Alcohol is the Starbucks gift card of adulthood. It's what you get when you don't really know someone that well and don't feel like figuring out a more creative gift. It's a tempting gift idea when you're in a new relationship, but honestly, you're better than that. You can do more than that.
Even if you've only been dating for a few weeks, it's definitely possible to come up with a present that simultaneously says, "I know you so well!" and "Don't worry, this is definitely still casual; I am not buying you a diamond-studded Rolex to prove my love for you." Weirdly enough, there's actually a lot of middle-ground there, if you know where to look for it!
Because I love you and want your new relationship to flourish, I rounded up 15 gifts that hit the sweet spot between thoughtful and unfussy. And honestly, as long as you stay away from suggesting matching holiday-themed tattoos or a spontaneous 10-day getaway to Cancún, whatever you get your new partner is probably going to be totally fine.
For Proving You're The Coolest Girlfriend They've Ever Had:
Because what are gifts but a thinly-veiled opportunity to prove that you're the best gift-giver of all time?
For The Aspiring Chef:
Suddenly, Netflix-and-chilling at home gets upgraded into a DIY hot sauce date night. Way to spice it up.
For The One Who Definitely Loves Their Dog More Than They'll Ever Love You:
In order to win over bae, first, you gotta win over Fido.
For The Sports Lover:
It's a classic gift for a reason (and slightly cheaper than tickets to the actual game).
For The It-Girl Who Takes Her Skincare Seriously:
You know she's been coveting this for months. (Pssst, borrow it on nights you sleep over.)
For The Nerd With An Old-School Side:
It's not that personal or sentimental, which means there's no reason for the receiver to freak out about what you ~are~.
For The Glamazon:
An easy way to stand out from a string of girlfriends past who simply gave her a boring scarf. This is not a boring scarf.
For The One With Cold Ears:
"Babe, I noticed you don't have a hat! It's getting cold!" Boom, done.
For The Guy Who's Really Proud Of His Beard:
How do you know if a guy is into his beard? He'll tell you. And tell you again. And again.
For The Calabasas Wannabe:
She already knows that Kylie Jenner's lip kits are makeout-proof; it's time to test if Kim Kardashian's cosmetics hold up in the heat of the moment, too.
For The Lost Member Of The House Of Stark:
Pop culture presents are thoughtful, but not too overwhelming in a new relationship.
For The Music Lover Who Doesn't Need Another Pair Of Headphones:
Not to sound like a total snob, but if you've never showered with music coming from inside the shower, you've never really showered.
For The Girl Who Probably Wants To Instagram Her Gift:
This is just so absurdly pretty.
For The One Who Just Started A New Job:
Congrats! Here's a notebook! It's chill!
For The Kind Of Person Who'd Want A 2-Foot-Tall Guy Fieri Cardboard Cutout In Their Life:
If you're dating a very specific kind of weirdo, this is the very specific kind of gift that will light up their life (and/or their desk).
Happy shopping! You got this!
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