Wondering What to Get Your New Boo? These Valentine's Day Gifts Won't Rock the Boat

You really like each other, but then again you barely know each other. Here's the gifts that are JUST right.

Is there anything more equally invigorating and terrifying than a brand, spankin’ new relationship? Yep: Figuring out what to get your new "person" for Valentine’s Day when you haven’t been together very long...but it's been long enough to warrant a wrapped pink-and-red box with a heart motif. You want to send the perfect cocktail of a message—not too sweet, not too strong and so easy to digest, that you’ll leave them hankering for another round. From simple jewelry to gifts that let them know you’d like them to be around next February 14, here are some gift ideas for a budding romance.

FOR HER

Because You Gotta Play Your Cards Right

As much as you credit fate for bringing your new lady into your Tinder rotation, it’s keeping your girlfriend’s interest that’s work. As part of an indoor picnic you whip up (with a generous bottle of wine, of course), wrap up these beautifully-illustrated cards that let her know you plan on being her ace for a long time.

Love Me Playing Cards

BUY NOW: Amazon, $10

Because She Needs a Place to Stash Her Stuff...And This Is Too Sweet

Relationships are built on one key component—can you trust each other with both the big and the little stuff? A handwritten note tucked into this cute box will make her see the potential in "us."

Heart Book Box

BUY NOW: Uncommon Goods, $55

Because Heart-Shaped Ice Cubes Are Never a Bad Idea

If you both decided you’d prefer to stay in for V-Day (score!), spice up the at-home cooked meal with these sweet heart ice molds in your cocktails. Your girl will love them for years to come, just don’t forget to buy some bubbly!

Tovol Heart Ice Molds

BUY NOW: Amazon, $8

Because Couples That Fly Together...Should Share Earphones

You figure out a lot about someone when you travel with them. Are they a skittish flyer? A total planner? If you’re taking V-day up on it’s offer for a long weekend, surprise your gal with these earbuds for two that let you listen to the same song or watch the same movie, in comfort. Best of all? They can also separate if you crave some alone time half-way across the Caribbean.

LoveBuds Earphones

BUY NOW: Amazon, $25

Let's Capture All Those ‘Firsts’

Even if you’re not an Instagram fan, your gal pal might enjoy the new hashtags she can officially use now (Our faves: #MCM, #MyGuy). Give her the opportunity to take her social media game up a notch with this camera that can print or share polaroids on-the-go.

Polaroid Snap Touch Instant Digital Camera

BUY NOW: Macy’s, $180

To Charm the Pants Off of Her

Giving jewelry in a new relationship is a tricky situation. You don’t want to to buy anything too expensive, but if you know your couplehood is going to last for a while, you also don’t want to come across cheap. Meet in the middle with a gold charm bracelet that’s not too pricey and can be added to over time. Our favorite part of this one—in addition to the fact that it gives back to charity—is the ‘strength’ engraving on the red heart.

Alex and Ani Charity By Design Heart Of Strength Shiny Gold and Red Bracelet

BUY NOW: Amazon, $38

Because Girls Love Pretty Things

If you’ve been dating for at least a few months and those three little words are starting to bubble up and you’re ready to let them loose on Valentine’s Day, consider saying it with this sweet necklace. Capitalizing on major symbolism here (heart and key!), you can let her know just how much you care about her as she tries on her new sparkly accessory.

Love Lock & Key Lariat Necklace

BUY NOW: Nordstrom, $95

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A Little Booze Always Helps

If you're surprising her with a picnic in the park, a concert, or even a movie date this Valentine's Day, her too-cute-for-words flask will be the icing on the cake...and it will any ease nervous butterflies thanks to the Tequila.

Urban Outfitters 6-Ounce Heart Flask

BUY NOW: Urban Outfitters, $14

Simple Studs Are a Girl's Best Friend

Want to go classic with your first Valentine’s Day gifts (or you’re not quite sure what your new gal likes)? Buy her these simple gold-heart studs that can be paired with any outfit while simultaneously sending a subtle, sweet message about how you’re starting to feel about her. Cue: Aww!

Roberto Coin 18K Yellow Gold Heart Earrings

BUY NOW: Bloomingdale’s, $140

Celebrate Those Tinder Roots

Hey, 1 in 5 relationships start online (or via apps) these days, so if you met your latest girlfriend on Tinder, you’re definitely not alone. Hence why this popular candle is such a great idea for your first V-day together—you can commemorate how you met and have a laugh at the craziness of it all. Bonus: A personalized ‘to’ and ‘from’ label can be added.

