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Christmas present for guy dating

When he broke up with me the next day, I pointed out that maybe he should have pulled the plug before I gave him a Christmas present, not to mention a hand-job. Still, my pathological reluctance to drop money at my beloved JCrew when they’re offering a whopping thirty percent off an obviously perfect gift is probably not normal.

” My dad yells from the living room.“You got engaged at two months,” I yell back.“So?”“Vito Corleone,” my father pounds his fist on the wall.“I don’t know who that is.”“For Christ sake.” My father leaves the room again.“Why don’t you ask your friends on Facebook what they think is appropriate,” my mother says. One that requires me to have noted interests, personal aesthetics, and preferences. On Facebook: “Nothing too expensive or commitment-y like diamonds in the first year. ” My mother sets her glasses on the table.“Because I hit purchase.”“You can’t hide the thunderbolt,” my dad says from the living room. Christ, man, don’t be ashamed.”“Maybe if I don’t wrap it,” I say. I remember thrilling at the sensation of his arm around me. Maybe a treat like a ticket to a play or concert,” writes one of my friends.“I will take the diamond. I’m fine with that,” says another.“If you actually like the person, something small and fitting their personality (just to show that you’ve been paying attention) is fine virtually right away. “Like, oh I picked this up in the midst of several much more pressing errands and didn’t even bother to brush my hair because I’m effortlessly perfect, hope you like it, wish I’d had a moment to wrap the thing, but you know how it is.”“Honey,” my mother says, “that’s really stupid.”“You’re not the boss of me.” I fold my arms.“Did I raise you to be this self-protective? We’d rather you didn’t spend any more money on us at the start of the relationship.Don’t think we aren’t fully aware that you’ve been picking up the dinner check and paying for everything from post-dinner Starbucks to concert tickets—because it’s all up in our heads right now.It’s hard for an early relationship to recover from that, so don’t blow this, dude.

The magical key to gifting success is to go super-sweet, but super-expensive. Hint at the gift before she opens it Now, onto that gift. “Think about something she has talked about that is special, something that has come up in conversation, like her favorite candy from her childhood, favorite board game or book,” says Casey. ), take her to a lecture or book reading of her favorite author, take her to an art exhibit or gallery or concert.

” I ask in my best Being-Home-for-Thanksgiving-brings-out-my-thirteen-year-old-self tone.“Well, no.” She pauses.

“It’s just that you keep making that keening sound.”“I just don’t think I can do it.”“Why the hell not?

But want to know the only thought worse than you giving us a gift? Yes, even if we insist you don’t need to get us anything for Christmas, you do.

(Stick with me here.) If you don’t, we’re going to assume you’re on the fence about us, or just don’t care that much.

I’m sitting at my parent’s kitchen table, circling my cursor over the purchase button on my laptop screen.“For fuck sake,” says my father, “just buy the damn thing.”I shake my head.