If you've recently ended a relationship, you may be asking yourself, "Should I buy my ex-girlfriend a Christmas present?" It’s hard to be alone during the holidays, and even if you are happily in a new relationship it can be difficult not to think of your ex-girlfriend. You spent all of that time together, and so when you pass something you know she would love in the mall, you may want to grab it for her. It is tempting to buy your ex-girlfriend a Christmas present, but should you?
The first question that you should be asking yourself is why you want to get your ex-girlfriend a Christmas present in the first place. Do you still have feelings for her? If you still have feelings for her, then maybe you need to spend some time deciding between talking about it or moving on instead of spending time deciding what color wrapping paper to use on the present in question. Are you still friends with your ex-girlfriend? If so, maybe you should stick with something small and not too sentimental. You don’t want to freak her out and lose a friend by getting her something too big or hit her over the head with memories of your Christmases past.
Another issue could be if there are new relationships afoot. Has your ex-girlfriend moved on? You don’t want to spend your holiday getting beaten up by her new boyfriend. You don’t want to spend it on the couch either, so if you have a new girlfriend you may want to reconsider this venture.
Receiving gifts always feels nice, but so does the ego boost she is going to get. If you get your ex-girlfriend a Christmas present, then you will always be labeled as the poor schmuck who can’t move on.
No, in most cases you probably shouldn’t buy your ex-girlfriend a present for Christmas. If you really feel like you need to get her something, then settle for a fruitcake and card combo. Ex-gifting is similar to re-gifting. Both are frowned upon, can cause awkward situations and can lead to a "bah, humbug" kind of Christmas.