Okay so we talked about words and actions that show love, but there is another way to communicate love and that's with gifts. Does your gift need to be an expensive trinket or token? Not at all. In fact, the most precious gifts don't cost much at all! What they do cost is thought, time and preparation. I have an incredible niece. She's a treasure. She recently had her 16th birthday and I wanted to give her something special. Instead of a nice article of clothing or an expensive piece of jewelry, I created a photo album for her to keep her memories in. I purchased a special photo album in her favorite colors and filled the first few pages with things that she loved as a child. I included a letter I wrote to her about how I watched her grow and what a lovely young lady she had become. I added pictures of her and her brother and some trinkets of things she treasured. And I told her to fill the remaining pages with treasures from her life as she begins adulthood. The idea behind a special and treasured gift is to make it personal and infuse it with meaning. Personalize your gift. Let it be a reflection of what you know about them, what they need, their hopes and dreams. It's the thought that counts isn't an expression we should remember because it excuses us from giving an appropriate gift or spending a lot of money. It's one that should remind us of the way our gift should make the recipient feel: special! Check back next week for my wrap up article and how you can find your spouse's love language! -------------------- Don't forget to check out our Valentine Special where you can get two e-books that will help you and your spouse build a happier and stronger relationship! Plus our free bonus gift, 28 Days of Love: 28 scriptures, sayings and beautiful illustrations that will help you become better able to express your love for your spouse. It can be Valentine's Day all year long! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ If you liked this post, read…Seven Reasons Why YOU Should Sign Up for the Art of Eloquence Newsletter!