DON’T: Get him something completely cliché like a tie if he wears jeans and tees to work, a baseball book if he hates sports, a universal remote for his TV, any sort of grilling apparatus, a box of golf balls, a power drill, a huge bag of “masculine” grooming essentials, or a subscription to the beer of the month club if you’ve never seen him drink beer.DO: Make him a cool winter Spotify playlist with songs you’re digging right now, and an i Tunes gift card.” My father pours coffee.“If I buy it, it’ll mean I care.”“You do care.” My mother looks at me over her reading glasses.“Well, I don’t want you-know-who to know that! ” My mother sets down her i Phone, clearly resigned to the fact that Words with Friends will have to wait.“Yes.”“For how long now? ” My father leaves the room.“It is perfectly acceptable to buy the person you’re dating a Christmas present after five months,” my mother says.“It would be fucked up if you didn’t!” My dad yells from the living room.“You got engaged at two months,” I yell back.“So?Pick a restaurant that has a long wait list but you were slick enough to swing by early on and ask the owner for a little help.That says, “It may be early, but I want to see this last longer.” As for the present, keep it simple – maybe a book they have talked about reading or a bottle of wine they have been dying to try.I’m sitting at my parent’s kitchen table, circling my cursor over the purchase button on my laptop screen.“For fuck sake,” says my father, “just buy the damn thing.”I shake my head.
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DON’T: Treat him to a 9-course dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant, and present him with a bottle of Glenmorangie Pride 1981.
DO: Get him a gift that’s reflective of something topical you’ve discussed. Get him a book of one of your favorite modern artists. Get him a new cooking gadget, a new cookbook you know he doesn’t have, or gift card to a specialty food store.
Page 1 of 2Everyone has been in this situation: You just started dating someone only to find out their birthday is right around the corner. Here you are, with a new relationship and just as you're getting to know the person, their birthday rolls up out of nowhere and leaves you wondering about the gift.
As if deciding what to wear on dates isn’t hard enough, now you’re stuck deciding what gift to buy – or even you should get them anything at all – for their birthday.