Valentine’s Gifting According to
6 Types of Love
It’s All Greek to Me
Like true love, Valentine's Day gifts come in all shapes and sizes. The Ancient Greeks spelled it out for us when they defined and distinguished the various types of love. More of a thinker than a feeler? Learning about the forms of love might help you tap into your long-dormant inner romantic. This Valentine’s, even if you haven’t settled down with a special someone, there are plenty of ways for you to revel in the romance and participate in the festivities. Read on to discover the type of love that you connect with most deeply and get inspired by our gifting ideas below.
Coming from the Greek philosopher Plato, who believed that physical attraction wasn't necessary to love, Philia is a platonic love between close friends connected by shared values and mutual respect. Go all out for Galentine’s by picking matching themed attire for you and your besties.
A secure and familiar love, Storge is the love shared between family members. At the end of the day, no one is going to support and accept you like your family. Familial love is best exemplified by a warm meal shared around the table, so why not prepare gifts for the home that you can all delight in?
Also known as infatuation, Ludus is a flirtatious love that occurs in the beginning stages of a relationship. It’s fun and exciting, experienced through teasing, laughter, and a “butterflies in your stomach” giddiness. You can’t go wrong with playful, light-hearted presents that show you care.
Picture an old married couple - that’s Pragma. It’s a longstanding, enduring love that requires constant commitment, patience, and effort. Honour the memories and shared space you’ve built together with understated gifts that are meaningful and practical.
Named after the Greek god of love and desire, Eros is a romantic, passionate love characterised by intense attraction and displayed through physical affection. Further your electrifying chemistry by getting a little cheeky with presents for your S.O.
Your capacity to love others comes from the love you have for yourself, which is why it’s paramount to foster Philautia, meaning self-love and self-compassion. Begin by appreciating your unique self and respecting your needs. Invest in presents that enable you to care for your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.