Valentine’s Day is exciting when you’re in a relationship. There’s nothing better than knowing you have the opportunity to spend an evening, or a full day, with your significant other. Even if you don’t buy into the cliché Valentine’s Day agenda, there’s a certain fulfillment in dedicating time from our busy lives to enjoy the company of the one you care about.
If you do love going all out, you’re not alone. Going all out is about taking it to the next level, and really trying to impress. Everyone expresses that they care in a different way, as there are five different love languages. Some people enjoy physical touch, others enjoy words of affirmation, and some enjoy quality time. Taking these languages into consideration every time you think of doing something kind for your significant other can really increase the quality of your relationship. Below are five different ideas using the languages of love to help your significant other feel extra special this February 14th.
Words of Affirmation
If you know your significant other melts when you send them a “good morning” text while they’re away on their business trip, then their love language is definitely words of affirmation. If this is the case think about something permanent that can always affirm your feelings for them, and no, I’m not talking about a tattoo. Brainstorm a way to make an awesome do-it-yourself craft and put your own heartfelt touch on it.
There are countless ways to do so. Buy a fragrant bar of soap and carve it into a heart with a note saying “I love you” and place it in the shower. Leave a note on the pillow, or send them a handwritten letter that will arrive in the mail at their office on Valentine’s Day. Whatever you do, make it unique and make it meaningful. They’ll thank you later.
Acts of Service
Most working professionals hate coming home to a mess. The last thing you want to do when you get home from work is go home and clean. If helping your significant other with chores around the house or making them a home cooked meal is in their ballpark, take time to consider that this Valentine’s Day. Order a cleaning service like Tidy, or do it yourself! Either way, make sure it’s sparkling for when they arrive.
[tweetthis]All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. Charles M. Schulz #quote[/tweetthis]
If your significant other still wears the watch you bought them every day then they are likely attuned to the language of gifts. If you’re a guy, find Valentine gifts she’ll love from a flower gifting service and pair it with her favorite dessert. Think outside the box this year and get something other than chocolate. If you know she likes ice cream more, stop by the local grocery store and get her favorite flavor of Ben and Jerry’s. If you’re a lady and your significant other loves being active, get him a gift certificate to go paintballing or a day out riding dirt bikes. He’ll love both the gift and the experience.
Everyone loves quality time, but if your significant other is someone who would rather just stay home and relax, respect that this Valentine’s Day. Make it unique by putting your phones and other electronics in a box tucked underneath your bed. Set up some candles and make it a point to try and talk for at least an hour. You’ll be surprised at the things both of you say, especially if you’ve been too busy to really sit down and talk for a while.
It’s true. Some people just like to cuddle. If your partner is someone who loves to have their hair played with and can always use a back scratch, their love language might be physical touch. If it is, take that into consideration this Valentine’s Day by giving them a massage. Do whatever you can to make the experience extra special—light some candles, play soft music, and invest in a good smelling lotion. Afterwards, curl up on the couch and enjoy a movie together. The constant physical touch will be special to them, and they’ll be glad you both decided to stay in.