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16 Gifts for Women You Haven't Been Dating Very Long

Posted: December 02, 2022
16 Gifts for Women You Haven't Been Dating Very Long

Here are 16 gifts for women you dudes haven't been dating very long...but still kinda, sorta feel like you should buy a Christmas present for. I'd say it's good stuff for the 1- to 3-month range of the relationship, a time when you want something nice, but, more importantly, something she won't read too far into. Nothing too expensive, either, in case you break up after meeting her family, or things fizzle out after the New Year.

I got your backs, dudes, and I got your gifts for women you haven't been dating very long covered. Enjoy.

All 16 gifts that follow are priced as they were at printing on December 1, 2022. Pricing, and availability, are subject to change.

Nova Ceramics Travel Mugs

Nova Ceramics Travel Mugs
Nova Ceramics Travel Mugs

As purdy as Nova Ceramics' Travel Mugs are, lookin' all like the ocean surf in all the colors of the rainbow, one thing my household does not need is another mug, ceramic, travel, double-wall insulated, lidded, unlidded, 8-ounce, 28-ounce, or otherwise. In fact, I was just saying to my wife, She-Ra: Princess of Power, the other day, "We must end this mug madness!"

OK, I didn't say that. I just opened a kitchen cabinet and thought, "Damn. We have a lot of mugs."

I feel like everyone is in, or at least close to, this same situation, but that isn't necessarily bad news for Nova Ceramics or their reusable mugs. Because, you see, even though we all have way too many of our own mugs, and wouldn't buy another one for ourselves, mug gifts are one of the easiest, most go-to options for anyone. Especially women you haven't been dating very long.

$20.99 ➠ Amazon

Aromatherapy Shower Steamers

Aromatherapy Shower Steamers

Shower steamers are bath bombs for people who prefer to bathe standing up. Placed just outside of a direct water stream, their aromatherapy infusions fizz out and waft about in response to your shower head's spray, and the ensuing steam it generates as you scrub-a-dub-dub yourself clean. With scents like Grapefruit, Lavender, Vanilla, and Sweet Orange, they aim to provide the same relaxation and stress-relief benefits of bath bombs. You can also get sinus-clearing, breathe-easier Shower Steamers that emit essential oils such as Peppermint, Menthol, and Eucalyptus.

They're a great gift for women you haven't been dating very long, because they don't imply you want to make any sort of commitment, or see this relationship being long-term, but they do imply you think of her in the shower.

$15.99 to $18.99 ➠ Amazon

Giant Inflatable Snow Sleigh

Giant Inflatable Snow Sleigh
Giant Inflatable Snow Sleigh

FUNBOY's giant Inflatable Snow Sleigh is 70" long, 30" wide, and burly enough to take the two of you on Houndstooth, Nordic, Silver, or Gondola-designed sledding adventures this winter. All you'll need is an air pump, or some COVID-free lungs to sleigh it on this baby.

$49.98 to $98.04 ➠ Amazon

Culinary Perfume - Edible Fragrance & Ice Cream Topping

Culinary Perfume - Edible Fragrance & Ice Cream Topping

It's gonna cost you a helluva lot more than hot fudge, sprinkles, and Old Spice, but Salt & Straw's Culinary Perfume, an edible fragrance and ice cream topping, is sure to be the foodie gift of the year.

In honor of National Ice Cream Day on July 17, 2022, Salt & Straw released their A Cloud of Cocoa, A Swoon of Citrus, and A Plume of Blossoms Culinary Perfumes. They're intended both for spritzing over scoops of frozen treats, and licking off as you eat, and spraying on your favorite perfume-responsive body parts...and perhaps letting someone else lick off as they eat.

$65 ➠ Salt & Straw

Double Succulent Planter Swing

Double Succulent Planter Swing

3D printed by Ohio Workshop, and definitely worthy of my list of things that make you go Awww, the Double Succulent Planter Swing sees recycled plastic Big Block and Little Block enjoying a very fine playdate on a handcrafted wood and string swing set. It would be a great addition to your tabletop, desktop, or windowsill empty, but fill the planters with baby jade or cacti, and watch the whimsical piece's delightfulness double.

Chocolate Penguins

Chocolate Penguins
Chocolate Penguins

L.A. Burdick Chocolates has whipped up this winning waddle of penguins to wish you - and your choco-lovin' belly - Happy Holidays! The chocolatier's Chocolate Penguins gift box contains 9 "tuxedoed birds of Antarctica" made of a whipped dark chocolate ganache, hinted with fresh lemon, and finished with toasted almond wings.

Each Chocolate Penguin stands around 1.5" tall, and might be even more adorable than Peleg Design's Egguins, a set of plastic penguins that hard boil your eggs for you.

Essential Oil Diffuser Air Freshener for Car Vents

Essential Oil Diffuser Air Freshener for Car Vents
Essential Oil Diffuser Air Freshener for Car Vents

I approve of the idea of car air fresheners, because most cars I've been in without them smell of stale fast food, b.o., farts, and, if there's any in the household, dog. However, most cars I've been in with air fresheners pretty much have base notes of those exact same things, but blanketed in top notes of cloying fake vanilla or "ocean breeze," whatever the nasal assault that is. And, yes, I'm especially talkin' to you, rideshare cars.

So now that essential oils are all the rage, I think adding them to one of these miniature car vent clip reed diffusers could actually cover up the rank odors permeating your vehicle without creating a new odor that's almost as bad.

