Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and you may have plans for a special date already planned. However, to make it really romantic for the special someone in your life, you need the perfect gift. If you’re in a relatively new relationship, choosing a gift that expresses how you feel yet acknowledges that newness can be hard to do. So, if you’re having trouble picking a gift that strikes just the right balance, here are some unique gift ideas that may help take your relationship to the next level.

A Package of Favorites

This idea could work for both men and women. Even if you’ve only been dating for a short while, you probably still know a few of your loved one’s preferences. Use a large mason jar, some take-out style containers or even a DIY decorated shoe box and fill it with a few of your valentine’s favorite things. These may include candies, flavored coffees or hot chocolate, candles, lotions or lip balm. This isn’t the kind of gift that necessarily costs a lot of money, but it will show that you’re paying attention to the details that make your special someone’s life a little sweeter.

Create a Specialized Sampling of Cocktails

Dinner and drinks are fairly routine for any standard date night. But, on Valentine’s Day, you may want to inject a little more romance into your normal routine. Instead of heading out to a noisy or crowded bar, create a drinks sampler for your valentine. This can be created with almost any kind of alcohol. Choose several different bottles of craft beer, splits of champagne or small bottles of whiskey to create a gift that can be fun for both of you to enjoy.

Plan for More Dates with Date Cards

Sometimes the hardest part of planning a date is figuring out what you both feel like doing. Transform an ordinary deck of cards into a deck of date ideas. Include simple things like picnics and bike rides along with plans to visit a favorite restaurant or see the latest blockbuster. If you’re both really adventurous, you might want to incorporate out-of-the-box ideas like skydiving, bungee jumping or even a weekend getaway.

Take Lessons Together

Gift cards can make great gifts, but they can sometimes feel impersonal. When you’re in a new relationship, finding a shared interest or hobby can help you get to know one another on a whole new level. Treat your valentine to lessons that both of you can share. You could try cooking lessons, learn a new language or take on a new sport like skiing or golf. As long as it’s an activity that you can both try together, it doesn’t matter if you become experts. You’ll just be having fun and building memories together.

When you’re in a new relationship, a big, romantic holiday like Valentine’s Day can leave you feeling slightly overwhelmed. Will your gift choice be enough or too much? Remember, gifts don’t have to cost a lot of money to have a lot of meaning. The best gifts will help you learn more about each other so your relationship can develop naturally.

Marcie has been working with couples and individuals for over eight years; helping them start off right and working with them through their time of need. If you want to try phone counseling, check Marcie out today!