Monday, February 6, 2012

Bad Valentine's Day Gifts

Many moons ago, there was a Valentine's Day that I was absolutely certain would be the day my boyfriend and I got engaged. When it was time to exchange gifts, he handed me a small plastic bag from the Apple Store. I admired his creativity for trying to throw me off by putting the engagement ring in there. I slowly reached inside with my perfectly manicured engagement-ready nails and pulled out a small box. This was it. It was really happening.

But it wasn't a ring box. It was in fact, an iPod nano. A pink one. My heart sank. I tried to look happy and appreciative, but the last thing I wanted was music storage.

Several months later, he popped the question in a much better way than via plastic Apple bag. And the nano ended up being a great gift that I still use everyday. Point is, when it comes to Valentine's Day gifts, you need to know your audience. If they think they're getting engaged but you have other plans, don't give them anything in a small box. 

Here are some other gifts in which one should proceed with caution:  

The Love is Art Kit: According to their website, it's "everything you need to safely make an abstract painting while being intimate with the one you love." Need I say more, other than eeeew. My work friend's friend actually bought this for her boyfriend.

A Wine Monkey: Great hostess gift ... V-day, not so much. If a significant other gives you this (and only this), you're getting dumped soon and will need a wine monkey. Womp. Womp.

A Stuffed Animal: This means he forgot about V-day and went to the Hallmark store next door to his office during lunch. Hopefully he had the good sense not to buy you one of those creepy musical snow-globes too.
What's the worst Valentine's Day gift you've ever received?


  1. A pack of cigarettes. I kid you not. I used to social smoke (hard to imagine that now) and I would ask him to hold my cigarettes, which he would then throw away because he didn't like me smoking. I was very upset with him so on v-day he gave me a pack of cigs. Needless to say, we broke up shortly thereafter and I haven't smoked since then.

  2. Last Valentine's day my boyfriend gave me a big hello kitty stuff toy! I'm so happy when I received it because I really love Hello Kitty!

    I'm not really into flowers, chocolates and other common gifts during valentine's day! As long as I have him during that day that's the precious gift he ever gave. For me the most important thing when it comes to relationship is time.