Gifts and dating expenditures "say" what cannot be said in words.
However, perhaps due to the crass associations of exchanging money and gifts for the attentions and sexual favors of prostitutes, mistresses, gigolos, and gold-diggers, research on Western dating has largely ignored the monetary and material aspects of these relationships. DATING AND COURTSHIP The role of material possessions in early middle class American courtship practices was not so much in impressive gift-giving as in displaying command of the resources for providing comfort and earning a living. 24) explains: Before a man could marry, he had to possess the means to support a wife and children....
True love is developed through true friendship and trust, and generosity is only one of those features.... I guess I find it difficult to separate love from money.
I don't think that money should be a big issue in dating, and I wanted to find someone who didn't car too much for money [M 24]. Not that money can buy love, but rather money is an essential part of the dating process.
Unlike before when I viewed dates and gift giving an investment, I was now making decisions about buying from my heart instead of my head.
If you’ve discussed certain books or movies you can bring her a book or a DVD of the movie that you’ve discussed, recommended, or both agreed is the best ever.You will want to set yourself apart because dating is a numbers game, and the more you increase your chances of standing out from all the others – and being the one who stands out for all the right reasons – the better your chances in dating.Set Yourself Apart From the Competition: Showing up on a first date with a little gift will also set you apart from other men who don’t know this piece of etiquette.I don't know if you can possibly have one without the other [F 24]. Like they try to buy each other or show how much they love each other in how much money they spend on the gift to the other person [F26].American dating, mating, and courtship activities employ money and tangible gifts as key ritual elements and as focal symbolic vehicles.