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15 Valentine’s Gifts for Your Man Based on the 5 Love Languages

15 Valentine's Gifts Square2Sometimes it can be overwhelming to find a great gift for your spouse. You want something meaningful, something he will really appreciate, and something that won’t break the bank or take up every afternoon for a week to complete. We tend to gravitate toward gifts we would like to receive. However, that isn’t always what your spouse would most appreciate. Enter the 5 Love Languages. This Valentine’s Day, take some of the stress out of gift-giving by focusing on gifts that appeal to your husband’s primary love language. 

Valentine’s Day is getting super personal this year and just might be the most meaningful one yet!

Words of Affirmation

If your man’s love language is Words of Affirmation, find any gift that uses words to express love. He will feel it deeper than any other kind of gift.

1. 50 “Reasons Why I Love You” Candy Jar Gift50 reasons gift

I think any variation of this idea would be perfect for the man who loves compliments and encouraging words. Every time he takes a treat from the jar, he’ll know you love him.

Scavenger Hunt2. Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt

This would take some creativity but totally pay off in the end. Be sure to incorporate some reasons why you love him or some encouraging words in your clues. If you can make them rhyme like her, that’s even more awesome!

Open When Letters3. Open When Letters

These are fun and don’t have to be only for long distance relationships. I assure you your spouse will appreciate your kind and encouraging words at the appropriate moments.

Quality Time

Quality Time is a love language that really only requires your presence and attention. Here are a few ideas that might help that happen.

DateNightsPrintable4. Pre-Planned Dates Mini-Book

This is a super awesome printable mini-book that will take the sometimes energy-draining planning out of your quality time. Bonus if you can include an envelope with the amount of money estimated to cover the costs for all the dates. That way, there is absolutely no excuse to not follow through. Assure your spouse that this year will be full of quality time together because it’s already planned.

conversation starters5. Conversation Starter Stones

If your spouse’s love language dialect is quality conversation, this is perfect! It would be fun to do this over dinner I think. Don’t be that married couple that eats in silence, bump up the conversation with this cute gift!

valentine-scratch-off-ticket-cards6. Scratch Off Tickets

I think it would be fun to choose 3 events that he would love going to in the near future. Let him scratch one off and you promise him tickets to it, as long as you go together. That means, if basketball isn’t really your thing but he would love to see his team play, you go anyway. 

 

Receiving Gifts

If your husband’s love language is Receiving Gifts, then holidays like Valentine’s Day can be extra special! As long as it’s something that took a little bit of thought, he’ll appreciate it and truly feel your love.

Sharpie mugs7. Sharpie Mug

If your husband likes hot drinks, this could be a very thoughtful gift. Personalize it and make it meaningful for him.

favorite things bag8. Paper Bag of His Favorite Things

This gift could work for anybody but I think it would be especially thoughtful for your gift receiving husband. If gifts make him feel loved, it doesn’t have to be expensive, just thoughtful. You could add his favorite candy, drink, fruit, game, etc.

Love Story Book9. Our Love Story Book

“Every love story is beautiful but ours is my favorite.” I have seen this all over Etsy and Pinterest and it’s such a sweet thought. Turn it into a photo book for your husband. What a thoughtful and sentimental gift to keep forever!

Acts of Service

Acts of Service can feel tricky sometimes as a wife if you usually do most of the housework and cooking. Only you know what kind of service makes your husband feel loved. If you don’t find it among these ideas, think outside the box and observe what you think your husband would appreciate.

Crepes Main Horizontal10. Breakfast in Bed

Try this easy recipe for a beautiful Valentine’s breakfast and take it to your sweetheart in bed. Let him relax while you fill his belly as well as his love tank.

Coupon Book11. Coupon Book:

You can either make this cute little book and offer him opportunities to request your service, or you can just do it. If he does chores that you rarely help him with, take advantage of Valentine’s Day to do some for him.

dinner12. Make His Favorite Dinner:

This is a staple and especially meaningful for guys who speak acts of service as their love language. Make it extra special with some roses, candles, and pretty dishes. Not only will you avoid the absolute chaos that is Valentine’s Day at restaurants, you’ll save money and have a more intimate evening, just the two of you. 

