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Gifting as a Love Language

The love language theory was popularized by Gary Chapman, a pastor and marriage counselor whose 1996 New York Times best-seller "The Five Love Languages" (Northfield Publishing) grew into a nationally syndicated radio program and a series of specialty titles ("The 5 Love Languages Singles Edition," The 5 Love Languages of Children" and so on).

The idea is that everyone speaks a primary love language: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time or physical touch. The one that makes you feel most appreciated and cared for is your primary love language.

Gift giving isn’t everyone’s love language, and it can make a happy occasion sour quickly when expectations weren’t established or met. Spending hundreds of dollars on concert tickets for your spouse because YOU like experiences instead of things may not sit so well with someone who prefers tangible gifts. Especially if the band is for your favorite band, not your spouses...

If you feel like you are tempted to give the type of gifts you want to receive because you just can’t relate to the intended recipients love langue, don’t. Just email me and we can get through this labor of love together. Or, your dollars and I will get through it, and you get to take all the credit. Pretty sweet! 

~Amanda

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