You don't get a second chance to make a first impression, and neither does the first gift you give a significant other.
Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, holiday, or just-because gift, present-picking can feel like pop quiz on your partner.
"Look for something that fits his interests but is small, not too expensive, and that you know he might not have.
For example if he likes to ride a bicycle but does not have a water bottle on it...a bottle plus a rack to go on the bike." Pay attention to the hints that your significant other leaves you, either consciously or not, about what they wish they had or have been meaning to get for themselves.
Be Sweet, Not Corny In the early stages of dating, hold off on going overboard and declaring your undying love in a gift.
Resist the urge to put lots of heart decorations and "I love you" all over something you make," warns .
Most guys are not really into that sort of thing and well they may not give you the huge smile you were looking for." Show That You Care"In this relationship my first gift was for my birthday and was a $100 spa package," told us.
"I kind of shrugged it off as impersonal and the easy way out but then realized he knew how stressed I was as a student and wanted me to have some time to myself to be pampered. " Reference Your Bond Strengthen your bond by getting your significant other something that reminds them of the two of you as a couple, like a favorite shared activity, band, or an inside joke. "The first gift I gave him was a burnt CD with all the songs that reminded me of him or had something to do with our relationship or a time we shared together where the song was playing.
's second gift from her boyfriend was "an NFL Steelers jersey because they are my favorite team and football is something we bond over. I wrote a long letter explaining why I picked each song and he LOVED IT! " Do-It-Yourself"Material items mean nothing to me," says .
"The best gift I received was a water color painting with a hand written (caligraphy) poem over it." If you're low on cash, a cute poem, painting, or song is costs little to nothing, but makes a big impact..regardless of your talent or skill level.
Pay Attention Early On's boyfriend knows the importance of pay attention to what your partner likes from day one.
"We met on an online dating site and I had mentioned in my profile I preferred wild flowers to store bought roses," she says.
"We had gone out a few times and when I went out to my car one morning, he had covered it in wild flowers.