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Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Words of Affirmation

9 Gifts That Say ‘I Love You’

Because sometimes the right card or cashmere, pendant or pillow speak louder than words.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we’re looking to Gary Chapman’s New York Times bestselling The Five Love Languages as a guide for gifting. According to Chapman’s widely adopted theory, we all express and experience love in different ways, and when our loved ones speak our love language—through words, touch, service or gifts—we feel adored and understood. So, this Valentine’s Day, our gift to you is a female founder guide for using the love languages to give better, more meaningful gifts.

If you are with someone whose love language is words of affirmation, and you don’t know where to begin, remember all your partner really wants is for you to express yourself. Surely, those three little words are great, but they’ll really go a long way if you follow them up with why. Whether it’s a friend or a life partner, there’s no better time to articulate your love for them–in a card or on a sweater–with words that will make him or her feel appreciated.

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all about love book by bell hooks

01. All About Love

Heart skips a beat with a book about love

bell hooks
Books A Million, $16

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02. Completely In Love With You Card

A love letter goes a long way

Of A Kind, $5

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03. Objet Pendant

Proclaim your love privately

J. Hannah Jewelry, $320

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black close to my heart pillow by bella freud

04. Close To My Heart Pillow

Pillow talk

Bella Freud
Matches Fashion, $171

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red mini bookk on 125000 ways to say i love you by Pia Frey

05. 125,000 Ways to Say I Love You

All the ways to say those three little words

Pia Frey
Books A Million, $16

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pink love is the message sweater by lingua franca

06. Love Is The Message Sweater

Put your heart on her sleeve

Lingua Franca
Net-A-Porter, $380

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custom bouquet by emily thompson

07. Custom Bouquet

Build a bouquet of pink roses for perfect happiness, dark roses for thankfulness, red tulips for declaration of love, and pink tulips for care

Emily Thompson
Emily Thompson Flowers, Price Upon Request

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grace tattoo by fleur noire tattoo

08. Tattoo

Put it in ink

Fleur Noire Tattoo
Fleur Noire Tattoo, Price Upon Request

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B4 bancroft brushed sterling silver engravable cuff

09. B4 Bancroft Cuff

Engrave a sweet saying on his everyday cuff

Alice Made This
Mr Porter, $330

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