Many people are familiar with Gary Chapman’s famous book “The Five Love Languages.” In it he proposes that there are five unique ways that every person prefers to give and receive love and recognition that I’ve detailed below. And…this can greatly help you to find just the right gift for that friend or loved one. So read the paragraphs below and then check out some gift ideas at the end of this article!
1_ WORDS OF AFFIRMATION – One of the most obvious love languages is “Words of Affirmation.” Some people just need appreciation to be expressed to them. They can run for two weeks on a good complement. Conversely a friend or spouse with this love language is crushed and paralyzed by too much criticism or negative language.
GIFT IDEAS. Give graphic t-shirt, personalized cups, or other items that express words of love and appreciation. And remember…no matter what gift you give, make SURE and include a card with a heartfelt, personal message of what they mean to you. For this group, the card may mean more than the gift!
BOBO BIRD Mens Personalized Engraved Wood & Stainless Steel Combined Quartz Casual Wristwatch – Tell the man in your life he is special! A must for husbands and boyfriends!
“I Wrote a Book About You” – This is a fun book that is fill in the blank. It will give hours of enjoyment and let that spouse, friend, or co-worker know how much they are valued and appreciated. This is truly the gift that keeps on giving!
“You’re the Sister I Got to Choose” Personalized CoolLife Friendship Wine Tumbler – This is a gift that women can give to express their affection and friendship for a friend. Give this gift to your BFF and prepare for the tears to flow!
Personalized Picture Frames 4×6, 5×7, 8×10 – For those with words of affirmation as their love language, nothing is more perfect that a picture frame with a personalized message you can include to say it all. Whether a spouse or business associate, you can use this give to express emotions all the way from romantic love to admiration for meeting a sales goal. These frame are appropriate for all, because you can personalize the message. So whether it’s a baby shower, or retirement celebration, you can give this gift with confidence!
2_ QUALITY TIME – For some folks, just the gift of time says, “I love you,” or “I value you.” For them an email or an encouraging word is not enough. They need you to spend time with them. This is why many million dollar deals are made on the golf course and not the conference room. And if your spouse has this love language, make sure you carve out time in your busy schedule to go on long walks, go out to eat, or enjoy a hobby together.
GIFT IDEAS for those with the love language of “Quality Time” should enhance relationships using common activities or hobbies. Here are some gifts of fun activities that can tell a spouse or friend that they are valued and loved.
Modern Quilt Bible – For those whose love language is quality time, no hobby is more sociable and fun that quilting and this book can get you started. With over 100 techniques and design ideas for the modern quilter.
AOKIWO 40 Piece Gardening Tool Set for Men & Women Set Heavy Duty Aluminum Manual Garden kit Outdoor Gardening Gifts Tools Set for Men Women
MEEDEN 40 Piece Deluxe Artist Painting Kit – with French Style Easel, Acrylic Paint Set, Paintbrushes, Canvas Panel, Stretched Canvas, Nice Gift for Artists, Beginner & Adults
3_ PHYSICAL TOUCH – Even in the post-COVID world, some people need a physical touch to know that you care. A pat on the back, a hug, or a handshake says, “I appreciate you,” to people with this love language. Without this they never know if you really believe in them, value them, or care for them. So don’t discount the importance of an appropriate touch for people with this love language. Even elderly married couples need to hold hands, and babies need to be held.
GIFT IDEAS for those with the love language of physical touch should get people together working and playing together with appropriate touches for friends and romantic touches for married couples.
S&S Worldwide W12428 Team Bucket Challenge – This is a wonderful game for office teams at work to build cooperation and working together. And, it’s also a wonderful set of games for parties, families, and friends! And, as a gift expresses appreciation, fun, and love to all who value physicality as an expression of caring.
Pipeline Challenge Team Building Party Game – This is a wonderful game to use as an ice breaker at parties and is a great way to have fun with others. Physical activity brings people together, especially those with the love language of “Physical Touch.”
