From a toilet seat (for real!) to nothing, you won’t believe how bad these Valentine’s Day gifts are. Take a moment to learn from these Valentine Gift Mistakes!
In 2014, we asked our then-nearly 500K Facebook Fans to share the worst Valentine’s Day gift they’ve ever received. Not surprisingly, a big “NOTHING!” topped the list of bad love gestures. Sure, you can say it’s a manufactured holiday to feign disinterest, but watching the gal next to you get showered with roses while you sit empty-handed can be rough. Still, after reading through hundreds of Valentine’s Day disasters, “nothing” is clearly not the worst thing you can give a person on Valentine’s Day. We are republishing this list to help you out in 2019…in other words, do not make these same mistakes again!
Although Valentine’s Day is deemed by some to be the “most romantic holiday” of the year, the lessons below could save you from giving disastrous anniversary gifts, birthday gifts and other special occasion gifts when matters of the heart are at stake.
According to our fans, below are ten of the worst Valentine’s Day gifts you can give your sweetheart:
So much for loving him just the way he is. Valentine’s Day is not the time to suggest self-improvement–even if your sweetheart has expressed a desire to change. But you shouldn’t ignore or sabotage work already in progress either, like the husband who gave his wife a new bathroom scale plus a box of chocolates. Talk about a mixed message.
“My ex-girlfriend got me a Weight Watchers plan as a gift. Just because I have a few extra pounds on me, doesn’t mean I want to be forced into a corner.”
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Though you certainly don’t have to be frivolous, Valentine’s Day may not be the best day to be super practical either. Just because she said she needs it, doesn’t mean she wants it wrapped up with a bow and placed ceremoniously across her lap.
“I mentioned to my husband that we needed a new toilet seat. Six weeks later, on Valentine’s Day, he presented me with…a toilet seat. Ta-da!”
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Doing nothing on Valentine’s Day sends a message for the jilted party to interpret–maybe he forgot, maybe he doesn’t feel the same way I do, maybe he knows it’s Valentine’s Day and just doesn’t care. With an “I owe you,” the message is loud and clear. “I know the day is important but failed to make you a priority in my week (or day, or afternoon, or drive home from work.)”
“One year, I received two wrapped boxes. BOTH contained I.O.U.’s written on post-it notes for gifts to be purchased later…which he never did.”
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Speaking of clear messages, why would anyone wait until Valentine’s Day to deliver a relationship verdict? Crimes of passion, I understand. Breaking up with someone for giving you a bathroom scale plus an I.O.U. for a box of chocolates makes sense. But planning to dump your partner on Valentine’s Day is pre-meditated and cold-hearted. (See, I told you “nothing” may not be the worst Valentine’s Day gift ever!)
“He sent me roses and chocolates along with a note asking me to meet him at a romantic, little pub. Thrilled at the prospect of a proposal, I dressed to the nines. As we ate our meal, he slid over a note telling me…he wanted out.”
The Cop Out
You know what I’m talking about. He screwed up. He didn’t get you anything. But rather than accept responsibility for the Valentine’s Day mess, he goes all Vince Vaughn on you with a lengthy explanation about how he demonstrates his love for you all year round, not just on one, commercialized holiday. And just like that, you’re the selfish one in the relationship.
“We’ve been married for almost 10 years with 4 children. Each year he tells me he’s already given me my gift–four times over. I love my kids, but c’mon already!”
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Anything Too Creative
A homemade card she took hours to create is sweet. A decadent dessert he tried to make you is a lovely gesture. But sometimes being too creative or too literal can backfire.
“I love Slim Jims, but receiving meat sticks as a gift was quite upsetting. To make it worse, he also bought me a Slim Jim car tool because I kept locking my keys in the car.”
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Just What YOU Always Wanted
Did the guy who gave his gal a pair of play-off hockey tickets (when she doesn’t like hockey) really think he made a smart play? Presenting your sweetheart with something you’ve always wanted is a big whiff.
“My husband gave me a new gas grill. Gosh, nothing says ‘true love’ like cooked meat.”
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While the “copper-outer” attempts to cover the gaffe with words, in this scenario, Valentine tries to make something (anything!) look like a planned present. I couldn’t decide which reader’s disaster I enjoyed the most. Was it the puzzle shaped like a pizza? The t-shirt with a picture of a cow on it? Or the toy monkey that pooped candy? So many good stories. Here’s a tip: besides finding the shelves wiped clean of legit Valentine gifts, waiting until the last minute could make you too rushed to pay attention to pertinent details.
“He bought me a card on his way home from work that said, ‘Happy Valentine’s Day Mother.’ He didn’t even read the card before giving it to me.”
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Valentine’s Day does not have to be expensive. But if you dial down the extravagance to save money, then you should crank up the romantic sentiments to save face.
“He took me to dinner at a Wendy’s drive thru. We didn’t even go in and sit at a table. Valentine’s Day dinner in a car. Yay.”
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You know better than to pick something that requires you to guess a correct size, but choosing accessories instead may not be as simple as you think. Take a note from our readers. Diamond stud earrings when she doesn’t have pierced ears, a necklace with the wrong birthstone, and a pair of bunny slippers are all great gestures that missed the mark.
“He gave me a cheap, leather purse that was so hideous I was embarrassed to carry it.”
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It Takes Two to Create the Worst Valentine’s Day Gift Ever
After reading these tales, I can see that there is one other person possibly guilty of creating the worst Valentine’s Day gift ever. It’s the person who says she doesn’t want anything. More than one reader confessed to having told her sweetheart not to make a fuss only to be disappointed later when her Valentine did exactly as instructed. So don’t do that. And don’t believe that. If you secretly want to receive a Valentine’s Day gift, then drop that hint (in a big way). And if your love tells you she doesn’t want anything, then surprise her with a little something anyway. Even a card with sweet nothings in it is better than, say, …“NOTHING!”
Then again, you could always get a gift card.
Happy Gift Carding!
~Shelley Hunter, Gift Card Girlfriend