10 Gifts for a New Boyfriend or Girlfriend That Are Just Right
Hot Toddy Diagram Glassware
There’s nothing quite like curling up with your new partner on a cold, winter night. Add a warm cocktail to the mix, and you’ve got yourself just about the best date ever. This glass set playfully illustrates all of the ingredients (and the relative measurements) you need to whip up two hot toddies.
To buy: $30 for two, uncommongoods.com.
What to Cook & How to Cook It
Whether you’re an old hand at cooking or just starting to explore the kitchen, this beautifully illustrated cookbook features 100 recipes, complete with detailed instructions. Plus, the couple who cooks together stays together... right?
To buy: $29, amazon.com.
Gentleman’s Hardware Credit Card Tool
Sure, he seems like the guy who can do it all—but with this tool, he really can help you with just about anything. This pocket-sized metal card has 11 utilitarian tools, including a bottle opener, a wrench, a ruler, and even a saw.
To buy: $17, burkedecor.com.
Fortune Cookie Box
Not only will this gorgeous gold-plated box look great on her bedside table, but it also conveys a subtly sweet message that you don’t have to speak aloud: How happy you are to have had the good fortune of meeting her. Also available in silver.
To buy: $24.50, amazon.com.
Connect Tabletop Game
Sometimes the best date night is spent at home. This wooden two-player game will bring you back in time but is sophisticated enough for adults. Plus, its artful design makes it a handsome piece to display on the coffee table or bookshelf.
To buy: For a similar product, $90, go to amazon.com.
Wine Cork Candles
With these clever candles, a bottle of wine can set the mood in more ways than one. Once you’ve finished the vino, replace the cork with this wax version. It fits the neck of standard wine bottles to give your space the same air of romance as your favorite Italian restaurant.
To buy: $28 for 12, uncommongoods.com.
Bonsai Forest Growing Kit
You can’t go wrong with a gift that represents the “bountiful surprises found in nature.” This kit comes with everything you need to plant your own bonsai tree right in the box it’s packaged in. As your relationship grows, so will your plant.
To buy: $50, uncommongoods.com.
Whiskey Tasting Kit
The ultimate excuse to schedule a double date. This kit comes with everything you need to host a refined tasting for four: glasses, pencils, tasting notepads, three informational cards, and a color spectrum chart. Just remind your guests to bring their own whiskey.
To buy: $50, shopburkelman.com.
Gold Playing Cards
When it’s too soon to get her real gold baubles, let this gilded deck of playing cards stand in. Though they look lustrous, the cards are actually made of plastic and will wick away any accidental spills.
To buy: $16, amazon.com.
Monogrammed Needlepoint Sunglass Strap
An attractive buy with a practical purpose. Sturdy leather sunglass straps feature a preppy monogrammed needlepoint design that’s available in more than 30 different color combinations. Order early: Because this item is hand-stitched, it may take up to 10 weeks to arrive.
To buy: $65, tuckerblair.com.