Hayes and I usually take V Day pretty slow. Since our first Valentines Day three years ago, Hayes brings me yellow roses (cute story: our first V Day together, he bought them for me because he said they looked like me... that's some cute shit right there. And yes I know they're the rose of "friendship" or whatever BUT THEY'RE GORGEOUS, OKAY?), we always cook an amazing dinner (our first V Day together I made him filet mignon, green beans, potatoes au gratin, and flourless chocolate cake. I know, I know... I basically knocked it out of the park), and watch movies. But my favorite part of the night is when we exchange gifts. Actually, last year we both told each other no gifts... but we each came home with small presents for each other because we just love shopping for one another.
I love shopping for Hayes because I love to treat him. It's actually my #1 love language. Have you taken the love language quiz before? I highly recommend. It is such an amazing way to get in tune with how you show love and how you want to receive love and makes a great conversation for you and your SO to have. Hayes and I both took the quiz a few months ago and we had a whole conversation about what it means to each of us and how it will help us grow in our marriage. For instance, my love languages are gifts and words of affirmation (because I am needy AF, nothing new there) and Hayes' love languages are acts of service and physical touch. So I show love by buying gifts and verbally expressing my love and admiration and also feel loved when receiving these things. For instance, I love treating Hayes to nice dinners, surprising him with gifts, sending him nice texts throughout the day, etc. but I also feel best when he treats me to these things too. Hayes on the other hand likes cleaning up the house before I get home, cooking dinners, stealing kisses, and holding hands. He feels loved when I clean up the house and have dinner ready for when he gets home. It's how we choose to show love and feel love. I really recommend that you and your SO take the quiz and have a conversation about your love languages... you'll be surprised how much you will learn about your partner and how you can be so much more intentional in your relationship.
If you're like me, I love giving gifts. I may not be the superstar creative gift giver but watching people open gifts and their reaction. Really nothing better than making somebody feel loved and letting them know you were thinking of them. I rounded up my favorite Valentines Day gifts for yo man here. Check them out: