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6 Gifts For the Person You’re in a Situationship With

Being in a romantic gray area is tough enough. Here are six gifts for your sort-of significant other that are sentimental—but not too obvious.

Nov 15, 2019

The only thing worse than not knowing if you’re in an actual romantic relationship with someone is deciding what (if anything) to gift them for the holidays. The goal is to find a gift that’s sentimental but not overly obvious at the same time. 

So to help lighten your holiday shopping load, we rounded up a few of the best gifts to give your sort-of significant other. From cheeky candy to potted houseplants, here are six failsafe gifts for anyone you’re in a situationship with.

1. A Tongue-in-Cheek Card

Searching for a cute and affordable way to convey your feelings to your sort-of SO? A cheeky greeting card, like this “You’re so fly” card at Etsy, is a clever way to express yourself without revealing too much.

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2. Cute Candy

Nothing makes a sweeter holiday gift than a good old-fashioned box of candy. Pick up a playful pack of gummies, like the Casamigos “You Had Me at Tequila” 3-piece Candy Bento Box at Sugarfina, to serve your crush some sweets with a serious side of sass.

3. Luxe Bed Sheets

There’s no better way to show your sort-of S.O. you care than gifting them with a good night’s sleep. Surprise your potential person with a quality set of luxury bed sheets, like our Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, to let them know how you feel (and that you’re down to stay the night).

4. A Chic Bar Tool Set

What better way to send a subliminal nightcap than gifting your crush with a sophisticated cocktail making kit?  A sleek shaker and strainer, like the Copper Bar Set at Williams-Sonoma, will let your kind-of S.O. know that you’re always up for spending a night in with them.  

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5. A Plush Robe

Looking for a thoughtful way to make your crush feel warm and snug whenever they think of you? A soft bath robe, like our Super-Plush Robe, will ensure that your kind-of S.O stays cozy—and grateful for you—whenever they put it on.

6. A Houseplant

When all else fails, you can always count on the gift of a houseplant to express your feelings to your sort-of significant other. A pretty potted plant, like the Hoya Heart Plant at The Sill, will let your partner know that you want to grow together without actually saying it.

The only thing worse than being in a romantic gray area with someone is figuring out what to gift them for the holidays. Fortunately, there are an assortment of sweet but romantically subtle gifts you can surprise your sort-of significant other with this season.

Written by Caroline Biggs

Caroline is a writer living in New York City. She contributes regularly to publications including The New York Times, AD, and Apartment Therapy. When she’s not covering the latest in art, interiors, and design, she’s usually playing music, watering (and talking to) her plants, or hanging with her rescue bunnies, Daisy and Daffodil. You can find more of her work at

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