The following advice assumes that it is the guy who has asked the girl out on a first date. In this day, it is becoming more and more common for the girl to do the asking, but that would be the subject of another article.
A first date is often a stressful situation. Both you and your partner may be nervous about the date and one way to break the ice and relieve the tension immediately is to bring a gift for your date. The gift does not have to be costly and in fact it is advisable that you keep your gift simple and inexpensive because something that is too expensive or elaborate could embarrass your date. Whether you opt for a simple gift such as candy or flowers or decide to present her with something more original that relates to her personality, you will, no doubt, make a good first impression by surprising her with a present.
If you don’t know much about your date, you can’t go wrong with bringing flowers along on the date. You do run the risk that she would be allergic to flowers but if you are picking her up at her home, she is able to leave the flowers behind as the two of you go on your date. Even if she throws them away due to her allergies, she will appreciate the thoughtfulness of the gift. When giving flowers on a first date, you might choose an arrangement of flowers such as daisies, carnations and other colorful flowers. A gift of roses may seem too romantic of a gift for a first date but choosing an arrangement of other flowers can be a lovely gift.
Candy is another classic first date gift idea. You can bring an assortment of chocolates or even a more amusing basket filled with some of your favorites. This gift idea gives you the opportunity to bring her a gift that reflects your personality. If you decide to create a candy basket, you could include some of your favorite candies and take the opportunity to tell her why you choose each of the items. This not only gives you a very nice gift idea but provides you with a conversation starter as well.
If you know that your date is someone who enjoys reading and writing you could give her a gift that relates to her interests. A journal and an nice pen are an excellent gift idea for a date that enjoys writing. It lets her know that you were listening when the two of you spoke and that you understand that writing is important to her. An out-of-the-ordinary version of a classic novel is also a great gift idea for a date that enjoys literature. For example, a leather bound copy of a novel that your companion mentioned that she enjoyed is a great gift idea. Even if she already has the book, it is unlikely that she has a copy that is worthy of being displayed in her home. This idea, obviously, requires you knowing something about your date ahead of time.
A cute gift idea for a date with a partner who enjoys sports is tickets to a local sporting event. This can be a great idea because it shows that you understand her interests and already plants the idea in her head that you would be interested in a second date. This is an especially good idea if the person you are going on a first date with is someone that you know fairly well and that you are pretty sure that you would want to date again.
Still Another Gift Idea
Still another idea for a gift to give on a first date is a homemade craft item. If you have a talent for candle making, leather crafts, or woodwork or some other craft you might consider making a gift to give to your partner on your first date. This is a great idea because it gives you the opportunity to exhibit your talents and when she asks you where you got the item you have an instant conversation starter because you can tell her about how you made the item. Explaining the process of creating the craft can help to ease the tension by allowing you to open up while talking about something that you care deeply about.
Even though bringing a gift on a first date is certainly not required, it is not a bad idea. Bringing a gift is a good way to start the date off on a positive note and can be the key to getting the conversation started. It also gives you the opportunity to show that you already know a little about her or to give her the opportunity to learn a little about you. The key to giving first date gifts is to choose simple and inexpensive items that are special to you or your date.