14 Valentine's Day Gifts For Your S.O. If You Haven't Been Dating Very Long
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New relationships can be difficult to read once Valentine's Day rolls around. You haven't been together so long that you feel it's okay to splurge and spend $100+, but you also have spent a length of time together that warrants something sentimental and sweet. Instead of rushing to the florist or to the nearest Russell Stover, challenge yourself to think out the box this time around.

Here are a few cheap Valentine's Day gift ideas if you haven't been dating very long:

1. Make their day a lot sweeter with Popbar's hot chocolate on a stick!

Perfectly portable and irresistibly delicious, Popbar's hot chocolate sticks are the ideal gift for your sweets-craving sweetie. Not only do they taste divine, but they also start melting as soon as they are heated, giving your partner a mug of rich hot chocolate in mere minutes! And as nice as it would be to cuddle up together for this yummy treat, let's be honest— they probably won't want to share.

2. Keep him cozy with a pair of IZOD slippers!

Guys seldom like to admit when they're cold, so eliminate the problem for your man altogether with a pair of IZOD-brand slippers. The memory foam inserts ensure maximum comfort and the durable rubber bottoms make it so he can rock these cozy clogs outdoors as well. And if that isn't enough to sell you on these, the slippers even arrive fully boxed up and ready to exchange!

3. Ensure she's always on fleek with the ESARORA makeup brush cleaner!

Your lady will definitely LOVE to know that you're thinking about her skin health. Made from silica gel, these cleaning mats are non-toxic, odorless, and durable enough for her to deeply clean her beauty brushes. She can secure them to the wall for hands-free use with the back suckers, or she can fold them easily for storage in a drawer or cabinet. Sometimes, the best gifts aren't necessarily the prettiest, but the most functional.

4. Boost their spirits (and their energy) with their very own cold brew maker!

Your caffeine-addicted love will thank you endlessly for fueling their mornings, afternoons, and evenings with some tasty homemade cold brew. While heated brewing processes release coffee's natural oils and acids and yield a bitter taste, cold brewing does not, keeping your concentrate mellow and smooth (and preferable to a lot of people). The pitcher above also comes with a built-in infuser that can be filled with ANY flavor of ground coffee. Honestly, what's not to love?

5. Make sure your man is organized with this leather toiletry kit!

(Note: this kit is made from genuine buffalo leather, but there are definitely faux alternatives you can buy instead) Tired of watching your new man struggle to keep all of his belongings together? Done with him forgetting all of his toiletries when he stays over? Allow him to organize in style with this gorgeous leather toiletry kit, because there is nothing sexier than your boyfriend NOT leaving his toothbrush at home and asking to use yours.

6. Spice up your sex life with a game of kinky truth or dare!

Show your new beau that you're serious about your sex life with a raunchy set of truth-or-dare questions. Surprise them after a romantic dinner with this desirous deck and kickstart a night filled with passion and plenty of laughter. While your relationship is still in its honeymoon phase, take advantage of this coming V-Day and really show your partner just how loving you can be.

7. Keep her toes warm with famous painting socks!

Whether she's an art connoisseur or a sock enthusiast, she'll love wearing these novelty crew socks with any OOTD. There are ten sets to choose from, each featuring prints inspired by Van Gogh, Munch, DaVinci, and other famous artists!

8. Get your boo a board game customized with their favorite TV show!

Make your first game night even more memorable with a personalized ode to your significant other's favorite TV show! If you're going to argue over Monopoly for a few hours, it may as well center around your go-to for Netflix and chill. "Bob's Burgers," "Game of Thrones," and "SpongeBob Squarepants" are just a few editions of popular board games that you can find for sale online!

9. Make their coffee table picture-perfect with custom Polaroid coasters!

Showcase some of your favorite moments together with these adorable photo-holding coasters! Not only are these great conversation pieces, but they will also look adorable should you ever use them in a home together ;)

10. Help your baby see the stars with this heat-activated constellation mug!

Any astronomy buff or astrology lover will appreciate their morning coffee even more if it comes with a view of the stars above. The drawings are revealed once a hot beverage is poured into it— just add coffee to bring out a beautiful galaxy of illustrated constellations.

