If you’ve just entered into a new relationship, you’ll soon learn that buying gifts for your first Christmas together can be a little tricky. You don’t want to go too over-the-top or sappy with presents during this early stage (expensive jewelry or a new pet are probably no-nos), and you’re still learning about your new partner’s likes and dislikes. You might even want to have a conversation with your significant other to discuss gift-giving and maybe even set a budget for your holiday gifts—it may feel a bit awkward, but it will help you find that perfect gift. We’ve kept all of the Christmas gift ideas here under $50 so you don’t totally blow your budget.
Even if you haven’t been dating for a while, you probably know enough about your partner to provide a few details for this super-cute personalized mug.
Almandol personalized mug, from $14, Etsy
If you’re always struggling to find fun activities to do together, this poster provides 100 creative date ideas. As you complete the dates, you can scratch off the corresponding square on the poster.
Uncommon Goods 100 Dates Scratch Off Poster, $15, Uncommon Goods
Your partner will love toting their favorite beverages with this wooden beer bottle caddy, which comes complete with a bottle opener and monogram engraved on the side.
WeddingWire Shop wood beer bottle caddy, $33, WeddingWire Shop
Grow-Your-Own Flowers Kit
Instead of sending your partner flowers, they'll love growing their own! With this kit, they can grow her birth month flower at home. And—bonus!—this first Christmas together gift proves you remember their birthdate, too.
Uncommon Goods birth month flower grow kit, $35, Uncommon Goods
The Ultimate Cooler
This first Christmas together gift serves double duty—it’s both a cooler and a chair. Add your partner's name emblazoned on the front and it’s the perfect present.
WeddingWire Shop personalized folding cooler chair, $33, WeddingWire Shop
Useful Travel Bag
If your partner is spending weekends at your place, buy a sturdy travel bag that they can use to bring their stuff back and forth.
WeddingWire Shop canvas weekender travel bag, $38, WeddingWire Shop
Spa-Worthy Gift Set
Bring on the self-care! This kit includes body oil, a shower steamer, soap, lip balm, and a soy candle so your partner can be totally pampered.
Lizzy Siman-Tov pampering kit, $44, Uncommon Goods
Fashion meets function with this affordable faux leather tote. Add their monogram for an extra-personal touch.
WeddingWire Shop large personalized tote, $22, WeddingWire Shop
If your significant other has a habit of misunderstanding song lyrics, they'll get a kick out of this hilarious coasters, featuring mistaken lyrics like “we found love in a soapless place”.
Eve Trester-Wilson and Kristen von Minden mistaken lyrics coasters, from $25 for a set of 4, Uncommon Goods
Take-Anywhere Bluetooth Speaker
Start the party wherever, whenever with this pocket-sized speaker. It easily pairs with your phone so you can play your tunes on the go. And—bonus!—it comes in four colors.
Lexon MINO Bluetooth speaker, $30, Bloomingdale's
Celebrate your first year together with this gold and silver ornament that will add a touch of elegance to your Christmas decor. It's a keepsake that you'll love for years to come.
Nambe Our First Christmas Together ornament, $35, Neiman Marcus
Whether your partner is handy or can’t screw in a lightbulb, this kit is a great first Christmas together gift. It includes a hammer, flashlight, pliers, tape measures, and more—perfect to keep in his apartment or car for those unexpected MacGyver moments.
Uncommon Goods Fix It Kit, $30, Uncommon Goods
If you and your partner met on a dating app, this picture frame is a fun first Christmas gift. Add a snapshot from a favorite moment to create a cute DIY present.
Unique Gift Workshop engraved picture frame, $25, Etsy
Your partner feel like an influencer when they receives this personalized tumbler to fill with their beverage of choice.
WeddingWire Shop personalized stemless travel tumbler, $18, WeddingWire Shop
If you’re really struggling to find that perfect first holiday together gift, these bath bombs are always a treat.
Miss Patisserie Great Ball of Fizz gift set, $35, Anthropologie
A Little Pampering
We could all use some self-care these days. This kit features travel-sized Kiehl’s products that they'll definitely want to add to their skincare regime (if they have one).
Kiehl’s Men’s Groom-on-the-Go set, $40, Nordstrom
Blue-Light Blocking Glasses
Has your partner been complaining of eye strain while doing the WFH thing? These blue-light-blocking glasses are not only stylish, they’ll help minimize eye issues from staring at screens all day.
BP 55mm blue light blocking glasses, $15, Nordstrom
Keepsake Photo Album
A photo album makes a great gift during the holiday season. We love these cute and customizable photo albums from Mixbook, where you can add photos from that first trip you took together.
Mixbook The Great Outdoors square photo album, from $30, Mixbook
With this kit, your partner will have all the tools to create their favorite cocktail (margarita, Old Fashioned, Moscow Mule, and more) on the go—just add booze.
W&P Design cocktail kit, $24, Amazon
Some of the best first Christmas together gifts are simple luxuries that your significant other probably wouldn’t buy for themselves. These slippers are soft and warm, plus they’re so stylish that they'll likely want to wear them when they venture out of the house, too.
Billini Emery crisscross faux fur slippers, $45, Nordstrom
If your partner took up puzzles during quarantine, they'll absolutely love this set. Not only are the puzzles created by talented female artists, they also come with glue so they can hang the completed puzzle as an art piece in their home.
Jiggy for Anthropologie puzzle and glue set, $44, Anthropologie
With these gloves, your partner can use their phone while keeping their hands toasty.
The North Face Gordon Etip gloves, $45, Nordstrom
Date Night Bucket List Game
Whether you’ve been together for a few weeks or a few months, you may be running out of creative date ideas. This game ensures you’ll always have something fun to do—simply follow the prompts on the birch sticks and, once you’ve completed the activity, write the date on the back.
Anne Lopez Date Night Bucket List, $20, Uncommon Goods
Lip Balm Set
We’re huge fans of Fresh’s Sugar lip balm line—not only do they moisturize lips (especially vital in the wintertime), they come in a variety of cute colors and yummy flavors. With this gift set, your partner will be able to try them all!
Fresh Sugar hydrating lip minis set, $45, Nordstrom
Whether they prefer coffee, tea, or cocoa, this monogrammed mug will make the perfect addition to their collection.
Rifle Paper Co. for Anthropologie Garden Party monogram mug, $14, Anthropologie
Keychain for Germaphobes
This keychain is the ultimate all-in-one tool, featuring a stylus point for buttons and a hook to open doors, so they won’t have to touch shared surfaces.
Medipop Starkey protective keychain, $15, Nordstrom
While a piece of expensive jewelry is probably not the best first Christmas together gift, if your significant other always has a stack of bracelets around their wrist, giving them an additional piece of jewelry is a pretty safe bet. We love this beaded bracelet, which you can customize with your partner's name or initials.
BaubleBar custom black Pisa beaded bracelet, $40, BaubleBar
The Ultimate Self-Care Kit
Is your new significant other addicted to skincare? This set of over 14 different sheet masks is a unique gift that will win raves from your partner.
Sephora Collection Holy Sheet! Set, $48, Sephora
If you're a relatively new couple and have decided not to exchange gifts this Christmas, giving your partner a cute card can be a nice gesture. Schitt's Creek fans will love this one.
LoveKNeis Simply the Best card, $6, Etsy
To mark the milestone of your first Christmas as a couple, this personalized ornament is both simple and sweet. Different ribbons are available to match your Christmas decor style.
Diddles and Puds Our First Christmas Together ornament, $20, Etsy