Gift Ideas for a New Acquaintance

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Gift Ideas for a New Acquaintance
Give an acquaintance a thoughtful present even if you don't know them well. (Oppenheim Bernhard/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Buying a gift for someone you haven't known for long or don't know well can present challenges. You may not know exactly what his tastes are or what type of music she likes, but you can still give a present that will look like you put some thought into it.

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Kitchen Items

Everyone uses items for the kitchen. A coffee mug, set of wine glasses, pasta strainer or a new salad bowl are all useful, functional presents. Alternately, buy an attractive set of kitchen towels or pot holders. Fix a small gift basket with a coffee mug and pound of coffee, or a pasta strainer and bag of gourmet pasta.

Food Gifts

A tin of gourmet popcorn, locally made salsa or fancy cookies is a sweet gift for an acquaintance. If your friend indulges in a drink sometimes, purchase a bottle of wine or champagne as a gift. Hot cocoa is a special gift during the colder months, or a selection of elegant cheeses is acceptable anytime.

Gift Card

Give a gift card for something you know he'll like. The cinema or rental, local coffee shop or popular pizza place are options that most everyone would enjoy. If you know she likes to shop at a specific retailer, get a gift card for that store. If he is into sports, a gift card to the sporting goods emporium will be a hit.

Home Options

Buy something useful for the home such as a scented candle, cosy throw blanket, photo frames or a knick-knack for the home. If she collects elephant-themed items, buy something for her collection. If he's a big music fan, purchase a funky CD shelf or zip-up case for CDs. A calendar is always useful. Coasters with a catchy design are always a welcome gift for anyone. Also, a bouquet of flowers will be appreciated by the right person.

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