11. Cook up some love for your sweetie with a waffle stick maker!

Share your love of breakfast food with your sweetheart by giving them a waffle stick maker of their very own! Bonus points if you get them a side of decadent melted chocolate, jam, or syrup for them to dip their waffles into.

12. Treat your lovely bookworm to a personal library kit!

Your bookish boo is the universal lender in their friend group, so it's only fair that they get a chance to be the librarian they've always dreamt of being. With this personal library kit, your S.O. will never complain about another lost novel again!

13. Give your beer junkie a place to display their collection of bottle caps!

Help your beer lover display the best of their craft experiences with a wooden wall piece shaped like their home state!

14. Dazzle her with a super-cute ring holder!

Your darling will love to showcase her jewelry in this dainty elephant ring holder. While it may be too soon to give her a necklace or a bracelet, it's never too soon to PLAN for those future presents… ;)

Move over, flower bouquets and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate— there are countless other options for creative gifts that your Valentine would be much luckier to get!

Literally, so hot RN

Literally, so hot RN

10 Things My Significant Other MUST Do In Order To Earn The Privilege Of Meeting My Mom

I say "Hakuna Matata" on the daily, but you really need to say it when you prepare to meet my mom.

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Besides getting married, meeting the parents can be the most stressful time in any relationship. Your boyfriend could be freaking out because he doesn't want to sound like a loon in front of your dad or your mom may be chopping the vegetables a little too loudly making your girlfriend seem uncomfortable in the presence of a knife. Stressing for days (maybe even weeks) up until the day arrives is apart of being in love because you want your parents to love your significant other just as much as you do and when the dinner is finally over, you can breathe again. My family is a little different and my boyfriend has to do these things to be able to meet my mom and my brother (may as well add my cousins into the mix, too because they're my older siblings).

1. Pass the "Best Friends Test"

I have 6 best friends and each one of them has a unique personality. There's the momma friend, the crazy friend, the questionable friend, the laid back friend, the turnt friend, and the friend who just wants me to be happy. If they don't like you, I'll talk to them to figure out why they don't like you. Either way, if you hurt me, they'll hurt you.

2. Prove that stability is your main priority five years from now, even if I'm not in your plan

Things happen and we can't predict everything. We can be together now, break up in a year, and then get back together. It's part of being a teenager/young adult. We deal with a lot, I mean, we're in college, but the older we get, the more stressful life gets, so I want you to show me that you can handle whatever stresses come your way. I want you to be stable on your own before adding a girlfriend into the mix.

3. Deal with my "Hunger Fits"

Let's face it, I can be a brat, but I'm only a brat on three occasions.

1. I'm sleepy.

2. You didn't let me get my way.

3. I'm hungry.

If you eat without me or go get food without me, I might cry and pout like a two-year-old, so you have to be able to handle it. Pro-tip, have snacks with you whenever we go somewhere.

4. Be okay with getting roasted

My cousins are the funniest people you'll ever meet, but they aren't afraid to talk about you while you sit in front of them, so I need to know that you're okay with being roasted. They're not doing it to be mean (trust me, they aren't), but they're doing it because they're my family and they care about me as if I were their little sister.

5. Be able to hold an intelligent conversation for more than 5 minutes

Good conversation is an essential part of a relationship and I love talking about things that are happening in the world today and because my mom is super knowledgeable on a lot of things, you have to be able to talk for more than 5 minutes about something that's engaging.

6. Remain calm in the face of a difficult conversation

I know when it came to certain topics, I used to go off like a volcano, but I've had to grow out of exploding on people just because they don't agree with me. It takes months, maybe even years to master that type of patience and self-restraint, but I grew up fast, so I needed to learn in less than a year how to hold my tongue. I need to know that if you and I (or someone in my family) were to be in a serious conversation, you'd remain calm. I won't blow up on you, so please don't blow up on me (or my family) because then it might not end so well.

