I genuinely loved certain family traditions like the annual gathering of as many friends as possible to take over a local Tex-Mex restaurant for Christmas Eve lunch – before we all got older and had responsibilities that made it impossible to keep it going.No, my biggest issue is the way it gets shoved down one’s throat earlier and earlier every year.It’s an extension of the Grand Romantic Gesture that looks great in movies but actually freaks people out in real life. Either way: at best it’s going to send very awkward messages. well, it can be the incident that causes your honey to start rethinking how they feel about you.One of my best friends once got a ring for Christmas from her boyfriend. If you want to avoid sending the wrong message with your gift and signaling that you might have gotten overly attached too quickly, you need to navigate the Price/Relationship axis.4 to 6 months, serious relationship: You’re in the “new relationship” stage, which means everything’s likely hearts and cartoon birds and barely being able to keep your hands off one another.This is the honeymoon period – sweet and sappy gifts are going to be the most appreciated.If you’re seeing each other once or twice a week, then you want to consider something heartfelt and fun but relatively cheap: no more than on the outside edge, plus dinner. Anything more substantial than, say, a book by her favorite author is going to be a bit much.
Just be sure that it’s something she’s expressed interest in; it wins you extra brownie points for being considerate and paying attention.
And with that in mind: One of the keys to picking the perfect gift is keep her personality and interests in mind.
Some women are far more likely to want something useful than something schmoopy, while others will love you forever if you buy her an Assassin’s Creed Eagle hoodie or a Potat OS.
At the same time, you don’t want to go overboard in terms of buying presents – going over (depending on your budget) is still going to carry some emotional heft.
One of your best bets is something that you can do together.
Concert tickets, especially for a band she likes, are a great idea here.