Today is all about LOVE – the most powerful things in the world. There's a lot of pressure put on today, but relax! Expressing your love is one of the easiest things you can do. All it takes is a little planning and a little effort.
The 5 Love Languages
The following ideas are inspired by Dr. Gary Chapman's book, "The 5 Love Languages." If you don't own this book already, one of the best gifts you can give your relationship or marriage is buying this book today and committing to reading it and discovering your love languages. It's currently on sale at Amazon for only $6.59. That's a pretty cheap gift that says, "I commit to loving you the way you need to be loved."
Words of Affirmation
If your partner's love language is words of affirmation, you have it pretty easy on Valentine's Day! Here are some ideas to get you started:
1. Write a letter
You have tons of ways you can choose to write your letter: handwrite it, type it, use fancy paper, make it look old and roll it into a bottle, draw a picture on it, fold it up like you're in middle school, frame it, etc. The key is to just sit down and express your love in writing. Feel free to talk about how you met, why you fell in love, why you're still in love, why that person means the world to you, etc.
2. Create a video
Whether it's a flip camera, your phone, or a fancy camera, film yourself saying all the important things your partner deserves to hear. I suggest taking some time to write down what you'd like to say and maybe even practice it a couple times. Then just sit yourself in front of the camera and go for it. Another video idea (if you have a little more time and some video editing software like Windows Movie Maker) is to create a a slideshow of pictures of the two of you and then record what you'd like to say (maybe even with their favorite song in the background) and put it all together. This will end up being a cherished gift for a long time to come, especially for the person who needs their love tank filled with words of affirmation.
3. Make a poster
Buy some posterboard at your local dollar store or craft store and start cranking out your creativity. This doesn't have to look professional or even that good. Just get creative and express yourself: use paint, markers, crayons, magazine cut-outs, candybar wrappers, pictures, etc. For an added touch to keep this memory long after the poster gets thrown out, take a picture of it and frame it (to be delivered later).
4. Portable love card
Express yourself on a card the size of a business card and have them put it in their purse or wallet so whenever they're missing you or just need a little reminder that you love them, they can pull it out and look at it. It's an easy & portable "word of affirmation" that can go where they go.
5. A year of "I love you" journaling
Start today for NEXT year's Valentine's Day. Buy a beautiful spiral-bound journal. Every day, write something to your partner about what happened during the day that made you love them even more. The key to the surprise of this gift is keeping it hidden for a year, which can be the greatest challenge of all. To get around this, you could write an electronic version and keep the document hidden on your computer until your print it out and get it bound at your local printing shop. This is a powerful gift that shows an entire year of planning and forethought.
Stay tuned for future gift ideas for the other love languages…