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The Singles Guide To Giving Gifts and Roses during the Holidays, Birthdays, For Love, and Party Etiquette
It’s not about how much you spend or what you buy. As the old adage goes – it’s the thought that counts. Give of yourself and you will give her/him all she needs. Best of luck to both of you.
Here is a checklist to use when selecting gifts, to be sure you are putting the recipient's likes, and not my own, into the selection process. When shopping for a gift, ask yourself the following:
1. Why am I giving it?
2. Is it sincere?
3. Am I giving it without strings attached?
4. Does it reflect the receiver's taste, not mine?
5. Is it too extravagant?
6. Is it kind? (Don't give gag gifts.)
7. Is it appropriate? ( no candy for a dieter.)
8. Can I present it in person?
9. Is it presented beautifully?
10. Do I feel good about giving it?
Research your recipients interests. The whole point of gift giving is to show that you care, so if it's obvious that you haven't put any thought into the gift at all, there's no point in giving it. "So how do I find out what my boyfriend/girlfriend/fiancée wants/would appreciate?" Listen to your love. The next time you are watching TV together, make a note of all the things he/she gets excited about during commercials, reads the newspaper, especially newspaper or magazine ads. Pay attention when you are window-shopping together, or even when you're just chatting. People are always unconsciously rambling about stuff they want, and if you make it a point to listen closely, your job of finding out what he/she would like will be greatly simplified. You can also ask a friend or relative that knows them well.
What are appropriate gifts based on the length of time you have been dating someone?
That depends, not just on the length of time, but the serious nature of your relationship. Here is an example list of appropriate gifts for Christmas or Birthdays:
6-12 months: If you are male, this is the point where gifts should be very romantic and have significance about your commitment and future. Items should be very personal, can be more pricey, and reflect your feelings for your significant other, your commitment and your significant others personal interests:
-A meaningful trinket such as a romantic necklace or bracelet. Keepsakes that are engraved with your love!
1 year anniversary: Send a dozen red roses to show her you remember the day you met and how important she is to you.
Always send roses when:
Gift Giving Decoder:
If She Gives...
If You Give: A CD player. You're saying: "This will look great in OUR living room sometime soon, don't you think?"
If You Give: A Copy of "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" or any other self-help/relationship/psychology-type book.
You're saying: "I'm about to break up with you so you might want to get started on the background reading. Later."
DON'T bother with garbage/gag gifts like chia pets, pet rocks, etc. They will just end up in the trash, after you are given the boot.
Other Tips for Holiday Gifts and Etiquette for any Parties/Social Functions:
Do bring a bottle of wine or a small box of chocolates to the host or hostess that has invited you to their party.
Do send a short note or email of thanks for the great time you had and for being invited to the party.
Do thank friends/colleagues with a short note or email of thanks for any present, no matter the size, or whether or not you like it. It is the thought that counts.
Do go with reasonable expectations to parties. Don't expect that you will be fixed up with someone just because the host/hostess wants to introduce you to someone. People get into conversations with others and unfortunately, get hooked for a part of the party and may lose the interest in meeting whoever the host/hostess wants to fix them up with.
Do make an effort to smile, put out your hand and say "hi, I am ....., nice to meet you." Conversation starters can include: How do you know the host/hostess? What are you drinking...do you like it? What kind of work do you do? Go with the attitude that you are going to make friends with lots of people of both sexes. The more new friends you make, the more people who you can hang out with and who will set you up to meet people after they get to know you. Look for people with coming interests: Volleyball, tennis, bowling, skiing, bible studies, etc. Find out about new groups from people and try to finagle an initiation to go.
Don't go to a party if you are: 1. in a bad mood, frazzled from a long day or too tired, 2. expecting that you are going to meet the man/woman of your dreams, 3. really don't want to be there.
Don't go to a party empty handed. Even if the hostess says bring nothing, bring a small box of chocolates or a bottle of wine.
Don't bring cheap items. If the hostess is doing a potluck or a party where everyone does bring something, do not bring boxed wine, wine with screw tops, packaged off the shelf cookies. Bring a bottle of wine that is unique that others will have a conversation about, make something unique from scratch or pick up a gourmet type appetizer or brie.
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