Nothing’s more exciting than a new relationship — and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you probably want to show your new bae some love without going over the top and risking coming off as clingy. Looking for the right Valentine’s Day gift for a new relationship can be tricky, so we’re here to help you out.
Given the fact we’ve been quarantining for quite some time at this point, your relationship has probably moved a little faster than it would have in previous years. This is a good thing; that means you can go a little more extra than the casual new relationship gift because you know each other decently enough at this point. Meaning, you won’t look super attached.
With that being said, it’s also still a safe bet to snag your new lover something a little more low-key. You don’t want to get something too sentimental, even if you are moving pretty fast. This isn’t an episode of The Bachelor. This is real life. Keep in mind that the price range should never, ever surpass $100 if you’ve been dating less than six months and it never past $50 if it’s been less than four. This isn’t an engagement, my man. You don’t want to get your new bae a wildly expensive piece of jewelry or a brand new video game console. That’s too much.
If you need a couple of ideas to get you started, we got you. Note that you can get your new boo a couple of things too, just don’t go over the top. We suggest, like, three items max and keep it reasonably priced. Without further ado, here are the best Valentine’s Day gifts for new relationships in 2021.
1. Warmies Microwavable French Lavender Scented Plush Frog
You can’t go wrong gifting a stuffed animal on Valentine’s Day. They go hand-in-hand with the Hallmark holiday. One of our favorites for this year is this adorable lavender-scented frog plush your lover can stick right in the microwave for a warming, lovely scented cuddle buddy.
2. Echo Dot
A few years ago, we would have told you that the Amazon Echo is too much of a gift to give on your first Valentine’s Day with a new bae. Well, times have changed and we’re letting you know that you can absolutely snag the all-new Echo Dot for your boo. This baby sits at just around $30, so it will not even remotely break the bank. As expected, it comes with Alexa so your babe can chat with her all day long if they need to about the weather and music. It even has a new and improved sound system worth geeking over.
3. Mug from Redbubble
Have you ever ordered something from Redbubble? No? Well, now’s the time. They have a slew of inexpensive, super personal gifts that will really bring a smile to your giftee’s face. If your Valentine has a favorite show, movie, book, catchphrase, character, food, animal — whatever, there is a mug for it on Redbubble. Even for the most obscure. Right now, we love this Schitt’s Creek-themed mug that visualized the Rosebud Motel logo.
4. W&P Craft Cocktail Kit
Treat your new significant other to a couple of craft cocktails with this compact craft cocktail kit. If you’re still in the FaceTime faze of your relationship and you’re spending this V-Day socially distanced from one another, this is also a cute idea for a date night. Both of you can make the same drink and experience it together as you chat over the interwebs.
5. Homesick Scented Candles
So your new boo is from another state? Give them a taste of home with these comforting scented candles from their homeland. Better yet, if you can’t see each other right now due to the ongoing pandemic, this works even better. Gift them the state you’re in so you can show them what they’re missing out on.
6. Lepro 50ft LED Strip Lights
Calling all TikTokers — if your bae doesn’t have these lights in their room yet, they aren’t on TikTok. What a shame. Help turn them into a clout chaser with 50 feet worth of color-changing, LED strip lights to get the party started.
Endless beer challenges that involve a rhyming competition and dancing? Sign us up. Gift this creative, thoughtful and memorable drinking game for a beer lover in your life. Heck, even a cider lover. We don’t judge.
8. New York Biology Dead Sea Mud Mask
Treat them to a gift of great skin and a pampered evening at home with the New York Biology Dead Sea mud mask. Hey, maybe they’ll even let you get your hands on it. Or, your face. That makes more sense.
9. Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera
If there’s anything we suggest you do with this new relationship of yours, it’s to make some memories. With that being said, gift your new boo something that will encourage them to make endless memories of the two of you together. Who doesn’t love an instant camera?
10. Crosley Voyager Bluetooth Record Player
Instill a new hobby into your new lover with this record player from Crosley. It’s the perfect record player to start off with and even has Bluetooth capability, so they can play their favorite tunes straight out of their Airpods or Amazon Echo device.
11. Casetify Phone Case
Odds are, they drop their phone. Who doesn’t? Get them a phone case from Casetify, which offers attractive and durable phone cases. You can customize one yourself or select from their current, extensive range of offerings. Best of all? They have a case for each and every kind of smartphone out there. Get lookin’!
12. KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker
If bae can’t seem to get enough of coffee, consider surprising them with this sleek stainless steel cold brew coffee maker from KitchenAid. We really only suggest you gift this to someone you’re nearing the one-year mark with, because it is a bit pricy. Nonetheless, we’re sure they’ll love it.