What to Get Someone You’ve Just Started Dating
Navigating the dating waters can be tricky enough on any given Tuesday, but throw the holiday season and its tinsel-laden expectations into the mix and things can get real murky real fast.
First, you’re going to have to make some crucial relationship decisions, like, whether or not you’ll invite each other to the family festivities. Plus, you’ll have to decide whether or not things have gotten serious enough to find and give each other a present, and, if so, what exactly is an appropriate gift. You don’t want to be awkward in what you choose, but you also don’t want to pick something meaningless.
Stop stressing over what to get that someone you’ve just started dating and click through these 16 gift ideas instead.
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Dating Gifts... If You’re Keeping It Casual: Game of PhonesWhile you’ve deleted the dating apps from your devices by now, your phone is with you 24/7. Turn your smart device into a source of entertainment with the Game of Phones, a scavenger hunt that gets you using your phone to answer trivia, find Google images and more. It’s surprisingly fun to play even with just two people.
Game of Phones, $13 at Uncommon Goods.
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Dating Gifts... If You’re Keeping It Casual: Scratch-Off Actress PosterDating Gifts... If You’re Keeping It Casual: Scratch-Off Actress Poster Gamifying something you already love doing together, like watching movies, is always a good idea. This scratch-off poster encourages you to spot and then scratch off the famous leading ladies you spot while Netflix binging.
Leading Ladies Scratch-Off Poster, $38 at Uncommon Goods.
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Dating Gifts... If It’s Complicated: Sweet TreatsNothing says ‘I’m into you, but let’s take things slow’ quite like a tackle box full of sour candies. If you’re lucky, they might even share with you.
Sour Candy Tackle Box, $26 at Dylan’s Candy Bar.
Dating Gifts... If It’s Complicated: Exploding KittensYou don’t have to go out to some trendy board game cafe/bar to get your Monopoly on. In fact, go for a more modern game, like Exploding Kittens, which can be played with two players and will get those competitive juices flowing.
Exploding Kittens Board Game, $24 at Amazon.
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Dating Gifts... If You’re Keeping It Casual: Handmade Glass StrawsOn a mission to save the planet together and saying no to straws whenever you’re out together? This set of handmade-in-Manitoba glass straws by glass-blower Brook Drabot is both aesthetically pleasing and practical.
Set of 4 Glass Blown Straws, $28 at Simons.
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Dating Gifts... If You’re Keeping It Casual: Leather Plant HangersRemember the 'love fern' that Kate Hudson gifts Matthew McConaughey in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days? Well, this doesn’t have to be that, but put in a few vines, like a String of Pearls or a Spider Plant into these leather hangers and you’ve got yourself one sweet pair of plants that’ll hopefully grow to last just as long as the relationship.
Set of 2 Leather Plant Hangers, $55 at Simons.
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Dating Gifts... If It’s Complicated: DIY Hot Sauce KitIf you’ve bonded over a shared love for making magic in the kitchen, an at-home hot sauce making kit will literally and figuratively heat things up even further.
Hot Sauce Making Kit, $83 at Amazon.
Dating Gifts... If It’s Complicated: Cozy SweatpantsYou spend a lot of time Netflix and chilling together, but are you truly cozy when you do? Canada’s very own Roots has been making its warm and comfy joggers for over 40 years now and they come in a rainbow of colours.
Sweatpants, starting from $74 at Roots.
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Dating Gifts… If You’re Going Strong & Steady: Original NintendoThe gaming giant is read to make all of your retro dreams come true with its re-release of the original Nintendo gaming console. Impress your new lover with the Donkey Kong skills you first mastered back in the 90s.
NES Classic Edition, $80 at Nintendo.
Dating Gifts… If You’re Going Strong & Steady: Wireless Photo PrinterChances are your camera roll is full of selfies together, so rather than keeping them hidden and disorganized on your phone, why print them. A mini wireless printer lets you transform your digital memories into hardcopies, plus you can add filters, borders and texts to each image.
Canon Ivy Mini Wireless Photo Printer, $59.99 at Best Buy.
Dating Gifts… If You’re Going Strong & Steady: Initial NecklaceLayering fine gold necklaces is a trend that isn’t wavering, so make sure your main squeeze is earning all the style points by gifting them a handmade piece engraved with their first initial.
Initial Necklaces, $31 at Etsy.
Dating Gifts… If You Think You’ll Get Married: 5-Year NotebookRemember where you went for your eleventh date together? Or the third concert you went to together? Don’t worry, they probably don’t either, but a five-year notebook, which encourages users to handwrite write a sentence or two each day of the year, will help keep those memories intact. Imagine how amusing it’ll be to look back on your relationship half a decade from now?
One Line a Day Notebook, $24.95 at Indigo.
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Dating Gifts… If You Think You’ll Get Married: Handwritten LettersIf you’re in a long distance relationship (or, even if you’re not), these Letters to Open When will make you feel instantly closer. Each book comes with 12 pages and a writing prompt on each one, like “Open when you need a pep talk” or “Open when you need a good laugh” as well as an envelope for you to slide in your handwritten letter.
Letters to Open When, $21 at Amazon.
Dating Gifts… If You’re Going Strong & Steady: Art LessonsWhether you’re able to sketch life-like portraits of one another in a matter of minutes or are more of a simple stick-figure kind of couple, classes that get your creating together, like art lessons, are a fun way to spend an evening out together.
Art lessons available at Michael’s locations across the country, prices vary.
Dating Gifts… If You Think You’ll Get Married: Something They NeedMaybe it’s a new toiletries bag or maybe it’s a fresh pair of running shoes that’ll help kick-start those New Years goals. Whatever it that thing may be, if your dating sitch is getting serious, you’ve probably been paying attention to something they need.
ASICS Women’s Gel Cumulus 21 LS Running Shoe, $160 at Asics.
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Dating Gifts… If You Think You’ll Get Married: A First Edition BookFirst editions can be two things: expensive and hard to find. But they don’t have to be. If you’re hunting for a famous title like Hemmingway’s’Old Man and The Sea, expect to shell out some serious cash, so consider going the sentimental route instead.
The Old Man and the Sea: First Edition, $450 US at eBay.