In part one of our series, we’ll discuss the best gifts for someone whose love language is Words of Affirmation. We will write about the four other Love Languages in subsequent blog posts.
It turns out there’s more than one universal way to express love — there’s five.
Gary Chapman, the man behind the book and dare I say, movement, that is The Five Love Languages, theorizes that every single person speaks one of five love languages. Essentially, they feel love in one of these ways: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time and Physical Touch. Whichever way they feel love is also how they show love (and what they crave from their family members and friends).
Those of us who need to hear consistent verbal expressions of love speak the “Words of Affirmation” love language. (I say us because I crave the metaphorical “gold star” in order to know I am appreciated.) We generally show our affection by letting people know “I love you” or “you’re doing great” and we want those words to be reciprocated.
When it comes to gift giving — you need to speak the love language of the person on the receiving end, that is, if you want to give memorable, meaningful gifts. We have you covered with four amazing gifts you can give someone who speaks the Words of Affirmation love language (and look out for later blogs that will give you tips on the other four love languages):
1. A personalized mug: Go beyond “World’s Best Grandma” with a more meaningful and impactful message. Try “You light up the room,” “I admire your strength,” or “I appreciate all you do.” Your loved one can read how much they are appreciated every time they drink a cup of coffee (which, if they’re anything like me, is way too often). If you have enough time and creative talent, you can also make your own DIY mug.
2. A handwritten letter: No actually, whip out your quill pen, put down your computer and write a letter (candlelight is optional). Say everything that’s too embarrassing to say aloud — write about why you are proud of them or about one of your most cherished memories together. Have all of their friends and family members write their own letters, collect them in a decorated shoe box and watch as tears of joy stream down their face.
3. A custom notebook: Add a touch of personalization by having your loved one’s name or initials engraved on the cover, then go deeper by writing a little note on the first page to remind them why you love them. Remember, the why is important. Those who crave words of affirmation need to be told “I love you” because…
4. A Feature: Not a writer? Maybe FeatureMe is your answer. We take all those sweet messages you want to say to the person you love and turn them into a one-of-a-kind custom story. We interview five people, asking questions that make people think beyond “I love you” and pull the most meaningful quotes and incorporate them into the story and the magazine-style design. Your loved one can read again and again why they really matter.
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Read part two.