You consider breaking up with them, just to get out of the whole ordeal—maybe they would take you back in a week, once their birthday has passed? If You've Been Dating, Non-Exclusively, for a Few Weeks At this point, besides the fact that you guys have sex, your relationship isn't so different from that of good friends.

We've made you a list of exactly what's expected of you, based on length of time dating.

And who knows, maybe someday this key ring will have YOUR keys on it too. This gift is great as a hostess present when rolling up to her holiday party. STAK Ceramics Bloom Phone Vase, Orchid (): If she loves her smartphone as much as she loves flowers, this phone vase is perfect.

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Sure, it's possible they're just not big birthday people, in which case it's perfectly fine to spend the day together without making a huge production out of the birthday.

But beware of people who expect you to make big plans for their birthdays too early on in the relationship -- this screams high maintenance, and besides, don't they have friends to do this? If You've Been Dating Three Months or Fewer, Not Exclusively Same rules apply as above in terms of party behavior: if you go to a celebration, be prepared to buy drinks and go home together.

A card is necessary, a token is nice but not mandatory.

Buy breakfast the next morning, make sure he or she isn't too hungover, mingle with friends, etc.

Go ahead and make plans with your friends as if you were single, and just invite your "Significant Other" along.

It's far less pressure on your relationship.*--Written by Chiara Atik for How About We.com*Got your own strategy for celebrating birthdays with the significant other? More from How About We: The Smooth Second Date Move That Works Every Time 5 Things That Are Unfair to Casually Drop On a Fifth Date17 Ways You Know You've Found the One More Ways to Get Glamour: NEW!(Maybe they want their birthday ignored all together—but you've got to ask.)You'll definitely be expected to participate in any and all existing birthday plans. You're going, and, if you want to earn huge brownie points, you'll take care of the whole "splitting the bill among eight people" ordeal. You'll arrive with the Guest of Honor and stay as long as he or she does. You don't have to spend a lot of money, and it certainly doesn't have to be anything elaborate.But a book, a cd, a trip to a favorite restaurant, an inside joke from an early date—some kind of little gift to let the person know you're psyched about dating them, excited about their birthday, and ready to take on this "Significant Other" role.If You've Been Dating Six Months Or Fewer, Exclusively So you're a couple, albeit a relatively new one.Ask early on how they want to celebrate, and plan accordingly. In addition: Some sort of celebration or token of your own is required here.If you're invited to a more intimate celebration, such as dinner at a restaurant with friends, don't feel obligated to attend.