Women on Whether You Should Get Your Casual Fling a Gift

1. “I love to give gifts, so I do it regardless of timing. If it’s been too short of time, I just don’t go overboard and spend too much or do anything extravagant. Even something small and thoughtful does the trick.”—Emi L., 33


2. “Two weeks in is too early, but if you’ve been talking for more than two months, then it’s fine, if you’re on the same page. It depends from situationship to situationship.”-Lillian P., 25


3. “I’d get a gift for them when you’re exclusive or on the ramp to being exclusive.”-Hannah S., 25


4. “Wait at least four months before buying a gift. That way, it’s not too early, but you can still let the guy know you’re serious about the relationship.”-Terra D., 27


5. “If it has been several months and I happen to see something I thought was appropriate for them, I’d get it. But I wouldn’t seek out a gift for a casual person just for the sake of giving them one.”-Sarah H., 29


6. “If it’s someone casual and I don’t wanna scare them away, I’ll try to remember some small joke or moment we had and then craft the perfect ‘Oh, I saw this in the store and it made me think of you,’ when really, I went searching for it.”-Brianna O., 24


7. “If it isn’t serious and you don’t want it to be, don’t give them anything. Presents scream that you’re becoming something more than a casual date.”-Aastha S., 22


8. “[You should] always [get them a gift]. It can be something small and silly, like nice chocolates, if it’s still early in the relationship. The only time I’d say NOT to get a gift is if you don’t see it going on much further and don’t want to lead them on.” -Irina G., 32