Dating the gift
A voucher for a new haircut or a smart new leather bag for work will put them in a great positive frame of mind for the up and comin year.
When you start a new relationship there's all sorts of important dates and milestones to remember.
Why not treat them to their favourite perfume or aftershave, but take it one step further by spending a little extra on the full gift set – it’ll look a little fancier and be a more intriguing shape under the tree.
Between the day you met, your first date or first kiss, even the day you first said 'I love you,' each couple might choose a different milestone to use as a marker for their anniversary.
But choosing an anniversary date is small-fry compared to the stress that comes when picking out the perfect anniversary present for your partner.
You just started dating him so I wouldn't embarrass him with an expensive gift - what if he only had an inexpensive gift for you? How about tickets for the two of you to go to a Christmas concert with dinner beforehand? If you are a starving college student, take some of your beer money & go spend $30 on ingredients and prepare a nice home/apt cooked meal for the two of you - don't put a bow on the Chicken Marsalla though... I want to buy a fun gift that's appropriate and personal, but am on a limited budget.
However if I didn't already have one it would be a nice gift to receive from my new girlfriend as we can afford it (I'm in my mid 30's) - I too am searching for the right gift for my new GF, it's a tough deal - we both make decent money but it's more the gift - while I was focusing on a 100-200$ range necklace, I wasn't sure and I'm a psychologist :-) She does have a puppy, thanks for the thought Rosa - I know she wants a few things for her - love through the puppy is an approach I hadn't thought of : P - My thought is if you really care for the person a gift from the heart it the best answer - I'd be happy with a simple card and her wearing a bow in her hair exclaiming she is my present (she already is though) - for those who can afford something bigger dig deep, if he/she's into a specific sports team yet you might not be buy two tickets to a game and go with them, if any of you know my GF whisper "Rose Bowl" into her ear for me!
There does not appear to be a similar universally accepted gift guide or suggested list for dating anniversaries.
Some gift stores and websites have created their own lists of suggestions but nothing as widely recognized as the wedding anniversary symbol list first created by Emily Post in 1922.
Why not write a meaningful message in a Christmas card?
It needn’t be overly expressive, but simply letting them know how much you’ve enjoyed spending time with them is the perfect way to put a smile on their face.
If your piggy bank can stretch to it, treat your partner to a trip they’ll never forget.
Whether it’s tickets to see their favourite football team or a romantic weekend away in the Lake District, you will both enjoy the experience and return from it with even more memories.
I don't want to get anything to overwhelming..but I don't want to get something crappy. Any ideas, cause he is a romantic and he might get me something nice? Help me I would have to imagine this question would be more of an age specific question, or even level of commitment - I wouldn't expect a 16 year old to be able to afford an i Pod.