Hoping to get some ideas. I know it is a "Hallmark Holiday", but I think it is a nice excuse to spoil that special someone.
I have been seeing a guy for a month or so after about 6 months of friendship. It is not something we have put a title on, but I would like to do something sweet for him. I am confident enough about the situation to be certain that a gift would not make him uncomfortable.
I fail at cooking, and do not want it to be too heavy in cost or meaning. I was thinking about getting a nice bottle of cologne, as both of us like fragrance a lot. Is it tacky to buy my favorite (which coincidentally I bought for the guy I was seeing this time last year)?
No gifts. You should just have a nice romantic-ish evening together followed by some canoeing, kayaking, or water polo.
I won't have the opportunity to go on an actual date with him within a week of V-day which is why I was thinking a small something that can be dropped at his office. Obviously I would prefer time with him but it isn't feasible and I still wanted to give him a little something that day.
Personally, I think cologne is maybe too much? But then I'm not a huge gifty person. I'm with Lex, go DO something, have a nice out of the ordinary date. Even if you have to write him a raincheck to use whenever you see him again. We're talking about going to some fancy store and buying food and cooking a really nice meal together at home. There will be dessert, too, of course..
I always get hubby a book or dvd or something like that that I know he wants, & he always comes home on V-Day with a dozen or 2 long-stem roses for me.
And our traditional V-Day dinner for decades now has always been a couple of nice-size lobsters with melted lemon butter & shoestring fries, followed by a good (bought) dessert. This year I may up the ante a bit by making Oysters Rockefeller for an appetizer, since all the markets around here have been having good prices on in-shell oysters.
Tickets to something are always good... I bought my husband tickets to go see Sigur Ros in March, since he has always wanted to see them live.
The first year we were dating we bought each other cats. (We weren't living together yet.)
Every year he cooks me a big fancy meal... normally he would type up a menu and drop it off at school (when I was teaching) along with a flower. This year I'm unemployed, so he said he's just going to keep feeding me all day. I'm okay with that. (:
The best I did for him was to do a "While You Were Out"-style makeover of his office in our apartment the first year we lived together. He had never gotten around to doing anything with it, so while he was at work, I emptied the room, painted, built and painted some shelves, rearranged and organized everything, etc. It actually only cost me about $50 with paint and some craftiness with dollar store items.
Of course, now I can't really top that, so I just bought him the concert tickets. Sigh.