With the Gifts Love Language, individuals tend to feel loved when they receive meaningful gifts from their partner. Gifts like small notes, mementos, or their favorite dessert or candy have a large very impact on making them feel loved. This could also be a larger gift such as the engagement ring or other jewelry for woman, or watches etc. for men. The gift does not have to be big or expensive though. In fact, frequency of small gifts could make a bigger impact on your partner than expensive gifts if their love language is gifts. If this is your partner's love language, try giving them small gifts often. (Wondering about the difference between primary and secondary love languages?? Click here to learn more.)
The key is showing your appreciation for your partner through something tangible. This is something your partner can look at and say, “yea they were thinking of me”. When you partner’s love language is gifts, they prefer having visual representations of your love over other ways of showing love like touch or compliments. Make sure to find ways to give your partner small gifts often. This will make them feel close and connected to you!
Individuals whose love language is gifts tend to give gifts to the people who are close to them. They might buy coffee for someone, bake a cake for someone birthday, or make crafts or artwork for those that are important to them. They tend to be very giving toward others. If this is your partner’s love language, they are longing for you to show representations of love through tangible objects and give them small gifts to remind them that you have been thinking about them.
Tips for Speaking the “Gift” Love Language
Things to Avoid with the Gifts Love Language
Since meaningful gifts are so important for the person whose love language is gifts, non-meaningful gifts will have less of an impact. You’ll want to avoid:
We all need love relationship to thrive in life. Part of having love relationships is knowing how to show love to others in a way that they will receive. For someone whose love language is gifts, then regular meaningful gives that show them you were thinking of them helps them feel full and confident in your love. This helps them know they are important to you.
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Elizabeth Polinsky, MSW, LCSW, is a marriage and couple therapist specializing in working with military members, veterans, and their families. Liz is located in Norfolk, Virginia, and provides online counseling services throughout Virginia, South Carolina, and Arkansas. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Virginia (#0904011022), South Carolina (#11302), and Arkansas (#7735-C). She is also licensed as a Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy in Virginia (#0730000567) under the supervision of Dr. Victoria Holroyd at The Relationship Center at East Beach.
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Hey, I'm Elizabeth Polinsky and I am a marriage therapist in the Hampton Roads area. In Communicate & Connect, I provide educational tips for relationships, with special application to military relationships.