The beginning of a relationship is always a little tough. There’s the good stuff, of course–getting to know someone, being introduced to their friends, doing cheesy-but-cute early relationship dates like ice skating and bowling. But there is also the bad stuff, which, if you think about it, is more or less the equivalent of its positive counterpart. There’s getting to know someone (what if you don’t like them as much as you thought? Or, even worse, they decide they don’t like you as much as they originally thought when they get to know you?), being introduced to their friends (who could very well be terrible people), and doing cheesy-but-cute early relationship dates like ice skating and bowling (why do so many quintessential-cutesy dates involve physical activity, anyway?).
Then, of course, there’s the holidays. This can be stressful because it raises the question of gifts–both giving and getting them–and it’s hard to know what’s appropriate when you’ve been with someone for a relatively short amount of time. Giving too little might be construed as passiveness, while giving too much could come off as aggressive.
There is good news, though, and it is that whatever you give your S.O. will most likely be totally fine. They’re with you because they like you as a person, and not because they wanted to cop the perfect subtle-but-meaningful holiday gift, and most likely will not break up with you if your present comes off as either too little or too much. But if you’re looking for some suggestions, here are some low-pressure, low-maintenance gifts that’s still a perfectly sweet girlfriend gift. Check ’em out here:
Concert TicketsIf your guy likes music, a great gift is some concert tickets. It doesn't have to be, like, Kanye or anything either--if you've got any kind of music venue near you, see what kind of acts they have within the next month or so that you'd both want to go to. (This goes for any type of entertainment, by the way--it could be for a museum, a play, or even a movie you know they want to see but probably wouldn't buy tickets for.) You can stick said tickets, whatever they may be for, inside of this cute-but-not-cutesy Fetty Wap card. (Just make sure you write NOT ACTUALLY FOR FETTY WAP on the cover if they aren't for Fetty Wap so they don't get confused.) Buy it at Etsy for $5.99
Kermit Sipping Tea CapIs your guy is into memes? Great. Now take the Harambe tribute t-shirt out of your Etsy shopping cart. That meme is over. Instead, give him this hat with what is arguably one of the most iconic and long-lasting memes of our time on it. Buy it at Etsy for $14.99
Infinite Jest by David Foster WallaceHere is a little industry secret: all boys,at some point in their life, must develop an intense passion for all of David Foster Wallace's works, particularly Infinite Jest. They will never actually read said works by David Foster Wallace, of course, but that is beside the point and not even what the obsession is about at all. I do not know why this is; all I know is that it is the truth and it is something that we must all live with. Anyway--you can take control of this narrative by starting it yourself and giving your boyfriend his very first copy of Infinite Jest. Buy it at Amazon for $11.90
Bruce Springsteen PosterIf your boyfriend is constantly running around in flannel, light-wash jeans, and referencing the "good old days," chances are good he's either a closet Donald Trump supporter or Bruce Springsteen fan. Hope for the best and gift him with this Springsteen poster. Buy it at Etsy for $19.85
Hotline Bling SweaterIt is true that the "Hotline Bling" meme may be slightly past its prime, but if you boyfriend loves Drake, this sweatshirt still rings true. (This gift also works if you love Drake and regularly steal your boyfriend's hoodies. Just FYI.) Buy it at Etsy for $25
Star Wars PosterIf your BF still isn't over Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he's going to love these vintage-looking movie posters. Buy it at Etsy for $27.90
CookiesNot to get all "cult of domesticity" on you here, but giving someone an edible gift is a good way to give a present that seems like it took a lot of effort without putting too much thought or money into it. You can make them yourself, or, you can buy someone else's homemade cookies (the internet is such a gift) so it looks like you made them yourself. It's up to you! Buy it at Etsy for $9.99
A Donation To Planned Parenthod In Their NameJust do it. If they complain about it, break up with them. They don't deserve you. Donate Here
What do you think of these presents? Do you have any other ideas? Let us know in the comments!