What to Gift That Person You Just Started Dating

Keep it cheap and cheeky.
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Keep it cheap and cheeky.
The infamous "I love you" swan clutch. Screengrab: HBO/YouTube

The infamous "I love you" swan clutch. Screengrab: HBO/YouTube

Few things are more befuddling than figuring out what to give someone you've recently started dating for the holidays. And the alternative — refusing to acknowledge the gift-giving season — usually doesn't lead to a fruitful relationship. You want to show that you care without going overboard and freaking your new squeeze out.

The most important thing to do is keep it casual in both price point and tone. Find something cute that plays on the social conventions of couple gifts, like a pendant that says "really fucking cute," or a something super practical from a cool brand, like a soft Woolrich blanket — perfect for cozying up together on winter nights and getting to know each other better. Next year you'll know exactly what to get them, but for now here are some safe, solid and silly options your boo will love. Did I say love? I meant like. 

Okay, maybe the boob pot is a little out there but we've got some tamer options too. 

Okay, maybe the boob pot is a little out there but we've got some tamer options too. 

1. In God We Trust necklace, $40, available at Need Supply. 
Never underestimate the power of a cheesy gift, especially when you want to avoid saying those other three little words... for now. 

2. "Babe," by Petra Collins, $21.77, available at Amazon
Give your babe this pretty hardback from photographer Petra Collins to earn infinite cool points for associating yourself with all the talented contributors, and take the opportunity to have a discussion about the intersections between femininity and sexuality. Afterwards, initiate a cuddle sesh. 

3. Best Made Co. sweatshirt, $78, available at Best Made Co
'X' marks the (heart) spot on this classic sweatshirt. 

4. Kiehl's hand salve, $15, available at Kiehl's.
Kiehl's has a ton of different gift options depending on your main squeeze's gender and lifestyle. This hand salve also comes in a festive $45 gift box of travel size products. That way your globe-trotting main squeeze will have a sweet-smelling reminder of you no matter how far from home. 

5. Herschel field pouch, $24.99, available at Herschel.
Everyone loves a good pouch. Literally, everyone. And it's just the kind of useful item people rarely buy for themselves. Bonus points if you hide a cute note in there. 

6. Woolrich wool blanket, $145, available at Woolrich
A blanket symbolizes a warm embrace, and always comes in handy. It's also good for more active cuddling. 

7. Diptyque Ginger Hourglass Diffuser, $140, available at Diptyque.
Yes, this is probably more money than you want to spend on this gift, but the Diptyque diffuser is really awesome. It looks cool and smells amazing, and is a smart alternative to a candle gift. Candle gifts are super lame. Never gift a candle to anyone you want to sleep with.

8. Group Partner Girl Pot, $65, available at Need Supply.
Fans of the female form will love this clay pot. Go the extra mile and plant a phallic cactus in there. 

9. Real Nature avocado face mask, $2, available at The Face Shop.
There's a reason why all models and even Chris Pratt love sheet masks — you get an instant glow and look like a villain in a horror movie for 20 minutes. We suggest you buy your honey a bunch of cheap ones with different ingredients. Throw in a free massage and this person is guaranteed to never break up with you. 

10. Georgia Perry Kim and Kanye pins, $15 each, available at Shopbop. 
Mr. and Mrs. West are basically the physical embodiment of #relationshipgoals — they have their own Vogue cover, not sure if you've heard — so why not give the reality star of your heart a couple of wearable pins of their little faces?