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What To Buy The Guy You Just Started Dating For Christmas

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Forget the crippling fear of texting back too soon, the question of when to meet the parents, and the constant effort it takes not to let them see you’re completely insane… the hardest part of having a new boyfriend is what to buy them for Christmas.

Get them nothing, and risk looking like a Scrooge. Get them too much and you’re a total keeno. WHAT IF THEY GET YOU NOTHING? It’s a festive minefield out there.

In the spirit of not completely ruining your dating chances for the new year, we’ve compiled a tried and tested guide of presents that won’t make either of you feel totally awkward.

The key here is non-creepy, but still personal. In the super early stages of dating you don’t want him to know you’ve scrolled through all 137 weeks of his Instagram feed to gauge his personal interests, but you do want to show you’ve been paying attention somewhat…

Here’s what to get him:

  • Cool Coffee Supplies
    Black Nights Sleep Mug, £10 from
    Whole Bean Coffee, £8 from

    Black gold aficionados (and Black Sabbath fans) will appreciate this massive mug, while these beans from Hackney-based Dark Arts are sure to impress even the most discerning coffee drinkers.

  • His Drink Of Choice
    Tin Cup Whiskey 70cl, £27.99 from

    Whether it’s whiskey, rum, or gin… whatever his tipple, grabbing a bottle is always a safe bet. Plus, you can drink it together (how sweet of you).

  • A Great Vinyl Record
    B’lieve I’m Goin Down by Kurt Vile, £18.99 from

    Impress him with your musical finesse, or get him that LP he’s been longing for. Does he have a record player? Good. He doesn’t? Who cares. Look how adorable you are buying this for him.

  • Your Favourite Book
    The Pleasures of the Damned: Selected Poems 1951-1993 by Charles Bukowski, £12.74 from

    Buying someone you like a copy of one of your favourite books is equal parts terrifying and amazing. Maybe they’ll finally see the real you. Maybe it will sit, collecting dust on their bookshelf forever. Either way, you tried.

  • This Subtle Message
    Beer Bong Game, £5 from

    The gift that says, “I never want a serious relationship with you.”

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