You’ll probably be surprised at what checking out local museums, listening to live music, and a dinner date will do to score you major props for thoughtfulness. Get your nerd on by giving your girl a sweet, thoughtful, and geeky gift.

Remember that time you went to that amazing burger joint together?

For those of you who haven’t made the leap to living together yet, it’s likely that your girlfriend still probably stays over at your place from time to time.

Instead of requiring her to bring an overnight bag, show her that you’re not a total “commitment-phobe” by putting together an overnight kit to keep in your bathroom.

Fill a basket or a makeup bag with the essentials, like a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, her other favorite toiletries, and perhaps even an apartment key.

Crafting might not be your forte, but there are a number of gift ideas that can be created by just about anyone. Although your first thought when looking at playing cards might be of poker with the guys, you can turn them into a romantic gift for your girl.

While going the “homemade” route when choosing a gift saves you money, does your wife or girlfriend really need another mix CD? Show her you really care by giving something thoughtful and unique. Break out the paper, markers, and glue and pick up a couple of key chain rings from the hardware store.Take them out of the oven and immediately press a whole pecan into each Rolo and allow to set. It’s the perfect excuse to literally take a walk down memory lane.Depending on the type of transportation you use, it could be free or very cheap, especially if you use nostalgia to blow off expensive restaurants.To make it extra special, trim photos to fit onto the faces and backs of the cards where there is space.Alternatively, you can get personalized playing cards with a custom photo printed on each.First, pick out the letters that spell out yours and your girlfriend’s names and purchase a cheap frame (less than for a 5 by 7 inch picture frame).