7. State your opinion, no matter how mad I might get

Following up with number six, this is a must! I'm a writer, so I deal with a lot of written opinions on the daily. I'm also involved in a lot of organizations where open dialogue is encouraged, so I deal with a lot of verbal opinions, too. People are going to say what they want to say no matter what and I want you to be able to tell me what's on your mind no matter how severe it may be. I'm here for you and I want you to know that you can trust me with your opinions. I might not agree with them, but I can deal with them.

8. Be able to sit and talk about sports and video games with my brother

You'll for sure meet my older brother before you meet my mom only because he acts just like my late grandfather; calm and laid back. He goes with the flow and doesn't get upset unless I get upset, so you don't have to worry about the big bad overprotective brother (but he is very big and very overprotective). He'd much rather sit and talk about "fork-knife" or a basketball game than grill you. It's just how he is. Also, don't be offended if he engages in conversation with you for like ten minutes before he loses interest in talking to you and goes back to playing his game.

9. Be okay and open to the possibility of a long distance relationship

I don't plan on staying down South for long. I actually won't stay here after I graduate from college. Long distance relationships don't work for 40% of all couples, but I want us to not be a statistic. I believe that we could make it, so I would need to know that you'd be okay with me being a thousand miles away; and of course, if you were halfway across the country, I would learn to be okay with it, too.

10. Love your family as much as you love me

Family is a big deal for me. It's always been me, my older brother, and my mom. You may come from a household where it's you and both of your parents, you and one parent, or you, your parent(s), and your siblings. I love my mom and brother with all of my heart and would drop anything (and I have dropped things) to be with them. I want to see that you love your family with the same amount of love that you give me. A man who loves the family he is born into will love the family he marries into.

My family's triangle has never been broken before, so this is new territory for all of us. Don't feel like an outsider, though! These may seem extensive and extra, but it's the things that matter to me. Aside from the apparent trustworthiness, loyalty, wanting three pets, having a sense of humor, and education that I look for in a guy, you have to do these ten things to meet my mom.

If you pass all of these, then you get to meet her. Don't stress about it though because if she doesn't like you at the first meeting, she'll come around by the next because she loves me and she'll see that I love you.

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To The Parents Who Raised The Man Of My Dreams, It Paid Off

You did a phenomenal job.

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As a parent, you always wonder if you're doing it right. Parenting doesn't come with instructions. You're not told how to punish your children in every situation or what to do whenever they accomplish something. You're not completely prepared for it. However, for someone without instructions, you did a phenomenal job.

You raised the man of my dreams.

I've dated throughout my teens and every guy seemed to be the same, but with your son everything was different. Your son is everything I've ever wanted. He is perfect. He is such a gentleman. I want you to know everything you taught him like holding the door and paying for dates, it worked.

I want you to know he doesn't show anger towards me. I'm sure I aggravate him and make him angry, but I want you to know I'll never know when I've done so because he doesn't show it. He gets mad with football games and after he gets done yelling, he apologizes.

He makes me feel beautiful. He has seen me at my absolute worse. He has seen me right when I wake up in the morning with no makeup and my hair is a mess and he tells me I'm beautiful. Whenever so get dressed up, he notices. He makes sure to let me know I look beautiful. He pays attention to detail like that my hair is curled or I have a new nose ring in and he adds them in with the compliments.

He is always supportive. Whenever I started back to school, he was so proud of me. When I started writing for The Odyssey, he shared my articles. He will tell me how proud he is of me. When I make good grades on assignments, he tells me good job.

He is so loving. He comforts me whenever I'm sick. When I had the stomach bug, he got my medicine, trashcans, and played with my hair to comfort me. He brushes and straightens my hair for me whenever I don't feel like it because he wants it to look good.

Thanks to you I have found someone who treats me wonderful. If it wasn't for you, he wouldn't know how to treat a lady. It is because of you that he turned out to be nice and respectful man he is today. I want you to know you did an amazing job raising him. He's everything I've ever wanted. Thank you for raising him to be such a gentleman. Thank you for raising him to be everything I've ever dreamed of.

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