Dating during holidays? If you’ve just started dating someone new around the holidays and are feeling a little confused about navigating the season then we’re here with answers! From gifts to family matters we’ve got your top questions and dating dilemmas covered.
You’ve met someone amazing, its going really well but it’s still early and along comes the holiday season, bringing up all kinds of questions. Like should you buy a Christmas gift for someone you just started dating? When is too soon to buy a gift or should you even bring it up at all?
The holidays and festive season can be so much fun for couples, but it can also add a major layer of anxiety. Especially if it’s still fairly early in the relationship and you’re unsure of the proper etiquette and each other’s expectations.
Here are the top 3 dating questions I get asked from people in the early stages of a relationship around the holidays and how to deal with them.
Dating Dilemma #1: Should We Exchange Gifts?
If you’re trying to decide to get that special new girl or guy a holiday gift wether it be for Christmas, Hanukkah or another special holiday event. There are a few factors to consider. Such as how long you’ve been dating. As well as, wether the relationship is casual or headed for something more serious.
As a general rule, if you’ve had a few great dates and more are planned, I recommend something small and thoughtful. For most people this would look like something in the $25-$30 range.
Don’t go to extremes, such as expensive jewelry or other big ticket items as this can cause undue awkwardness for you both. Especially if they weren’t expecting to exchange gifts and they don’t have one for you. Instead think of something they mentioned, hobbies, interests, etc. and take it from there.
A few Christmas / Holiday Gift Ideas For Someone You Just Started Dating:
Supplies for the dabbling artist, for the wine lover a bottle of wine / book on wines from their favorite region. Specialty coffee / tea and artisanal Chocolates. You can get them something small and cute or funny that’s an inside joke between you.
Even something as simple as baking them their favorite cookies would leave a big impression and can really mean a lot to a person. Plus, it shows you care and that you’ve been paying attention.
Dating Dilemma #2: Should I Meet Their Family or Introduce Them To Mine?
Meeting family can be a high pressure situation at any time of year. So, again consider the dating stage you’re at. If you’ve just started dating it’s usually a good idea to save it for another time. If you’ve been dating for a couple of months and are somewhat exclusive then have a conversation with them about it.
This can be a stressful time of year so it’s also important not to add to it by putting pressure on yourself or the other person. Or passing judgment as to how serous you’re getting by whether or not you are invited to spend time with their family.
If you find yourself getting in your head about it, stop, take a breather and relax! The truth is you don’t know what’s going on with them or their family. So try not to read too much into it. The time will come when you are both ready to take those next steps.
Dating Dilemma #3: What About New Year’s Eve, Do I Have A Date?
Don’t assume anything. Relationships are about communication, and you shouldn’t feel afraid to ask questions. If you’re a guy, what are you waiting for? Ask her already! I can guarantee you she’s already wondering.
If you’re a woman, something a simple as “What are your plans for New Years?” will do. He will either invite you or not. If plans are made, great! If not, don’t take it personally, it’s still in the early stages. Just make your own plans. Sure it would be nice to have a date, but having a life is one of the most attractive qualities out there.
Dating Someone New Around The Holidays
The holidays should be fun and dating should be fun. Try not to put too much pressure or unrealistic expectations on yourself or each other. And remember that communication is the key to a successful and happy relationship.
Wishing You Peace, Joy & Love,
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