Speaking Their Love Language: Inexpensive Ideas for 2021


Man and woman lying in bed while woman holds rose and reads Valentine’s day card

Valentine’s Day gifts that show you understand your partner’s “love language” and what says “I love you” to them are always meaningful. So, do you know your boo’s love language?

If you’re not familiar, check out Dr. Gary Chapman’s book, The Five Love Languages. The five love languages include: Receiving Gifts, Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Physical Touch and Quality Time. A few of these love languages, like Physical Touch and Quality Time, don’t require you to spend any money at all. You just might need to get a little . . . creative.

Here are some out-of-the-box ideas.

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Valentine’s Gift Guide for Her

Making Valentine’s Day special can be as simple as leaving a note, cooking dinner or giving a massage.

Words of Affirmation

Man and woman lying in bed while woman holds rose and reads Valentine’s day card

  • On the morning of Valentine’s Day, leave her a handwritten love note
  • Place love letter sticky notes in the bathroom
  • Leave her a sweet voice message
  • Send her a special text message
  • Send her a random email in the middle of the day to let her know that you’re thinking of her

Acts of Service

Man reaching into dryer doing laundry

  • Prepare breakfast in bed
  • Fill up the gas tank in her car
  • Get her car washed
  • Offer to take the kids to school for the day if she normally does it
  • Takeover the chores: vacuum the house; do the laundry; throw out the trash; walk the dog

Physical Touch

A woman’s foot receiving a foot massage with candles and flowers in the background

Physical touch is also a common love language. Treat your lady to a spa day at her favorite place or even try your hand at giving her a massage at home.

Quality Time

Man and woman enjoying coffee and pastries on a sunny day in a garden

Many women’s love language is quality time—they just want some uninterrupted time together. If you normally spend your Saturday mornings golfing, tinkering with your car, or playing video games, surprise her instead with a leisurely breakfast in bed.

Receiving Gifts: Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her

 For Her Receiving Gifts

Unique and personalized keepsakes are perfect for the lady whose love language is Receiving Gifts. You can’t go wrong with Etsy Valentine’s Day gifts – and be sure to tell her where you got it. You’ll probably get extra points for knowing what Etsy is.

When in Doubt: Prepare a Meal

Not sure of your lady’s love language? Cooking her dinner is always a good bet. Re-create a meal from her favorite restaurant or the place you went on your first date. Top it off with one of our fun Valentine’s Day centerpiece ideas and a delicious dessert Valentine martini recipe for a meal she’ll never forget.

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Valentine’s Gift Guide for Him

Don’t let them fool you – men love Valentine’s Day just as much as women, and it’s just as important to give them thoughtful and meaningful gifts. Here are a few ideas for inexpensive Valentine’s Day gifts that come from the heart.

Words of Affirmation

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  • Give him an early phone call just to tell him you love him
  • Put a handwritten note in his car right where he can see it 

Acts of Service

Woman in bathrobe ironing clothes while man enjoys breakfast with their son

  • Make sure his work clothes are ironed
  • Prepare a healthy snack that he can take on the go
  • Offer to do an errand that he normally does
  • Get his car washed.
  • Show up at his office with a cup of coffee

Physical Touch

Man and woman jogging together on a sunny day in a park

A massage works for just about anyone. But if that’s not his sort of thing, then just find simple ways to be more affection, like hugging him in the middle of the day for no reason, or giving him a back rub while he’s relaxing at the end of the work day.

Quality Time

Man and woman enjoying coffee while watching the sunset

Even if you don’t understand a thing about sports, spend quality time with your man by watching a game with him. You could also work out together if the two of you typically workout alone.

Receiving Gifts

For Him Receiving Gifts

If your husband or boyfriend’s love language is Receiving Gifts, you can find plenty of cheap Valentine’s gifts for him. Start with our Valentine’s Day coupons and see what would fit his style. We have discounts on personalized beer glasses, hats, tasty treats and even lingerie – yes, that counts as a gift for him.

When in Doubt: Make Him Dessert

Maybe you just started dating, or maybe he’s just hard to read. If you’re not sure of your man’s love language, making him dessert is the way to go. Don’t know what to make? Sneak in a question about his favorite flavors, then check out our best ideas for Valentine’s desserts for him.

If you know he’s more of a chocolate person than baked dessert, treat him to something from Simply Chocolate. Make sure to use promo code 10SC to save 10% on your order.

Making your V-Day memorable doesn’t have to be expensive. These his and hers Valentine gifts will fit any budget and are sure to delight your partner.


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