The Appropriate Gift Guide For Someone You Just Started Dating

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 12/03/2013 | 10:30 AM EST

There are rules and levels to gift shopping for a new lover

Gift shopping for someone you just started dating can be tricky. You don’t want to not get them a gift, but you also want to be sure to not over do it. A lot can be said in a gift, which is why it’s all the more important that you choose wisely.

The degree and price tag of your gift should reflect the amount of time you’ve been knowing your significant other or suitor. You certainly don’t want to prematurely buy someone an expensive piece of jewelry, only for the relationship to end a few months down the line. When gift giving, remember to consider what stage in the relationship you’re in. If you’re simply dating someone with no set commitment, it’s important that you keep it simple and inexpensive. There’s nothing worse than giving a gift that sends the wrong signal.

If you’re a couple of months into the relationship, you may want to keep your spending threshold to $50. You really shouldn’t exceed that after six months or more of dating, and even then you may want to keep it on the economical side. If you need a little direction, here’s a guide for the best appropriate gifts to get your new beau.


Treat your boo to a day at the spa, or if you can’t find one that’s reasonable, try a pedicure, manicure or both. Some places will have great discounts, or two-for-one specials, that way you’re getting more bang for your buck. While you may exceed what’s considered to be a reasonable spending limit for a new relationship, you’re not giving them a tangible gift, therefore, you get a pass.


Rather than treating Christmas like a typical holiday by getting your mate a gift, consider treating like just another date. Take them out for dinner and take care of the tab. Who doesn’t love a free meal and drinks?

Gift Certificates

Gift cards have to be Santa’s great gift to mankind of the 21st century. When all else fails, get a gift card. Not only does it alleviate the stress of figuring out “the perfect gift,” but you give the person you’re dating the choice to choose their gift by spending it however they choose. Try to get a gift card somewhere you know they’d appreciate, like their favorite department store or restaurant. If you don’t want to get too specific, try getting an American Express gift certificate. That way they can use it wherever they want.

Gift Basket

Gifts don’t always have to be grand, especially if you’re still getting to know the person. Instead of trying to get the perfect gift, keep it simple by getting your beau or suitor a home-made basket of some of their favorite things like their favorite movie on DVD, a book, candles, products, etc. Not only will you not spend a lot of money, but you’ll score major points for being creative and thoughtful.

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