You have to take into account how long you’ve been dating and – critically – what Fortunately, it’s fairly simple.
Here’s a handy rule of thumb for potential gift budgets: 1 to 4 dates: a card.
You’re also starting to enter the period where jewelry isn’t a bad idea – something small and simple, like a pendant or earrings – but avoid anything with gems.
It’s a delicate balancing act: if you spend too much, too early in the relationship, you risk coming off as though you’re starting to get clingy and desperate.
At the same time however, if you haven’t had the “Defining The Relationship” talk – you’re not exclusive or otherwise a “serious” relationship – then you want something cute and fun that reflects the fact that you’ve been enjoying your time together.
Giving something practical like, say, cookware, implies a more committed relationship than you actually have.
I point out that at this stage, practical gifts are more acceptable, especially if you’re living together.
Just be sure that it’s something she’s expressed interest in; it wins you extra brownie points for being considerate and paying attention.