For many women, a thoughtful gift needs to have a deep emotional meaning for the recipient, as well as, the giver. However, if a guy feels that he’s being given “too much, too soon,” he may read the gift(s) as a calculated show of affection or a stepping-stone to secure a relationship. Why? Because to a guy, a thoughtful gift is a stand-alone gesture with no hidden meaning.
With that in mind, here are some helpful gift giving tips:
DO: Get him an iTunes gift card.
DO: Take him out for a simple dinner.
DO: Get him a gift tailored to his taste. If he’s talked about modern art, get him a coffee table book of one of his favorite artists. If he likes to cook, get him a new cookbook he doesn’t have, a kitchen gadget, or a gift certificate to a specialty food shop.
DO: Make a gift of stuff that’s edible. They say "the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach," and there is nothing better than a batch of homemade cookies or brownies.
DO: Give him a gift that you can do together, like tickets to a movie, concert, etc.
DO: Get him a subscription to a streaming site, like Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Prime. (I would recommend this only after steadily dating for 6 months)
Rule of thumb: If you’ve been dating less than a couple of months, keep the gifts under $30! The last thing you want to do is scare him off by buying him some expensive and flashy gift, which he’ll see as gift-wrapped motives with strings attached.