Forget the crippling fear of texting back too soon, the question of when to meet the parents, and the constant effort it takes not to let them see you’re completely insane… the hardest part of having a new boyfriend is what to buy them for Christmas.
Get them nothing, and risk looking like a Scrooge. Get them too much and you’re a total keeno. WHAT IF THEY GET YOU NOTHING? It’s a festive minefield out there.
In the spirit of not completely ruining your dating chances for the new year, we’ve compiled a tried and tested guide of presents that won’t make either of you feel totally awkward.
The key here is non-creepy, but still personal. In the super early stages of dating you don’t want him to know you’ve scrolled through all 137 weeks of his Instagram feed to gauge his personal interests, but you do want to show you’ve been paying attention somewhat…
Black Nights Sleep Mug, £10 from RedTemplePrayer.comWhole Bean Coffee, £8 from DarkArtsCoffee.co.uk
Black gold aficionados (and Black Sabbath fans) will appreciate this massive mug, while these beans from Hackney-based Dark Arts are sure to impress even the most discerning coffee drinkers.
Tin Cup Whiskey 70cl, £27.99 from DrinksSupermarket.com
Whether it’s whiskey, rum, or gin… whatever his tipple, grabbing a bottle is always a safe bet. Plus, you can drink it together (how sweet of you).
B’lieve I’m Goin Down by Kurt Vile, £18.99 from RecordStore.co.uk
Impress him with your musical finesse, or get him that LP he’s been longing for. Does he have a record player? Good. He doesn’t? Who cares. Look how adorable you are buying this for him.
The Pleasures of the Damned: Selected Poems 1951-1993 by Charles Bukowski, £12.74 from Amazon.co.uk
Buying someone you like a copy of one of your favourite books is equal parts terrifying and amazing. Maybe they’ll finally see the real you. Maybe it will sit, collecting dust on their bookshelf forever. Either way, you tried.
Beer Bong Game, £5 from ASOS.com
The gift that says, “I never want a serious relationship with you.”
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