Love Language Gift Ideas: So Thoughtful!

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Art: OcéanoMar

Last-minute gifts? There’s still time to be thoughtful! Use The 5 Love Languages to pinpoint what will be most appreciated. To learn more, or to find out your love language, go to their site and take the free quiz. So interesting and fun! Have your friends and family take it and get some insight on how they show and receive love.

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What is Their Love Language?

Basically, the concept is that there are 5 basic ways that people give and receive love. They are:

  1. Words of Affirmation
  2. Acts of Service
  3. Receiving Gifts
  4. Quality Time
  5. Physical Touch

Of course, everyone loves most of these, but there is generally one or two that a person really responds to.  Once you get to know a person’s love language, it becomes easy to show them you care in a way that they actually FEEL it.

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Giving Thoughtful Gifts 101

Once you know a person’s love language, it makes shopping for them a little easier and kind of fun!  My sister recently came across an idea of how to keep holiday shopping simple.  Buy each person: something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read.  I’m not sure if you noticed, but that list rhymes.  If you want some book suggestions, be sure to check out our reviews of quick reads that make an impact.

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Words of Affirmation

If a person’s love language is words of affirmation, then a sincere compliment goes a long way.   Little notes or lipstick on the mirror hits straight to the heart for these verbal love bugs.  Graphic tees are an easy and creative way to send the right message.  Find a tee that says something positive or makes a statement.  Be sure to include a thoughtful card!

We found some some cute tees from Planet Blue. Right now they are doing a holiday deal where you can get $50 back!  Always nice to get a little cash back.

Acts of Service

Acts of service people feel most loved when you are serving them.  They appreciate labors of love (handcrafted items) or small acts of service.  If you’re on a budget, a coupon book would go a long way.  Make their favorite meal, or serve them breakfast in bed.  Here is a quick list of fun projects and recipes you can use to make your acts of service person super happy.

  1. Whip up one of our yummy skillet recipes and add a little iron to their diet!
  2. One of our Girlfriends, Aynsley Parker, makes cute zipper pouches that are perfect for kids or travel.  She has a great DIY guide that shows you step-by-step how to make them out of Pellon (iron-on batting) and bias tape.  Make a batch of them and fill them with whatever your little heart desires.  They are so useful!
  3. Make a winter care package: Check out our article about the health benefits of specific herbal teas, or local honey.   Add a cute mug and you’re set!
  4. Pumpkin is still a seasonal delight – if you’ve got someone who has a vegan or gluten-free diet, check out these top 5 pumpkin recipes.  They will certainly appreciate that you went the extra mile to consider their dietary restrictions.
  5. Get some vintage pottery and create a little cactus garden.  Cacti and succulents are my favorite gifts to give because they are so resilient.
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Receiving Gifts

You would think a gifts person would be the easiest to shop for, but oh no, they are NOT.  Whatever you choose doesn’t have to be costly, but the quality and the thought should definitely be there.  Think of items that they truly need or can use and then splurge a little on them.   Gifts people also tend to enjoy “experience gifts”.  These include cooking classes, hot air ballooning, or concert tickets.  Gift cards are just as appreciated as long as it’s from a store they love.  (Helpful tip from me to you, make sure your wrapping is on point as well.)

Domino is a great one-stop-shop, since they carry high-quality items from amazing designers.  I love their unique selection of home goods especially. Remember the East-meets-West plates I found for our Bohemian tablescapes article?  Gorgeous!  And it’s easy to save on your purchase – simply sign up for their newsletter and save an instant 15%.  No-brainer!

Spending hours with a quality time person is not enough if they are not getting your undivided attention.  They would rather have 30 minutes of knowing you are truly present in the moment, than 2 hours of distraction.  Take them out to dinner, or schedule a weekend vacation.  Check out our latest articles on Salt Lake City, Utah and Portland, Oregon for foodie-approved eating spots and travel guides!  Make sure you are fully present and your cell phone is turned off!

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Physical Touch

Physical touch people love hugs, kissing, and cuddling.  Be sure to find items that are soft and touchable.  Cashmere, soft cotton, or silk are great fabrics to focus on.  Skin care products are also an easy idea.  Check out our article on the health benefits of an Epsom salt bath and make a cute gift basket.

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Murad also has some great gift packs – I found these three sets that are perfect for any age range or skin type.  The Merry & Glowing Trio is packed with Vitamin C and has some great natural exfoliating properties.   Check out our Vitamin C article to learn more about its amazing age-reversing properties.  ‘Tis the season for dry skin, so the Merry & Relaxed Trio is ultra-hydrating.  It includes an Intensive Age-Diffusing Serum which makes it a great set for older women.  The serum is $75 so you’re getting 2 additional products for just $20 more.  Heck Yeah!  101 ways to be granny’s favorite.  Finally, I am including the Merry & Polished Duo because I am currently obsessed with Retinol.  Check out my article on how this Vitamin E miracle worker is every woman’s BFF. These are selling out quick, so act fast!

These sets are a banging good deal and any physical touch person would appreciate.  It’s those little luxuries that make a difference and any set would be fine for any skin type so that makes it easy.  Be sure to use promo code SAVE to get $10 off $50!

Focus on the Giver

It’s easy to get caught up in holiday shopping and focus only on what you are needing to get for your loved ones.  If you know a person’s love language, it makes it a little easier to see the thoughtfulness of their gifts, too.  Remember, most people tend to give what they appreciate themselves.  When your loved one is wanting to go to dinner or to see the lights, they may just be a quality time person.  They are still trying to show you they love you, so recognize!

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