Oh god. It's Valentine's Day again. What a lovely excuse to spoil someone with special attention, eh? But - what on earth do you buy someone you've only just started dating?
Flowers might seem too much, jewellery is a NO GO and, often enough, being strapped for cash means the classic drink at a bar suggestion goes out the window.
The 'Netflix n' chill stage' is notoriously difficult to navigate around V Day. What if I come on too strong? What if they don't like chocolate? What if they don't want anything at all? Do not fear - a thoughtful gift is always appreciated, especially the fab ones we've recommended below.
So what do you buy your new bae for Valentine's Day when you're just Netflix and chilling? Let us advise.
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Just started dating valentines gift ideas
You don't have to stray too far from the tried and tested Netflix 'n chill model to find the perfect gift for your new bae. Just add some fancy popcorn like this Joe & Seph's peanut butter popcorn for a cute gift that'll be munched away within hours (ZERO strings attached).
So, you're nowhere near 'I love you' and, to be honest, you just want to make it to the end of the month with your new slice? Man or woman, everyone loves a candle and, for that matter, everyone loves a compliment. Plus, nothing quite says V day like some mood lighting... Bundle it all together and, hey presto, you have the Damselfly Lovely candle (it smells great, too).
If you'd rather do a cute lil' experience on v-day with your not-so-significant-other, why not bake a cake with them? This The Cake Factory baking set has all you could need to bake a super sweet Valentine's cake that isn't too much commitment. Even better - you get to eat it afterwards.
Nothing says COOL, FUN and CASUAL like a bottle of tequila, right? If you want to keep things breezy for Valentine's Day, this bottle of funky coconut tequila liqueur from Cazcabel is the perfect way to say "hey, this is fun, let's keep doing it."
If the person you're dating is a bit of a kitchen expert, this cookbook is the perfect gift that's cool, casual and a little bit different. Plus it means you'll probably get cooked for in return at some point - urm, pretty sure this is a win-win.
Just 'cause it's Valentine's Day doesn't mean you have to splurge on expensive gifts. We all secretly love a good Netflix 'n chill and this gift is perfect for spending more time with bae without leaving your bed.
A Valentine's Day with your new beau can be a bit tricky if you don't want to commit to a restaurant booking, but that doesn't mean you can't still do something. Why not order this night in package and stick to your normal Netflix and chill, just with some extra yummy nosh? Plus, if your relationship doesn't make it to the big day, your pals will likely thank you for sharing the pizza goodness with them.
If your S/O loves coffee, this is a thoughtful pick for them. It sends edgy coffee shop vibes from the comfort of your own home, and we honestly can't see how someone wouldn't like it, tbh.
Chocolates are a Valentine's Day classic so why not put a modern twist on that dusty tradition with these personalised Toblerone bars. It's the gift that says, "Hey, I put some thought in," but won't ring any cheesy alarm bells.
If your new boo is still on a New Years mission to learn a language, a funny book with only the most useful foreign language phrases in could be the perfect prezzie. Plus, instead of spending the night whispering romantic nothings into each other's ears, you can learn the world's best insults, if that's your jam.
This might seem pricey, but with V day dinners coming in at well over 100 bob, it's a bargain by comparison. Pottery is quite en vogue for 2022 and, what better way to get your hands dirty than with some margaritas (pre-made for ease) and your new S/O? The booze will loosen up your nerves and the pottery making will keep your hands busy until, well...ud83dudc40
So, you want to pull out all the V Day stops but you're not sure you want to enter the infamous commitment tunnel? This is the perfect pick for you. Delicious pink bubbles with a touch of luxury and, the best part? Your gift will have been drunk and out of the picture by the end of the evening.
Bars might be expensive, but that doesn't mean that you and your S/O can't still booze it up this V day. Why not split up these gin miniatures and have a lil' tasting session of an evening?
So, your current bae is into the gym, but you don't even know how to squat? This fun fitness dice game is perfect for glossing over the fact that you've never set foot in a gym and makes for a fun evening of watching your S/O do press ups over Zoom.
For the tea drinker, this is the gift you've been looking for. Tea made, err, tipsy. Yep, a splash o' gin and some classy Earl Grey and you've got yourself an afternoon tea gone wild in the best way. The perfect way to spend a Valentine's afternoon, if you ask us?
What better a way to spend your V Day with someone new(ish) than by planning an activity? You won't have to dodge awkward gaps in conversation and you'll likely come away from this Go Ape challenge pumped with adrenaline and feeling great. Dreamy, eh?
If you're spending the evening together, why not buy something that says, "I like snuggling up with you, let's do it some more and, hey, I also have good taste in homeware." A green flag if we've ever seen one.
Laughing together constantly is one of the best parts about a new relationship, so why not amp it up with this hilarious card game which prompts you to, well, not. You'll inevitably fail, end up a bit sloshed and have a whale of a time with your new beau. Lovely stuff.
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Did you know that Valentine's Day was only celebrated as a day of romance from around the 14th Century?
Before then, Valentine's Day was originally celebrated as the Roman festival of Lupercalia, where women were paired off with men by lottery. Yikes - we're glad that doesn't happen now, although it might enhance out chances of being paired with Ryan Reynolds.
Valentine's cards first started being printed in the UK between the 1500s and 1700s. Most cards depicted cupid, the Roman god of love. Slightly different from today's aubergine emoji cards, eh?