Valentine’s Day is a wonderful reminder to celebrate love and to take the time to be with those who mean the most to you. From the sweet fragrant flowers, to the decadent chocolates, you go out of your way to make your significant other feel extra special! And while we know you’ve likely already got your Valentine’s Day plans made, we thought we’d curate some of our favorite ways to show your partner you love them (all year long)!
To help make this easy to reference, we’ve broken down our suggestions into the following categories: words of affirmation, physical touch, receiving gifts, quality time, and acts of service. Sound familiar? These are the 5 Love Languages, as discussed in the book by Gary Chapman (which we also highly recommend reading).
Words of Affirmation:
Your significant other is your partner, champion, and rock. They’re the first person you want to share good news to, and the only one who can lift your spirits when times are rough. Even though they know that you love them, sometimes being reminded can mean the world.
The long lost art of writing love notes may be a fun way to show your partner how you feel for them. Take time to write down some notes- favorite memories, their best qualities, why you love them. Then, find the best time to give the notes to them... or better yet, surprise them! Leave it in her purse, or on his desk, so hey have a little joyful surprise during their day!
The intimacy shared between you and your partner helps create a special bond. We know that life gets busy- in between work, family, friends, and other obligations. It’s easy to go through the entire day with barely seeing your loved one, yet alone, carving time to be close.
Physical touch doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. It can be a “just because,” or a gentle squeeze of their hand to show that you’re there. Making an active effort to connect with your partner will not only promote closeness between the two of you, but also keep the spark alive!
Sometimes, after a long day at work, the best thing is to sit on the couch with some popcorn and wine, wrapped in the arms of your love, watching your favorite shows.
Giving gifts doesn’t necessarily mean buying the most expensive or flashy presents. There’s nothing wrong with that, believe us, (*cough cough* that purse you’ve been eyeing) but it’s more so about the thought behind it.
Gifts aren’t restricted to birthdays and holidays. Sometimes an “I was thinking of you,” gift can have the biggest impact.
Some fun gift ideas, that won’t break the bank are:
- Get her some flowers that you picked, or found at a local farmer’s market! I mean how surprised would she be to get a beautiful protea on a Saturday morning!
- Surprise him with buying that pay-per-view of his favorite sport! We all know that guys and their sport obsessions are intense, so you can imagine how stoked he’d be to get to watch his favorite sport right at home because you were so thoughtful (cue great Segway into thank you kisses)
This one is simple. Put down your phone. Turn off the computer. Just be with one another. It’s so easy to get boggled down by the instant gratification of scrolling through our phones, but sometimes it’s good to “unplug” for a bit and reconnect with your loved one.
My favorite dates are the ones that involve me turning my phone onto “do not disturb,” strolling through a park, getting gelato, sitting on a bench, and just talking.
Acts of Service:
Again, your significant other is your partner. You’re a team- there to support and care for one another. Whether it’s making dinner, watching the kids, or folding laundry... acts of service are actions you can take to show how you care for your loved ones.
If you notice your loved one is stressed at work or having a hard day, simply helping make their day easier can go a long way.
Oh, here’s another thought. You don’t necessarily need recognition for it right away either! Funny story- a friend once opened her fridge after a long day at work to find that it was full of fresh groceries. Surprised, she didn’t know where it came from, but it was her significant other! Her boyfriend knew she had been working long back-to-back shifts and had gone grocery shopping for her. He didn’t mention it when he picked her up from work or anything. She just discovered it when she was hungry later that night and opened the fridge— and of course she was so happy and appreciative that he cared so much for her.
These are just a few ways you can show your partner how much you love them. The most important thing to remember is that your love is special- treasure it, hold it in value, and know that it deserves your best effort every single day.
Spend time together, remember why you love each other, and be present. Life is a beautiful journey, especially when you’re holding the hand of your loved one.
Happy Valentine’s — now and everyday!