Is it 1993? No? Then nobody should give heart boxers for VDay.A donut, a card that still reeked of the gas station where it was purchased, a box half-filled with Jolly Ranchers -- these are real gifts given to real people as an expression of real love. You might find that hilarious, depressing or even all too familiar. We consider it a warning of how a lovely little romance can go terribly wrong in one awkward moment wrapped up in pink ribbon.
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We asked Shine readers to share the most awful Valentine's Day gifts they'd gotten and their responses made that single rose from a seventh-grade boyfriend or a home-cooked, slightly burned casserole cliches look like 4-carat canary diamonds. Want to tell your significant other you think they're mehhhh? These gifts will do exactly that.
Diet pills as a Valentine's Day gift? So not safe, so not sexy.
Give your love diet pills for Valentine's Day and you will be backpedaling seconds after the present is unwrapped. And from what our readers tell us, no assurances that you chose the pills because she looks just like spokesperson Kim Kardashian or because he said he wanted to lose the moobs will get you out of this VDay mess. That goes for gym memberships, toning shoes, Spanx, weight scales and anything else related to not being gorgeous just the way they are.
If you must go with the candy cliche, at least make it a delicious candy cliche.
Of course, you should get your sweetie some sweets! Just don't cheap out when it comes to chocolate, or even worse, help yourself to half the box before you give it to him.
Do think outside the box. Don't think inside the car.
Trust us: You might think you're doing her a service by buying a car-related present for Valentine's Day. But giving her jumper cables as a gift might just stall your whole relationship.
This better come with chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.
Shine reader Nicole confessed that one boyfriend gave her a little present and sweet Valentine's Day card. Sounds perfect, right? It was until she found the break-up letter tucked inside.
Did it come in a plastic container and cost whatever change is in your pocket? Then skip …
Cheap jewelry does not impress the ladies or the gents. If there's any chance the bling will turn their skin green, then maybe put that few dollars toward one of those cards that plays a funny song.
Delete. Delete. Delete.
In the digital age, who doesn't want sweet nothings (or even spicier messages) sent by text? One Shine reader said she adored the sweet and simple "I love you" message she received one Valentine's Day. Until she realized he sent an identical one to his ex.
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Anything referring to the
Reader Kristina told us that she spent one Valentine's Day in the pen with her boyfriend! He took her there on a date to visit a friend who was serving time. If the most romantic part of the day is a pat-down from the warden, it is time to spend the holiday with someone on the outside.
Please say a diamond tiara comes with this gift.
Hair-styling tools can be luxury items, fashioned from boar's hair and organic bamboo. But a few-dollar, plastic set from the local drug store isn't any way to tell your sweetheart you adore their lovely locks.
This gift requires no caption whatsoever.
Perhaps the very worst of the very worst is this, a bottle of Beano gas drops given to a Shine reader. She says it was wrapped beautifully and presented to her over dinner at a restaurant -- probably not the best way to air your love...or her little secrets.
Because she's a lifesaver?
She's a lifesaver! He keeps you afloat in stormy waters! Our readers say it's time to move past the cheesy sayings and the gifts meant to get us involved in the hobbies only you love. Need proof? One reader told us getting an over-sized personal floatation device made her want to (sorry about this) jump overboard.
This one seems a little...umm...pushy.
People of the world: Putting a ribbon on a lawn mower, power drill, vacuum cleaner, shovel, or other household item that leads to more work doesn't make it a gift. Forget your delusions of practicality and wrap up something your sweetie doesn't "need!"
She might say yes to marriage but she'll vote no on a Valentine proposal.
Don't believe the Reese Witherspoon movie marathons! Readers told Shine that, as much as they love you and want to spend the rest of their days as your husband or wife, they don't want you to propose on Valentine's Day. Surprise her on the second Tuesday of the month or maybe even Groundhog's Day, but don't pop the question when she completely expects it.
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