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5 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Love Language

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Written by Sarah Claire Eleazer
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Edited by Maya Fowell
For Residents February 7, 2024

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and at Greystar, we understand that selecting the perfect gift for your loved one isn't a one-size-fits-all task. Everyone has their unique way of thinking and appreciating things, making it important to embrace a thoughtful and personalized approach. 

No matter your partner's love language, our gift guide is here to make your celebration special.

1.  Quality Time

This annual holiday presents a perfect opportunity to strengthen your connection by spending quality time together. Instead of opting for the typical dinner and a movie combo, why not consider creating a special night of wine and cheese tasting or cooking a meal together? At Illume in DC, bring your meal downstairs and enjoy with a beautiful view of the city.

If you’re up for it, plan a weekend getaway or a longer trip for a change of scenery. But don't overlook the charm of simple ideas like going on a hike or a walk. The key is to focus on creating memories that you both can cherish.


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2.  Words of Affirmation
For those who find comfort in spoken or written words, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to express your true feelings. A handwritten card or letter becomes a keepsake, something your partner can cherish for years. It’s a gift that offers a heartfelt reminder whenever they need it.

To add a special twist, you can leave heartfelt notes around your apartment or go the extra mile and write a personalized poem or song just for them.


A woman smiles as she writes a card, with a red gift bag beside her on a bed.

3.  Acts of Service
As the saying goes, actions can speak louder than words. For those whose love language is acts of service, thoughtful gestures can go a long way. Take the time to knock out a few household chores. Many Greystar apartments worldwide offer the convenience of in-unit laundry machines, making it even easier to lighten their workload.

If there's something you've been talking about doing around your home but haven't gotten around to – surprise them and watch the look on their face when they realize.


A father and two children happily do laundry together in a sunny home interior.

4.  Physical Touch
If your partner thrives on physical touch, there are simple ways to incorporate this into your plans. Consider planning a couple’s massage to relax and connect or try out a dancing class for a physically close and fun spin on a date night. 

For a simpler option, arrange a cozy movie night at home where you can be close while enjoying each other’s company. Greystar properties, such as Avana Star Lake in Washington, can help you take your evening to the next level with private movie theaters for residents.


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5.  Receiving Gifts

When it comes to giving tangible gifts, it’s not about the price tag but the thought behind it. Keep your eyes open for thoughtful gifts or something your partner has been eyeing or mentioned in passing. Consider creating a handmade gift that carries sentimental value or go for something lasting like a piece of jewelry.

No matter what you choose, receiving a gift that you picked out for them will undoubtedly make the moment special.


One man surprises another with a red gift box, both smiling in a bright kitchen.


While it's easy to get caught up in grand gestures and elaborate plans, one truth stands out — love is in the details. Here’s to celebrating partnerships, friendships, and families alike this season. Cheers to love in all its forms!

Discover more Valentine’s Day articles on topics like at-home date ideas and romantic cities.

For more lifestyle content, no matter the occasion, check out our other pieces on the Greystar blog.


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