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Okay, so you just started seeing a girl and it’s your bad luck that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. What to do, what to do? Follow my tips is what you’re gonna do. Because, trust me, this girl will be watching you like a hawk to see how you measure up during important holidays.

First thing’s first, ask her to be your Valentine. You may think this is silly and that it’s just understood, but it isn’t. Think about it. Is it just understood that you’re engaged? Or do you have to ask for a girl’s hand in marriage? Yup. Boo-yah.

Think Valentine’s Day is stupid? Well your possible future girlfriend doesn’t, so keep your opinion to yourself and follow my lead.

1. Buy her a single rose.

It is absolutely imperative that you get this girl a rose. It doesn’t necessarily have to be red (that usually signifies love), but it can be. Don’t look too far into the color, just spend five bucks and get the damn flower.

2. Find a cute stuffed animal that doesn’t say “I Love You” on it.

Rite Aid is going to have about 792 stuffed animals with ‘I Love You’ printed on a heart. DO NOT buy this and hope it’s okay. This will freak the girl out and make things extremely awkward. If you don’t love each other yet (and I assume you don’t), then buy her a cutesy stuffed animal that says a funny saying or plays a funny song or says “Happy Valentine’s Day” or nothing at all.

3. Get her a card.

Just like the stuffed animal, you’ll want to steer clear of anything super romantic. Hallmark is pretty good about putting out cards that aren’t so lovey dovey. Avoid the word “love” at all costs, and write something sweet like, “I’m so glad I met you” or “You make me smile all the time.” It doesn’t have to be poetic, just show that you care.

4. Get her a cute gift (Optional).

I purposely used the word “cute” here. Bryan, the guy I’m seeing, recently surprised me with a case (not a bottle, a case) of YooHoo’s, because I wrote a post about him entitled Finding Your YooHoo  in which I stated that YooHoo is my favorite drink. That’s what I mean by “cute gift.” No, you don’t have to buy her a case of her favorite drink.

But, for example, if you knew she liked to draw, you could get her a little sketch pad and a pack of pencils. If she likes to read, a little clip light for her book and a cool bookmark (I have a pink one that says Keep Calm And Have A Cupcake, hehe). One of my best friends, Buffy, once got me pink JenAndMen pencils. It was one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received! (Okay, it was from a girl and for Christmas, but you get the idea.)

4. Take her out to a nice dinner.

I know that you haven’t been seeing her for that long, so no one is expecting you to take this girl to Tao. However, just because something isn’t expensive, doesn’t mean it can’t be sweet. Don’t look for the most romantic restaurant you could find; instead, make reservations at a momma and pop place or a little out-of-the-way spot you know of.

DO NOT take her somewhere that you haven’t eaten at. I’ve had a guy do that to me and it sucked. If the place is pretty and has good food, she’ll like it, and it’ll be a win/win: She won’t be freaked out by an expensive restaurant and she’ll be impressed that you care enough to put thought into a sweet place for the two of you to spend your first Valentine’s Day together.

5. Be extra sweet to her.

I know you’re not going to drown her in ‘I Love You’s’ but you can still be cutesy and say “Happy Valentine’s Day” in the morning (whether in person or electronically) before she has to remind you what day it is. Also, don’t forget to compliment her outfit and tell her how happy you are that she’s your Valentine.

Also check out Part 1 and Part 2 of Resurrecting Chivalry: The 10 Things Guys Need To Start Doing Again If They Don’t Want The Population To Die Out for added tips on how to act on Valentine’s Day.

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