P. Claire Dodson
December 11, 2016 1:24 pm
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That first holiday season after you’ve started dating someone new feels extremely high pressure. Spend too much or buy too intense a gift and you’ll freak them out. Spend too little and you’ll look like you don’t care. So what are the best gifts to give someone you’ve just started dating?

It’s not as complicated as it looks and we’ve rounded up a few of our faves. These items are the perfect casual-but-not-flippant gifts that say, “Hey, I like you enough to actually put thought into a nice thing, but not so much that I’m already planning our wedding.” Also, if they don’t get you anything back, they’re not that pricey.

So snuggle in by the fire and get ready to make your first holiday memories as a couple.

1 Rowley Cozy Fleece Throw Blanket, $49

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Blankets naturally evoke warm feelings, plus whenever your new person settles in to watch Netflix on their couch, they’ll think of you.

2 Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera, $60


A cute, portable instant camera combined with future classic-looking romantic shots of your first holiday together = prime gift.

3 Grilled Cheese Toaster, $34

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Maybe they’ll make you one.

4 Succulents in Reclaimed Wood Planter, $44.99

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Give your new beau a gorgeous mini-garden, full of plants that will never die (like your love!!)

5 ASOS Oversized Denim Jacket, $61


Good denim jackets are classic, gender neutral, and will automatically up your person’s style game.

6 Vinyl Me Please Subscription, $27/month

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Celebrate your person’s music tastes with this record-of-the-month club, which sends a new vinyl and art print to your house each time.

7 Copper Smartphone Projector, $30

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Build a blanket fort and use this simple projector to upgrade your movie experience.

8 Herschel City Backpack, $54.99


Give your person’s tired North Face a break with this light, minimalist pack.

9 Game of Thrones Collector’s Edition Monopoly Game, $41.00 


This fun take on a classic game will bring out you and your person’s competitive side as you fight to conquer Westeros.

10 Philosophy Pure Grace Bath and Shower Gel, $17


Pamper your person with Philosophy’s soft, luxurious bath gels that smell heavenly.

11 Birch Wood Custom Wall Hanging, $14.95


Show your person you care enough to remember where they’re from with these customizable signs.

It doesn’t have to be stressful to show someone you care.