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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unfortunately, sometimes giving or receiving the wrong gift can ruin an otherwise magical holiday experience – especially when your romantic partner is involved. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up over the years to an ensure stress-free holiday gift giving with your partner:

 

1 – Make sure you discuss gifts before buying, no matter how serious you’re relationship is! It is so important to be on the same page in terms of cost to avoid conflict or hurt feelings. If you’ve been dating for less than a year, veer on the side of a more casual gift. Been together for years? Go for something meaningful and personalized, such as engraved jewelry. Focus on something your significant other has mentioned or you know wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves. Another idea that goes a long way: show you care by putting together an album or collage of old photos. Surprise your sweetie with Reasons Why I Love You cards perfectly placed for them to discover.

 

2 – Just started dating? If you’ve been dating for 3 weeks or less, don’t even discuss it! If your date brings it up, keep it casual and gift them something inexpensive like a novel you think they will love. There will be plenty of time to step up your gift giving game if you two end up continuing to date! Stick with something basic but that still is thoughtful and you know he/she will like. With women, you can’t go wrong with cashmere – a top, scarf, a nice pair of gloves with a box of chocolate or roses – definitely don’t buy lingerie or anything over the top like expensive jewelry so early on. Tickets to an event you know he/she likes whether it be a concert or sports event, comedy show, or something to do with a hobby of that person shows thoughtfulness for someone new.

 

3 – Above all, never forget that it’s the thought that counts! Take this opportunity to remind your partner that not only do you cherish them, you also know them pretty darn well! Keep their interests and any inside jokes you two may have at the forefront of your mind while shopping.

 

4 – NEVER wait until the last minute to buy the gift. I don’t know about guys but women can ALWAYS tell when something was purchased on Christmas Eve.

 

5 – Last but not least, don’t stress! If you approach holiday gift giving as a fun exercise in couple-dom, it will become one. Relax and have fun with it!

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