Before you hit the mall, you need to think about how long you’ve actually been a couple. Would you even call yourselves a couple? If this is a casual thing (you guys hang out sometimes and sleep together sometimes), it's a situation that doesn’t really warrant spending money. But, if you’ve moved on from something casual to something more structured (read: you’re exclusive), you can think about exchanging gifts.
Well, this comes down to how long you’ve been together. The type of present you pick out and how much you spend should be directly related to the length of your relationship. For example, the gift you get for someone you’ve been with for two years will (and should be) vastly different than what you get for someone who you’ve been with for two months. The longer you’re together and the more solid your relationship is, the more you can spend and the more sentimental you can be.
If you’ve established that you are in fact actually “dating” and you’ve been doing so long enough to warrant a gift exchange, there are a few things to consider. First, keep it light. A new relationship is still uncharted territory so you don’t want to scare him with something overly sentimental. Think about neutral items like books, music or accessories. A nice scarf says “I like you,” whereas a larger wardrobe item say “I see us together forever,” which might come across as a bit too forward.
Use common sense and good taste and you should be fine. Have fun with it — shopping for a new partner should be enjoyable, not stressful.
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