Telling someone you love them can take many different forms. We all speak different love languages and we give and receive love in different ways. From acts of service to words of affirmation, from gifts to quality time to physical touch, we each have a unique way of telling someone we love them and a unique way of taking in love from others. It can take some time to figure out our own love language and certainly our partners’ and friends’ love languages, but once we do, it becomes so much fun to speak them.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re thinking a lot about love languages and how to express love to all the important people in our lives. When KIM+ONO co-founders and sisters Renee and Tiffany Tam started creating luxury silk robes, they imagined them as acts of love for the wearer — whether an act of self care or a gift for someone else. They wanted each piece to be special and unique, speaking to the uniqueness of the person who slips into their silk floral robe. It’s this kind of intention and thoughtfulness behind a product or a gift that makes the person receiving it feel oh so good.
This Valentine’s Day, we’re going to focus on one of the love languages — gifts — and the art behind giving gifts to the people we love. It can be easy to get stuck on not knowing what to get someone you love, but with a few quick tips on how to think about the art of gift giving, you can come up with a gift that feels amazing to give and amazing to receive. Here are five tips on how to tell someone you love them with the love language of the gift.
While figuring out what you want to get for your beloved or friend, think about the intention behind it. Are you trying to express how unique they are? Are you hoping they’ll take a little bit more time for self care this year? Think about what your intention is when you hand your recipient their gift. You could give them a white silky robe with the intention that they feel at peace each and every time they wear it. Or perhaps you gift them a floral black kimono robe to remind them of their divine feminine power. Whatever the intention is, the more specific you feel, the more impactful your gift will be to them.
Once you have your intention down, determine the “why” behind your gift. This will help you get specific in picking out the best item for your gift recipient. If your intention is to make your gift recipient feel like a queen, the why behind that intention and gift might be because they work so hard every day and rarely take time for themselves. Think about your gift recipient’s everyday and in what ways you can make them feel special. You might gift a silky floral robe to a friend who works as a teacher or in healthcare or a profession where they’re constantly giving to others. And the why behind the gift might be — because they deserve to feel cared for on a daily basis, too.
While love isn’t just about giving and receiving gifts, gifts can act as a way to mark a moment. Have you just gone through a significant moment in your relationship or life? Maybe your partner gave birth, perhaps you’re getting married soon, you’re going through something health-related, or they’re finally retiring. All of these moments can be marked with a gift that says, “I see you on your journey.” We have heard of many customers gifting our silky floral robes to friends going through a healthcare journey and wanting to share something luxurious to help them feel comfortable as they work their way through it. These kinds of gifts end up renewing the love and sisterhood and friendship because they mark a moment and say, “Not only do I see you, but I’m here with you.” Renew your love for your gift recipient by marking the moment.
If you hear your gift recipient talking about something you know they would never purchase for themselves, this is one of the most fun gifts to give! It’s a surprise for the recipient and it’s a sure bet for you, the gift giver. Maybe your partner has her eye on a floral black kimono robe but she isn’t used to purchasing self care items like this. Go ahead and wrap up her floral black kimono robe in our Furoshiki Gift Wrap service, going a little above and beyond what she would do for herself, to help make her see that she is deserving of the special little things too.
And finally, when thinking about the art of intentional gift gifting, it’s impossible to not consider the symbolism and meaning behind the piece you’d like to give. For instance, all of our luxury silk robes come with rich symbolism and meaning. From the renewal and rejuvenation of the cherry blossom to the enlightenment and purity of the lotus flower, our silk floral robes can act as a sort of love letter to the gift recipient. Determine what symbolism works perfectly for the person you’d like to gift a kimono robe to and then find the piece that expresses that meaning in every design. You’re giving a physical expression of your intentions, hopes, and wishes for the person you love the most.
Gifting can be less stressful and more fun when you have a little bit of extra intention behind it. Take a look at all of our silky floral robes and see which gift might speak to the one you love. And once they open and slip into your thoughtful gift, don’t forget to tag us @kimandono_ and #swaythisway so we can see your beautiful gift in action!