Valentine’s Day is this week. If you are like my husband and me, we are not ones to celebrate this hallmark holiday. Too many expectations for a day that is supposed to be about love & being together, but now has become a day about spending tons of money on flowers & chocolate. It has turned into a “gifting” holiday & Valentine’s Day for me is more about showing your gratitude in a small way. Showing love through the 5 Love Languages is more our route.
Haven’t heard of the Five Love Languages? Dr. Gary Chapman created these five expressions as a way to explain how we want love portrayed to us, as well as how we express it to others. They are Quality Time, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Physical Touch & Words of Affirmation.
Why not do a little something on Valentine’s Day for your loved ones that don’t cost a lot? No roses & no chocolates here, just unique ideas based on your partner & kid’s love languages.
If your special someone enjoys quality time, give them your undivided & uninterrupted time this Valentine’s Day.
Watch their favorite movie
Play a board game together
Draw, color & doodle all night
Listen to Pandora on shuffle
Picnic on the porch
Take a walk around the block or to the closest park
Someone that has Acts of Service as one of their languages likes when things are done for them, as well as acts of kindness portrayed to show they are appreciated.
Bed in breakfast
Coffee ready to go for the day
Tackle that mound of laundry
Put their favorite crockpot on for dinner
Finish “that one” project around the house
Fill up their gas tank & get the car washed
This is one of my main languages because I really enjoy gifting to others, but I also enjoy receiving them & knowing they are thinking about me. Sentimental gifts, like handmade items, mean the WORLD to me.
Make a homemade Valentine’s card
Bake their favorite dessert from scratch
Make a scavenger hunt to a framed photo
Hide special notes around the house
Create a keepsake gift with the kids
Holding hands, receiving hugs & feeling loved with physical intimacy are just a few ways those that crave physical touch can be shown love.
Cuddle on the couch
Give a random hug & thank you during the day
Hold their hand while out & about
Impromptu shoulder rub
Create a massage “coupon” book
Words of affirmation is a special love language because anyone can do it & it just feels right! Speak positive, affirming words to the ones around you to show them how much they mean to you.
Leave love notes on the bathroom mirror for the morning
Say I Love You the moment they wake up
Handwrite a card for their lunch
Post a loving message on Facebook for all to see!
Tell them how great they look that day
Do you know what your partner or kid’s love language is? Find out here & be sure to spread the love without gifts this season.