Gary Chapman's book "The 5 Love Languages" is really life-changing...or at least relationship changing. To sum it all up, he says that we each primarily feel and therefore (attempt) to show love in 1 (or more) of 5 ways; Gifts, Touch, Words of Affirmation, Service, and Quality Time.
Recognizing our own and also our loved one's LOVE LANGUAGES helps us to know what they need, what they value most, and how to speak each other's love language. You can take a quick QUIZ at (http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/) to find out what love language your and your family members speak.
So once you know what does that mean when it comes time to get your loved one a gift? Obviously, if their love language is GIFTS it's fairly self-explanatory. But what about the other 4 languages?
Maybe we can tailor the specific types of gifts that we give depending on the love language? We've put together a little "Quick Guide" to help you narrow down the best gift that will communicate how you feel to your love one...no matter what "LOVE" language they speak.
I think we've all been there at least once: a birthday comes and goes and we are left feeling slightly (or sometimes very) disappointed that no one took the time to make it special. No one considered what we'd ACTUALLY like. No one put just a little bit of time and effort into letting us know that they value our role in their lives.
Another year, another birthday for your child, husband, wife, or mom or dad. We all know we should show love to our family members all year round (we do, right?)...but do we really make the most of this once a year opportunity to spend a bit of time making each individual feel special and loved. And not disappointed and unimportant?
Unfortunately, I think we get busy, distracted, or maybe just a little stuck in a rut and don't REALLY make our loved ones know that we care enough to spend a little bit of time and effort on them.
Don't worry, I'm not going to tell you to spend a bazillion dollars and a month on Pinterest to make everything perfect...but here are 3 simple things that you do to make the next birthday for your loved one a little more meaningful.
The point here is put to some THOUGHT into celebrating those you LOVE. I know that life is busy but a little bit of effort and time goes a long way in strengthening a relationship.
I may or may not have been guilty of re-gifting a time or two. It usually goes like this... We have a birthday, baby shower, wedding, etc to attend and because I tend to over-schedule myself, I end up on a last-minute mad dash for a suitable gift. I search the house frantically for any un-used/un-opened gift to save myself a trip to the store that I don't have time for and maybewa2q find something that is remotely appropriate for the occasion. But because I am a firm believer in MEANINGFUL GIFTS, this is where I am forced to pull out my ninja-creativity skills (or something)...and MAKE it apply.
ENTER- the cheesy hand-written poem (most likely on the pansy stationary I received for my 15th Birthday that has managed to reproduce itself like the loaves and the fishes for the past 15...ish years):
"You are so sweet,
You can't be beat.
When I smell this, I think of you,
Just rub it on your hands
And they'll be sweet too."
Stick that with a (mostly) full bottle of Bath and Bodyworks Hand Sanitizer in last year's Christmas gift bag that the neighbors' sugar cookies came in and VOILA! A 5-minute gift.
JUST KIDDING! (Kind of)
Don't be like me. Plan ahead. Like at least a day or two. Or better yet, plan a week or two ahead and get your loved one something they will ACTUALLY appreciate and want to KEEP....FOREVER.
Check out these very personal and thought-out photo gifts (All available through our ETSY shop). Think just a little bit ahead and we'll do all the work for you. So you won't have to write a last minute cheesy poem. (or maybe I'm the only one who does that?)
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