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Joe and I have been together for over four years now and all of the creative ideas that I used to have listed for when I wanted to give him a gift are dwindling. One day I'll take the time to sit down and come up with a new list of ideas, but until then, I find myself racking my brain every few months trying to come up with something meaningful that I know Joe will appreciate and actually use. This year for Valentine's, I wanted to keep up with my goal of being intentional in our relationship and create something that would help us make our marriage a priority and keep us connected as a couple.
I love the idea of a love languages gift basket for a lot of reasons. This is a gift that can be used for any occasion, and can be given to anyone (not just your spouse). Each gift basket is unique to the person you're giving it to because it's filled with things that they would love but you also have a guideline to get you started. I love you can be as creative as you want with this basket and customize it to fit any budget.
In My Basket
Although Joe and I share similar love languages, and it would have been easy to center my basket around just those two languages, we both appreciate all five of the languages at some point, so I decided to incorporate them all in this gift. I had a lot of fun this past weekend wandering around Target looking for the perfect basket and things to include in it. (Who doesn't love a reason to spend time at Target?!)
Words of Affirmation - A funny card that fits our relationship perfectly with a personalized message to Joe written inside.
Acts of Service - Shoe polish with a note telling Joe that I will shine his church shoes because they've needed some TLC for a few weeks and he always forgets or doesn't have time.
Receiving Gifts - Some of Joe's favorite snacks/treats that he doesn't buy for himself or enjoy often.
Quality Time - A movie that I plan to incorporate into a date night that I know Joe will love and that we'll have a lot of fun doing together.
Ideas for your basket
Words of Affirmation - A poem you wrote, a CD of love songs that remind you of your spouse, verbal compliments, or a list of all of the things you love about your significant other.
Acts of Service - Clean and detail his car, do the chores that your spouse would usually do for a week, help your husband finish a project that he's been working on, or include an item in the basket that will help you serve him.
Receiving Gifts - A big package of his favorite treat, something that you know your husband has been eyeing for a while but won't buy for himself, new cologne, or money toward something big that the two of you are saving for.
Quality Time - Plan a special date night and give him something that he'll need for that night, cook a romantic dinner, a gift certificate to one of your favorite places to stay overnight together, or a new puzzle/card game/board game you can play together.
Physical Touch - a soft blanket for when you cuddle, K-Y® Love, lip balm to encourage soft kissable lips or a massage ball.
What other ideas do you have to include in gift basket. If you make a love languages gift basket of your own, let me know how your husband likes it!