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Cuffing season has officially begun, and many of you have just secured a new boyfriend. First of all, congrats on finding someone with whom to spend the holidays! It’s a tough world out there, but you managed to secure a cuddle buddy for the cold temperatures. Of course, since it is the holidays, figuring out the perfect gift for your new boyfriend is a new challenge—but one which we’re here to help. You’ve already done the hard part (finding a boyfriend, in this case), but now it’s time to take the next step and really make the holidays grand. Gift-giving season, here we come.
If you’ve just started dating someone, finding a gift for them is hard AF. On one hand, you want to impress your significant other with the perfect item. On the other hand, though, you don’t want to go too big too soon. You need a gift that says, “Hey, I like you and think you’re great, but we just started going out, and I’m not sure if you’re my soulmate yet.” Yes, it’s a difficult task, but there are plenty of ways to gift your boyfriend a special item without going overboard. The key: Pay attention.
When you talk to your new boyfriend, pay attention to what he likes, what he complains about or what he’s lacking. If he’s always cold, gift him with a chic winter accessory to keep him warm (like a beanie or scarf). If he can’t stop talking about how his favorite show is about to be removed from Netflix, get him the DVD box set so he can have it forever. If he’s a huge fan of a specific sports team, find a chic sweatshirt with a vintage-inspired team logo. There’s no need to get anything too fancy—just find a gift that’s practical and personal, and you can’t go wrong.
Below, you’ll find 13 different new boyfriend gift ideas to get you started on your journey. Whether your new boyfriend is a total foodie or always complains about his long commute to work, you’re sure to find something that suits his needs—without going over the top. Save the fancy gifts for your first anniversary, K?
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If he’s a foodie — gourmet hot sauce
If he’s tired of paying for streaming — his favorite show on DVD
If he’s always traveling — a personalized toiletry case
If he’s a TV-lover — face mask with his favorite characters
If his phone is always dying — portable charging station
If he loves fashion — a chic scarf
If he works from home — comfy slippers
If he’s indecisive — watch with changeable straps
If he’s a sports fan — retro-inspired sweatshirt with his team
If he’s a coffee drinker — mug that matches his personality
If he always seems to be freezing — a weighted blanket
If he’s a musician — personalized amp decor
A version of this article was originally published in 2013.