Valentine gift ideas for a guy you just started dating

So, maybe you're kinda-sorta seeing a guy, but you haven't quite DTR-ed (our shorthand for "defined the relationship") yet.Sorry to bear bad news, but things may go from casual to complicated as Valentine's Day approaches — especially if you and your guy have different expectations for how you'd like to spend the holiday.Well, just a few days after getting back, we kissed () and basically entered a kind of temporary friends with benefits stage.I had always kept the lead up to Valentine’s Day pretty guy-free, partially because a whole holiday about flirting and sharing feelings just seemed like a goldmine for awkwardness. In my mind, this was a great way to get rid of all that confusion that I had about how the two of us were supposed to celebrate the holiday. I realized this about a day later (aka February 13) after the initial “YAY! See, when we were just FWB I had been worried about whether or not I had to buy a gift for him. And if your dude doesn't have much of a sweet tooth, try getting him some fancy, artisanal beef jerky. That said, should your man be the clumsy type, a big thorny cactus may not be such a good idea. Dark-Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries, GODIVA, for 6; Bacon Peanut Brittle, SIR FRANCIS BACON, for 3 3-ounce boxes; Bacon Tool Kit Lollipop Set, BACON FREAK, ; Dark Chocolate Bacon Bar, VOSGES, The cactus is by far the manliest of plants and , much like your love, they will live and continue to thrive long after Valentine's Day (and the roses he got you) is gone.

I was excited to hang out in person again once we finally got back to school toward the end of January.

With that being said, your matches might have unspoken expectations: ladies might be put off if a guy they’re seeing doesn’t acknowledge the day or ask them to celebrate and guys may be surprised if their match doesn’t say yes to the plans offered.

To make it even more confusing, dating online often means you’re dating multiple people.

Even if you just started seeing each other, your actions — or inactions — will be noticed, and may be telling to your match about where you two stand.

So before you make any plans, know that the key to surviving the V-Day hype when you’re single is to keep things low key.

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