There is no better feeling than giving someone that you love a gift they will love forever.
They say it is better to give than to receive, so today let's talk about the right present for each stage of a relationship.
Finding the perfect gift for your girlfriend can often be tricky.
How much is too much? Does jewelry make sense for a gift, is it too soon?
Here are some guidelines on gift giving for each stage of your relationship.
Simple, yet thoughtful gifts. A gift card doesn’t cut it in a relationship. It is simple, but not thoughtful. A coffee mug, scarf, maybe tickets to a concert would be a much better alternative.
Stay away from live animals, you’re only one month into the relationship and animals can be a bigger commitment that takes time.
Three to Six Months
You have spent a lot of time getting to know each other's interests and tastes. Consider small, yet meaningful jewelry like earrings with her birthstone. At this stage we are looking for something thoughtful and meaningful, but not crazy expensive.
Take notes of the colors and what type of jewelry metal she wears most often. (yellow, white, something else?) These observations will help you pick something she’ll love.
You’ve got a lot of wiggle room here and can get her just about anything. Six months to a year is totally good for jewelry, but it all depends on the jewelry and the woman. To one woman, a half carat diamond pendant may be no big deal, but to another woman that’s the gift you get when you’re 50 from your spouse.
If you want to plan a trip, you can do anything from a weekend getaway to a local spa resort to a full-blown trip to Italy for two weeks depending on your budget (and time). When you’re in a committed relationship, this is an appropriate gift.
What to shy away from: Clothes. You’re probably relieved to hear this. Clothing is such a tricky gift because the fit, style, fabric, and about a dozen other factors all come into play when she’s deciding what she likes.
Five or more Years
Gifts at this stage in your relationship—where you’re sure the commitment is there and you’ve been together long enough to where you know what she wants—should be special.
Go a little more extravagant and splurge on something you know she’ll really love like a diamond ring or bag.
At this point, it is also ok to go the practical route and get her something that’s useful, but still high quality.
If you’re gifting an everyday item, make sure you pair it with a card that has really beautiful words, or cook her a fantastic dinner to go with it.