The time is now to show that special person in your life that you care.
However, for single and coupled up Canadians, it can be a tricky time of year - especially when everyone seems to have a different opinion on what constitutes an appropriate holiday gift. A recent study by Match.com, revealed that most Canadians believe you should give someone a holiday gift after you’ve been together one to two months and that you should spend between $25 and $50.
As much as we like to deny it, the right or wrong gift has the potential to set the tone for the whole relationship. I can say this because I have received some truly terrible gifts throughout my dating career. I have been the recipient of a bottle of men’s cologne (“Because I wanted you to smell nice!”), as well as a mop and pail (“I noticed it’s been getting a bit messy around here”). File these under “gifts to confuse and anger women.”
Regardless of how long you’ve been together or how much money you spend, the best gifts are the ones that are truly thoughtful - a favourite home cooked meal, a personalized piece of jewelry or an electronic device that your partner has been lusting after - anything that shows you’ve been paying attention to their needs and wants.
With that said, shopping for a man can be a daunting endeavour. If you’re suffering from gift giving anxiety, we’ve created an easy to follow guide on how to pick out the perfect gift for your guy whether you’re “facebook official” or not.
Match.com Canadian Relationship Insider Kimberly Moffit suggests, “Look for a gift that will make your first holiday together cute and memorable without breaking the bank.” Consumable gifts are great - for example, surprise him with a bottle of his favourite scotch, a collection of beers or a nice bottle of wine followed by a homecooked meal.
The Foreign Affair - The Temptress 2009 ($44.95, foreignaffairwinery.com)
A sexy name, paired with masculine packaging makes this smooth and full bodied wine great for pairing with winter comfort food.
High West Rendezvous Rye, Batch No.10 ($about 40, highwest.com)
For the whiskey lover in your life, High West is a blend of two whiskeys and contains notes of vanilla, macaroon, and cocoa - making it perfect for a “rendezvous” around the fire.
You see a future
As your relationship becomes more serious, Moffit suggests kicking things up a notch: “Start thinking about a gift that is fun but a bit more significant in meaning and price.” For example, show him you want to him to smell and feel awesome with a luxurious gentleman’s shaving set. Alternatively, you can never go wrong with tickets to an upcoming sporting event or concert that you know he’ll enjoy.
Fossil Estate Zip Travel Kit ($80,thebay.com)
For the guy on the go, treat him to a luxurious shaving kit like stylish leather case by Fossil
Concert or Sports Event Tickets
For the guy who prefers experiences over “stuff”, pick up tickets to an event that you know he’ll enjoy.
He could be 'The One'
According to Match.com’s statistics, if you’ve been together for longer than six months, the majority of Canadians believe you should spend $75 to $100 - at least. This is the time to get creative and tap into the clues (or hints) that your partner has been alluding to. For example, consider indulging in that electronic device he’s been craving, or something elegant he can wear all year like a nice watch or a pair of cufflinks.
Tateossian London Cufflinks ($150, harryrosen.com)
These Rhodium plated, hexagonal cufflinks add an elegant and memorable touch to any outfit
Sonos Play: 3 All-In-One Wireless Music System ($329, thesource.ca)
Using your home's WiFi, the Sonos Play:3 allows you to stream your entire music library or access Internet music services and radio stations - perfect if your guy is obsessed with his music collection.
At the end of the day, keep in mind that gift giving is an art form. Be thoughtful. Listen to your partner. Be a Degas, a Picasso, a Warhol - don’t be a velvet bull painting.