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Creative Ways To Say “I’m Sorry”



I’m Sorry

This rollercoaster called life is all about ups and downs. Honestly, that’s the beauty of it. Aside from all those beautiful moments we cherish with people we love, there are also times when we say or do something that will hurt them. Although “I’m sorry” comes as an instant response in situations like those, it sometimes just isn’t enough. If you’re serious about apologising about something you’ve done, you should do more than words. It takes a little bit of effort and creativity to come up with a thoughtful gesture which will solve the issue. To help you make things work out, we’ve put together a list of creative ways to say you’re sorry. 

Honesty is the best policy.

If you’ve unintentionally done something that hurt people around you, the first and the most important thing you should do is acknowledge your mistake. If you’re well aware of the fact that it’s your fault then accept that. Honesty is the best policy when it comes to a relationship between two people. No matter if it’s your partner, a friend or a family member, everybody will appreciate this kind of gesture. It shows that you’re truly sorry and that you’re sincere. Although you can’t expect forgiveness right away, admitting you’re wrong and saying you’re sorry will allow resolving the issue.


Sweeten it up.

From birthdays and anniversaries to apologies, chocolate is always a good choice. It has been one of the most common ways of expressing emotions since forever and for a good reason. The chemicals in cocoa beans directly affect our hormone of happiness. That’s why people always reach for it when they need something to lift them. One of its best advantages is the variety of products. Tender or spicy, light or dark, liquid or in a box, it comes in so many different shapes and flavours that it’s difficult to choose sometimes. Add a personalised handwritten “I’m sorry” message to the box of chocolates and it will undoubtedly take you one step closer to reconciliation.

Say it with flowers.

This is one of the gifts that will always be in style. A gorgeous bouquet of fresh flowers is an effective way to say you’re sorry. Especially in countries like Australia where the warm and sunny climate provides endless types of lovely fresh flowers perfect for any occasion. The era of the Internet has made our lives easier, so now you can look for some nice flowers in Melbourne online instead of roaming through the streets looking for a perfect bouquet. Flowers have a great deal of symbolism so take your time to get clued up about it. If you want to send the right message, make sure to pick the right types and colours of flowers together with an appropriate message attached to the bouquet. 


Make a collage of your old memories.

Collect all your pictures and memorabilia. Get yourself a nice board or even better – make one. You can find all the necessary materials in the local craft store. Be creative when it comes to the shape of the board and its decoration. Aside from the pictures which are touching enough, add some game or theatre tickets and other little things that will remind that person of all the happy moments you spent together. As a final touch, don’t forget to write “I’m sorry” on it. This is the apology that will melt almost anybody’s heart. 


If you can’t say it – write it.

Not all people are powerful communicators. If you’re one of those people who are more comfortable with written communication than use it to your advantage. Sit down, grab a nice piece of paper and write everything you can’t say. Choose your words carefully, be honest, and don’t leave anything to your mind. Acknowledge your mistake, take responsibility for it, explain the reasons behind it and apologise. This won’t guarantee you forgiveness, but whoever reads it will be touched. It will evoke some positive feelings and bring you closer together. 


How many languages do you speak?

If you’re ready to put in some extra effort into your apology, consider writing it in every language in the world. You’ll have to do some research and you probably won’t be able to find the phrase “I’m sorry” in every language, but you’ll cover the most of them. Be creative with it. You can choose paper and pens in different colours and store them in a jar or inside of a balloon. You can add confetti or chocolate bites to the messages to sweeten up the experience. 


Put a ring on it.

If you’re not fond of experimenting, our advice is to go with a classic gift like jewellery. However, this should be reserved for intimate relationships. This doesn’t mean that you have to break a bank. You can find discount jewellery or hand-made personalised necklaces that aren’t pricy. On the other hand, if you’ve decided to splurge, you can opt for something more sophisticated like diamonds or other fine jewellery. Brands like Pandora will allow you to customise your jewellery so it can be a great opportunity to send your “I’m sorry” in a nice velvety box. 


Be poetic.

If you have a block on the writer’s front, don’t let that get you down. What you can do is look for some appropriate quotes, or even better, look for some nice poetry. Maybe you or the other person has a favourite poem or an author so start from that. You can also write the lyrics of your song and use them to convey the apology. Whatever you chose, make sure you address the problem and sign the letter. Those who get it will get emotional without any doubt.



Saying “I’m sorry” is never easy. However, admitting that you’ve made a mistake and putting time and effort to make it right will make your relationship stronger. Following these tips will spark your creativity and help you find the one that’s best for you. Good luck!

Stella Ryne is an art historian, traveller, conscious consumer and a proud mother. When she is not trying to improve the things around her (and herself, for that matter), she likes to lose herself in a good book. She’s deeply into green practices, cherishing the notion that sustainable living and sustainable travel will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit and what we eat, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. Stay in touch with Stella via Twitter and Facebook.