The dating stage is typically the most fun for Valentine's Day, don't you think? You're still in the impressing-each-other stage, trying to woo each other. This is the stage in most relationships that allows the most spontaneity and fun, and Valentine's Day is a chance to really wow your significant other.
There are plenty of fun and creative gifts you can give and outings you can do regardless of your budget (even a simple Google search can give you some ideas), and this is a perfect time to express something you've been meaning to for a while. Maybe that's a simple, "I appreciate you," or a weighty, "I think I'm in love with you," or a sweet, "Let's kiss."
If you really want to impress your sweetheart, give him or her a gift that says you thought about them. Don't feel pressured to buy her red roses if her favorite flower is pink gerbera daisies. Chocolate is traditional, but if he loves Swedish Fish, by golly, get the boy some Swedish Fish. Get a gift or go on a date that celebrates your sweetheart, not Valentine's Day itself
If you are feeling traditional, go with roses, but learn a little about what different rose colors mean
and share that with your valentine. I still remember the first time I got fresh, lush roses in a long box--one red, one yellow, and one pink--along with a note explaining the meanings. That was ten years ago and I still have that box...and a lot of warm memories. Sigh
One thing to consider: a guy forgetting Valentines Day may or may not be a deal breaker for you. It probably wouldn't be for me, but you have to decide in advance--perhaps as a couple--if you are "Hallmark holiday" people or not. (Based on the comments on F. Nashville's post yesterday, it sounds like a lot of you are not.) Make a date for later in the week instead and celebrate your couplehood in your own way.
Photos courtesy of Proflowers.