The hardest gift to buy? One for someone you've been seeing for about five minutes. Alice White lists six Christmas presents that say "I like you so far" perfectly...
What if you're at the stage between acquaintance and full blown relationship? You know that point - when you've been seeing someone for a short while and don't want to commit to buying them something genuinely good. Here's some gift ideas that are a) price ambiguous and b) light-hearted for when you're in commitment limbo.
1. Music To Their Ears
People still think digital radios are expensive and none of them look cool. If you want a 'trendy" one (is it only dads who say "trendy"?) this range from John Lewis comes in all sorts of rubber colours. Everyone loves music and if they don't, they're certainly not going to admit it at this point. Best of all, it's an electrical appliance that comes in a box so it's easy to wrap.
2. Do It By The Book
Hipster coffee table books are one of the best things to ever happen to Christmas. You can mix and match, you can prove how much you listen to the other person's interests and best of all you can read them before you give them away.
3. Beardy Men
There's two types of bearded guys.
1) Ones that have one out of laziness.
2) Ones that wear them like a well groomed, masculine accessory.
It's pretty easy to work out which guys you've got. Does he have a logo t-shirt? Then these probably aren't for him. Beard oils are in that esoteric gifting territory between Lynx shower gel (never) and a after shave (moving into girlfriend territory).
4. Tis The Season To Be Tacky
You can't go wrong with a disgusting festive jumper but listen, you need to go for something really horrible and do it with a tongue-in-cheek wink. It's perfect if you're not looking too far into the future and really just want a boyfriend for Christmas. Also, this one from Primark is a bargain at just £8.
5. Bottoms Up!
Consumables are always good because there's no life-long tie in - once it's gone, it's gone. And you can join in. Get a nice bottle - like this Crystal Head Vodka one - for aesthetics.
6. Naughty Or Nice?
What if Santa finds out he's been a bad boy? Coal chewing gum. Otherwise just pick up some actual coal from a petrol station's forecourt. None of his exes got him this one, mark my words.
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