$8.99 ➠ Amazon

Shadey Universal Smartphone Shade

Shadey Universal Smartphone Shade
Shadey Universal Smartphone Shade

Taking inspiration from a collapsible hand fan, the Shadey unfolds in an arc above and around your phone (or similar device) to expand its surface area and create a barrier between your screen and the sun. The Shadey both eliminates glare, and keeps direct, blinding rays out of your eyes. Oh, and its method of attachment? A simple suction cup.

Somebody had a bright idea with this one.

$16.66 ➠ Etsy

Dangling Animal Hanging Hooks

Dangling Animal Hanging Hooks
Dangling Animal Hanging Hooks

While I normally wouldn't trust a monkey to hold my bananas or a cat to hold my houseplant any more than I'd trust a jewel thief to hold my Rolex, I feel like these Monkey and Cat Magic Tension Balance Hangers from Artori Design are pretty reliable little dudes. Because, for one, they look very committed to the task of hooking and holding anything from fruit to flora to keys to coats. And for another, they are inanimate and made of metal.

$14.88 ➠ Amazon

MONITREE - Living Computer Monitor Vines

MONITREE - Living Computer Monitor Vines
MONITREE - Living Computer Monitor Vines

MONITREE isn't really a money tree, but if you're of the mind that plants make your life richer, these living computer monitor vines should indeed increase your emotional net worth.

Created with the idea that "taking intermittent breaks from the screen to look at foliage not only helps with your eye sight, but resets your mind," PLTRIS developed MONITREE as a space-saving, low-maintenance, high-reward way to bring beauty and calm to your desktop. The vine installation follows the perimeter of your computer monitor, so you don't have to give up square footage on your desk to make room for a planter.

$59.99 to $69.99 ➠ PLTRIS

Qdo Birdie Swing Nest - Teacup with Infuser & Lid

Qdo Birdie Swing Nest - Teacup with Infuser & Lid
Qdo Birdie Swing Nest - Teacup with Infuser & Lid

A little birdie told me...uh...that little birdies don't like to be stuffed with tea leaves and dunked in boiling water. Even when Qdo gives them their very own swing and nest to hang out to dry on when the steeping's done. Yes, the Qdo Birdie Swing Nest teacup with attached infuser and lid is a hoot to behold, and maybe even a special tweet to use, but even if you desperately need a gift for your sort-of-girlfriend, delighting and supporting others' delight in this type of avian cruelty is shameful. Borderline sick. Almost-...

...mmmmmmm! What's that I smell? Succulent fat and savory herbs and...oh boy! Looks like my wife is roasting a duck for dinner tonight!

$22.99 ➠ Amazon

Aurora Borealis Necklace

Aurora Borealis Necklace
Aurora Borealis Necklace

Listen, ladies, if you were wearing one of Wood All Good's Aurora Borealis Necklaces, you would have to cut me some slack. Yes, I would be staring at your chesticular area for a long period of time. But I swear, I wouldn't be ogling your boobies and thinking caveman thoughts. I would be lost in the brilliance of this pendant's stunning span of craggy burl wood mountains, and night sky dancing with the blues and greens of opal and resin Northern Lights.

The landscape of the Aurora Borealis Necklace is all hand-carved, with pendants available in 1.1", 1.3", and 1.5" in diameter, as well as a host of different resin and opal colors. Buyers will also have a choice of necklace to dangle their Northern Lights from, with various lengths of adjustable cord, silver plated chains, and 925 silver chains available.

$85 to $107 ➠ Etsy

What to Drink with What You Eat

What to Drink with What You Eat

What to Drink with What You Eat is exactly what it claims to be: The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food with Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee, Tea - Even Water. My wife owns the book, and it's like her bible. No joke. She'll read about holy merlot before bed, get a few blaufrankisch hallelujahs in when she wakes up, and if we're having a dinner party - it's intense sauvignon blanc spiritual study and exploration of pinot noir for days beforehand.

$20.49 ➠ Amazon

Pyropet Cat Candle

Pyropet Cat Candle
Pyropet Cat Candle

Pyropet cats, or Kisas ("cat" in Arnadottir's native Icelandic), begin as geometric felines with protruding wicks. However, wherein most cats beg for tuna fish, Pyropets beg for a lit match. Once appeased, their ambient illumination settles in and then...then! Their demonic underbelly begins to emerge. OK, technically it's their demonic skull that shows up first. An aluminum skeleton embedded inside the sculpted wax gradually reveals itself as the exo-cat parts burn away.

Each Kisa Pyropet melts slightly differently due to, like, wick positioning and the Chaos theory, but after about 20 hours all end up the same sinister set of metal bones. Cats are available in a few different colors, and stand about 6.7" tall x 3" wide.

$39 ➠ Amazon

Rock Soap

Rock Soap
Rock Soap

Gettin' so fresh and so clean with Lapus Lazuli. Scrubbin' down with a fine hunk of rose quartz crystal. Washin' away your sins with a bar of Tiger Eye. Who needs the time to mine semi-precious stones, or the money to buy them when these Rock Soaps are dead ringers? Even better than the real thing, I say, because an Amethyst isn't going to do jack for personal hygiene, but Fire Opal Soap will make everyone it touches smell way less like a homeless person.

$18.04 to $20.95 ➠ Amazon

Indoor Relaxation Fountain

Indoor Relaxation Fountain

The Silver Springs Indoor Relaxation Fountain is a 3-tiered tabletop piece featuring a bed of natural river rocks that contribute to the soothing sounds of flowing water you'll get as the waterfalls cascade into a bottom basin. The fountain is also illuminated for additional ambience.

$29.99 ➠ Amazon
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