise simply and sincerely and let him enjoy the meal. Leave a first aid kit somewhere he is sure to find it with a note that says "It hurts me that I hurt you. Please forgive me and accept my apology."

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