Physical Touch

Physical Touch is especially appropriate for Valentine’s Day. While making love can definitely add a beautiful touch to a romantic day, it isn’t the only way to express your husband’s love language. 

back massage13. Back Massage:

If your husband asks for a back massage often and your massages usually consist of a 5 minute, quick and probably unsatisfying rub-down, try a little harder today. Do a little research on how to give a better massage, buy or make some massage oil, and get some ambiance going. Your physically touchy spouse will be in heaven!

 

Movie night14. Movie Night with Lots of Cuddling:

If your husband likes movies and cuddling, this is an adorable gift! Remember, this gift isn’t actually about the movie or the popcorn, it’s about the cuddling. If he likes his head rubbed, take the time to caress him while you watch the movie together. 

Bath15. Romantic Bubble Bath:

If you’re like me, a nice, warm bubble bath just really hits the spot. Your touchy husband might just feel the same way, if you’re in there with him! He’ll revel in the way you wash him down. This one is is all about touch and he will not soon forget how full his love tank is tonight 🙂

Make sure your husband appreciates your gift this Valentine’s Day by choosing one that appeals to his love language and will make him feel loved beyond measure. If he asks for ideas of what to get you, respond with a few from your love language. You will have a magical Valentine’s Day with love tanks that are overflowing. 🙂

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What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Do any of these gifts sound like they would appeal to your man? Do you have any other ideas? Share please!

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5 Love Languages: Quality Time

qualitytime Square***This is the third post in a series of 6 about the Five Love Languages in marriage. I suggest reading them in order. Part 1, Part 2

I remember when my husband and I were dating I used to love to go out to the ranch with him and watch him ride and train horses all day. I could spend an entire day just watching him, helping him clean up and feeding the animals. Sometimes we would ride together and we could just sit and talk for hours. I was interested in his work and wanted to be a part of it. 

Soon after I became pregnant for the first time, I quit going to the ranch with him. In the beginning it was because I felt miserable and unless I had to go to work, I rarely left the bed. After I had our son, it was because I literally felt I couldn’t find the time. As time has gone on, life has gotten busier and busier. With two kids and two jobs, I have completely abandoned that activity we used to do together and it is one of my husband’s biggest complaints. I should have seen the signs that he was crying out for quality time.

The love language Quality Time is about giving your spouse your undivided attention. That means without looking at the TV, your phone, or thinking about work. It is about giving time in your life, that you will never get back, to your spouse. For some people, this is how they know you love them, if you are willing to put everything aside and be with them.

What are the different dialects?

There are two main forms, or dialects, for the love language Quality Time.

1. Quality Conversation

If your spouse is craving quality conversation, your number one job is to learn how to actively listen. Many times during a conversation our mind wanders to how we can relate to what the other person is saying and how we want to respond. It is critical that we learn how to listen, actively, and make sure we understand what the other person is saying. 

Of course, quality conversation is more than just one sided. Usually the spouse whose dialect is quality conversation will have a desire to hear what you’re thinking and feeling as well. It is important to be willing and open to these kinds of expressions. To this person, true intimacy is achieved through deep conversations and true understanding of one another. 

2. Quality Activities

According to Dr. Chapman there are only 3 important factors in choosing quality activities: 1) at least one of you wants to do it, 2) the other is willing to do it, and 3) you both know why you’re doing it. That doesn’t mean that you always do what your spouse wants to do. If this is his love language, it is more likely that the time he spends with you is more important than the activity. So be open to a little give and take. Be willing to try new things or do things you know you don’t necessarily enjoy but would make your spouse happy. Then throw out ideas you would enjoy and you think your spouse might be willing to try. 

The great part about this love language is that you are building a memory bank. I will never forget the night I took my husband out to the ranch late one summer evening to watch a meteor shower. We sat there for hours and talked about space and time and God. It was absolutely incredible and we learned a lot about each other that night. I also won’t forget our anniversary trip last year when we went window shopping and found that art gallery with paintings that looked like our 2-year-old daughter had made them. We now have several inside jokes about that trip that we continue to laugh about. It is so important to make memories with your spouse and if this is his love language, it will mean more to him than all the declarations of “I love you” in the world. 

QT CardsHow can I know if this is my or my spouse’s love language?

Dr. Chapman offers a few different ways to check if this is either your or your spouse’s love language. 

1. Do either of you express love in this love language? Does your spouse often suggest activities you could do together? Is date night a big deal to you and you want to make it a priority? Do you notice that your spouse likes to take you places or seems to enjoy chatting with you at the end of the day? If being together seems to be very important to either of you, Quality Time might be your love language.

