26 Gifts For Him: For All Five Love Languages

Have you and your fella taken the 5 Love Languages test?

This short love languages quiz radically changed how I approach loving my husband. I always used to buy him a lot of little gifts throughout the year. I would grab a bag of pistachio nuts, a couple hymnals for his collection or a rugby shirt. He was so sweet about the gifts, but they never seemed to make him quite as excited as I expected.IMG_7355

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Then we took the Five Love Languages test, and I was shocked by the results! Gifts were the lowest on his love language list, and they were highest on mine. And physical touch was highest on his list, and lowest on mine.

It’s not that he did not like the gifts, but they did not speak love to him in the way they spoke it to me. We are just wired differently.

In light of that discovery, I have cut back on the gifts I give him, and he has started buying presents for me now and then. We both feel more loved.

Love languages matter, and I encourage you to love on your fella by giving him (or doing) something that speaks to his specific love language!

Words of Affirmation

Words of Affirmation is one of my top love styles. I get all warm and fuzzy inside when someone says something kind or encouraging to me. If your fella feels loved in this way, why not write down a bunch of reasons why you love him?

  • Use Window Markers to write him a message! For my Hubby’s Birthday, I bought some window markers, and wrote a message to him on the mirror in the bathroom. Sometimes it is the simple things that mean the most!
  • Knock Knock What I Love About You : This little book is so much fun to fill out for your Fella for Valentine’s Day. It is PERFECT for the person who’s love language is Words of Affirmation.
  • Why I Love You: A Journal of Us: This is a sweet book, and and would be a great gift alongside the Knock Knock What I Love About You book.
  • Put together a photo album from the past year. For our anniversary, I designed a photo album and ordered it off of Shutterfly. It was the story of our year together, and my hubs (just my boyfriend then) absolutely loved it.
  • An engraved pocket knife: every guy should carry a pocket knife, and this one has a special message on the handle.
  • Write down 52 reasons you love him: put each reason in an envelope, and tell your man to open one every Monday for the rest of the year!
  • Cover the house with sticky notes, and on every sticky note write one thing you love about him (I’ve done this too, and let me tell you–we were finding sticky notes for weeks. Ha!

Acts of Service

If your fella’s primary love language is Acts of Service then you could make him breakfast in bed, cook his favorite meal for supper (and do all the dishes and clean-up yourself) or even make him a coupon book with tasks and dates that he can redeem at any time! Since this type of guy feels loved by you accomplishing tasks be sure to do little things all day for him that show how much you love him.

Receiving Gifts

This one is pretty self-explanatory, and is my top love language. If this is your guy’s love language then one idea would be to arrange a short little scavenger hunt for your fella, with five or six little, fun gifts. You could have the scavenger hunt around the house, throughout your town, or, as I did for my Fella one year, throughout a college campus. Here are a few more ideas:

Quality Time

For the guy who loves quality time,  you are going to have to set aside a chunk of time for him. He doesn’t want gifts, tasks accomplished, or words to tell him that you love him–he just wants to hang out with you.

  • Take him bowling: Did I ever tell you the story of when I took my hubby, brother-in-law (who plays in the NFL) and a couple of friends bowling? My hubby and brother-in-law completely schooled us. Sigh. But it was still fun…I guess…;-)
  • Enjoy a movie night at home: cuddle up with your sweetheart and watch his favorite movie. You could even buy two of these adorable popcorn tubs!
  • Book a hotel at Hotwire, and spend a weekend away: Hotwire is my favorite website for getting fancy hotel for cheap prices. We have stayed at some of the most gorgeous hotels for fifty or sixty dollars a night.
  • Go Skydiving: If this is your thing then more power to you! Ha ha! Skydiving for Valentine’s Day = perfection.
  • Go Ice Skating: This would be the top of my list for Valentine’s Day.
  • Go to a concert: if your fella is a music lover then grab tickets for his favorite band or orchestra!IMG_7379

Physical Touch

This is my Hubby’s love language, and though it might be harder to find gifts for this area it is still possible! Here are a few ideas…

  • Give him a massage: buy this couples’ massage book along with some natural oil (I love this sweet almond oil mix!), and a coupon for an hour massage!
  • Give him a cashmere blanket: perfect for movie nights, and snuggling up underneath.
  • Take him out to dinner, and instead of sitting across from him, sit next to him: sometimes when we are in a booth I sit on the same side as Hubs. The waiter might give us an odd look, but it is fun to break up the status quo and be close to each other!
  • Go on a tour of your city: take your camera, and pretend you are a couple of tourists. Take pictures of everything, snuggle up close to each other, and pretend like you are in a foreign country. It’s fun!

What is a gift you have given your man that he has loved?

Comments

  1. Just a heads up… you’re link for “What Star Wars Teaches Us About Marriage” post actually takes the reader to an Amazon site for a plush teal colored blanket. 😉

    Have enjoyed reading some of your posts today. Glad a friend shared. Thank you!

  2. Awesome tips! It’s so nice you included ideas for each Love Language, since my husband and I both have primary and secondary love languages that score really close to each other. 🙂

  3. Love this! I’m a HUGE fan of the 5 Love Languages and I recommend the book to pretty much every couple I know! Such a great list of gifts, too. Go figure, but I am AWFUL at gifts – probably because it is my lowest love language! I could read sweet words until I grow old, though! But that’s just me – so I love some ideas for different languages!
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  4. I just did a test with my kids on love languages and remembered when I asked my husband to do the test (so I could know what his was) I found it to be acts of service. The only problem with your suggestion is that my husband would think a coupon book would be too cheesy! I think just listening and just making the house look especially nice on Valentine’s Day might just do the trick. That and just showing him love by helping him wherever he has need. That could even just mean singing with him while he plays guitar! Thanks for the post and I will share it! Have a blessed day!
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  5. Bethie,
    Wow. Jeepers. I’ve been married for 100 years, yet taking into account his love language when I give him gifts has never entered my (thick) head. Now I have a bit of ‘yinkin’ to do . . .. GREAT post, Bethie! What a revelation!
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  6. My hubby would LOVE The Sriracha Cookbook. He is obsessed with Sriracha and I think it is just OK. But for me to give that to him would be a total treat since it is me basically opening up the door for him to make more things with it 🙂

  7. I love that you did this by LOVE LANGUAGE! ADORABLE! Last year for Valentine’s Day I had a hard time with gifts. I was out of work because of a shoulder injury…. so not only was I unable to do something cute and crafty, I was broke. Ha. I did a lot of little things to express my love but one thing was I placed post it notes all over our house with things I loved about him. Occasionally I’ll still find one hanging out somewhere. 🙂
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  8. Bethany I am so embarrassed to say that I have never heard of the 5 love languages test. I have been married 10 years plus and I am always stumped on what to get my hubby. I will definitely be looking into this some more. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love that you have ideas for all 5 Love Languages! That book was seriously a game changer in our marriage! My hubby’s primary love language is Acts of Service, while mine is a toss up between Physical Touch and Words of Affirmation. When we were first married, we both tried to show love to each other using our own love language rather than our spouses. We’re still not perfect at it, but we’ve improved greatly over the last 16 1/2 years. 🙂
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