First and foremost, let me say that no one else’s opinion on the subject should dictate your decision. So with that, I say gift giving should only be discussed between you and your significant other.
But for a more candid answer; if the relationship is new and neither person has known the other for some time, then exchanging presents (big or small) shouldn’t be an issue. I.e., neither party should expect to give nor receive gift(s) in this circumstance. At the same time, this gesture (or lack thereof) should not be taken as a sign that your partner is ill-mannered either.
Conversely, if the relationship is new- yet you’ve known each other for a significant amount of time, then in this instance it’d more appropriate and polite to exchange gifts. To avoid any riffs discuss the subject beforehand- don’t just assume, as no one wants Christmas morning to start with a fight. (Ex: she got you something, but you didn’t get her anything or vice versa).
Relationship etiquette regarding the holidays is really just a matter of opinion anyway- including my own. Remember that communicating with one another is the most important thing, otherwise your joyful season just might turn into the nightmare before Christmas. Here’s hoping it doesn’t!
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