4 to 6 months, serious relationship: You’re in the “new relationship” stage, which means everything’s likely hearts and cartoon birds and barely being able to keep your hands off one another.This is the honeymoon period – sweet and sappy gifts are going to be the most appreciated.One thing I will suggest is that the longer you’ve been together, the better it is to have at least one seriously romantic gift.
I point out that at this stage, practical gifts are more acceptable, especially if you’re living together.
Just be sure that it’s something she’s expressed interest in; it wins you extra brownie points for being considerate and paying attention.
On the other hand, spend too The trickiest part of holiday shopping for a young (or entirely unofficial) relationship is understanding the relationship between the length and type of your relationship and the budget for the gift.
After all, no matter how much we try to tell ourselves that a gift is just a gift, what you give to your sweetie carries an intrinsic message about how you feel about them and your relationship. Ask around; buying expensive or outrageous gifts when you’re still early in the relationship is going to be a red flag to the majority of people. There are plenty of men – myself included – who’ve made the mistake of overcommitting on a gift too early in the relationship. Sometimes we legitimately trying to bowl them over and effectively buy their affections.
Gift giving, whether at Christmas, Valentine’s Day or a birthday, can be fraught with insecurity and peril, especially when you’re at the beginning of a new relationship – or worse, are still in the “are we/aren’t we” stage of dating.
It’s a delicate balancing act: if you spend too much, too early in the relationship, you risk coming off as though you’re starting to get clingy and desperate.
And with that in mind: One of the keys to picking the perfect gift is keep her personality and interests in mind.
Some women are far more likely to want something useful than something schmoopy, while others will love you forever if you buy her an Assassin’s Creed Eagle hoodie or a Potat OS.
I genuinely loved certain family traditions like the annual gathering of as many friends as possible to take over a local Tex-Mex restaurant for Christmas Eve lunch – before we all got older and had responsibilities that made it impossible to keep it going.