By Holly A. Phillips
“With any person in your life, the gift should be all about the thought that goes into it.”
The holidays are here, and no matter how much we try to agree with the whole, “It’s not about the gifts,” mantra, there’s a lot of pressure to get the perfect present.
When it comes to that special someone, the pressure can be overbearing. But leave it to DIG – we’ve got you covered with a guide on what to buy for each stage of your relationship and even something for the singles.
A new relationship right around the holidays doesn’t mean you’ve got to go all out for your sweetheart. In fact, skip on a tangible gift and go for a sweet experience.
Perhaps a fancy, dress-up date night (Dinner, drinks and an overnight at The Renaissance), a couple’s massage (BumbleLane.com), wine tasting (food and wine pairings, complimentary wine tasting at Bin 77), or a home-cooked meal for two. Think “meaningful,” while still providing an opportunity to get to know each other.
This is still considered a new relationship, and that means stay away from the jewelry. No necklaces, cufflinks, or watches — things just aren’t that serious, yet.
The experiences in the 0-3 month category are still an option here, unless you’ve specifically heard from your love interest that they’re getting you a gift.
If that’s the case, start searching for something you know they’ll love. Think perfume/cologne, or something that represents an inside joke or a memory you’ve shared.
Things are serious. Depending on how serious, jewelry is an acceptable option. You could also purchase something that keeps on giving — a subscription to Sirius XM radio, a year’s worth of Netflix, or even tickets to a concert (VarsityTheatre.com).
You’ve already made a pretty serious commitment, and there’s a lot of different ways you could take this gift-giving road. Feel free to go the sentimental route, or go for something that will spoil your fiancé/e (Shoes, jewelry, and accessories for the ladies at Mint).
And of course, you could purchase something practical, such as clothing or gift cards.
You’re in it for the long-haul, and although this type of gift is acceptable at any stage, why not spice things up and give a sexy gift — think: anything from Hearts. There’s no time like the holidays to cozy up with a naughty game!
So you’ve got your significant other the perfect gift, but what about your favorite single friend? Chances are, single people are either sad to be single for the holidays, or they’re relieved.
Get them a gift to celebrate who they are: gift cards that support their hobbies, an electric blanket to warm the chilly nights, or a nice bottle of booze for any occasion (Wine, scotch, and tastings at Martin Wine Cellar).
With any person in your life, the gift should be all about the thought that goes into it. Just be sure that the thought behind the present doesn’t piss off the receiver.
Gift Ideas for Lovers
—Dinner, drinks, and an overnight at The Renaissance (Facebook.com/RenaissanceBatonRouge)
—Couple’s Massage at Bumble Lane (BumbleLane.com)
—Food and wine pairings, complimentary wine tasting at Bin 77 (Bin77.com)
—Concert tickets (VarsityTheatre.com)
— Shoes, jewelry, and accessories for the ladies at Mint (Facebook.com/allthingsmint)
—Lingerie, sexy games, oils at Hearts Adult Store
(9945 Airline Highway, 225.927.7122)
— Wine, scotch, and tasting at Martin Wine Cellar (Martinwinecellar.com)