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Become a better holiday gift giver with the advice and ideas in these videos.
You Will Need
- Insight into their likes and dislikes
Don’t scare them off!
If you’ve been dating less than two months, get something impersonal but thoughtful. Books by authors they like, DVDs of their favorite movies, or CDs are all safe choices.
If the romance is between two and four months old, spend a bit more but keep it light – try moderately priced electronics or an accessory for one of their hobbies.
Approaching the six-month mark? Start making gifts slightly more personal. Ladies, show that you’re willing to indulge his preoccupations, even if you have to compete with them. Guys, make it a funky necklace or bracelet if you don’t want her to think it’s a prelude to a diamond ring.
Fulfill a desire
Made it past six months, but still well short of your year anniversary? Make this one thoughtful by splurging on something you know they’d love to have, but can’t or won’t spend the money on themselves.
Invest in the relationship
If you’re approaching the one-year mark, invest in gifts that keep the romance alive, like a weekend getaway, a course or lessons you can take together, or season tickets to something you both enjoy.
Keep it creative
Celebrate your one-year anniversary with a one-of-a-kind or hard-to-find item; check out eBay for inspiration. Or how about giving them a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Go back to practical
Once you’re firmly established as a couple, feel free to suggest foregoing gifts one year so you can afford one big treat for the both of you – like a trip to the Caribbean or a 40-inch high-definition TV.