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Valentine’s Day can be a sticky occasion if you’ve just started dating someone. It can be easy to make too much of the holiday. Yet, if you skip it altogether, you might offend the other party. Here are some ways to gracefully get through Valentine’s Day when you’ve just started going out.

Don’t overdo it. Even if you think this person is “the one”, don’t plan some huge Valentine’s Day “thing” or buy a big gift. If the other person isn’t on the “same page”, he or she might go running for the hills.

Talk about it. If you’re both reasonable people, you’re both probably feeling the same uneasiness about the holiday. If you talk about it, and come to some agreement on how to handle it, you’ll get some good insight into how well the two of you can communicate honestly.

Make it fun. If you decide to remember the occasion in some way with your new interest; keep it light and fun. A box of chocolates, a rose or a stuffed animal is a great gift for a woman. For a man, try a six-pack of specialty beer or a good bottle of wine tied with a pretty red ribbon. They make Valentine’s Cards especially designed for someone you’ve just met, too.

Find a comfortable way to enjoy this Valentine’s Day that is lighthearted and doesn’t put pressure on either of you. It’s a great way to increase the chances you’ll still be together next year, when you can really celebrate!

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