What to buy your sweetheart for Christmas

Coming up with the perfect Christmas present for your significant other can be daunting, especially when you’ve been dating such a short time that you’re not quite familiar with the eccentricities of his or her music taste but you still want to impress with an unexpectedly thoughtful and insightful gift that will buy you a few more weeks, at least.

Flowers and chocolates, a la Valentine’s Day, are very sweet, but they pretty much prove you don’t know your honey at all, unless she’s super into exotic buds or something. If you don’t happen to be dating a horticulturist, don’t go this route. Here’s a quick-and-dirty list of our top picks for new couples:

A book — Unless your lover is an English major, you probably can’t go wrong with a classic that has something to do with romance. Go with “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” or “Love in Time of Cholera.” It gives you the perfect chance to hint at your deeper, tortured, artistic side, and you get to write a sappy inscription. (Hint: If you haven’t read the book, stay away from comparing you and your sweetie to the characters. Fiction authors are not to be trusted with your relationship.)

A soulful hits compilation — Even if it’s not his style, no one is going to balk at a sexy collection of slow-danceable love songs (at least not to your face). It gives the two of you a chance to get close, and if the cheese factor is over the top, y’all can laugh about it together and then put on something good.

Massage oil — Ok, you might want to be careful with this one, but if you play your cards right, it’s a great gift. If you’re ready to take things to the next level, it implies that it’s time to get physical. If you’re not, this present can come off as a little presumptuous, but you can always backtrack and offer up a neck-and-shoulder massage to smooth things over.

No matter what gift you go with, the fact that you’re putting some effort into it bodes well for the future of your union. Don’t be afraid to dive in and find something your new love will really like — just take our advice and stay away from gift cards!

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