Dating is a wonderful part of life. The holidays are a wonderful time of year. But when you put the two together it can be quite stressful! Finding the right gift for your sweet-honey-love-muffin is no easy task! Many people even break up right before the holidays just to avoid buying a gift! And if you've been used to being single in the past, suddenly you've got one more person to shop for! But you can do it. Here are a few tips on shopping for your significant other.
- Listen and listen closely. Many people drop subtle hints in day-to-day conversations, whether it's intentional or not. Most people either aren't listening to these hints or don't store them away for future reference. Write it down! Put it in your phone! Keep a running list of things your s/o randomly mentions in passing. These will be great gift ideas for Christmas, V-day, birthdays, and just because.
- Ask their friends and family. A lot of times their parents, siblings, or best friends will know exactly what they want so it's a good idea to check with them. This way you can surprise your boo by getting what they really want without asking them directly.
- Stalk their social media accounts. You can really learn a lot about a person just by checking out what they've pinned on Pinterest, what they've liked on FB, or what they've RTed on Twitter. This is especially true if you're dating an over-sharer or someone who is really into social networking. Take the time to go through their pages and you're sure to find the perfect gift.
- Just ask! You may want to be sneaky and/or creative with your gift-giving, but if you really want to know something, you should just ask. Ask them to give you a list of a few things they would like (complete with sizes) and you can pick one or two things from that list. You could still end up getting something different, something not on the list, but the list would at least give you a good idea of what they would like.
Christmas is a time for giving, but don't let the pressure of giving stress you out. At the end of the day, the important thing is that you give them something that is truly from the heart. Think about their reaction. The smile on their face and the hug and kiss afterwards. Don't stress about how much to spend or what to buy, if they really are the one they will love whatever you get and you'll have many years to come to find the perfect gift!
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