For a brand new love interestvia sugarwish.com
An over-the-top gift can either work for you or against you. “Select something meaningful that indicates you are looking towards a bright future, but you are not needy or desperate,” says Diane Gottsman, a national etiquette expert and owner of The Protocol School of Texas. To be safe, steer clear from anything too personal unless you are absolutely certain the feelings are mutual. (And then, are you really sure or is still just wishful thinking?) It’s better to be sentimental but cautious – dinner for two at your apartment or a playlist made specifically for him or her. Or if you want to buy something, consider Sugarwish, an experiential “pick your own” candy gift that lets the recipient to choose their own sweets or A Full Leaf Tea Tasting Crate. It’s thoughtful (especially during a cold time of year) but it’s still just tea. (Get our free Valentine’s Day guide packed with dozens of quick tips and sweet ideas for an amazing V-Day celebration.)
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, try these cheap Valentine’s Day gifts.
Dating one to three monthsvia westelm.com
For a couple who’s just getting started, gifts are likely to be casual and oriented toward each individual. Keep it simple! For example: “Chocolates and perfume are perfect for up to three months. You guys have just started dating, so don’t go overboard,” says Susan Trombetti, matchmaker and CEO of Exclusive Matchmaking. A few ideas: Offer a touch of candlelight or, if they enjoy coffee, this sweet mug with tiny gold hearts from West Elm is sure to be a hit. Check out these 15 signs that your relationship is solid as a rock.
Dating three to six months: Modest jewelry
Jewelry is always good, but don’t splurge too much. “A heart necklace might seem a bit cliché, but it’s also a great gift because the price point can be on the lower end when you have only been dating for a few months,” says Trombetti. To make sure there’s no confusion, consider something like this simple heart from Dogeared. (Don’t miss these tips on how to clean jewelry at home.)