Christmas time is finally here! *Cue Mariah Carey’s Christmas album*
Whether you’re in The Spirit or not, this holiday is all about spending time with your loved ones and of course, GIFTS. This leaves those of us who are somewhere between a situationship and a full blown romance pretty unsure of how to handle the first holiday season with almost bae. Never fear, Styling Soul is here. Check out these tips on how to navigate the rocky Christmas waters of a new or budding relationship.
Tip 1: Understand The Role You Play In One Another’s Lives
So maybe you’re at the “what are we phase?” That’s totally fine! You don’t have to be in a committed exclusive relationship to enjoy the holidays with your soon-to-be significant other. However, make sure that you are in fact significant before you overdo it on the gift giving. Have you been on multiple dates? Do you see and speak to each other regularly? If so, feel free to treat the person to a nice simple gift that would be good for a friend. Something that says “I care, but not too much…unless, like, you want me to!”
Tip 2: Open The Lines Of Communication
Don’t beat around the bush! Just be upfront and ask Potential Boy/Girlfriend. “Do you want to exchange gifts this year?” See how important the holiday is to them and free yourself from all of the guessing.
Tip 3: Keep The Gift Casual
Absolutely NO splurging on your potentially insignificant other. Allow yourself to build up to the big gifts and start off small and casual. Set a spending limit for each other or decide on a fun date instead. A great way to avoid buying the wrong gift for someone you’re just getting to know is to suggest a nice outing in place of a physical gift. Get dressed up and be each other’s best accessory. Hey, your presence is a present!
If you do decide to go the gift route, here are some great gift options that say “I’m happy you’re in my life! …but I’m not a stalker or anything.”
For the fellas:
Billy Jealous ‘Beard Envy Kit’; $20 at Nordstrom
Long Printed Sweatshirt; $35 at H&M
For the ladies:
Tarte Deluxe Amazon Butter Lipstick; $21 at Ulta
Lonna & Lilly Bangle Set; $24 at Dillards
Good luck navigating your first Christmas with the new boo! And the greatest tip of all — let’s leave the situationships in 2015!