First birthday dating

If you’re seeing each other once or twice a week, then you want to consider something heartfelt and fun but relatively cheap: no more than on the outside edge, plus dinner. Anything more substantial than, say, a book by her favorite author is going to be a bit much.

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Maybe a home cooked dinner and a good bottle of wine. Seriously, at this stage, you’re still getting to know one another.

Anything more than this and it’s going to make you look like you’re already thinking about what to name your kids. 1 to 3 months: You’re going to want to use how often you see each other as a gauge here.

At the same time however, if you haven’t had the “Defining The Relationship” talk – you’re not exclusive or otherwise a “serious” relationship – then you want something cute and fun that reflects the fact that you’ve been enjoying your time together.

Giving something practical like, say, cookware, implies a more committed relationship than you actually have.

I genuinely loved certain family traditions like the annual gathering of as many friends as possible to take over a local Tex-Mex restaurant for Christmas Eve lunch – before we all got older and had responsibilities that made it impossible to keep it going.

No, my biggest issue is the way it gets shoved down one’s throat earlier and earlier every year.

4 to 6 months, serious relationship: You’re in the “new relationship” stage, which means everything’s likely hearts and cartoon birds and barely being able to keep your hands off one another.

This is the honeymoon period – sweet and sappy gifts are going to be the most appreciated.

But when you want to show that you care, you want to go the extra mile…

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