Holiday Gifts For The Person You’re Kinda Dating

It’s the most wonderfully awkward time of the year! The time when those in nebulous relationships have to negotiate the minefield of holiday shopping. If you’ve only been dating that special someone for a couple months, holiday gift shopping will be no picnic.

There’s the risk of going overboard and appearing desperate if you purchase a more extravagant gift than they get you; however, there’s equal risk with buying them something unimaginative and impersonal, like a $10 (obviously re-gifted) Starbucks card. Hitting the perfect note is hard, which is why we prepared a gift guide for couples who are “kinda dating,” but not, like, cohabitating…

1. A Terrarium

A terrarium from Etsy is the perfect low-maintenance gift for a low-maintenance relationship. You rarely need to water succulents, and yet they bring endless joy and beauty to your life! If you’re trying to impress a potential partner with your laid-back whimsy, you can’t do better than a hardy plant!

2. Chocolate Truffles

Want to get something luxurious for the foodie you’re fooling around with, without breaking the bank? Consider a box of artisanal truffles. While procuring truffles chocolates will cost you as much as thirty Hershey bars, it’s a special treat that says, “You’re someone I like enough to buy overpriced chocolate for at Pusateri’s.” It’s a gift most people wouldn’t get themselves, and the boxes they come in are usually works of art in themselves. Depending on the size of the box you buy, it could set you back up to $50. But hey, it’s waaaay cheaper than an instant pot!

3. A Self-Made Self-Care Kit

Head to your local Sephora and make a b-line for the “Impulse Buy” section you pass en route to the checkout counter. This is where Sephora keeps its adorable miniatures. Next, gather a couple of face masks, a cute nail polish, and a mini-hand cream that smells like peppermint or papaya. Throw it all in a basket, then go home and wrap it. This is the sort of gift that says, “I care about your comfort.” Which, in turn says, “I care about you.” Without breaking the bank for an over-the-top tennis bracelet or a trip to Bermuda, a self-made self-care kit is a thoughtful gift that will make your new squeeze swoon.

4. A Subscription to a Streaming Service

A year-long  subscription to a streaming service is a deceptively sexy gift. It says “I wanna Netflix and Chill with you all winter,” and all that entails. The best part is there’s now a plethora of streaming services from which to choose. There’s no way your love interest already has Netflix, Crave, Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max, and BritBox. With so much choice, there’s ample opportunity to personalize this gift to meet your potential partner’s needs.  It’s a gift that also says hey, I hope to stick around to snuggle and stream, without the pressure of a “where is this going” conversation right around the holidays.

5. A subscription to Their Favorite Publication

Paywalls are the scourge of modernity. At its inception, the internet was supposed to give us access to all the information in the world, but tell that to our favorite websites! A bevy of publications, from The Cut to The Economist, require readers to pay a fee for premiere content. If you’re seeing a sexy reader, consider investing in a subscription to one of their preferred publications. They’ll think of you with every click!

If you’re still struggling to find that perfect gift for your new special someone, why not let our Days of Giving contests help you out?  Check out our contests here, and get some more gifting ideas while your at it.

Sarah Sahagian

Sarah Sahagian

Sarah Sahagian is a feminist writer based in Toronto. Her byline has appeared in such publications as Elle Canada, Flare, Bitch Media, The Toronto Star, and The National Post. She is also the co-host of You Do You: A Dating Podcast. Sarah holds a master’s degree in Gender Studies from The London School of Economics. You can find her on Twitter, where she posts about politics and live-tweets The Bachelor