Christmas season may appear to be a perfect period for dating and relationships, often very few singles know how to maneuver this sensitive period of expectations. You don’t have to start a dating relationship or any other type of relationship for that matter under stress.

One particular area of expectation is, of course, gift-giving. It can be challenging to find the perfect present for your date or the person that you are in a relationship with, especially if you are in the early stages of a relationship and don’t know him or her very well. Your gift needs to be thoughtful, appropriate, and (usually) stay within budget.

Sometimes, it can seem impossible to find something that meets all of your needs and sends the right message.  Hopefully, this list of ideas will help you narrow down what you might be putting under the tree for your boyfriend or girlfriend.

You’ve Just Started Dating.  

So you’ve been on a few dates…but nothing serious yet.

Try something cute and inexpensive,

Don’t do the gift card thing. Gift cards are always impersonal and can be awkward because he or she would  know exactly how much you spent.

Guys, you don’t have to overdo it either. Going on a few dates doesn’t constitute purchasing jewelry or anything too permanent.

Most women would appreciate something small but thoughtful gift, like a scarf or cute winter hat.

Bake something! We all love the delicious food at Christmas.  If you enjoy the kitchen area, why not impress her with your baking skills? Bake some delicious cookies.

You’ve Been Dating a Few Months.

You’re in a relationship, but it’s only been a few months. You don’t know him or her that well and are afraid to either spend too much money or get something they totally hate.

Buy stuff that everyone appreciates, but won’t break the bank. If you are shopping for him, go for something classic that also suits his style. Check out nice sweaters or a pair of good slippers (who doesn’t love to get cozy around the holidays?).

The important thing is to get something that shows you care but doesn’t necessarily say “commitment” if your relationship isn’t there yet.

Guys, avoid buying cloth.  Women’s clothing sizes are all over the place and it can be harder to choose something that will fit her and also make her happy. In addition, it can be awkward if you get her size wrong…)

Consider buying her books she likes to read, the movies she loves, or some of her other hobbies.      If she loves a particular author and you know they are publishing a new release soon, head on over to Amazon or any good bookshop.

You can always pair a good book with a nice blanket or a cute mug to make the gift really cozy and sweet. Throw some hot chocolate packets into the mix and she will be really impressed.

You’ve been dating for a while

You’ve been dating let’s say a year or more, and you know each other really well. This is the time to be more creative with your presents. The good thing about long term relationships is you have plenty of time to get to know them—shopping should be much easier now!

Guys, it’s definitely okay to buy jewelry now, and ladies, it’s appropriate to spend a little more money on him, too.

If you feel like your relationship is on the right track, consider uploading some pics and make a photo book of all of your favorite dates.  Prices range depending on how many pages/what type of book you select.

If being that creative isn’t your style, get her that necklace or get him that wrist-watch.

The Christmas holiday period gives Christian singles dating or in a relationship the opportunity to express their fruits of kindness and giving. This list is a quick guide and to inspire your giving. It’s all about letting him or her know that you thought of them and care.

About the writer: Sonny A. Samuel is a publisher, writer, and author.                                                        

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