Deciding what to get your special someone for a holiday gift is a tricky proposition. What types of holiday gift is to be avoided at all cost? How much should you spend on a holiday gift? And most importantly, what relationship stage are you in?
Follow these rules for holiday gift giving, and you’ll be sure to please.
1, Relationship Stage #1-New or Casually dating
Been dating less than three months or casually dating? Then is the holiday gift giving etiquette to follow. Holiday gifts for newly dating couples should be fun, somewhat frivolous, and inexpensive. The reasoning? Your relationship is new and fresh, and therefore any holiday gifts given should reflect this.
2, Relationship Stage #2- New Committed Relationship
Holiday gift giving etiquette states that newly committed couples should spend (on average) $30-75 for a gift, depending on your budget. Romantic holiday gifts are encouraged only if the two of you are exclusive. Items that remind the gift receiver of your time together are perfect, as are fun things that you can share with your date.
3. Relationship Stage #3- Longterm Serious Relationship
Long term, serious relationships are those where you are either living together, engaged or have been dating exclusively for six months or more.
By this time, you should know your partner well enough to have a fairly good idea of not only what they want for the holidays, but also what they need. Holiday gifts for long term committed couples are generally more expensive, more meaningful, and preferably have a romantic component to them.
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