It can be hard to decide on gifts for a new boyfriend. The beginning of a relationship is all about first impressions, and you don't want to make the wrong one. If you go for a super romantic gift, it might scare him away, but if you put little thought into the gift, he could take it as a statement that you're not interested. Thankfully, there is a way to strike a balance between the two. Buy your boyfriend something catered to him so that he knows you put thought into it but is not over the top mushy.
The gift you should buy depends on your boyfriend's taste. Take a moment to consider what he likes and dislikes. It can help to think back to conversations you've had on your dates. Perhaps he mentioned he was dying to see a particular band, or he likes a specific color of t-shirt.
Tickets to pretty much anything are a good idea. Not only will you show your boyfriend that you know what movies, sports, music, etc., he enjoys, but it's a perfect opportunity for him to ask you to join him. Try to get tickets for a date that is no more than one month away. Tickets work well as any occasion gift and can range from $30 to over $200, so be mindful of how much you want to spend.
If you already went to a concert together, consider getting a t-shirt that features the band you went to see. Other articles of clothing you can get your boyfriend include hats, jackets, and inexpensive jewelry, such as a sterling silver ring. Wearable items work great as a birthday, just because, Valentine's, or Christmas gift and can range from $10 to about $100 depending on the style and brand purchased.
This is another gift that can turn into a fun date if you pick the right game. Try to find one that is two players if you want to enjoy it just the two of you. Alternatively, get a party game if you'd like to introduce your boyfriend to your friends or plan on attending a social event. Games are a great just because or Christmas present and can range from $20 to $60.
A book is a nice gift if your boyfriend likes to read. It can also be very meaningful. You don't have to get him a poetry book. Get him something he is likely to read, and he'll think of you while he does so. Better yet, get a book the two of you can read together. Books can be a great birthday, Christmas, or just because present for him and cost between $10 and $30.
At this stage, you shouldn't be buying your boyfriend a flat screen TV, but you can pick up a CD, DVD or video game. Or, you can download some of your favorite songs from a media sharing site and make your own mix to give to your boyfriend. Electronics are a great just because gift and are typically pretty inexpensive to purchase. Prices range from about $15 to $80.
If you really can't think of what to get on an important day, such as his birthday, or if you need a Christmas gift for your boyfriend, buy him a gift card to one of his favorite stores. This shows that you put some thought into what to buy but you want to be sure that he is pleased with his present. Gift cards can be purchased at varying monetary values, so you can spend as much or as little as you'd like.
Sometimes the best gifts are experiences. Plan a romantic day or evening with your boyfriend based on his favorite things. Take him to his favorite restaurant, pick up his favorite dessert and watch his favorite movie. This type of gift works for any occasion and the price range will vary depending on the restaurant you select. If you're looking to save money, skip dinner and pick up dessert.
Your boyfriend may not ask for a pampering gift, but he'd probably appreciate one, especially if he's been complaining about his scratchy towel or dry skin. Pampering gifts include a nice robe, slippers, or a super soft towel set. You can also get him a nice shampoo, moisturizer and lip balm. These gifts work great as birthday and Christmas gifts and range from $5 to $90.
Get your boyfriend a gift that he can use around his home if you need a good birthday, Christmas, or just because present. These types of gifts include candles, throw blankets, a reusable Tupperware set that he can pack his lunches in, or a nice pan. These gifts typically range in the $20 to $100 price point.
If it's starting to get chilly outside, a nice pair of pajamas can be a great gift for any holiday or special occasion. Pajamas are a casual enough gift to give even if you are newly dating, but they also show that you're thoughtful. You can pick something silly or luxurious depending on your boyfriend's style. Men's pajamas range from $20 to $60.
Show your boyfriend that you get what he's into and buy him an accessory for his fave hobby. This can include a cool, reusable water bottle for hiking, a new game controller for his video games, sporting equipment, cooking supplies, or travel gear. This type of gift works for all occasions and will let your boyfriend know that you are paying attention to what's important to him. Prices will range from $20 to $80.
Budgeting for Gifts for a New Boyfriend
When your relationship is new, it is not the time to splurge and buy your boyfriend an expensive watch, a pair of $200 athletic shoes, a vacation or anything else extravagant. It's best to reserve those gifts for when you two have been together for a while. Giving a pricey gift early on can backfire since your boyfriend may feel he has to give you something equally pricey in return. This can put a lot of pressure on him. Keep your budget reasonable and spend what you feel comfortable with. You can always start off by purchasing inexpensive, yet thoughtful gifts and then re-evaluate the next time a holiday or his birthday comes up.
Finding the Perfect Gift
When you give your boyfriend his gift, do not be upset if you don't get one in return unless you've agreed to both exchange gifts ahead of time. His thanks should be good enough, and chances are he will reciprocate the thoughtfulness in the future.