Valentine's Day is a great time to express your feelings for your significant other. It's a great time to buy them a gift to do so. But really, you just barely got through Christmas not too long ago without looking like an idiot. And now you have to shop for yet another gift?
Don't worry. If you avoid these items, you should be okay.
Top 10 Worst V-day gifts.
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#10 Household appliances
I don't care how much she needs a new washer and dryer. Valentine's Day is not the day to do it! That is fine for a "just because" surprise on any other day, but this is not a gift Valentine's Day. A household appliance does not say "Baby I love you". It is a practical gift, but women don't necessarily like practical gifts... Nice try.
#10 Household appliances (cont.)
Seriously! That means no washing machines, no dryers, no vacuum cleaners, no dishwashers, no refrigerators, none of that! Not even the brand new, top of the line stuff!
#9 Something obviously regifted
This is not your chance to give your significant other all the crap you didn't want from Christmas! I don't care if you think they'll like it. It's just tacky. Giving something that was intended for you and calling it a "gift" is not right. You didn't pick it out for them. Now if you say, "Hey I got this for Christmas, but I don't want it. Do you want it?" that's fine. But don't do it on V-day.
Carnations are great. That is really the best way to say I care about you... if you're in middle or high school. Beyond that, the world has no place for carnations! This is not a valentine's gram you are sending to your crush! This is someone you truly love. Put more thought into it than some cheap grocery store carnations.
(Now if your s/o loves carnations, ignore all of the above)
#7 Roses with baby's breath
Well this is definitely the way to go on V-day (or any other romantic occasion) if you want to say "I have the money to buy you expensive flowers (upgrade from carnations), but lack the creativity to get you a non-stereotypical arrangement. There's nothing wrong with getting flowers for V-day, but please, put some more thought into it. What types of flowers does she like? Tulips? Lilies? Chrysanthemum's? Figure it out.
#6 Assorted chocolates
While we continue to be cliche, let's just imagine your s/o spitting out pieces of candy (she doesn't like) and picking through a box of half-eaten chocolates. Chocolate is good. Most people love chocolate. There is nothing wrong with buying your boo some chocolates for this romantic occasion. But try to think about the type of chocolate she would absolutely love - Dove chocolate, Turtles, Ghiradelli maybe. Don't just pick up the random, cheap box of figure-it-out, run of the mill chocolates.
#5 A gym membership
Nothing says I love you like a swift kick in the butt! Remember those resolutions to "get fit" and "work out like crazy"? Well now let's make sure it happens right?! Wrong! Reminding your significant other of the goals/empty promises they made is not a good way to show love. Besides, a holiday celebrated with chocolate is not a good time to remember how fat you (think you) are.
#4 A valentine's tie
This seems cute in theory, but where will he wear it?? You can't just pick up the Valentine's junk marketed to you buy the stores and shopping malls. That stuff is meant for the relationships with zero depth... people who just met. But if this is someone you care about, you should know them well enough to know they wouldn't be caught dead in a Valentine's tie! If he really likes ties, get him one he will like (and actually wear). Check out thetiebar.com!
#3 A cook book
The cook book is pretty similar to the gym membership, in that, this is not the time to remind the one you love of their flaws or short comings. Even if it's something you talk about all the time. Save that for later. No gag gifts on V-day please.
If your sweet-honey-love-muffin loves to cook, this may be a good gift, but again, put some thought into it.
#2 Jewelry in a ring-shaped box
Why? Why do you want to give her a panic attack and heart palpitations? Regardless of if she wants to get married or not, any woman who sees a ring-shaped box is going to (logically) assume there is a ring in that box. If there is not you better make it blatantly obvious! Let there be no confusions on this. Giving jewelry is great! Just beware of the packaging.
The worst thing you can do is show up empty-handed. Valentine's Day is on the same day every day. No excuses. Put it in your smartphone. I don't care if your boo says "I don't want anything" or "Let's not exchange gifts". Everyone wants something, even if it's just a heartfelt card.