Ask A Girl: When Should A Guy Start Buying His Girlfriend Anniversary Gifts?

Girls tell us when exactly we should start buying our new lady gifts.

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Our friends over at StyleList want to help you out. So, instead of just assuming you know everything a woman desires, why don’t you listen to the editors at the premiere fashion site on the Web and make sure you are doing the right thing when it comes to the opposite sex? This week: How long into a new relationship should you wait before you start buying elaborate gifts?

When should a guy start buying his girlfriend anniversary gifts? After 1 month? 6 months?

We’re going to shock you all with this one. As much as women may give the notion that showering us with presents all the time is a surefire way to our hearts, it’s not entirely true. And when it comes to commemorating our relationship with a gift, we actually want you to wait.

Gift giving in relationships can be fickle – especially when done too early on. Things can fade too fast after six months. Not only have you now made a big to-do about a small moment in time, but what are you going to do to top it after one year? We want the moment to be special and to not feel tired.

Our advice (and, yes, we are actually admitting this) is that relationships should not have an anniversary with gifts until the one-year point. A few reasons for this:

• Before a year, you may not know us well enough to get something that we will actually really like and have meaning.

• One year is an awesome milestone, and something that (hopefully) hasn’t happened with too many other women.

• Celebrating an anniversary too early in the relationship can give the sign that this is something you do with every girlfriend. That’s a BIG red flag!

If you wait till the one-year mark, your gesture will seem genuine and thoughtful. Can you say “keeper” material?

Don’t get us wrong – the occasional little gift here and there to show your girlfriend that you are thinking about her is always welcome (we’re not Amish). Just don’t pair it with a card that says “Happy two-month anniversary!”