Hug Poems for National Hug Day on January 21 are the perfect way to give your hugs. National Hug (Hugging) Day began in 1986, when Reverend Kevin Zaborney created the day to encourage people to express their kindness through hugs. The kind and caring expression can also be shared through hug poems, hug day crafts, and sweet hug cookie treats.

Hug Poems | National Hug Day

Hug Poems by Nana

Hug poems will not drift away,
they will last throughout the day.
Give hug poems to your friends,
or put them in emails to send.

January 20 is sure to be cold
but a hug will warm the heart
so when you greet, and when you part,
share a hug and let it be told…
today is National Hug Day!

Hug Poems to Share

Hugs Poems #1

Hug Certificate

This is a Hug Certificate!!
Send One to All of Your Friends You Think Deserve a Hug.
Send this to Your Friends Including the Person Who Sent it to You!
What the heck, send it to your enemies as well! It’ll really tic ’em off!

If you don’t receive this back–Take the hint…nobody likes you and wishes you’d stop bugging them.
If you receive this back 1 time–Open up! Find more friends, enemies, or enemies pretending to be friends…
If you receive this back 2 times–You Are Off to a start…unless you sent it to yourself…that’s cheating.
If you receive this back 3 times–You Are a Good Friend…good for what stands to be seen…
If you receive this back 4 times–You are popular…I wanna be just like you.
If you receive this back 5 times–There are Angels watching over you, but probably out of morbid curiosity!
If you get too many more than that–Get off the darn computer and get a life!

Hugs Poems #2

Hug O’ War

by Shel Silverstein

I will not play at tug o’ war.
I’d rather play at hug o’ war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.

Hugs Poems #3

Let’s Hug

There’s a hug to say I love you
And a hug to say goodbye
There’s a hug to say how are you
And a hug to say we tried

There’s a hug to bond a friendship
And a hug when the day is through
But the hug I love in all the world
Is the hug I get from you.

Hugs Poems #4


…are non-fattening
…don’t cause cavities
…contain no preservatives or artificial ingredients
…are cholesterol-free and naturally sweet
…are a completely renewable resource
…don’t require batteries, Tune-ups, or x-rays
…are non-taxable, fully returnable and energy efficient
…are safe in all kinds of weather
…are especially good for cold, rainy days
…are exceptionally effective in treating the Monday Blues

Never wait until tomorrow to hug someone you could hug today,
because when you give one, you get one right back your way!

Hugs Poems #5


Here’s a little hug to for  you
To make you smile when you feel blue
To make you happy when you fell sad
You’re my friend, for this I’m glad!

Now I’ve given a hug to you
Somehow I feel better too!
Hugs are better when you share,
So pass one on and show you care!

Hugs Poems #6


A hug shows someone how much you care…
You can give one anytime, anywhere.
Being helpful and kind is where you start…
Because when you do, you hug a heart.

Hugs Poems #7

A Simple Hug

There’s something in a simple hug
That always warms the heart;
It welcomes us back home
And makes it easier to part.

A hug’s a way to share the joy
And sad times we go through,
Or just a way for friends to say
They like you ’cause you’re you.

Hugs are meant for anyone
For whom we really care,
From your grandma to your neighbor,
Or a cuddly teddy bear.

A hug is an amazing thing –
It’s just the perfect way
To show the love we’re feeling,
But can’t find the words to say.

It’s funny how a little hug
Makes everyone feel good;
In every place and type,
It’s always understood.

And hugs don’t need new equipment,
Special batteries or parts
Just open up your arms
And open up your hearts.

Teddy Bear Hugs Poems

National Hug Day Crafts and Hug Cookie Recipes

For National Hug Day handprint crafts to give or send to long distance friends and relatives, children can make hug cards.

…and a few yummy hugs cookies recipes to give or send:

Give a Hug, Get a Hug…Hugs are Heart Healthy!

(remember to tell your friends it’s National Hug Day and ask to let you share hugs before you give a hug.)