Being in a new relationship can feel like a whole lot of pressure — especially if you started dating right before effing Valentine's Day. Gift-giving can be super stressful (even if you've been together for ages!), so it's totally OK if you're feeling a little panicked about what to get a new partner for Valentine's Day. For those of you who've spent the last week frantically scrolling through Amazon, the good news is that Valentine's Day doesn't have to be as high-pressure as you might assume. Getting the perfect gift might seem impossible, but a little thoughtfulness goes a long way. For new couples, the best V-Day gift-buying strategy is to keep your significant other's interests in mind, while not going over the top.
"If you’ve been dating for a short time, like three months or less, then spending too much can be a bit creepy," relationship coach Cathryn Mora tells Bustle. "I’d suggest cooking a nice candlelit meal at home. You could suggest playing a ‘get to know you’ game or share your favorite music. This is a good opportunity to spend quality time together and get to know each other better in a non-distracting setting. You also won’t spend too much, which can be deemed a bit inappropriate too early on by some people."
When you're trying to impress someone new, it might be tempting to drop stacks on a step tracker for your gym-obsessed boo, or plan a super intimate dinner out on the town. But if you've only been seeing each other for a short while, one of the best gifts is spending more time together — however the two of you like to do so. For all the new-ish couples, here are seven V-day gift ideas that will bring the two of you closer than ever.