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She buys, he doesn’t

They’ve been dating a year, but this couple have different gift-giving policies. What should they do?

My boyfriend and I have been dating a little over a year. His mom has given me little gifts here and there. Should I get her a Christmas present this year? (We didn’t exchange gifts with each other’s families last Christmas.) What about his sister, niece, and nephew? I’ve signed my name to birthday gifts that he has given to his family and given gifts to his niece and sister. I have a feeling he will not be getting my family anything because he has never given a gift or signed his name to one I have given to my relatives. I should just ask him, but I feel weird asking about gift-giving.

C.O. / Boston

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