The Best 'Love Language'
Gifts for Valentine's Day 2022
Do you know your partner's love language and how to speak it? We all have a different way of giving and receiving love, and although there are many stunning Valentine's Day gifts to choose from, understanding your partner's love language will play a big role in maintaining the overall quality of your relationship. The love language gifts you give on special occasions, like Valentine's day, speak volumes too and of course you don't want to leave that up to luck!
Dr. Gary Chapman, Ph.D., describes the five love languages as: words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, gifts, and physical touch. While all of these languages are part of our relationships, everyone usually identifies closest with one or two of them. Learn how to select gifts for different love languages to speak to your significant other in their preferred way, and they'll be wowed by your thoughtfulness.
In this special Valentine-inspired blog post, we break down the basics of love language gifting and suggest gift ideas for each different love language. Shop for your sweetheart with confidence.
'WORDS OF AFFIRMATION' GIFTS
People with Words of Affirmation as their love language want your compliments, and "I love you's" on a regular basis. This often extends to written communications like texting and interacting on social media. Our favorite gift ideas for Words of Affirmation are love letters with meaningful messages and jewelry engraved with words of affection and encouragement that they can carry with them every day.
'QUALITY TIME' GIFT IDEAS
People whose love language is Quality Time want their partner's time and undivided attention. They need you to be an active listener, to make eye contact and eliminate distractions while you're together. Conversation and sharing recreational activities are also highly valued by those with this love language. A few of our favorite Quality Time gift ideas are: games you can play together, a meal-cooking crate filled with ingredients for a romantic dinner you can cook together, or a set of fine glassware for a romantic evening. Love language gifts that include an activity for you to share together shows your partner that you value the time you spend with each other just as much as they do.
'ACTS OF SERVICE' LOVE LANGUAGE GIFTS
Some people are tickled pink when their significant other goes the distance to make their life easier. These are people who believe that actions speak louder than words. Those with Acts of Service as their love language adore being pampered. You may find that the best gift for Acts of Service is the wonderful surprise of an at-home spa day so they can plan a self-care day. An item of everyday convenience such as a handbag or belt bag to help them stay organized is also appreciated by those with this love language. Every time they reach for their bag as they run out the door, they'll remember that you care enough to give them a gift that makes daily life a little easier to manage.
'GIFT GIVING' LOVE LANGUAGE GIFTS
Ok, this one seems obvious, but you can get it wrong for people with Gift Giving as their love language, too. People with this love language feel most adored when they recieve "visual symbols of love," as Chapman calls it. They look for the symbolic thought behind any gift-- paying close attention to presentation, uniqueness, and how the object represents the relationship. Choose a gift that you know they'd like, something that represents their unique style and make sure the presentation is impeccable! With these love language gifts, you want to pay as much attention to the wrapping as the gift itself. And while it's not about the price tag for them, those with this love language will appreciate a high-end luxury gift when thoughtfully chosen.
'PHYSICAL TOUCH' LOVE LANGUAGE GIFTS
Those with Physical Touch as their love language feel cared for when you shower them with physical affection, such as hugging, kissing, and snuggling on the couch. They value the feeling of warmth and the comfort that comes with consensual physical touch. Some of our favorite love language gift ideas for Physical Touch are super cozy blankets you can bundle up in together, and soft loungewear or slippers. People with this love language adore comfort and sensual textures.
In partnership, it's helpful to know your significant other's love language so you can express your love in the way that they can best receive it. This Valentine's day will be a wonderful opportunity for you to give your significant other the perfect gift, one that matches their preferred love language.