Holidays can be stressful enough without the stress of gift giving for your significant other.
While all of the cheer and good will can be exciting, the holiday season can certainly be stressful, too. Between the exhausting schedule of holiday parties and the confusion of gift-giving etiquette, December festivities can feel like quite a burden. Add to that a new relationship, and you can easily find yourself screaming “BAH HUMBUG” instead of humming along to “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
Have no fear, dearest readers. La Petite Provocateur is here with her very own gift giving guide for lovers to help keep you on the path to holiday cheer and a new year filled with continued love and blessings.
DO Set Gift Giving Guidelines in Advance
It may seem unromantic, but setting clear expectations and guidelines for your gift giving in advance not only creates an even playing field, but it can also spare you both a lot of disappointment and embarrassment come Christmas Day. There is no shame in setting a budget, and being clear on to whom you are giving gifts (each other’s parents, for example) is essential.
DON’T Limit Yourself to the Obvious
Sweaters, scarves, and mittens are thoughtful and appropriate for the season. However, look beyond the obvious holiday essentials and pick a gift that is personal to your partner and your partnership. Get quirky and get personal. Do they love football? Get them tickets to see their favorite team. Have they been pulling extra hours at the office? A gift certificate for a massage would be extra appreciated. I’m a big fan of giving “experiences” as gifts (concert tickets, zip lining, etc) since it also means building a new memory together.
DO Listen Up
Your partner will often leave hints, even if inadvertently, about the things that they like and desire. Maybe they point out their favorite heels when you stroll pass Kate Spade, or perhaps they mention how much they really need a new briefcase and love Tumi. These are all clues about gifts that might go that extra mile to show that you are tuned in to them and care.