Do you break out into a cold sweat at the mere hint of the ‘b’ word (and we’re not talking about Snooki’s iconic catch-phrase)? Breathe easy, fellow panickers, the ‘b’ in this case is for ‘birthday,’ and the recipient is someone special you’ve only just recently ventured into courtship territory with. Tread lightly, my friend, for the path ahead is fraught with cliched teddy bears brandishing declarations of love, or potentially impersonal gift cards. But never fear – that’s why you have me! I’ve navigated these treacherous waters before.
I understand the fear, the indecision, the desire to impress while not coming off too strong. And that’s precisely why I’ve compiled this list of 35 fresh and delightful birthday gift ideas for someone you’ve just started dating. Each idea is unique, thoughtfully chosen, and best of all, light on the wallet without feeling cheap. Because let’s face it – you’ve just started dating, there’s no need to sell your kidneys for a Birkin Bag… yet.
Refer to this guide and you’re sure to make your fledgling sweetie swoon with pure joy, etching you irrevocably in their good books and securing many more dates to come (cue evil genius laughter). So, why hesitate? Read on, align your arrows, Cupid, and get ready to gift right!
1. Personalized Puzzle: A hallmark of many a new relationship is the need to piece together different parts of each other’s character. Make this process literal (and fun!) with a personalized photo puzzle. You get bonus points if it’s a picture from a memory you two shared!
2. Cozy Blanket: In the early stages of relationship, comfort is vital. The blanket delivers warmth, literally and metaphorically. Plus, who can resist a subtle convite to a movie-night cuddling session?
3. Constellation Map: If you two have an unforgettable night or significant date – like the first time you met, or shared your first kiss – why not immortalize it with a custom star map highlighting the celestial swath overhead during that magical moment? – Yeah, it sounds cheesy, but that’s what early dating is for!
4. Portable Charger: A practical gift that reveals your deep concern for their battery life. In a world driven by digital media, it indirectly says, “I am there to recharge you.”
5. Book – Their favorite genre: This one requires a little investigative work, but it’s worth it when you see their eyes light up at a book they’ve been dying to read.
6. Funny Coffee Mug: Show off your humor by selecting a mug that matches their personality. It’s practical, funny, and bound to make their kitchen life a little more exciting.
7. Culinary Class: Experiences trump material possessions any day. A cooking class can be fun, interactive, and yum – perfect ingredients for a fun date!
8. Vinyl of Their Favorite Band/Artist: Old school and intimate, this gift common interest and can double as an invitation for an impromptu dance evening.
9. A Single Plant: If they’re not ready to commit to a pet yet, try a plant. It’s low-key, low-maintenance and if things move forward, it can grow with your relationship!
10. Netflix Subscription: Is there a better way to say “Let’s watch CoComelon (said no one ever) together”?
11. A Quality Water Bottle: It’s imperative to hydrate regularly, and a durable, stylish water bottle is a brilliant, memorable choice.
12. Handmade Artwork: If they appreciate art, commissioning a piece from a local artist that matches their taste sparks conversation and shows thought.
13. Baking kit: A heart-shaped cookie cutter, a recipe list, and creative decoration tools, just about anything works. Ideal for those with a sweet tooth – also an interesting activity to do together!
14. Concert Tickets: If their favorite band is performing anytime soon, get them a ticket. It’s among the best impersonal-yet-personal gifts out there.
15. Customized Candle: A scented candle that carries a scent they love, along with a custom message? Now that’s lit!
16. Beer/Wine Subscription: It’s not alcoholism; it’s a classy prolonged toast to life. Cheers!
17. Reusable Shopping Bags: Ecologically responsible and fashionable, these bags promise never to forget the items you bought online after two glasses of rosé.
18. Charitable Donation: If they have a cause they feel strongly about, why not amplify their voice through a donation in their name?
19. Airbnb Gift Card: “We should travel together sometime”…as soon as we figure out if we actually like each other for more than a week.
20. Phone Sanitizer: Nothing screams “2021 gift” quite like this one; a bit of clean freak chic never hurt anyone.
21. Fancy Chocolate Box: No ordinary Hershey’s would do; we are talking high-end Belgian or Swiss chocolates here because the only thing sweeter than chocolate is your budding romance.
22. Astrology Book: If they’re into all things celestial, a nice hardcover astrology book is a unique and personal option.
23. Map Coasters: If they are a travel enthusiast, set of coasters with maps of their favorite cities would pragmatically appeal to them.
24. Streaming Stick: A device like the Roku Streaming Stick can be a lifesaver for date nights at home.
25. Subscription to a Favorite Magazine: If they’ve mentioned their interest in a particular magazine, a year’s subscription can be highly thoughtful.
26. Endearing Enamel Pin: Ideal for nature-lovers, collectors, and fans of little shiny things that carry friendly messages.
27. Fitness Class Pass: If they’re into fitness, a pass to a high-rated local class can be a motivational and fun gift.
28. Sketchbook and Pencils: For a budding artist, a high-quality sketchbook and set of pencils would make their day.
29. Trendy Cooking Spices: If your beau is a foodie, a box of trendy global spices would elevate their cooking ventures!
30. Pet Treats: Reached the stage where you’ve met their fur-baby? Some fun pet treats can indicate you care for their furry pal as well.
31. DIY Cocktail Kit: Cocktails at home, stirred, not shaken!
32. Gourmet Popcorn: Perfect for your next movie night. Yes, it’s tactically evolving into a once-a-week tradition.
33. Custom-made Jewelry: A simple bracelet or pendant with a design that personifies them is subtly romantic without going overboard.
34. Fancy Tea/Coffee Sampler: Best paired with the funny mug mentioned earlier!
35. A Polaroid Camera: Great for capturing moments and a gentle nudge to many more moments to come.
So there you have it, folks! I’ve done the hard work, and all that’s left for you is to choose the one gift that resonates best. Happy gift hunting, and may the odds of love always be in your favor.