Unless you're a complete grinch, you that know the feeling you get from giving someone a gift they absolutely love can be great. Sometimes it really is even better to give than it is to receive. That is, if you pick that absoutely-perfect present.
And when it comes to finding just the right something for your significant other, things can get a little complicated—even stressful. You find yourself stumbling around a department store mumbling and thinking, "How much is too much? How little is too little? Does jewelry put me on the fast track to marriage? Do I really have to get her anything at all?" Suddenly you're sweating and reconsidering your relationship altogether.
Relax. We asked Lizzie Post, etiquette expert and co-host of Awesome Etiquette Podcast, for some guidelines on gift giving for every stage of a relationship. Obviously what you give your girlfriend is going to be drastically different one month into the relationship compared to five years down the road. What's not so obvious? The gift traps you'll probably fall victim to if you don't read this guide. (We've noted the types of gifts you should steer clear of, and suggested others that are the perfect fit.) And if you really need some help, look for the "hint" on each slide for a ready-to-buy gift she's sure to love. Ready to score big this holiday season? Let's get to it.