There are many different ways to show love.
I show love by giving gifts, but my husband shows his love by 'acts of service' - like washing the dishes, folding the clothes, vacuuming my car or taking me out for a meal. Now because he's doesn't like to receive gifts I had to adjust my natural inclination when we got married and learned over time that cooking his favourite meals and balancing our finances were two things that made his heart sing for me.
On the flip side he has had to learn that sometimes I need him to give me an actual gift - so bags of spearmint leaves or dark chocolates with peppermint cream regularly appear on my work desk, makin' my own heart smile.
Reading the book "The 5 Love Languages" back in 2001 helped me to identify the love language my family members spoke, simply by studying how they 'gave' love. You see, we show our love the way we'd like to receive it, and that can be a bit of a problem if your love-recipient isn't aware of your love language or you don't know theirs. By discerning what a person's love language is, we can begin to show them love in a way they naturally respond to, and hopefully they will learn what makes us tick too. Pretty interesting, huh?
Here's a simple little idea I got from Amy at Nana Company recently - button cards! I have a good collection of vintage, old, handmade, and new buttons, so I spent one quiet hour yesterday making four sweet gifts that can be given at any time.
You can print up Amy's button card template here. There are six on her template, but I only used four.
Blossom's old scrapbooking supplies came in handy, plus I already had ribbon and some cute buttons...
I cut the cardstock a bit larger than the little button cards I'd printed up...
...and used double sides tape to stick them together. Isn't this vintage girl card too cute for words!?
Blossom had a small star punch so I made a hole for a short length of ribbon to tie through...
Choosing the buttons for each card was fun!
Some cream Perle #12 thread to sew the buttons in place...
I'd be thrilled to receive a gift like this, and I'm pretty sure a few friends would too...
These are a fabulous idea for reducing your button stash, and so easy to pop in an envelope and surprise someone you care about.
It's these quick little ideas that help enormously when those 'what can I give her?' moments arise.
Would you be happy with small gifts like this?
Over the past months I've been sent a few precious gifts from dear hearts that reached out to me in love.
I think kindness and care makes a heart burst.
It did mine...