Getting a gift is always fun, but giving one can be just as rewarding! Chances are, if you are currently in a relationship, you’ve probably bought (or are thinking of buying) your partner a present. With the holidays coming up, it might be time to start thinking of great gift ideas for the winter months, so we’ve written this short guide to help you make your dating partner smile (without making your wallet frown!). Enjoy!
How to Determine an Appropriate Budget
The first thing to consider is the type of your current relationship. Have you only met on a niche website and enjoy casual relationship? Went out a few times, and barely started to accept one another as partners? Or are you about to celebrate your 10-year anniversary? Your gift (or rather, the limitations of your budget) should fall in line with the length of your relationship. For example, if you’ve only met your current partner on the online dating service or went out for a couple of months, buying them, a brand-new MacBook doesn’t make much sense (plus, you might scare them off!). However, for a long-term couple, spending a bit more is reasonable.
This article is written with the holidays in mind, but you don’t necessarily only have to give your date or a partner a gift for just the holidays. Birthdays, anniversaries, and other days that are special to them all make for great gifting opportunities. Of course, random gifts can also be well-received! That said, the occasion does set expectations, at least to a point. Random gifts don’t require any specific budget; holiday gifts are mid-range gifts, and anniversary gifts should be at least somewhat pricey. After all, it IS your special day!
Choose Among the Desirable and Useful Gadgets
Now that we’ve gone over the boring, budget-based parts of purchasing your partner a gift, let’s go over the fun part: actually choosing out a gift! There are many different types of gifts you can buy, but we’ll be focusing on tech gifts in this article since they’re extremely popular these days. Here are a few gift ideas for you to consider:
- Fitness Trackers & Smartwatches – If you have a health-conscious partner, then these can make great gifts! Fitness trackers aren’t quite as capable as smartwatches, primarily because their focus is solely to monitor the wearer’s personal health. However, they can be great additions to routine workouts, providing useful data & a way to monitor personal progress. Smartwatches tend to be a bit more expensive, but in addition to health-based functions, they also offer advanced features like music playback, GPS tracking, and messaging capabilities.
- Computer Accessories – There are many different types of computer accessories such as sound systems or lighting setups, but often the most sought-after accessories are keyboards and mice! If you met with online dating sites, chances are that your partner loves spending time behind their PC. Quality wireless keyboards & mice can make using the computer a much more enjoyable process since they allow for greater physical flexibility during use. These will be especially prized by computer gamers and bloggers, who usually switch positions constantly while using the computer. Many wireless accessories can even be used with tablets, making for a smoother experience overall!
- Gaming Monitors – First things first: gaming monitors are a category where you go big or go home. These specialized monitors start in the thousands of dollars (at least for the quality units) and can literally cost more than a used car! Because of this, we’d really only recommend considering these if your partner is a dedicated gamer who spends more than four hours a day playing computer games. However, although they are pricey, the viewing experience they provide is definitely next level, so this is a purchase where you’ll be able to see results right away. You should observe your partner for a bit before picking out a model. For some gamers, an ultra-wide monitor may work well; for others, 4K may take priority over screen shape.
Regardless of what you give your partner, as long as there’s thought behind it, they are sure to love it. Review your budget, check our various vendors, and enjoy your holiday (or special occasion) together. Happy gift-giving!