It’s the most wonderful time of the year, between the quality time, gift-giving is one of my most favorite activities to do. This year is my and Andy’s (my bf) second Christmas together. Shopping for our boyfriend isn’t always easy, and sometimes we have to result to their wishlist (where’s the surprise in that?) So to give more meaning to your presents this year, why not give them a gift based on their love language?
There are 5 Love Languages, such as words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. This is a great opportunity to learn something more about your partner’s love language. You can start taking the quiz here!
Words of Affirmation
People with words of affirmation as their love language enjoy hearing their partner telling them how appreciative, how good looking and wonderful they are. Of course, these affirmations should be truthful and genuine. And depending on how comfortable they are with sharing their accomplishments with others, your gift will have them smiling for days.
A Sweet Letter
Something that they can bring with them everywhere they go, a heartfelt letter carries all the emotions you have for them. Set out time to write them a letter, thanking them for being in your life or reminding them of how kind they’ve been to the people around them.
For those who are sentimental, these letters can pick them up on their hard days, so your letters will last for a while.
Write Them a Book
I came across this cute idea a few years ago, and it is a book that you can personalize. The characters can be personalized down to the details of their outfits. If you are looking for something that is more light-hearted and comedic to capture your love story, then give this idea a try.
Acts of Service
Act of service is defined to be doing something that you know your partner would like and showing them affection through your actions. This one is important to me because it is also Andy’s love language, so here are some ideas for you.
Restocking Their Personal Hygiene Products
Take an inventory of all of their products, whether it is shampoo, conditioner, razor, or body lotion. These items are things they will always need but may forget to buy them sometimes.
I think this is such a cute act of kindness because it shows them that you pay attention to their needs.
Take their car for an oil change
Getting an oil change is something we all have to do every couple thousand miles, so take note of when their car is in need of one by checking the stickers on the left corner their front windshield.
Check out the Google reviews of a few car repair shops in your area for customer service and pricing. Do make sure you know what type of oil they need, check out this tool if you are completely lost!
(PS If you really want to go out of your way, throw in a tire rotation 😉 ).
Subscription to Learning
If your partner is looking for a new hobby to explore, give them a subscription to learning sites such as Skillshare or Master Class. Many of my friends who tried Skillshare really enjoyed the classes, there are so many different options to choose from. I personally have used Master Class, and I really like the cinematic approach that they took to create the courses. From learning how to cook like Gordon Ramsey to leadership lessons from the CEO of Disney, all the learning at their fingertips.
Nowadays there are tons of different streaming, from music to TV shows, movies, and anime (Crunchy Roll for the win). You can even start a family plan that may come at a lower cost, plus most streaming services allow usage of more than 2-3 screens, so you can also enjoy the gift.
Shop from His Wish List
Throughout the year, keep track of all the things that your boyfriend may have mentioned. This year Andy and I agreed to share our wish list, where I picked a few items from them but also picked out a surprise gift from his favorite dance crew.
Cooking a Meal
If you and your partner live together or are planning on celebrating with your families together, cooking a meal together is a great way to have some fun and be creative. I find cooking as a team-oriented activity, good bonding time and you can enjoy your delicious food afterward.
If you are not a cook, there are many simple videos for baking or appetizers. I’ve been obsessed with Binging with Babish (thanks Andy), where he cooks basic foods that can be dressed up for a fancier twist.
Couples Massage Session
If you are feeling comfortable to leave the house, I recommend a 60 minutes massage session. I think the idea of being able to enjoy a calming atmosphere and relaxing together is so blissful. I have been to a few sessions, you are required to wear masks the whole time but it was still enjoyable. Shop around for some sessions in your area, and plan for a lazy day afterward because it is so nice to sleep in afterward.
You can also plan a spa day for him at home too, check out my guide here for a day full of relaxation while being on a budget.
So this is not PG at all but some cute lingerie for the bedroom will sure to be a treat. I personally love them, and I like to think of them as gifts for both of us. But I leave it up to you for your level of comfort 💖.
I hope you found my list helpful, as most of my recommendations are more creative gifts full of activities and experience. I think it is so meaningful to go the extra mile for curating gifts that your boyfriend, especially learning more about their love language. To learn more about love language in our everyday life, check out my blog here!