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Are gifts necessary in relationships?
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No that's silly, relationships shouldn't be so materialistic.
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No not necessary, but I think it's a rather thoughtful gesture, especially if you and the other person have the means.
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No, if they are material things, no, it's not necessary.

If your relationship is according to an officially recognized arrangement that obliges 2 families and 2 companies to merge, then yes, it is necessary as part of formality.

On another note, don't spoil the other person at the start of your relationship with them. They will only expect it to continue as you both move forward, which will be cause of some sort of misunderstanding and unnecessary stress.

Don't do it.
Posted 4/18/16
I love receiving gifts.
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Definitely not. Gifts are nice things to receive, but it truly doesn't beat the love &time you can give to someone.
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It's a nice gesture if your heart is into it. All in all, it's the feelings that you two share that matter though.
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No.
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Giving or receiving the occasional gift is nice and all, however, I feel it can create unnecessary stress when trying to find that "perfect gift" every single time on a somewhat regular basis. Certain, important milestones in a relationship can or should be accompanied with a gift, but aside from that I don't feel that it's a must when trying to keep a healthy relationship with your partner.
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Posted 4/18/16
Don't know I've never been in one
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If you have to give gifts to show your affection, or to make her/him like you more, then they are detrimental to your relationship.

If you're happy without gifts, and then you give or get one as a surprise, and not to reinforce a behavior, then they're good.








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Posted 4/18/16

TrickedMJ wrote:

I don't think so.


Hmm, I disagree. I think they are enormously important. If someone is always demanding a gift then you have a user. If you have someone who loves to give, accept it. If someone always appreciates the gift you give them, then feel good about giving. Yes, how and why gifts are given in a relationship is enormously important. Last thought, don't be cheap, it's a sign of small mindedness, unless you have a definite monetary goal in mind.
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No, just wastes money. Superficial.
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well if the love language of the person you are in a relationship with is gifts then it's pretty important

me, i like the gift of money
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Not really, but a present is a nice gesture.
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Personally i don't think they are necessary but its nice to recieve a little "i saw this and thought of you" gift once in a while. As i love to give gifts once in a while as well as a form of appreciation and to see the other person smile. it can be anything, even homemade.
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