How Much Should You Really Spend On a Gift For Your Older Man?

Spend On a GiftYou don’t always expect money to be an issue in a May-December rela­tion­ship, espe­cially when it’s a younger woman dat­ing an older man, but around the hol­i­days, things can get a lit­tle more com­pli­cated. From what we’ve seen here at, a lot of women who are in a rela­tion­ship with an older man feel the need to step up at Christ­mas and get him an extrav­a­gant gift, sort of as a thank you for every­thing he does for you the rest of the year. If this sounds like you and your May-December rela­tion­ship, you’re not the only one who’s feel­ing the pinch.

Accord­ing to a recent study by Sun­Trust Banks, Inc., almost 40% of Amer­i­cans feel the pres­sure to spend more on hol­i­day shop­ping than they can afford to. And it doesn’t get bet­ter over time—nearly three-quarters (73%) of the adults sur­veyed said that they expect their finan­cial stress will either be the same or more than last year. That might be because 39% of them plan on just spend­ing dur­ing the hol­i­days and then worry about the bill afterwards.

The truth is that you really don’t need to spend a whole lot of money to com­mem­o­rate your May-December rela­tion­ship this hol­i­day sea­son. Instead of splurg­ing on expen­sive big-ticket items that your older man could afford him­self if he really wanted it, there are plenty of sen­ti­men­tal gift ideas that are not only less expen­sive, but much more thoughtful.

Click here to check out five super sweet (and one super sexy) Christ­mas gift ideas that might just be per­fect for your own May-December relationship.

What do you think: If you’re in a May-December rela­tion­ship with an older man, do you still find that you over­spend for the holidays?


“Sun­Trust Sur­vey: Hol­i­day Shop­pers Feel Pres­sured to Over-Spend,” Sun­Trust web site, Novem­ber 17, 2014;

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About Isabella

I was never patriotic, so when Independence Day came, the last thing on my mind was to go out and celebrate. I was bored and I was lonely, and though they weren’t my normal crowd, thesse girls were friends and family members who I grew up with. But Diana had her man, Marsha had hers, and my cousin Lisa had her own. I was the only one who was single and my taste was just too high; the kind of men they dated did not appeal to me. I wanted the executive, the entrepreneur. I was 22 and unhappy about my life. I yearned to be in a relationship; I felt I had so much to give a man, and yet I was single. My friends and I waited for cab and I was still second-guessing whether or not I really wanted to go out. While we were waiting, an older looking gentleman driving a blue pick-up truck drove up to us. As he slowed, he said, “Don’t move. I’m coming right back!” He drove off, leaving a trail of his cologne, as he sped away to drop off the construction workers sitting in the back of the truck. Literally moments later, he came back, stopped in front of us, asked us where we were going, and told us to get in. It turns out his name was Keith. After Keith dropped us off, I realized I didn’t want to stay and asked him to take me back to where he picked us up from. He turned, looked at me, and said, “You were the reason why I picked you all up. I wanted to get to know you. So, I’m happy you decided to leave with me.”