"A crate of one of my favorite beers, which I'd told him had been discontinued. "Last year my now-husband and I were visiting his sister in Vermont and walking through a wood shop where a man was selling his hand-carved items.

He was very proud of himself for finding it, and I had to explain that it had only been discontinued on tap. There was an absolutely gorgeous wooden jewelry box -- all ornate compartments and scrolls, just beautiful. We went back home to Massachusetts and on our anniversary, my husband gave me the jewelry box. He had seen my expression when I looked at it, even though I never said a word.

If 24 roses seems like too much, a less expensive option would be this bouquet of a half dozen roses.

Price: $38.51 (Comes with vase) What better way to say “I love you,” than with a perfume called J’adore?

Today, I present Part 1 of my two-part series on the proper gift for the new or unofficial relationship. ” Then it hits you: you have to get them a present! When things are going well, you don’t want anything to rock the boat.

Part 1 is for the gentlemen and next week, I’ll offer some ideas for the ladies. You need a gift that says “I like you” but not “I want to meet your parents tomorrow.” Rule number 1: Don’t roll out the red carpet. Well, you did just start dating and you want to save a little magic for later, if/when things get more serious.

Or maybe she just had a tough week at work, and she could use a little something to boost her spirits. The best gift for her depends on the occasion, and how long you’ve been dating. Our guide to the best gifts for girlfriends is packed with cool, creative, and romantic gift ideas.

After all, the kind of birthday gift you’d buy for a girl you just started dating a few months ago is going to be very different from the gift you’d pick out for your girlfriend of five years. Whether you’re on the hunt for something small and sweet, or a jaw-dropping gift for a special occasion, there’s something on this list that will appeal to her taste and your budget.

Need help making sure you pass the first-gift test?

We asked victims of bad kissers at Marie Claire Ask & Answer — , gifts that are "personalized and that show that you are listening to them are the best kind." She suggests you first look to your partner's interests.

You don't get a second chance to make a first impression, and neither does the first gift you give a significant other.