The Ultimate Game for Couples – Need a way to show that spouse with the love language of “Physical Touch” that you are 100 percent committed to them as a person and lover? Then give them this game. Replete with great conversations starters, and romantic ideas, this is another one of those gifts that keeps on giving!
4_ GIFTS. Some folks just need a concrete expression, a token of appreciation, or a symbol of love and appreciation that they can keep, use, and cherish. These are the folks whose primary love language is the language of gifts. When they want to express love they give gifts, and they feel especially loved and cherished when they receive one. In the business world they appreciate trophies and plaques and in relationships, flowers and presents will get you everywhere!
GIFT IDEAS for those who value “Gifts” as a love language are easy. Just give them gifts in two areas. First, are highly prized keepsakes that last for a long time that give them the opportunity to look at and remember for years (paintings, collectibles, ceramics, and porcelain come to mind). And secondly, to fuel your relationship daily are the “little nothings” those inexpensive gifts that remind your friend or lover that you think of and cherish them every day (curios, figurines, toys, cheap novelty items, or just anything that reminds you of them…their likes, their personality, or even just something they’ve recently said or done. The ideas are endless but below are some examples of what I’m talking about!
Barbie Inspiring Women Series Florence Nightingale Collectible Doll – This great gift is part of a series of Barbie dolls produced to focus on great women of history. Including a certificate of authenticity, this is a great gift for a woman who had Barbie dolls as a child, this gift is meant to last and last, like your love and admiration. Collectible dolls can be customized for the person receiving the gift, also. For example, this Florence Nightingale collectible Barbie would be great for a nures! Stand and Certificate of Authenticity
First Christian Empire Genuine Antique Roman Bronze Coin – Dating from A.D. 306-410 this is a genuine coin (with a certificate of authenticity) from the time of the Roman Empire. Give it to a loved one and tell them your love and appreciation of them is as ancient and eternal as this coin! And, in my opinion it is VERY affordable!
Timex Unisex TW2R41100 Weekender Peanuts Charlie Brown Nylon Slip-Thru Strap Watch – This is a collectible watch that’s not too expensive but gives both the gift-giver and the gift-lover something to cherish for ages!
5_ ACTS OF SERVICE – People who give in this manner will go out of their way to help and serve those they love. They are the ones who do the dishes, cook a meal, change a tire, and babysit in order to be a blessing to those they love and appreciate. These are the ones who are so touched by a kind helping hand. It is amazing how far a simple kind act like mowing a lawn, or cleaning the house goes to show affection and appreciation for a loved one.
GIFT IDEAS for people with the “Acts of Service” love language appreciate gifts that serve them and give them to opportunity to make an impact for others. Here are just a few of the thousands of thoughtful ways you can show “servers” that you love, appreciate, and esteem them!
Beautiful Tea Kettle Stovetop Whistling Tea Pot with Infuser – Here’s an idea. Make your loved on breakfast in bed, and bring them their coffee or tea in this beautiful appliance. And, as they are catching their breath, present them with a couple of the gifts I’ve suggested below!
iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum – Serve your loved one for years by giving them a Roomba! The one here is state of the art. with Wi-Fi connected mapping, this model work with Alexa, is ideal for pet hair, carpets, and hardwood floors. So, say I love you by serving your loved one with a Roomba!
Conscious Step Men’s & Women’s Organic Cotton Crew Socks – These are responsible socks produced with organic ingredients. And every box gives back, with a portion of every purchase going to socially conscious causes.
OK, here’s a weird one. If your loved one plays cards, serve them by giving them a card shuffler. Now a warning here, most are cost effective but very low in quality. The one I’m recommending here is more expensive but very highly rated and much more professional in quality and heavy duty. (Full disclosure here, I’ve ordered this item but it hasn’t been delivered to us yet). “Win-Full” Battery Operated Professional Card Shuffler – This item shuffles one to two decks, and is high speed and highly reviewed.