” My father pours coffee.“If I buy it, it’ll mean I care.”“You do care.” My mother looks at me over her reading glasses.“Well, I don’t want you-know-who to know that! ” My mother sets down her i Phone, clearly resigned to the fact that Words with Friends will have to wait.“Yes.”“For how long now? ” My father leaves the room.“It is perfectly acceptable to buy the person you’re dating a Christmas present after five months,” my mother says.“It would be fucked up if you didn’t!
” My dad yells from the living room.“You got engaged at two months,” I yell back.“So?
” I hear my father flipping channels.“So I don’t trust your timetable! ”My first boyfriend and I had been dating two months when Christmas came along.
”“He’s watching The Godfather again,” my mom says, then: “You do care about-”“Don’t say the name! I’d planned his gift—a copy of Edward Albee’s Seascape and a gum wrapper necklace—for 90 days, and watching him open it, I knew I’d scored. Although strangely, I’m fine with giving hand-jobs. Not only do I try to keep hand-job references to a minimum with them, but I don’t believe past trauma excuses present dysfunction.
And no, you cannot just get him a box of boring chocolates. has some great cocktails that aren't impossible to make.2. At a play, you can connect over how much you appreciate the arts — a little bit of post-show dramatic criticism is basically mental foreplay. Give him your favorite book, or one that you could read together and then talk about it. Look for a mug that's specific to the person you're dating — i.e.: a mug that says, "I'm The Top Bitch In Cat Town," may not bode well for a dude. He told you when you first started messaging online that he music, but you noticed that he's still using the crappy headphones that came with his phone.
And if you like sports, nothing brings two people closer together quite like cheering in the bleachers in the freezing cold while chugging down overpriced beer.3. OK, so maybe elaborate mixology isn't his — or more importantly, — thing. It's a hub for PC video games, including new and more unique games. As cool as it is to purchase a ton of movies on your Apple TV, a Fandango gift card lets you go to the movies together. *~* Get a gift card that's not a set amount of money to help him avoid having a few random dollars on his gift card that live in Gift Card Money Purgatory until the end of time. Society6 has some pretty cheeky mugs, as does Someecards. Give him a cool listening experience with a nice set of headphones, like the Sony ones pictured, which happen to noise-canceling too.
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.
Take turns fishing out questions and answering them.Then there is nothing cooler than BYOB, or Brewing Your Own Beer. If you're unfamiliar with the world of board games beyond Monopoly, Settlers of Catan is a great place to start — just don't forget to put away all of the little pieces before you have sex on the table after you win. He probably jots his thoughts down on whatever's handy, like in his phone in a million files in his notes app. Sometimes giving a guy winter gear can look a bit grandma-ish, but grandma can't text, can she? Like, a hardcore, take-no-prisoners, I-forgot-to-eat-because-I-was-gaming gamer? If you're a gamer too, you can join in, and if you're not, he'll appreciate that you're supportive of his hobby. Instead, get a gift card that approximately amounts to seeing a set number of movies together. Brooklyn Brew Shop makes kits in a variety of flavors that make DIY brewing easy to do, and you two can get your brew on together. Trying to figure out how to get a tiny game piece out of your butt can definitely bring two people closer together, but you might want to wait til you've known each other a little bit longer for that.6. He'll love when he writes his ideas in that sweet Moleskine pad or unique leather notebook — and it's way, way classier. (Or maybe yours can, in which case, props to your grandma.) Texting glove are super functional and super stylish. And when he's gaming, it's a great excuse for you to catch up on 9. You could also play a game where, for every point scored, the person who earned the point gets to ask a question.Just be sure to choose a game you're sure to win or tie, or you may find yourself doing all the talking.