When you've just met someone special and a birthday or holiday is approaching, you want to get her a gift. It's a smart idea to be conservative about your choice. A gift that is too expensive or elaborate may be sending the wrong signals too early while a reasonably priced wrong gift could cause the person to think twice about you as a prospect. There are a few safe, inexpensive gift ideas you can consider for someone you just started dating.
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Music Playlist or MP3
If you and your new romantic interest have the same interest in music or you are just familiar with the type of songs he's into, put together an online "mix tape" for him. Go to a site such as MyspaceMusic.com (used to be Imeem.com) and put together a free playlist of all the songs he likes and then e-mail him the link. You can also purchase MP3 gift cards from iTunes, Amazon or a similar service. If you're not sure of his musical tastes yet, just purchase a £9 music gift card. MP3s are about $1 to $2 dollars each.
Food-Related Gift Certificate
If your new guy or gal is always on the run, a gift token to a fast food restaurant or coffee house is a simple, yet useful gift. Even just a £6 card will suffice. She can buy a meal or a few cups of coffee each morning until it runs out. Each time she pulls the card out to use it in the midst of her day, she will probably think of you.
A small but thoughtful need-based gift is often a good choice for someone you just started dating to show that you care and are interested in getting to know her more. Make your decision based on a need that you have identified while hanging with your new friend—be observant. For instance, if on your first date she came in from the cold without a scarf on her neck, that would make a very thoughtful and practical gift (preferably one that goes with her coat). If when you were riding in your new guy's car you noticed that his rear view mirror had a crack, you can purchase a new one from your local auto parts store. Be careful not to buy a gift that could offend your romantic interest, such as an air freshener or deodorant.
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