Trying to find the right Valentine's Day gift can always be tricky, but it's even harder if you're shopping for someone you just started dating. You don't want to be over- the-top, but you also don't want to ignore it completely and seem thoughtless — especially if they end up getting you something nice. The solution? A gift that shows a little effort, but is still chill enough that nobody will feel uncomfortable by it.
"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."
And even if you don't like cooking, there are plenty of easy (and affordable) gifts that you can get someone during the early stages of a relationship. From things to do together to thoughtful little gestures, you can mark the holiday without it being a big deal. Here are some ideas if you're feeling lost.