And secondly, because if you didn’t exchange gifts over Christmas, you haven’t yet hit the gift-exchanging stage.
It’s an easy way to figure out the Valentine’s Day conundrum, basically, with a simple, black and white rule. Project Love‘s Selina Barker reckons Valentine’s Day celebrations all depend on how the new relationship is going.
If you’ve been dating half a year, you can kind of loosen up a bit.
We spend weeks using measured pickup lines on dating apps, months remaining in undefined gray areas, and some of us even put off the idea of "the one" for years in favor of casual sex.
When in doubt, just remember: sports, gadgets, food, repeat.
If you've only been seeing the guy for a few months, you can probably get away with not giving a gift, but you risk an awkward moment if he showers you with rose petals and teddy bears, and you give him nothing.
If you’ve been keeping it casual, haven’t said the L word, and haven’t organised any romantic gestures, it’d be a bit weird to suddenly make a huge effort for Valentine’s Day.
If you’re unsure as to whether or not you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, but don’t want to risk upsetting the person you’re dating by giving them nothing, just pick up something small and simple.