150. Level Up Your Gift Game with Love Languages
Craft Personalized Gifts That Speak Their Love Language
Though I’m curious about people’s love languages, I am sometimes hesitant to ask them because I fear they will reciprocate the question back at me. I fear this because my number one love language is gifts.
As a self-proclaimed fru-gal, you can imagine my dismay when I found out that gifts was my love language. How materialistic! How shallow! It can be an embarrassing thing to disclose to somebody.
The thing about gifts is that they offer something to you with nothing in return. For someone who was previously very time-limited, gifts were something that someone could give me without taking up my time in any way.
Gifts do not have to be expensive. A guy I dated in Charlotte once brought me a candy bar by surprise on a routine date. I was so overjoyed. He was almost concerned by my elation. Yes, I have an unhealthy relationship with sugar, and since then candy bars are now in the “never-event” category. Aside from the sugar, I was pleased because I knew he thought about me when I was not there and wanted to give me something I would enjoy.
I have come to terms with my primary love language being diagnosed as “gifts”. The consumption or use of the gift has almost nothing to do with the joy I feel when receiving a gift. In fact, I usually return my gifts, and when they can’t be returned I put them into a “re-gift” pile. The joy comes from the thought that someone took their time (without taking up my time) to think of something lovely to give me.
This week, Michelle and I discuss the five love languages and how to choose a gift for each person based on their love language. We also share tips for gift-giving for each love language. For example, for someone who loves gifts the packaging can make the whole gift. A beautifully wrapped gift says I came here to give this gift to you, whereas a present in a grocery bag says I thought about this last minute.
A beautifully wrapped gift from a patient
What is your love language and what are some gifts that have lit you up? Share in the comments below!
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