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8 Important Tips on Giving Gifts While Dating: Be Genuine

Have you ever wondered how you can make a good first impression on your date by a simple gesture that could end up having a lasting impression?

Every day, thousands of people are matched up through online dating websites and apps. With so many matches happening every hour, it's important to make a lasting impression with your date! Whether you're meeting for the first time or just getting back together after months apart, here are 8 tips that will help you give them an experience they'll never forget.

Dating gift ideas for men

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“A gift is the manifestation of a thought,” says gift-giving expert Aileen Avery. “Any gift or act of kindness, whether large or small, originates with a thought to make another human feel happiness.”

8 Important Tips On How To Gift A Date

Tip #1 - Expose Yourself and Find Out If There is Chemistry

The beginning of dating is when you meet someone for the first time and find out if there's chemistry or not. It should be very natural, easy-going, and spontaneous - it shouldn't feel forced at all since this will ultimately determine whether you want to invite that person on an actual date or wait around until they ask.

Here are some tips on how to make a good first impression:

  • Try not to get too tipsy to avoid embarrassing yourself

  • Don’t talk too much, people hate a smart ass

  • Don’t brag - It’s not a competition to determine who’s the best

  • Ask open, genuine questions and listen

  • Avoid any interrogation or put him on the spot

  • Pay attention to the body language as they react and answer

  • Be present and in the conversation while it last

  • Honesty goes a long way these days, fakeness doesn’t last!

Tip #2 - The First Gift While Dating - Don't be ambiguous

The first gift while still in the early stage of dating can be tricky. You don't want to overkill nor brag by bringing something too bold, you also do not want to send the wrong message either or make your date uncomfortable. Any of these situations would set off on a bad foot before even opening your mouth!

Here are some tips on how to make a good first impression:

  • Instead of buying something cool & trendy, aim for something sensitive

  • If you asked the right genuine questions on the first encounter, use this

  • A personal touch will impress much more than something common

  • Forget about your restricted budget, it’s not about impressing but about a small gesture

  • If in doubt, go safe and neutral like a bottle of wine or chocolates.

Tip #3 - The Second Gift Within 3 Months of Dating - Go More Personal

This is the second stage of dating and couples often become more comfortable around each other. This makes it easier for them to open up about themselves and share who they truly are with one another, which allows trust in their relationship to deepen during this time.

Here are some tips on how to go deeper and more intimate

  • Why not make fun of your flaw or weakness if it’s something laughable

  • Take on your date on something they always wanted to do and experience it with them first, what a memory to share together!

  • Travel, trek, ski, do bonding activities and spend quality time together to solidify the relationship on solid grounds

  • Bling material is non-essential, only meant to impress their fake jealous friends perhaps...

Tip #4 - The Gift of Commitment - Seal the Deal!

The gift of commitment while dating is the ability to understand a partner's values, lifestyle, and future goals. Couples should have a relationship with each other’s family and friends during this stage in their life together because it shows that they are serious about being committed partners.

Here are some tips on showing how you are committed to the relationship:

  • Surprise your partner with a weekend getaway that includes the relatives

  • Go out of your way to get something as sensitive but for the parent this time

  • Get something that shows you understand the passion/interest of your partner and you care (painting accessory, scrapbook, camera, yoga gear, briefcase, etc.)

  • A piece of jewelry or something valuable will show a lasting intention and place you in a different category altogether, especially if you are ready to propose.

Tip #5 - “Faux Pas” Gifts - Don’t Send The Wrong Message

While dating, avoid giving faux pas gifts like anything related to politics or controversy. Once you are on a more open relationship basis after several weeks, barriers will go down and these types of presents can be given without consequence.

Here are some tips to avoid sending the wrong message:

  • Avoid anything related to politics or highly controversial

  • A gag gift doesn't feel personal; it can be embarrassing or even worse- humiliating.

  • Sending someone a hygiene product like soap, bath salts, and shampoo. If you do choose to pick out something related to cleaning yourself, make sure it comes with a sweet message on the note attached.

  • Avoid giving something that could be interpreted with something else like it’s not clean at your place so here’s a vacuum.

  • When you're just starting out with someone, it's easy to make mistakes like giving expensive jewelry or dropping hints that can be misinterpreted as a commitment.

Tip #6 - The Gift To Test If You Have a Gold Digger!

To avoid getting into an abusive relationship that will only lead to heartbreak and financial ruin, you can check out this guide of 15 signs she is a gold digger so that men like yourself can spot her before it’s too late!

Here are a few tips to test the true intentions and validate a reaction:

  • Instead of buying something flashy, try something crafty and local

  • Buy something meaningful, yet really low price

  • Choose a familiar restaurant instead of a glamorous spot to dine out

  • Order pizza in instead of going out

  • Buy cheap local band tickets instead of a famous rock star

  • Buy a no-name garment instead of a recognized brand name with a logo

  • Buy beer instead of Champagne to celebrate a special event, birthday

Tip #7 - The Creative Gift - Something Fun and Affordable

Sometimes when dating, you don't know how much effort should be put in at an early stage of dating since it's still new for both parties involved so people tend to choose casual gifts such as a personal touch or creative ideas which are not too expensive but show they care about their significant other.

Tips on how to be creative even if you are not handy:

  • Any customizable object is easy to make online (mug, t-shirt, pen, canvas, etc.)

  • A home cook meal, a surprise theme party with their favorite goodies

  • A Live experience with your date on something they care about like wine tasting, camping, cooking class, etc. and you have to be there too!

  • If you are crafty, use your talent to make a bird box, a gift basket or order online a customizable item

Tip #8 - The Neutral Gift - Time Saver & Safe

What's a safe gift for any date? You don't know them well yet and you're running out of time, so it makes sense to play things safe. Buy something that doesn't send any double messages or negative connotations. Don’t presume of anything personality-wise and choose a gift that practically everyone could use in their home or office, regardless of their age, gender or marital status.

Here are some tips on how to make a good first impression:

  • A Best Seller Book about a topic or a celebrity they like

  • A practical yet common office desk accessory ( Phone Dock/Charger)

  • An electronic device for home (digital clock, set of kitchen knives, etc.)

  • BBQ gear, everyone cook and eat outside

  • A Netflix membership

  • Any gift card to a local retailer like Best Buy, TJX, Costco, Liquor Store

“Money can't buy love, but it sure gets you a great bargaining position.” - Murphy’s Love Laws

When it comes to gift-giving, the rules are simple: keep your gifts short and sweet in early relationships. A lot of feelings and expectations can get mixed up when people have issues. If you want to rev up the passion, get creative with a shared activity that'll cost less than an extravagant present. Save your big surprises for later on in the relationship if you get there!

After all, it is the thought that counts. No matter how much money you spend on your partner's birthday gift or anniversary present—if they are not appreciated then there may be no point in spending so much time and effort into getting them something meaningful.

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