If you've had a big fight with your boyfriend or girlfriend, you'll probably want to do something to get back in his or her good graces. One way to show that you accept responsibility for the argument, and also to speed up the resolution of a lingering conflict, is to buy your significant other a make-up gift. A make-up present can be a very effective way to make your relationship stronger.
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Decide if this conflict is big enough to warrant a gift. You do not want to fall into a pattern of buying your boyfriend or girlfriend a make-up gift every time you disagree. If you do, then not only will your relationship become more expensive, but your gifts will ultimately become less effective.
Assess whether you are really the one responsible for the conflict. If you are not to blame, then your gift may come across as insincere.
Decide whether a gift would work on your partner. If your boyfriend or girlfriend regularly decries the materialism of holidays like Valentine's Day, then you may want to give a homemade gift or find some other gesture to show how sorry you are.
Is a make-up gift a good idea?
Think about gifts that your boyfriend or girlfriend has appreciated -- and not appreciated -- in the past. Does he love chocolate? Is she allergic to flowers? Now is not the time to experiment, so your gift search should be limited to things that your significant other will definitely like.
Figure out how much money you will spend. A gift that is meaningful may be more effective than one that is merely expensive, unless you know that your significant other has very expensive tastes.
Try a gift that references your argument and acknowledges that you were wrong. For example, if your fight was about the fact that you never pick up after yourself, consider paying for a house cleaner to come in and give the place a thorough deep cleaning. (You will still need to start picking up after yourself to avoid having this fight again in the future, but this gift should break the ice.)
Consider a make-up present that does not come from a store. Writing your significant other a love poem, finding a picture that will make him laugh, or cooking her favourite dinner can all be very effective ways of letting your partner know that you are sorry.
Present your make-up gift. Make sure that it is nicely wrapped (if applicable), and include a card saying how truly sorry you are.
Giving a make-up gift
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