Swiped Right Gift

BUY NOW: Amazon, $28

FOR HIM

A Gym Accessory He'll Appreciate

 

Your new guy likes going to the gym (almost as much as he enjoys sleeping over at your place) and this super-cool water bottle will come in so handy—his phone (and money clip and headphones) can rest inside a clear compartment, making it look like they’re floating in his aqua. Yep, you're the coolest girlfriend everrrr.

Phone Storage Workout Bottle

BUY NOW: Uncommon Goods, $20

For Your First Camping Trip (Or His Lunchbag)

As much as you're beginning to #Crush on your new guy, you’re also trying to figure out how he eats what he eats and stays so fit. (Seriously, so unfair, right?) For Valentine’s Day, give him something that he’ll enjoy, but that is healthy for him too, like this sampler pack of beef jerky, with no added sugar. He can take it to work, or ya know, on that camping trip you’ve both hinted about taking.

The New Primal Meat Sticks Sampler Pack

BUY NOW: Amazon, $42

Because Every Guy Can Use a New Wallet

Sometimes a tried-and-true gift is the best route to go, even when you've only been seeing each other for a short time. Enter: The well-made leather wallet. Not too big or expensive, it can hold his license, cards and some cash, and everytime he pulls it out to pay for his morning Starbucks (or his round of beers at happy hour), he’ll think of you.

American Bench Craft Men’s Riveted Leather Wallet

BUY NOW: Amazon, $74

A Throwback Accessory He'll Love

If you’ve landed a daily-suit-wearing kind of guy, a tie clip is a thoughtful gift because it will elevate his look and make him feel like Don Draper as he heads into the office everyday.

Hugo Boss Terry Tie Clip

BUY NOW: Bloomingdale’s, SALE $49.88 with code BIGEVENT (Regularly $95, 47% Off!)

For a Cigar Alternative

Smoking cigars? Or really, anything? Meh—probably a deal breaker for you at this point. That being said, you might be dating a guy who appreciates the finer things in life and wants to stay part of a so-called ‘gentleman’s club.’ Swap out his puffing habit for this better-for-you (and um, pretty awesome) alternative: Scotch-infused toothpicks. Just make sure he doesn’t pick and drive.

Scotch Infused Toothpicks Gift Set

BUY NOW: Uncommon Goods, $36

To Keep Boo Warm This Winter

Some gifts give alternative messages—but a sweater isn't one of them. This cozy and cute number tells him you like him a lot and you think he'll look cute in it. Done and done.

J.Crew Raglan-Sleeve Crewneck Sweater

BUY NOW: J.Crew, $63.60 with code SHOPNOW (Regularly $79.50, 20% Off!)

A Manly DIY Project

For a fun V-Day activity that doesn’t require booking a reservation months in advance or shelling out a lot of cash on overpriced bottles of wine, consider staying in, grilling up some burgers and making your own beer. Your new guy will appreciate the challenge and hey, you get drinks out of it. Win-win!

Craft A Brew American Pale Ale Beer Brewing Kit

BUY NOW: Amazon, $46

Show Him You Care...By Protecting His Phone

Tested by the military, this crazy-durable phone case is definitely dude-approved. Comprised of a hard outer shell and rubber skid pads, the case provides 360-degrees of protection—ensuring your new flame can never claim he dropped his phone, it broke and that's why he didn't text you back.

UAG iPhone 6 Plus Feather-Light Composite Military Drop Tested Phone Case

BUY NOW: Amazon, $20

For Your Weekend Away

Going away together for the first time? Sweet! If your guy’s luggage is still circa his backpacking-through-Europe days, consider giving him a bit of an upgrade from his dusty, tattered knapsack. This simple, sophisticated and yeah, still manly, tote will make your first bed and breakfast weekend a tad classier.

The Dipped Weekender

BUY NOW: Everlane, $115

Watch Movies Like You Did Back in the Day

Whether you want to go through your photo gallery of loved-up pics from the past few months, or pop open a bottle of Champs and watch an old movie in an old-fashioned-way, this projector is a fun way to turn a boring night in into a romantic date night.

Smartphone Projector 2.0

BUY NOW: Uncommon Goods, $28

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