4 Gift Ideas For a New Boyfriend (from a Badass Girlfriend)

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Chiara Mazzucco

CEO, Editor-in-Chief at The Indie Chicks, Inc
Chiara got her start in the blogosphere by dishing out reality slaps on her dating and relationship blog. The brutal honesty that became her signature tone earned her the badass reputation she needed to get The Indie Chicks magazine up and running. She is also a web designer and author of The 9 Mirages of Love. Driven, stubborn, and wildly ambitious, she won’t stop until she is the perfect, self-empowered role model for all of her readers.

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I consider myself a pretty ‘giving’ person, but I have to admit that at the beginning of every relationship, I had the most trouble with finding the right present for the first gift holiday. You don’t want to come off as We’ll be together forever but you don’t want to be a heartless bitch who doesn’t give a gift, either. So how do you find the balance? Here are 4 gift ideas for a new boyfriend—take them, leave them, or add them to the maybe pile.

His Interest

So let’s assume you’re a few months in. If you’ve taken the dive and made it official, it’s safe to say you have some idea of what his interests and hobbies are. A book is always a safe gift, so long as it’s related to what he’s into. Next time he leaves the room to use the bathroom or take a phone call, take a look at his bookcase. If you don’t see books and instead, your new honey is all about video games or movies, these count too.

I’m assuming that your new lover has something he’s interested in. Anything that answers to that interest is always a safe bet when it comes to finding a gift idea for a new boyfriend.

Something You Can Do Together

If you’re not sure what to get him, consider doing something you can do together. A laid back weekend trip with a group of friends (or just the two of you, if you’re comfortable taking it there), a concert, a movie festival, paint-balling, hiking—any activity you two can enjoy is a great gift idea.

Research has been done (and I’ll cite it later) that says we are happier with money spent on activities than we are on material things. Consider it a gift, or rather, an opportunity, for you to get closer.

Something He Can Do Alone

“Wait. We’ve only been together for a few months and I’m already giving him space?” Yup. Exactly.

There’s this crrazzzzy idea that women are clingy and crazy and want to live and breathe their lover’s every move. WELL! Here’s your chance to show you’re not only a badass, but that you’re worth keeping around.

So when you’re looking for some gift ideas for a new boyfriend, consider giving him the opportunity to go on a solo adventure or have some quality bro time. Let’s say he’s into paint-balling, for example. Get him a gift certificate that holds more than a couple of tickets worth. A video game (if he’s into it) would also fall into this category.

Not only will this make him happy, but it’ll also show you respect his solo time.

Something You Can Do for Him

Let your imagination fly. This doesn’t have to be a sexy Santa dance, either. Yes, you can do something sexy and fun for him but you can also offer your other, not so sexy, services to help him too.

This is the most creative of the bunch and gives you the most room to show how caring and thoughtful of a girlfriend you can be. House sit his dog when he goes for a day trip with his family. Offer to get his car cleaned while he relaxes and watches football with friends. You can decide how intense (or how light) you want this to be.

And remember that sometimes, all it takes is planning a nice night out for the both of you to really make him smile.

And If All Else Fails

Walk to Best Buy and don’t leave until you have a DVD set, a cool gadget, or an awesome nerdy gift in hand. Or there’s always paper mache—that’s always fun. 

So these are my ideas. Got any other gift ideas for a new boyfriend? Drop ‘em in the comments below!

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  • Jen

    Best gift by BF (now husband) said I ever got him was me accompanying him to a midnight showing of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan for $5. He said it was then he knew I was a keeper – I didn’t really like Star Trek, and it was a cheap date (we were in college, and he didn’t have a lot of extra cash.) Dumb, maybe – but we’ve been together for over 20 years.

    • Chiara

      YES! That’s an AWESOME gift, Jen! Totally not dumb. And honestly, the whole ‘a lot of extra cash’ thing, how much more do we really have now as adults? It’s all in the thought. You combined interest with an experience and it was so powerful that he was able to know you were a keeper. Thank you for sharing!

  • Jewels

    I almost died laughing at paper mache! haha. Best present I ever got from a boyfriend was concert tickets for my favorite band…my best gift to him was a signed picture of Metallica (he was nuts for them) for his man cave. Yup…its all about thinking outside the box.
    Great tips.

  • Barby Grey

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    easier now :) Appits very nice. It asks you questions about
    relationship and his character and stuff about what kind of gift you
    want. In the end it gives you suggestions, of
    course you can set the budget and also his birthday reminder. Its cute
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