By Linda Guma and Kayla Garritano

The start of the holiday season means the inevitability of shopping for the perfect gifts for all of your loved ones. And with the holidays comes the romance. If you get to spend the holidays with that special someone, make sure it’s one to remember. The more consideration you put into your present, the more meaningful it’ll be. So, when you’re on date night with your partner for a special holiday treat, make sure they open a present they’ll be sure to love.

If you’re looking for gift ideas that don’t involve the usual or traditional ugly Christmas sweater for your partner this year, Cupid is here with some relationship advice and ideas:

1. Personalized compilation: Make a personalized CD or playlist for your partner by putting together his or her favorite tracks. Don’t forget to include any romantic tunes that remind you of special moments you experienced together, such as your first slow dance. And, of course, mix it up with some holiday numbers, to celebrate with the joyous spirit.

2. Customized calendar: Nothing says “I care about you” more than something home made. With a new year fast approaching, a calendar can come in handy. Select 12 photos of you and your partner and paste them on the pages for each month.  Circle important dates, and write headers for your anniversary, among other special occasions.

3. Matching wrist watches:This is a great way to punch up your style, as well as a guilt-free way of pampering yourself with a present. Buy matching watches and ask your jeweler to engrave a message on the back, such as your names and the words “forever” and “always.”

Related Link: Relationship Advice: 10 Holiday Date Ideas For Long Time Couples 

4. Tickets to your favorite show:If you’re really not into personalized gifts, you can always find a thoughtful way to experience something together. Buy two tickets to a show that you and your partner both love, whether it’s a movie, a concert or a ballet performance of The Nutcracker. Surprise your partner to a dinner at a famous restaurant, followed by their favorite show.

5. Photo frame collection: It’s a simple idea, but a classic way to keep the loved ones close at hand. Buy your significant other a silver-plated frame, and insert a photo of the two of you.  To make it extra mushy, inscribe “I love you,” or a love sonnet by your partner’s favorite poet.

Related Link: Relationship Advice: Four Reasons to be Thankful for Your Partner 

6. Massage coupons: A thoughtful way to express your love this holiday season is to create some free massage coupons. Your partner will surely appreciate them after a stressful day and finally get the chance to relax a little with you.

7. Breakfast-in-bed tray: You don’t have to rise and shine for this celebration. Treat yourselves to a bed tray and the luxury of having breakfast in bed together. Maybe pop in a movie and just cuddle under the covers!

8. Vacation getaway: Be spontaneous! Organize a weekend trip for two. Choose a tropical place to escape the winter chill or simply tour a neighboring town you’ve never visited. Your partner will appreciate your effort to plan the holiday trip. It’s a great way to get away from your daily routines and reconnect with your honey.

Related Link: The Holiday Gift Guide For New Couples

9. Get-out-of-chores passes: Get your arts-and-crafts on by making some paper passes to let your partner skip out on their chores. You’ll have to take over the cooking or cleaning probably, but it’s a great way to show your love, and it can be a fun, goofy way to get out of something, all in good fun!

10. Lovers pillowcases: Get some personalized pillowcases to touch up your bed. For instance, you can get some signs embroidered that say “His” and “Her,” or “Mr. Right” and “Mrs. Right.” If you want to keep with the holiday theme, decorate it with some snowflakes and mistletoe. It’s a different take on putting your face on a mug or a t-shirt. Make it your own!

Got any creative ideas for what to get your partner this Christmas? Share your ideas below.