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Cuffing season is in full swing, and many of you have just secured a new boyfriend. First of all, congrats on finding someone with whom to spend the holidays with! 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 this Christmas grand.
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 a solid assortment of 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?
Allbirds Wool Loungers
Apparently, Allbirds are the coveted footwear brand of 2021. From my friend who’s a men’s lifestyle editor to my uncle, everyone seems to have invested in a pair of these cozy slip-ons for themselves, so if the male on your list hasn’t gotten on board, help him out with this foolproof holiday gift.
Sandalwood Travel Kit
Upgrade his grooming game with a TSA-approved set from The Art of Shaving. It includes everything he needs to trim his beard, and a sturdy pouch so he can tote everything along during his travels.
Ugg Tasman Slipper
You absolutely can’t go wrong with gifting a pair of Ugg slippers. Unfortunately for most men, they miss out on the comforting capabilities that these versatile slip-ons have. Give them the furry shoes and they’ll be as appreciative as can be. The fact that these are trending as outdoor shoes this season is an added bonus.
Audio-Technica Stereo Turntable
Any music lover will appreciate having a turntable in their space, for both aesthetics and function. This best-selling one from Amazon has nearly 10,000 perfect ratings and the same audio capabilities as classic vinyl record players.
The Office Box Set
A comprehensive box set of his favorite sit-com (or whatever genre) is the perfect gift when you’re trying to avoid coming on too strong.
Birthdate Co. Candle
This personalized candle is a solid custom gift for anyone, any time of year — especially for those into astrology, tarot, and numerology (or just luxe scented candles).
Waitiee Wireless Charging Station
If his phone always seems to be dying, give him this problem-solving solution that he’ll actually use on the daily. It juices up AirPods, phones, and watches all at once.
If your new beau has a taste for fashion, he’ll love this cozy and stylish scarf for the holidays.
MasterClass Online Courses
Masterclass’s impressive roster of online classes taught by industry pros—think: cooking lessons with Gordon Ramsey and film 101 with David Lynch—provides the wishy-washy giftee with plenty of unique options.
Bearaby Napper Weighted Blanket
If your man’s always freezing, give him the gift of warmth and comfort with a chic weighted blanket.
Personalized Amp Doormat
If he’s a musician, gifting him with a new instrument or audio system if the safest bet. Try a music-themed home decor or novelty item instead.
Tee Public Retro Sports Sweatshirt
If he’s into sports, gifting him with some vintage-inspired merch emblazoned with his team’s logo is the way to go.
Opove Deep Massage Gun
If he’s been coveting a Thera Gun massager recently, this is the perfect (and top-rated) dupe — and it’s a fraction of the cost.
Pickle Rick “Rick & Morty” Funko Pop
If he’s into this hit animated comedy (like so many guys I know personally), this hilarious Pickle Rick Funko Pop will be a hit. It’ll prob be his only bedroom decor piece, so it’ll have some sentimental value, too.
Maptote Coffee Mug
If he’s a big coffee drinker, consider gifting him with a novelty mug that pays homage to his hometown.
A version of this article was originally published in 2013.