Here’s the situation: You’ve really only just started dating. Things are going well, but you haven’t quite clinched official boyfriend-girlfriend status… and now Cupid and his poxy arrows are approaching.
So, what should you do? Shower them romantic gestures or simply pretend you hadn’t noticed the army of red balloons temporarily taking over the world!? Read on for my top tips to keep your budding relationship on the right track…
Talk about it
Pretending Valentine’s Day isn’t happening is sure to make things awkward and if you’re not both on the same page someone’s feelings could get hurt. Simply ask them what they think of Valentine’s Day, or even bring it up in a jokey way if it’s easier for you! It might just turn out that neither of you are bothered, but both fancy meeting up the day after anyway.
Keep gifts to a minimum
If you think you’d like to buy them something to mark the occasion, it’s best to keep gifts lighthearted – save your pennies at this early stage! Perhaps you know what their favourite sweets are, or you’ve seen something that would remind them of a funny moment on your first date.
Keeping gifts on the small and funny side will help reduce the toe-curling awkwardness you both feel when one of you doesn’t realise you were exchanging presents.
Keep it informal
It’s worth remembering that most restaurants will make a fuss about Valentine’s Day. Being serenaded over candlelight whilst sitting amongst other ‘lovebirds’ may be a bit too heavy for this early stage of your relationship.
Instead, do something a little less formal that you know you’ll both enjoy. See what’s on in your local area, go see a live band or even have some fun at the driving range!
Most importantly, you need to enjoy yourselves like it’s any other day, but don’t forget to (maybe secretly) enjoy the fact you’ve got yourself a Valentine!
Have a great Valentine’s Day, whatever you get up to!
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