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14 Valentine's Day gifts perfect for a new boyfriend

Lisa Fogarty

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Lisa Fogarty

Lisa Fogarty has written numerous articles for USA Today, The Stir, Opposing Views and other publications. She has covered everything from red carpet events to the discovery of toxic PCBs on school windows. She lives on Long Island, N.Y....

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The sweet spot of Valentine's Day gifts

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The sweet spot of Valentine's Day gifts

Selecting a proper Valentine's Day gift when you're in a new relationship is tricky business. You want to give something cute and meaningful — but if you're still in the "getting to know you" phase, you definitely don't want to go overboard. 

Not sure where to start? Here are 11 Valentine's Day gifts that are perfect for the not-so-serious (yet) relationship in your life.

Originally published January 2016. Updated January 2017.

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Bacon flavored toothpicks

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Bacon flavored toothpicks

While we're still on the corny train, bacon flavored toothpicks are hilarious and functional. (Amazon, $9)

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Restaurant gift card

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Restaurant gift card

A GC for a bite out to eat is perfect because it takes the whole "I'll get the check" song-and-dance out of the equation.

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Silly Sweeties Treat Jar

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Silly Sweeties Treat Jar

A box of Valentine's Day chocolate is totally cliché, but an adorable alien, pirate or pig filled with candy from Silly Sweeties Treat Jar will remind them of their childhood and put a smile on their face. No one would ever accuse candy of being too serious, but the fact that you've gone that extra step shows that you put some thought into your gift — perfect for a new relationship. (Gifts.com, $13)

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Ready2Go Leather Tech Organizer

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Ready2Go Leather Tech Organizer

Do they love tech? You can't go wrong with a personalized leather tech organizer that will help keep their gadgets, headphones and various wires secure and in one place. It's thoughtful and practical, but also personal and sweet. (Gifts.com, $30)

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Uproar Wireless Headphones

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Uproar Wireless Headphones

If you find yourself dating a music fan right before the holiday, consider yourself lucky: They are notoriously simple to shop for and, unless you go and temporarily lose your mind and decide to buy something crazy like a guitar (don't), there are a bazillion gift options that won't make you both uncomfortable. A good pair of quality headphones is almost always a winner. (Skullcandy, $50)

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Naughty Kermit cup

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Naughty Kermit cup

There's a good chance you're still in that we-only-get-out-of-bed-to-pour-more-Champagne phase. Why not skip to the chase and let them know you're happy to ravish their body this V-day... after your cup of coffee. (Amazon, $13)

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Superhero pillows

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Superhero pillows

If they're a comics freak and already spending nights at your place, one option to make them feel welcome is to buy these cool-looking superhero pillows and leave one at your house. If you're so not there yet, no worries — they'll love the pillows anyway. (Etsy, $28)

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Video game

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Video game

Here's what they hear when you buy them a video game: I like you just the way you are. I'm not trying to change you. I think it's so cool that you don't know how to do your own laundry. Just kidding! But, seriously, if you're looking for a gift that shouts, "let's have fun and see where this goes!" you can't do better.

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Event tickets

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Event tickets

Tickets to an upcoming event, such as a concert, game or play, are perfect because they make it clear to your new partner that you're interested in spending more time together in the future, but they also keep things light and fun. There is one caveat here: Make sure the event is going to take place in the near future. You don't want to make the assumption that you'll still be an item next February.

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A very private book club

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A very private book club

If you both enjoy literature, a great gift option is to purchase two of the same books you've both been curious about and make a pact to read them together. Split a bottle of wine or hot cocoa on a cold night and host an intimate one-on-one book club party.

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Loot crate

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Loot crate

The gift of suspense is always welcome in a budding relationship. Loot Crate gives you an opportunity to pick from categories like Star Wars, anime, Call of Duty or pets. They'll curate awesome items for your loot crate (things like T-shirts and books) and your partner will get to enjoy the surprise loot. (Prices vary) 

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Speak Wines

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Speak Wines

It would come off as awkward to bring just a bottle of wine to your new partner — seems more like a gift you'd get your aunt for Christmas. But Speak Wines are more special than your ordinary cabernet because they combine a quality bottle of Argentinian wine with adorable and totally new-romance appropriate messages on their labels. A bottle that reads "Just because xoxo" is sweet, but not creepy. (Prices vary)

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Fine spirits tasting box

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Fine spirits tasting box

If your partner is a fan of whiskey, rum or gin, Flaviar delivers a tasting box of three fine spirits per month for a minimum of two months. This gift gives you the perfect excuse to experiment with various libations, as well. A win-win. (Prices vary)

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