2. What are your complaints like? Does your spouse complain that you never spend any time together? Do you often complain that your husband cares more about work than spending time with his family? Does he get on you for being on your phone all the time when you’re together? These are surefire clues that one of you feels quality time is important and not being made a priority.

3. What kinds of requests do you make? Have you heard your spouse say, “I would really appreciate it if you would put your phone down when we’re talking”? Or have you noticed that you often mention to your spouse that it would be fun to go somewhere, just the two of you? These simple requests are often saying more than just what appears on the surface. Your requests often reveal what you’re longing for.

How can I express it?

So let’s say you have discovered that your spouse’s love language might be Quality Time. How do you speak it then?

Here are a few ideas:

•     Think back on your relationship and remember some of your best memories together. What were you doing? Where did you enjoy going? For someone whose love language is Quality Time, when you stop doing those things, it can be especially hurtful. Try to bring some of that back through quality activities with your spouse.

•     Make date night a top priority and make sure your undivided attention is available to him. This means, the only phone calls you take are from the babysitter in case of an emergency. There is no facebooking, pinteresting, texting, or working. It is just you and him doing whatever you guys like to do.

•     As an extra bonus, make a habit of setting aside a little money with each paycheck as your “date stash.” When money isn’t an excuse to not go somewhere, you are much more likely to make it happen.

•     Not all quality time requires money. There are loads of things you can do for free, without even leaving your house. Make a list of free activities you and your spouse can do after the kids go to bed. Try something more engaging than watching a movie. Playing cards or another game can be a blast when it’s just you two.

•     Try to keep a balance between what you like to do and what he likes to do. For an extra dose of love, make it an activity he enjoys that you rarely participate in. He will feel your sacrifice and that speaks louder than any other form of love to him.

•     Make some time, each day, to just talk without distractions. My husband and I usually end up doing this after the kids go to bed. We can sometimes talk for hours. I always notice that we get along so much better when we make this a priority. It always pays off when instead of heading straight to bed, I make myself available to him for some one-on-one conversation.

No response?

So what if you feel like your spouse isn’t really responding to your quality time together? The most likely answer is that it isn’t his primary love language. If this is the case, check out the last post about Words of Affirmation and stay tuned to the following weeks as we study the other love languages.

If you’re sure it is his primary love language but he still isn’t responding, there may be more going on. If you have struggled in your marriage for a while, it is possible he is interpreting your kind words as manipulation. He may believe the marriage is over and it’s too late. Either of these options doesn’t have to mean the end of your marriage. Stay consistent in expressing love in the language that means the most to him, without expectation of receiving anything in return. Do this for an extended period of time, Dr. Chapman suggests at least six months. It is hard to maintain a cold heart when a person is loving you, in the way you understand and appreciate, without conditions. 

Experiment!

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not Quality Time is your husband’s primary love language, try an experiment. For an entire week (or more if needed), try some of the above mentioned ideas for ways to express love to your spouse through spending time together. Do at least one every single day. Do it with the desire to make him feel your love, without expecting anything in return.

These don’t have to be elaborate dates. Sitting near him while he fixes the car, chatting at the kitchen table, playing a game together, all these small things add up. Make a note on your phone to write down your observations. If there is a drastic shift in his attitude, you’ve probably found a winner. If not, stay tuned and learn about the other love languages to see if there is one better fitted to your spouse.

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Is Quality Time your love language? Or your spouse’s? I want to hear about it! How do you feel loved? How do you express love through quality time?

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5 Love Languages: Words of Affirmation

Words of Affirmation Square2***This is the second post in a series of 6 about the Five Love Languages in marriage. I suggest reading them in order. Part 1

If your husband seems to respond especially well to your compliments, verbal encouragement, or little love notes, Words of Affirmation just might be his love language. When we talk about “speaking” love languages, this is the one where that is literally the main form of expression. 

Do you need to hear “I love you” in order to feel that your spouse really loves you? If words mean a lot to you and you can specifically remember compliments your husband gave you a long time ago, or sweet things he said, this might be your love language. 

What are the different dialects?

Within the love language of Words of Affirmation are several different dialects, or forms of expression.

