Hi I just started dating a gentleman who I met in June 2010 and just started to date in January 2011. The reason I say this is because depending on what you decide to do now, it will set the expectation for the future. This is a great question and one where you really have to do some thinking before making a decision.I felt pretty bad about the whole Valentine’s Day situation, so I felt even more pressure to do his birthday “right.” The thing was that we were still in a “getting to know you” newbie relationship, but I was letting the holidays make me feel like it all had to go into warp speed with grand gestures.Looking back, we probably just should have made a pact to skip Valentine’s Day.Even though Valentine’s Day is this super romantic holiday, it makes 100% sense to me why you probably never want to have your first date on Valentine’s Day.Actually, make that the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day.To help couples navigate that first Valentine’s Day we have 3 simple tips to help you both enjoy your day.
For couples just starting out in a relationship it can end up feeling like an obstacle course full of opportunities for misunderstandings, overblown efforts and underwhelming gifts.There’s so much pressure around the holiday that before you know it, you start panicking about what you should be doing. During winter break from college, I talked to this guy from school all the time.I was excited to hang out in person again once we finally got back to school toward the end of January.Just to clarify, by no means are you ever obligated to give any gifts on this occasion or any other occasion for that matter.Giving a gift is something people should only do because they feel like it and it should never be mandated. By the way, If you are planning to buy a gift I recommend you take a look at a recent article I wrote where I provide 10 Valentine Gifts Ideas for Him. With 100 chances to win, these sexy scratch tickets give a whole new meaning to lotto fever!