Gift-giving in any relationship can be tricky, but when it comes to a gift for your significant other, figuring out how much to spend can be daunting.
When you’re making the decision about the price tag, first think about these things:
- How long you’ve been together
- Your salary
- How much you normally spend when you go on a date
- How much you feel comfortable spending
0-3 months: Keep your budget at friend level. Make your gift personalized to score extra points.
When you first start dating someone, you’re not likely to spend more on a gift for them than you would for your close friends and family. Don’t feel pressured into spending more than you are comfortable with. If you do, you could make your girlfriend or boyfriend equally uncomfortable if the gift is prematurely extravagant.
The other foolproof trick to gifting is to make it personal. If your relationship is still new, don’t worry about spending a lot on the gift, instead make it something that relates to your budding relationship. Think about something that you talked about on your first date or an inside joke that you have and get a gift that relates to it. You’ll win points for being thoughtful no matter the price tag.
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3-12 months: Spend what you would spend on a friend who you see frequently or the amount equivalent to what you would spend on a date night.
For someone you’ve been dating for awhile—more than three months—spend about what you would spend on a friend you see frequently, but not as much as you would spend on a close friend or sibling.
12+ months: It’s time to make the jump to a significant, larger gift.
The longer you’ve been together, the farther along that friend to family continuum your significant other will move. And as your “dates” get more inexpensive (pizza and a movie on the couch counts as a date, right?) the more you’re going to want to spend on a gift.
There’s no mathematical equation that tells you how much to spend. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were? The good news is, as long as you stay true to your instincts, generally you won't go wrong.