What to Get Your Significant Other For the Holidays
It’s the holiday season and people everywhere are struggling with the big question: What to get your significant other? What if they get you something bigger or better than what you get them? What if you go WAY too over the top? It needs to say you care, but also needs to be reflective of your relationship or how long you’ve been dating! Here are some ideas based off of how long you have been together.
By Nicole Mattox
IT’S COMPLICATED— For a Girl — “Just talking”
This is the most confusing stage in a relationship, and the hardest to shop for. Get your girl something simple and cute, try fuzzy socks, mugs or candles. These are perfect because you can personalize them as much as you would like to, but they aren’t super expensive! Go to any local store to find these presents!
IT’S COMPLICATED— For a Boy — “Just talking”
Shopping for someone else at this stage is difficult, you’re not sure how to go about giving them a present or how much you’re supposed to spend at this point. Here are some ideas that don’t give too much away. It’s important to know what kind of guy he is, if he’s intellectual get him a book that you think he would like, it will give you something in common to talk about! If he is either a military/preppy/sporty guy, get him a flag, they always use random flags for decoration so why not add to it? If he’s more the sensitive type try out something a little more from the heart. Maybe a card with a personalized joke or comment inside, you can always step this one up by adding some of his favorite snacks!
DATING BUT NOT SERIOUS— For a Girl —
By this point you should know your girl a little better than the talking stage. Try to personalize this gift a little bit. She will love anything that shows you care. You can never go wrong with the classic chocolates and flowers, just make sure you know her favorites! You can never go wrong with tickets either (play, concert or sports, know what your girl would want!) This shows you know what she likes and it can lead to a fun date!
DATING BUT NOT SERIOUS — For a Boy —
At this point you do need to get something that shows you know him a little bit. One of the best ways is to get him tickets to something he loves. Take him to see his favorite sports team, band, or play. This could be a fun gift for him and you! Another great idea is a gift basket of his favorite drinks and snacks. This could be alcoholic or not whichever you feel your man would love. These gifts say that you know them and you care but aren’t too serious.
NEW SERIOUS RELATIONSHIP — For a Girl —
You’re presumably still in the “honeymoon phase” of your relationship. Make sure you get her something that still reflects how much she means to you. This is the point where jewelry starts becoming a great gift. Try something simple but sweet, nothing too flashy. If she has a charm bracelet, get her a charm, if she wears earrings all the time, look for some small earrings. Anything with sentiment involved is a good idea, a framed picture of the two of you can show how you’re feeling. You should be starting to understand what kind of things make your significant other happy by this point to put a personalized spin on anything you get her.
NEW SERIOUS RELATIONSHIP — For a Boy —
You should be getting to understand what makes your boy happy. You should show that you’re learning about him in the gifts you’re giving. The gifts at this stage should be fun and let him know that you know him. This depends on the type of guy he is though, if he loves video games, try getting him a cheaper virtual reality set. These are fun and light, but you will still be spending a little money on them. Some guys would love something simple like shoes or a shirt, this shows that you know his style.
LONG SERIOUS RELATIONSHIP — For a Girl —
You should definitely know what your girl likes by this point. Maybe you feel like you’ve already gotten her everything? Or maybe you just still aren’t sure about what’s appropriate. Either way make sure you get her something she would love. At this stage you can get her some kind of nice jewelry, a little more than a simple set of earrings. Another great idea is anything that could be used for the future together, like home decor or things you know she needs such as cookware. These are just some simple ideas make sure you personalize your gift to what she likes. You know her better than anyone, trust your instincts at this point.
LONG SERIOUS RELATIONSHIP — For a Boy —
Once you’ve hit a long term relationship, you could start feeling like you’ve gotten him everything already, this can get hard! There are a few routes you can go now. You could get him some man cave accessories. You should have an idea of what his looks like by now, so try to personalize it to what he likes! You could also personalize glasses, for alcohol of course, for him this Christmas. You can always go with the classic, nice watch.