1. Verbal Compliments

Do you ever offer your spouse Verbal Compliments? Such as, “Hey, thanks for being such a hard worker, it makes me so proud to be your wife.” Or, “You look hot in that suit!” Sometimes, if it is truly sincere, a compliment can light up your entire day. Usually we’re full of compliments when we’re in the “in-love” stage. When we’re dating, we’re quick to point out how good he looks or how hard he works. Somewhere along the line of marriage and falling out of the “in-love” feeling, our compliments often slow down or come to a halt. Bring them back and see how it affects your spouse.

2. Encouraging Words

Another form of this love language is Encouraging Words. Sometimes we just need a pick-me-up when we’re frustrated. A simple, “You’re doing an amazing job, you’ve got this honey!” can sometimes be enough steam to get us to the finish line on a big project. Or maybe your spouse has always wanted to start his own business but has lacked the confidence for a long time. Your encouraging words of, “You would be an incredible business owner, you have the knack for it and you’re determined.” might encourage him to go for it. The trick here is to not encourage your spouse to do something just because you want him to. Thou shalt not use this as a tool of manipulation. Encourage him in his own dreams and you’ll see his attitude change drastically.

3. Kind Words

Kind Words are hard to come by when you’re fighting regularly with your spouse. However, a kind word can be the difference between a total blow-up fight and a calm discussion on a heated topic. Kind words have just as much to do with what you say as how you say it. We all know that tone we get when we’re mad. Mine is sarcastic and condescending. I may not say anything really mean, but the way I say it stings. Such as, after bathing and putting the kids to bed all on my own I might say to my husband, “Thanks for all your help with the kids tonight.” Said in my sarcastic tone is anything but kind and really isn’t going to motivate my husband to help me with the kids. If we choose to use kind words, that means instead of a screaming match, we must choose to keep our voice down, squelch the sarcasm, and seek to understand instead of being understood. 

4. Humble Words

My mother made a comment that has stuck with me throughout my marriage. That is because it explained a deep rooted belief I have about partnership that I didn’t even realize I had. She said, “I never minded being a housewife and doing all the wifey things like cooking, cleaning, and serving your father dinner. It was when it became a demand and simply expected that I stopped wanting to do it.” This explains the dialect Humble Words to a T. As Dr. Chapman says, “Love makes requests, not demands.” We need to learn to humbly request of our spouse instead of demanding. Sometimes demands can come in the form of outright orders or other times they can be implied or sarcastic. We must consciously form our desires into humble requests. Instead of, “Are you ever going to take the garbage out?” or “Seriously, take the garbage out!” We can try, “Do you think you could take the garbage out on your way to work? I would really appreciate it.” I know which form of the request I would be more inclined to carry out. 

Letter 2 squaredHow can I know if this is my or my spouse’s love language?

Dr. Chapman offers a few different ways to check if this is either your or your spouse’s love language. 

1. Do either of you express love in this love language? Is your spouse often offering you compliments or does he seem to have a way with kind words? Do you often try to encourage your spouse through uplifting words? Or do you like to write him love letters? We often express love in our own primary love language. Observe how you each seem to express love and if words seem to be a big part of that.

2. What are your complaints like? Does he often say you are critical or nagging? Do you feel like your husband rarely thanks you verbally for all you do? These are key indicators for which love language you speak that isn’t being spoken. 

3. What kinds of requests do you make? Does he ever say, “Every once in a while I would just like to hear the words, thank you.” Or do you tell him, “Remember when we were dating and you used to tell me how beautiful I was? I wish you would tell me that sometimes.” 

How can I express it?

So let’s say you have discovered that your spouse’s love language might be Words of Affirmation. How do you speak it then?

Here are a few ideas:

•     Try saying positive things about your spouse to other people, both when he is there and when he is not. This not only helps to remind you why you love your spouse but it will boost his love tank knowing that you are confident verbalizing why you love him to more than just him. 

•     Try your hand at writing him a note or a love letter. I love to write letters! I feel like it helps me express myself better than just speaking because it provides extra time to transform my thoughts and emotions into words. A love letter can be read over and over and over again. If you don’t feel like you can write an entire letter, try a small note. Even a post it on the bathroom mirror that says, “Have a great day! I love you!” can help your spouse feel loved and give his attitude a boost that day.

•     Work on reining in your nagging or critical comments. These are especially hurtful to a spouse whose love language is Words of Affirmation. Try replacing them with positive, encouraging comments and I guarantee you will see a shift in your spouse’s attitude and perception.

