Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches but all opinions expressed are my own.
Good morning everyone and Happy Blogmas! What’s Blogmas you may ask? Well, I have teamed up with 11 other bloggers to bring you all 12 days of fun giveaways and Christmas themed posts! I am so excited to bring day one of posts to you guys: gift guides! I will be sending out emails to all of my subscribers each day this week, so sign up now if you don’t want to miss a giveaway! On Monday, I will be bringing you my favorite holiday makeup, so get excited and come back on Monday!
(Giveaway details will be at the bottom of each of my posts.)
Shopping for guys is hard. Every girl who has ever had to buy a gift for her dad, boyfriend, or brother knows that. I seem to have dads and brothers down after years of gift giving, but I’m new to getting a boyfriend a present, which makes that one harder to shop for. You could get him clothes, and you know you have better taste, but what if he doesn’t wear it? There’s also how big of budget to consider. How much should you spend on him? What if you just started dating?
So, I created this in-depth boyfriend gift guide for all you girls out there struggling like me.
I personally think that a lot of problems can be avoided by simply setting a budget with the S.O. beforehand. I called my boyfriend and we came up with a nifty (but not a one-size-fits-all) budget guide.
If you will have been dating for 1 to 3 months: Christmas is still a gift giving time and you are probably really close even if you haven’t said the l-word yet. A budget of $30 is appropriate if you start dating right before the holidays. It’s not too much commitment, but still a large enough budget to get him something nice. My boyfriend suggested “something practical” whatever that means, I think he mentioned a nose hair trimmer. However, if you’re not down to get him a nose hair trimmer (Tanner, I’m looking at you), you can also get two tickets to a local event for about this price, think wine tasting, a local festival, or a small event you can go to together!
If you have been dating for 4-6 months: We increased the budget slightly for the 4-6 month range, figuring that you may have started saying “I love you” or had your first fight. I always think the 6th month of dating is pretty important as you have passed a few of these milestones and you may be getting a better idea of how serious this relationship is. These gifts may be a little more personal. Maybe you’ve noticed that he needs something replaced like a wallet, a new pair of casual shoes, or personally picked shot glasses with his favorite sport team or university logo. Other ideas include a bar-tending set, a grill accessory set, nice gloves, or a fancy dinner you make at home. You can also get an Amazon Fire TV stick for this price which turns your TV into a smart TV with a little plug you put in your HDMI port!
If you’ve been dating for 7 to 12 months: This is where me and my boyfriend are at and this was the original budgeted plan: $75-$100. Now, my boyfriend managed to convince me to give him a little wiggle room with the budget, which is fine because at this point, the relationship is probably more serious. Past 6 months, this may be the first gift you’re giving to your boyfriend if he hasn’t had birthday yet, so you also want it to be a good one. After brainstorming a bit, I decided on luxury care items like cologne or nice technology like speakers or headphones. We also thought that a nice bottle of his favorite whiskey, wine, bourbon, other alcoholic drink or two concert tickets to his favorite artist or band would be appropriate.
If you’ve been dating over a year: Okay, you have more experience than me. This isn’t your first rodeo (and by rodeo, I mean Christmas). You probably know his likes or dislikes and you’ve been paying attention to what he may need. If you’ve been saving up all year and you can get him a nice gift, even better. My recommendations include a high end pair of headphones, a watch, his favorite sports team jersey, a nice jacket or coat, or a nice pair of shoes.
Just a heads up: What you spend on someone for Christmas this year does not directly tell someone about how much you think they’re worth. A thoughtful, small gift could be the most valuable thing in the world for someone. This boyfriend gift guide is only supposed to be that, a guide, and if you have an idea for your boyfriend that you think is perfect and sentimental that he’ll love, the price should not matter. Remember that Christmas is about opening hearts, not presents.
What I got my boyfriend: This year, I got my boyfriend a wood watch in an engraved box and it really was the perfect gift. Because y’all are reading this post right now, I actually gave this to him on his birthday, so he was surprised. I will be following this guide almost exactly for my Christmas gift for him, so I do practice what I preach.
This watch was extra special because I got the box specifically engraved just for him! Because these amazing wood watches from my favorite company, JORD, are made of real wood, they can now engrave either the box or the back of the watch for you! The watch looks really good on him and is perfect for both work and casual days. The style I bought was the Conway in dark sandalwood and burgundy. This was my favorite color combination followed, by the Walnut and Jet Black. The Conway is actually one of their newest styles and I think it’s perfect for that man in your life. When I took it out of the box, I just knew it was high quality; I could really feel it when I held it. My boyfriend knew it too; he couldn’t stop looking at it once he opened the box!
I personally think engraved gifts make the perfect Christmas gift; they’re thoughtful and generally beautiful too, just like this watch.
The Story: Everyone always asks for a story. As you can see below, I got my box engraved with coordinates. These coordinates are the location of where we *sort of* first met.
Tanner and I met on a spring break volunteer trip to Antigua, Guatemala. We technically first met in an introduction meeting in a university classroom, but the first kiss and all that good falling in love stuff happened over spring break. On about the third or fourth day of the trip, the two of us stayed up late talking to each other and, to be completely honest, I went to bed giddy as a schoolgirl.
The next day, we went hiking on a volcano, and stayed together the whole way up and down. That night, he asked me to dance with him at a salsa bar and well, the rest is history. He kissed me in front of the whole group and we started dating shortly after we came back. Now, he’s graduated but we’re still together. Never did I ever think that a volunteer trip could help me meet such an amazing person with whom I would fall in love.
So, little old Antigua will always have a sweet spot in my heart. Do you have a location that’s special to you that you would get engraved on something like a watch or necklace?
It’s the season of giving so it’s giveaway time! This is the very first day of ‘Blogmas’ which means that every day I will be following a prompt along with other bloggers and we will be giving away a related gift on one of our sites, every day for 12 days! Exciting, isn’t it?
Today I have a few giveaways to share with you: one is for a JORD watch gift card and everyone who enters their email HERE will be instantly emailed a $25 gift code.
Now for Blogmas:
You are going to head over to Amber’s blog, HERE , and be entered to win a Thoughtfully box! Good luck in the giveaways and see you on the 2nd day of Blogmas on Monday the 12th!
Check out all the other gift guides here!