Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger’s holiday dating dos and don'ts

Nov 23, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. ET

She counsels the country’s most eligible millionaires and now Millionaire Matchmaker's Patti Stanger is lending her advice to us average gals to help navigate some common holiday relationship roadblocks.


Gift giving

Deciding whether to exchange gifts with a new guy is a typically tricky scenario. Patti recommends keeping it small when it comes to gift etiquette and new love.

"A trinket goes a long way," Patti told us. "The first time I was dating my fiance, we knew each other two weeks and we agreed to give each other a favorite CD."

The millionaire matchmaker, Patti Stanger offers her love tips for the holiday season.
Love guru Patti Stanger offers SheKnows her tips to help your relationship survive the holiday season.

Bringing home your new BF

Meeting the parents is a big step. Patti says to make sure you don't jump the gun on inviting your new boyfriend home. Instead, let him make the first move in the family introductions department.

"Do not introduce him to family unless he introduces you to his family first," says Patti. "If he's hinting, that's ok. But if he has never brought up the subject matter, maybe something went wrong with his last relationship. Don't go there."

If he is gung-ho to get in on your family's holiday though, Patti says to prepare your relatives to prevent any awkward moments.

"Talk to your dad and make sure he doesn't interrogate him and make sure your mom isn't already planning the wedding," says Patti.

Going solo this season

If you aren't attached this holiday, don't feel down. Patti recommends planning a fun get-together with your other single friends.

"You gotta get out of the house," says Patti. "I like when single girls form their own posse. Last year I had a pajama party for New Year's Eve with a bunch of my girlfriends because none of us were dating anyone."

The New Year's kiss

Whatever your relationship woes were in the past, the New Year is a new chance for romance. Patti just has one piece of advice for that hot guy you're scoping out at the New Year's Eve party.

"A New Year's kiss is usually the first kiss you have with a guy, so if a guy doesn't kiss on New Year's, forget him!"

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