•     If Words of Affirmation do not come naturally to you, try Dr. Chapman’s suggestion of keeping a little list of ideas that you hear from other people or in the media. The more you hear the better you will be at forming your own version of these expressions and relaying them to your spouse. There are lots of things in life that don’t come naturally to us, that doesn’t mean we need to resign ourselves to never being able to do them. Just practice and it will come, I promise. 

No response?

So what if you feel like your spouse isn’t really responding to your loving words? The most likely answer is that it isn’t his primary love language. If this is the case, stay tuned to the following weeks as we will be studying the other 4 love languages.

If you’re sure it is his primary love language but he still isn’t responding, there may be more going on. If you have struggled in your marriage for a while, it is possible he is interpreting your kind words as manipulation. He may believe the marriage is over and it’s too late. Either of these options doesn’t have to mean the end of your marriage. Stay consistent in expressing love in the language that means the most to him, without expectation of receiving anything in return. Do this for an extended period of time, Dr. Chapman suggests at least six months. It is hard to maintain a cold heart when a person is loving you, in the way you understand and appreciate, without conditions. 

Experiment!

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not Words of Affirmation is your husband’s primary love language, try an experiment. For an entire week (or more if needed), try some of the above mentioned ideas for ways to express love to your spouse through words. Do at least one every single day. Do it with the desire to make him feel your love, without expecting anything in return. Make a note on your phone to write down your observations. If there is a drastic shift in his attitude, you’ve probably found a winner. If not, stay tuned and learn about the other 4 love languages to see if there is one better fitted to your spouse.

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Is Words of Affirmation your love language? Or your spouse’s? I want to hear about it! How do you feel loved? How do you express love with words?

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Learning to Love Your Spouse with the 5 Love Languages

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Last year was a rough one on my marriage. Maybe you have had those years too. I’m happy to report things are much better now but man, for a while there, I wondered why I was even married. 

I kept asking myself why marriage is even important. Why can’t I just do it by myself? Maybe that part of me is coming from seeing my mom do it all on her own for so many years that it seems like a partner is sometimes more of a burden than a blessing. Sometimes I feel like I have 3 kids instead of 2. 

After a lot of prayer and pondering this past year I have come to the conclusion that God’s plan is centered on families, with husbands and wives, for a reason. I feel like learning to work in a partnership is an essential skill we are to learn in this life. It teaches us humility and helps us grow as a person like no other role in life. In fact, I think it is even more challenging than parenting. After the “in-love” feelings have run their course and you’re left with this complete stranger, that is when real love can be learned.

It’s easy to love somebody when we feel those euphoric feelings and see that person in their absolute best light all the time. We overlook their flaws and feel as if they can do no wrong. The real challenge is learning to love them when they’re in their worst light, and all those little or sometimes big flaws are highlighted, front and center. However, if we can learn to love a person in that kind of light, we are truly loving that person as God does. That is a miracle that can only be manifested in a partnership like marriage. 

The Book

A few years back I read an amazing book that I am almost positive you have either read or at least heard of. The 5 Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman changed my married world. After reading it, I realized that although I certainly can’t change my husband in any way, I could make him feel more loved and that could definitely improve the emotional climate of our marriage.

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Let me give you a synopsis of the content of the book and how I’m going to incorporate it into the blog this coming month.

Let me start by saying, you should definitely read the book. It’s less than 200 pages. If you can’t find the time to read it, try listening to it. If you’ve already read it and you haven’t implemented it, try reading it again. I have read it several times and it is really one of those books that has multiple layers. You’ll glean what you need from it in that moment.

The book is written by Dr. Gary Chapman, who has been a marriage counselor for more than 30 years. He discovered that the couples who were having trouble in their marriage were not feeling loved by their partner even though in many instances, the other partner thought he was showing his love. He realized that people feel love in different ways. He compares it to speaking different languages. 

Dr. Chapman has come up with 5 Love Languages including: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. He also explains that we usually feel most comfortable expressing love in our own primary love language. It is most common to have a husband and wife couple who speak completely different love languages. The challenge is figuring out which is your spouse’s love language and then learning to speak it.

My Experience

This concept of love languages is especially poignant for me since I come from a bicultural marriage. My husband’s native language is Spanish and mine is English. We can both communicate in both languages although we prefer our native language. We were raised in different countries, with different cultures, speaking different languages. We have even more differences than already comes in a traditional marriage between partners from the same culture. This has been both trying and rewarding in different ways. However, once I figured out my husband’s love language and began speaking it, he began reciprocating in my love language and our many differences became totally manageable.

