Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and people all over are scrambling to find the perfect gift to give their significant other. And here’s the thing about gifting: Sometimes, no matter how well you know the person, it can still feel like a shot in the dark.
That’s why this February we’re approaching giving a little differently by diving into gifts based on your partner’s love languages. If you haven’t yet unearthed your partner’s love languages, you can have them take the quiz here (or take your best guess based on the descriptions below, if you want to be a little more subtle)! If anything, learning your partner’s love language is an interesting way to get a glimpse into what makes them tick, whether it’s a heartfelt compliment, a hug at the end of a long workday, or having the bathroom cleaned without needing to ask.
And if you’re not in a relationship, consider these ideas as ways you can show love to your closest friends (and to yourself!!). Because giving a gift or doing something nice for someone we love is not dependent on being in a romantic relationship.
If a string of kind words offered in their direction makes them light up more than anything else, words of affirmation may be your partner’s love language. Whether it’s having John Legend’s newest love song dedicated to them or a sticky note filled with sweet nothings strategically placed where they least expect it, these are the small things that have the power to make your partner’s day. Some gift ideas for them include:
If quality time is your partner’s love language, then together is the best place to be. Giving someone your full and undivided attention is truly a personalized gift like none other. Gift ideas for the person who treasures time spent together include:
When looking for gifts, many of us tend to focus on what we’d want to receive rather than how a loved one will receive it. Someone whose primary love language centers around gifts takes the whole gift-giving process into consideration more thoughtfully. A few present ideas for those who are pros at gift-giving include:
Imagine coming home to a massage to help you unwind at the end of a long day. How lovely! If your partner would choose this as their preferred homecoming gift over a homemade dinner or a handwritten love note, chances are their primary love language is physical touch. Here are some gift ideas they’re sure to love:
Keyword: service. This love language is centered around creating a stress-free environment for your partner. Taking something off someone’s plate is always a welcomed gift! If this is your partner’s primary love language, they’re sure to appreciate these gift ideas:
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Kate is currently learning to play the Ukulele, much to the despair of her husband, kids, and dogs. Follow her on Instagram at @witanddelight_.
BY Kate Arends - February 5, 2020
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Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.
My husband got me/us air plants that I have been wanting to get for a few months now. He finally set up the piece of decor waiting for his long arms and legs to be put in display and he took me to get flowers and our air plants to our favorite flower shop… I was so touched by his gesture, he is really listening and as your post suggests: it’s not about the item but the thought a person puts into when gifting something/their time.
I love that story. The thought behind a gift definitely matters most. Thank you for commenting, Cristal!
Can I do some of these things for myself? No Valentine for me. Im thinking the home spa for one? LOL. Love your site! xo
Thank you, Danielle! And yes! Absolutely. Love the idea of treating yourself to a home spa, or making a nice dinner (or ordering in!) and watching your favorite movie. Sometimes evenings in by yourself are the very best kind.