Want Your Tinder Date To Become Your Girlfriend? Give Her These Gifts!

Wife up your Tinder date with these holiday gifts.

The holidays are here, and it’s a great time for dating—because no one wants to be alone for Christmas, Hannukah, or whatever else you might be celebrating.

Of course, if you want to bring someone home to meet the family, it’s a bit awkward to introduce her as “a girl I met on Tinder, we’ve been dating for a while and haha we haven’t really put a label on it yet, pass the potatoes.”

Maybe that’s not an issue, and you’re just gaga over the girl you met on Tinder and are thinking that now is the ideal opportunity to cross that line from “Tinder date” to “girlfriend.” There are few better ways to do that than with the perfect gift—a gift that lets her know you’re ready for a commitment without scaring her off. It should say that you’re really fun to be around more than just once a week. A gift can be worth a thousand words, so make sure it says the right words.

Feeling the pressure yet? Calm down… we have some ideas to get you started.

1. Witty Coffee Mug


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Coffee mugs are a great first-time gift for someone you’ve been dating. They’re not expensive, and everyone needs them. When do people need them? In the morning. Perhaps after you’ve stayed the night. And maybe you’ll have breakfast together. How domestic!

You can also send an additional message with whatever’s on the mug. If you’re feeling bold, you can even get matching mugs—one for yourself and one for her. Then she definitely has to have you over at her place for coffee. There are websites where you can go and design your own mug to say whatever you want!

2. Hiking Backpack


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For an outdoorsy girl, hiking equipment is a great gift. It gives you the perfect opening to suggest going on a hike as a date. There are few things more intimate than being out in nature together, just the two of you, getting sweaty, marveling at the views, and maybe taking a break for a dip in a mountain stream. Be careful, though, that water is cold! But huddling together can help warm you back up. See where I’m going with this?

Even better, there are backpacks that turn into hammocks. Ever gotten into a hammock with someone you’re dating? You instantly become girlfriends. That’s just how it works.

3. The Coziest Blanket You Can Find


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What separates a woman you’re dating from a woman who’s your girlfriend? Snuggles. Prove your snuggle game by getting her the softest, warmest, cuddliest blanket you can wrangle out of the depths of Bed, Bath, & Beyond. Plus, assuming you’ve been in her home, you can show how much you care by matching her blanket to her decorating taste. Maybe you could both squeeze inside one of these mermaid blankets.

4. A Book You’ve Already Read


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For your bookworm ladies, the gift of a book might seem too obvious. But if you’re trying to turn your dreamy Tinder date into your girlfriend, it couldn’t be a better choice. Not only are you giving her what she wants, if you’ve already read the book, you immediately become the person she can talk to about it. Get her a book she can really geek out about with you. This can work with movies, too, but not as well. A book is something she’ll take home and spend days reading. All the more opportunities for her to call you and gush about it.

5. A Patent Print Of Her Favorite Thing

This is generally a super cool gift for anyone who’s really into a particular thing. If you’re dating a queer woman, which you clearly are, the chances that she has an obsession like this increases to 99.9999 percent. Sometimes, the particular thing is an item that was at one point patented. Dating a photography lesbian? Patent print of the camera. Dating a drummer bisexual? Patent print of the drum. There’s an Etsy account that offers over 4,000 items that include patent prints on canvas or on items like t-shirts and mugs.

They even have a patent print of the TIE bomber from Star Wars. For someone like me, a geek pansexual, that is a recipe for instant love.

6. DIY

When you start dating someone just before the holidays, it can put you in an awkward spot. Is it too soon to spend money on a gift for someone? How much spending is appropriate? You don’t want to scare them off, but you also don’t want them to think that you don’t care.

Actually communicating your worries to the other person is the best solution to this conundrum. But if that’s impossibly terrifying, a handmade gift is perfect. It says that you care enough to put time and effort into the gift, and you only have to pay for materials. It’s also a fitting solution to being super broke.

7. Motorcycle Riding Lessons


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Even if your soon-to-be-girlfriend isn’t actively looking to buy a motorcycle, this is a fun experience. You can find courses for women only, which maximizes the chances of getting to hang out with a bunch of other awesome WLW. Then you can spend the day spooning each other while enjoying the thrill of the ride. Cuddling plus adrenaline? Girlfriend!

8. Home Donut Maker

You could replace this with other dessert makers (depending on the taste of the giftee) but who doesn’t love donuts? It’s another gift that turns into an activity you can do together. Plus, the donut maker has the advantage of being associated with breakfast, which we’ve already established is the most girlfriend-y meal of the day.

9. Massage Oil


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There are a few skills out there that make a person extremely datable. Some of these are obvious. One that is a little more subtle is the ability to give a good massage. Luckily, these days, we have YouTube videos and online tutorials that can teach you the basic skills you need in order to claim to have magic fingers.

Who doesn’t want to date a woman who can massage? Reveal this hidden talent to your Tinder date with a bottle of nice massage oil. It’s a better version of getting your girl some sexy underwear. Instead of her putting it on and doing stuff for you, you put it on her and then spend the next hour convincing her that she needs you around. All the time.

Bonus: Edible massage oil is a thing.

10. Breakfast In Bed Tray


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This is a simple, inexpensive gift that sends a big message. If you’re really good, you’ll get yourself into your girl’s bed on Christmas Eve night, but that might be unrealistic if you’re just dating. It can work on any morning around the holidays. Simply sneak out of bed early and make her breakfast in bed, then declare the tray to be her gift. The message? Be my girlfriend, and you can look forward to a lot more breakfasts in bed. You can even combine this gift with the mug for bonus points. Maybe make fresh donuts with the donut maker. Okay, that might be going a bit overboard. The point is that breakfast is amazing and so are girlfriends. Get yourself some of both.

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