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This takes a bit of humility. Even after learning my husband’s love language, it was difficult for me to speak it sometimes. I tend to be a tit-for-tat kind of person and as childish as that is, it is difficult for me to show love when I am not receiving it. I finally had to humble myself and say, “You’re a grown woman and if your marriage matters to you, you will try this, without expecting anything in return.” We have to do that sometimes. If we can find it in ourselves to love without expectations, it almost always ends with mutual love and respect. 

Dr. Chapman has provided an excellent questionnaire in the book and also on his website for both you and your spouse to take in order to determine which love language you speak. If you can’t convince your spouse to take the profile quiz, consider taking it for him and do your best to answer how you believe he would.

What’s Coming

Every Monday in February I am going to post about one of each of the love languages. I’ll summarize what it is, how to know if it is your or your spouse’s love language, and offer some ideas on how to speak it. I’ll talk about different dialects within each love language and ways you may be hurting your spouse without even realizing it. In the future, look for a love languages for children series. This concept extends to all of your relationships. 

I sincerely hope you will implement this concept and try it as an experiment in your marriage. If you feel like your husband’s love tank might be empty, make a commitment to read the book and these upcoming posts to see if you can’t change that. Chances are, if his love tank is full, he will be more inclined to fill yours.

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Have you read The Five Love Languages? Have you heard about it? What do you think? Are you excited to dive into them next month? I know I am! Happy Love Month!

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50 Ideas for “No Light Hours”: Take advantage of the fall time change

Nighttime squareIt’s easy for someone like me, who prefers warm weather and being outside, to get depressed that the time has changed and winter is on its way. However, this time I am oddly optimistic about what I will accomplish with no outdoor distractions. After spending a summer outside building and painting furniture, fixing roofs, and gardening, I’m kind of looking forward to an excuse to stay indoors for a while. Here are 50 ideas to occupy your extra nighttime hours and keep you away from trash TV.

Take up a new hobby

1. Learn to crochet
2. Learn to play an instrument
3. Practice cooking more delicious and healthy meals
4. Go the other route and learn to bake delicious and indulgent treats
5. Read more
6. Take up writing or at least journaling
7. Learn to sew
8. Learn a new language
9. Take an online course
10. Learn to make and bind books
11. Take up scrapbooking
12. Learn how to coupon
13. Learn a new style of dance (maybe you could get your spouse to join in it with you)
14. Make jewelry

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15. Play board games or other physical games like Hide-and-Seek
16. Do puzzles together
17. Go on night drives to see the Christmas lights, make sure to bring hot chocolate
18. Have movie nights at home with popcorn
19. Learn to ice skate together
20. Go bowling
21. Build forts in the living room
22. Exchange foot massages
23. Take treats to a neighbor
24. Learn some songs together and sing them to elderly folk at a nursing home or assisted living center
25. Plan and prepare Christmas for a less fortunate family
26. Just talk over a mug of hot chocolate

 

More Personal Time

27. Take a bubble bath
28. Have a spa night with homemade spa products
29. Go to bed earlier and reap the benefits of beauty sleep
30. Exercise or go on a night walk, just bundle up and wear reflective colors
31. Find a new podcast or audiobook to listen to while you clean or work on a project
32. Give yourself a manicure or pedicure
33. Take up meditation
34. Window shop or browse online shops
35. Think about and write down your goals
36. Write a real paper and pen letter to a friend and mail it

Work on indoor projects

37. Paint a room in your house (or all of them!)
38. Paint a small piece of furniture
39. Read this book and declutter your home
40. Fix things that you haven’t gotten around to fixing yet
41. Go through cabinets, drawers, and closets that have needed it for a while now
42. Sell stuff you don’t need online
43. Put together a cookbook of your family’s favorite recipes
44. Make all homemade Christmas gifts this year
45. Make an inventory of your stockpile or food storage, if you have it, and decide where you’re low
46. Organize old, printed photos and keep them in a safe box that will protect against aging and yellowing
47. Organize digital files and photos and back them up
48. Make a password reminder list to help you remember all the different usernames and passwords you have. Protect the document with an easy-to-remember password
49. Clean out your filing cabinet or make a filing system if you don’t have one
50. Organize your brain by reading this book and following through with what it teaches

Let me know if you try any of these and how it goes. Do you have any other ideas? What’s your favorite way to spend that extra time indoors?
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