In sum: This is the relative who envelops you in a bear hug before you’ve even had a chance to set down your suitcase. Or the significant other who loves to hold hands. For them, touching is a way of telegraphing love.
Signs that your loved one speaks this language: People whose primary language is physical touch are usually easy to identify, as they tend to initiate physical contact. She’s the type to hug you hello or link arms when walking down the street—she’d never shy away if you used her shoulder as a headrest in the airport.
Great gifts: For a significant other who speaks this language, a romantic night of physical connection can be the best gift, so set the stage for some tactile action instead of buying a gift (it doesn’t have to just be sex—it can be massaging, touching or cuddling all night). For a non-significant other, wrap a gift and deliver it with a sincere hug. Or give the gift of touch, like a certificate for a manicure, pedicure or massage.