She finally agreed to go out on a date with you! Of course, you want it to be special and unforgettable. And by ‘unforgettable’, we mean not bordering on stalking and being creepy. Think cute, funny, and something that suits her personality. Forget about sentimental, showy, sappy, and expensive stuff for now. If you’re lucky and she agrees on future dates with you, that’s the best time for more meaningful gifts. For now, keep it light and fun with something that she’s bound to cherish as a memento of your first date.
Here are five awesome gift ideas for that special, one-time occasion.
- A toy for her pet.
Of course, this is assuming your date has a pet, or at least loves animals. Nothing can up the awww-factor than a chew toy or a pet accessory for her beloved furry friend. Prior to buying her pet a present, you must know the basics about it, first. Is it a dog, cat, hamster, python, etc? How old is the pet? Is it a boy or a girl? How big or small is it? The minutest details can make a world of difference when it comes to buying something for a pet. And when you get something right and appropriate, she will take note of your thoughtfulness and sensitivity to animals (which is always a good thing).
- A toy or stuffed animal…which you won for her.
The difference between merely buying her a stuffed animal and winning it for her is huge. Call it cliché, but flexing your muscles (even if it’s just for an arcade or carnival-type game) and winning a prize for her will earn you brownie points for being so skillful and thoughtful in one go. Plus, she’s likelier to associate the toy with that first date.
- Something she can add to a collection, if she has one.
Find out first if she is so into something that she has started a collection around it. If so, carefully probe about the things she’d want to add to her collection or ones that are still lacking, and see if it’s possible to get it for her. Whether it’s thimbles, records, vintage pottery, or anything else that she is into, researching about and obtaining it for her is bound to cast you in an approving light.
- A book she will most likely read.
Books are always welcome gifts on any occasion. First dates are one of them, provided your date is literate. The best thing about books is that you have a wide array of choices to give to her. Again, a bit of research prior to purchasing this particular gift is in order. You can get a book that reminds her of her childhood, or one that will be of help to her education or work, or a best-seller she has been dying to read. The possibilities are endless with this one.
- A mix tape or CD.
Instead of a dozen roses (whose meaning can be misconstrued in lots of ways during a first date), why not pick out a dozen songs you think she’ll like and burn it in a CD for her? Even better, if she’s the old-fashioned type who still owns a Walkman, make her a mix tape. It’s sweet, it’s thoughtful, and it’s practically an indie film waiting to happen!