Love Languages, a best-selling book written in 1992 by Gary Chapman, sorts loving actions into 5 main categories. Touch, Acts of Service, Words of Affirmation, Gifts, and Quality Time are the primary ways people give or receive love. This helpful assessment gives language for understanding how you, and those you love, affirm each other. When you understand someone’s love language, you can “speak” their language and miss the pitfalls of misunderstandings. If you’re familiar with love languages, then you know it can be tough shopping for people who’s love language is not gifts, but we’ve put some love language gift ideas together that we are excited to share with you.
By the way, if you have zero clues as to what we are talking about, you can take the love languages quiz that will help you narrow down how you best give and receive love. As challenging (and frustrating) as it can be to have an English speaker converse with a French speaker, it is equal parts frustrating when your partner’s love language is Acts of Service (example: cleaning the house) and yours is Gifts (example: you have a thousand presents waiting under the tree).
We’ve taken the five core love languages and cultivated a few gift ideas that may spark another idea or two for how to “speak” someone else’s language.
If you or someone you know is a hugger, their love language might be Touch. We have a great friend who is a doctor with the love language of touch. She gives the best hugs, will rub your back in a conversation, and gently grabs your hand or arm in moments where it’s completely needed. Here are a few gift ideas for the Love Language of Touch.
Words of Affirmation Gifts
Words of Affirmation are the ‘atta boy’s, the gentle encouragements, and the well-written “I see you’s.” Here are a few ideas for blessing your favorite receiver of Words of Affirmation.
Quality Time Gifts
It’s not just about time, it’s about the quality of that time. Which means a physical gift might be more challenging to wrap, but here are a few ideas for those with Quality Time as a Love Language.
Listen, over on our Instagram, we’ve talked to a lot of quality timers, and when we ask them about “quality,” vs “time,” quality wins–hands down. So this gift? Well, it’s a prompt to find a moment to go grab coffee; it’s the best gift.
Acts of Service Gifts
Let’s face it, service is hard to wrap. Helping fold the laundry isn’t exactly a gift that fits in a gift bag, so we’ve got a few creative ideas for gift-giving our Acts of Service lovers.
So Gifts as a Love Language should be the easiest, right? Well, they can also be the most complex because a gift is a reflection of how you see the person receiving the gift. It can’t just be “anything.” So, let’s discover a few creative gifts for the person with this Love Language.
Are you familiar with this personality assessment? If so, we want to know what is your best gift idea for Love Languages? Or what is your Love Language and the best gift you’ve ever received? We want to know. Leave us a comment below.