"Six months just seems to be the average amount of time it takes for these big conversations and moments to come up," she says.Now there are ways to mitigate the potential cluster of emotions that can come up around the half-year mark in your relationship — but it starts all the way back when you and your partner coupled up. "If you start communicating about how you feel from the beginning [of your relationship], you'll likely already be talking about things that could become issues six months in.

I wasn’t dating anyone last Christmas, and I’m used to buying for a wife. But I also don’t want to get her something boring either. It’s expensive for the guy to buy, and if you two break up, she may not wear it ever again because it reminds her of you in the way that, say, a set of hand towels, will not. Instead, “experience gifts” are always a good bet–tickets to a concert or play, gift certificate to her favorite fancy restaurant, day at the spa. These kinds of gifts produce memories, and often you can do them together.

Mike Hi Mike, Since your email is such a timely one, you skip right to the front of the email line. But watch out at recess, because some of the guys you skipped are probably going to be looking to give you a face wash in the snow. Okay, so what gift should you stay away from if you aren’t ready to get serious yet? So then there’s a lovely gold pendant tarnishing away in a velvet-lined box until 40 years from now when one of her grandkids asks her about it and she croaks, “” And then the grandkids are distracted by finding the potty-mouth jar so once again the pendant is forgotten. You can also get more personal with her specific interests or goals–golf lessons, glass-blowing classes, a ride in a hot air balloon. I also think they’re an easier gift to give overall, since you know what your partner’s interests are better than you know whether they’ll like that random sweater in that specific fit, in that specific material, in that specific color, in that specific size. If you put a bit of thought into it (no December 24 shopping), and get her something you truly believe suits her personality/tastes/interests, you’ll make the right choice.

"Being able to be vulnerable and to have some of those conversations after you [and your partner] have built some history is important," Dr. Nevertheless, laying your cards on the table can scary — especially when you consider the topics that should be hashed out around this time. ' Or you could ask 'Where do you see us in six more months?

' That's a much more manageable amount of time than forever.'"It's also important to remember that the end of all of this, you both may just deicide you're happy to keep things light and casual — and that's normal, too.

Take the time to show your love with these creative DIY anniversary gifts.

Photo Credit: Annie Tao Photography To remind your honey how much love you feel for him/her, scatter the house with a bunch of nicely decorated notes.

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"In the first three months or so, people typically are on their best behavior," says Rachel Russo, a dating and relationship coach in NYC.

"But after you spend some time together, that perfect mask might start to slip, and you start seeing the real person." And this can happen at any time, says Kristin Zeising, Psy D, a sex therapist in San Diego.

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