What the Receiving Gifts Love Language Means for a Relationship

What the Receiving Gifts Love Language Means for a Relationship

In 1992, author Gary Chapman revolutionized the way many people view love with his bestselling book, “The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate.” In the book, Chapman shares five primary ways romantic partners give and receive love, adding that we all speak certain languages better than others in our romantic lives.

Understanding your own love language and the love language of your partner can help you both get what you need from the relationship. Here we will take a closer look at the love language of gift-giving and gift-receiving and what this means for your partnership.

You may know or suspect that one of your partner’s strongest love languages is the act of giving and receiving gifts. Or perhaps gifts are your love language and you’re looking for a better way to communicate your needs.

Chapman’s 5 Love Languages

Giving and receiving gifts is just one love language. It’s helpful to know all five of Chapman’s proposed love languages. They are:

  • Physical touch: Showing and receiving love through affirmative touching, such as by holding hands, cuddling, kissing, and even sex
  • Quality time: Needing to spend meaningful time with your partner to feel loved, such as chatting over dinner or going for a long walk together
  • Acts of service: Showing and feeling love through helpful actions, such as by cooking a meal for your partner or cleaning out their car
  • Words of affirmation: Feeling or showing love through praise, compliments, and other verbal expressions of love
  • Gift giving: Sharing love through presents of all sizes, ranging from small tokens or trinkets to larger, more expensive gifts

“Approaching relationships from the love language perspective is really productive,” says s, a licensed mental health counselor and relationship coach. “By learning how to ‘speak’ each other’s love language, you’re ensuring both people in a relationship feel supported and seen.”


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