Gift Giving for Someone Special
December is in full swing, and all we can think about is Santa. Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, this time of year is very cheery and bright in cities worldwide. It is also the time of the year when our wallets get lighter as we spend everything to surprise loved ones with gifts. But how do you buy a well thought out, caring gift without breaking the bank?
The first step is to evaluate the relationship. Are you just starting out or has it been awhile? Are you intimate? How close are you? Your gift should reflect the relationship. If you have been pretty serious, then so should the gift. If you don’t share a label with someone, then you don’t necessarily need to share a gift with them. Every relationship is different, but this is a general guideline.
Here’s a guideline on how to celebrate with someone special without going broke:
Days to 3 months
If you have only been on a couple dates, a gift will not be expected. It will obviously be accepted, but no one plans on getting a gift if they are not yet committed. However if you have been dating for up to three months, you should consider a small gesture. By this time, you have gotten to know one another enough to surprise them with something small that will still mean a lot. Think a romantic or fun plannned date or a favorite book, cd or accessory.
6 months to a year
You have been together enough to give a nice gift. At this point, you can talk about gifts and give each other clues about what you want. Price varies for every relationship, but I personally was not shy to share my favorite brands for jewelry or purses at this point and vice versa. This gift requires a little more thought and more likely a little more money.
Treat yourself. At this point, you can ball out or hold out. You can decide to not give gifts at all and focus on a much needed couple’s vacation instead. Or you can opt for laying what you want out on the table. At this point you aren’t afraid to talk about anything, so you can discuss prince range in case that is necessary. Either way, gifts are welcome in any shape or form in this stage, whether it be an experience or material object.
Gifts are always optional, but always welcome. Determine if your someone special has been naughty or nice this year to help you decide on how amazing of a gift they deserve. And remember, coal is better than nothing at all!