Love Sick: The Gift of Love

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The holidays are full of wonderful things like Christmas lights, eggnog, and getting to spend time with your loved ones. But they can also be a stressful time when trying to pick out presents for your friends and family. As if they weren’t hard enough to shop for, buying a gift for your significant other can be damn near impossible. I always find myself absolutely stumped when it comes to buying guys gifts so I always end up rushing at the last minute to choose something. To help you with your shopping list, and to get a head start on mine, I’ve compiled a list of gift ideas to get your lover.

1) For the not-so-serious boyfriend- When you haven’t been dating someone that long, you don’t want to go all out on a gift for them because the relationship could be over in 2 months and you don’t want to be kicking yourself for spending all that money and time on a person. However, since you are dating, you feel obliged to get them a gift. So I suggest some form of entertainment for this person. If they like reading, get them a book that they’ve been wanting to read or a subscription to a magazine they like. Love movies? Either get them a collection of movies starring their favorite actor or a gift card for the movie theater. If music is more their thing, an iTunes gift card along with a mix CD would be both thoughtful and useful.

2)  For the semi-serious boyfriend- So you guys have been together for at least six months and there’s no end in sight. This is a perfect time to show how much you care about this person and the relationship is stable enough that you can splurge a bit more. Clothing is always a good option at this point because many guys like to look nice, but aren’t really sure what to get. A great set of cuff links is a good present because they come in a variety of designs so you can pick one that best suits your bf’s personality. Or if he is a big fan of shoes, you can get him a cool pair of sneakers or a hip set of oxfords. If clothes aren’t really your bf’s thing, I’d suggest perhaps getting him some kind of electronic gift. Guys love technological stuff. I suggest maybe  a sleek new camera, a Kindle, or some new video games.

3) For the bf you’re in love with- A trip to somewhere that you guys have been talking about going. Even if it’s somewhere simple like Las Vegas, a trip is a gift that keeps on giving. Not only will you be able to make lasting memories with each other, but a trip will bring you closer together and let you guys refresh your relationship. Plus, you get to go with him so it’s like a gift for yourself too!

Obviously, it’s important to know a lot about the person you are with to be able to pin point the perfect present for them. But sometimes it can be hard when the pressure is on. If you’re really stumped, enlist the help of his friends and family members, they might have some unique ideas that you hadn’t thought of. And even if you can’t afford a lot, as long as you get something thoughtful, your boyfriend should love it because you tried. Happy gift hunting!

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