I’m starting to get that heartfelt feeling.
New Year’s resolutions, now long forgotten, have moved over.
Romance is hitting the stores and Valentine’s Day is everywhere.
It’s much bigger than a Hallmark moment. It’s a collection of the funniest experiences, stored in our mind like a “Jack in the Box” ready to boast.
It was the best of Valentine’s Day and the worst of Valentine’s Day. It was the age of “Oops, I think someone blew it!” when I asked a group of people to share their best and worst Valentine’s Day gifts. What came next was, of course, side-splitting, chuckle-some, and uproarious recollections:
My Funny Valentine’s Day Story
A long and creative time ago, I decided to surprise my husband with the best imaginable gift for Valentine’s Day. I just found out I was pregnant and decided to surprise him during a Scavenger Hunt (a game in which a series of clues brings you to different locations until finally, at the last location, the prize is found.) At the end of the hunt, I had 3 envelopes. He opened one and it said, “Maybe it’s a girl.” The next said, “Maybe it’s a boy.” But before he got to the 3rd envelope announcing, “Guess what? We’re having a baby!” he turned to me and shouted, “G-d damn-it, don’t tell me you’re getting another dog?”
“Hmm,” I thought, what did I miss here? It was clear to me—how much clearer did I have to get? Fun and different and scavenger hunt gone astray, I vowed that from now on I was returning to the basics and while I was at it, I’d get another dog.
Rub a Dub Dub
“Mine weren’t bad and they weren’t good”, said a friend. “They were exactly the same every year. A bubble bath and body lotion. For 20 years. A little vanilla here a little lavender there. And, I always smiled and acted surprised.”
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
“The best was a day hike to a hidden waterfall in the mountains of Colorado. Then a few hours at an outdoor hot spring called Manitou Springs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The worst was a Chia Pet – seriously.”
“I don’t really remember any Valentine’s gifts, except one: pajamas with hearts about five sizes too large.”
The Dreaded V-Day
“When I was a married man, Valentine’s Day was a nightmare for me. One year I gave my wife a new bicycle but she wasn’t too enthusiastic about it. But my biggest fumble was giving her an assortment of premium flavored coffee mixes. I thought she’d like it because she loves coffee. I was very, very wrong. We’ve been divorced 8 years and she still won’t let me forget it :-)”
“I have given socks (cute socks, but maybe not the best gift for a guy to receive). I have a particular dislike of red roses, so I can’t say I’ve been terribly appreciative of red roses I’ve received on Valentine’s Day (though that’s not really a fair one). Best gift? (After hearing and remembering that I don’t like red roses) Purple Irises.”
What’s With Red Roses?
“I really never got a Valentine’s Day present!! Red roses were the worst, I hate that color, but he stopped that. Another was bad candy from Walgreens. The best is what I buy for ME!!!”
The Heart and Soul of it
“OK, Valentine’s Day is kind of a non-holiday (retail has damaged me), so it’s not especially important to me if I get a fancy gift but the worst: a stuffed teddy bear holding a heart that says, “Be Mine”. Yuck! The best: an anatomically correct heart necklace. I loved it!”
Sexy does it
“It’s an easy one: the worst gift was the first year my husband and I were dating: an electric broom! (I mean, really!?) Next year he wised up – a beautiful pair of earrings! Another year, he bought a great set of sheets (I know, but they were like a 900 thread count – silky, luxurious, sexy!)”
Don’t Hide the Key
“I think my best was a pleasant surprise – I came home and found an ex-boyfriend had come in (he had a key) and set up flowers and candles all around the room.”
“I remembered receiving a lovely romantic note from a boy I liked very much in Junior High School. I must have read it a million times!”
Do Unto Others
“I would say my worst gift was no gift from a man I was dating. No card and showing up late to the restaurant to boot! On two other occasions, I was also disappointed by yet another two men I was seeing. Why? They each got me a box of chocolates when I had bought one a $300 leather jacket and the other a box of boxer shorts.”
How Lucky Can One Girl Get?
“The best valentine gift I ever received was a pair of diamond stud earrings. The worst? I never received a bad one, lucky me!”
“One year the kids wanted to do a Secret Santa version of Valentine’s Day. We all drew names and then bought little trinket gifts that we would secretly give to our Valentine for 3 days before Valentine’s Day. My husband had no idea what Secret Santa was so he bought 3 packages of M&Ms and gave the same gift every day. Obviously, he was “Ousted” on day 2. No female would have given the same thing each day! We repeated it other years and he stuck with his M&M system…. what can I tell you?”
I’m Gonna Marry Him, Marry Him!
“I don’t even remember getting a good or bad Valentine’s Day gift. Why?? Because, I was single for about 12 years. Last year my boyfriend and I broke up literally on Feb 15th for 3 days. So, I decided that this thing would NEVER work out. I guess you can say that was the worst gift ever. I cried to all my friends. Mind you, I don’t ever cry. That’s when I realized that I really loved this fool. And by day 4 we were back together. It’s been over a year now and I’m positive that this is my last stop. I’m gonna marry this guy!”
TIPS for a SUCCESSFUL 2020 Valentine’s Day
- Don’t – Give day-old grocery flowers.
- Do – Have a budget and make it the nicest flower arrangement or gift you can afford.
- Don’t – Give a pen.
- Do – Make it intentional and write a message from the heart.
- Don’t – Buy lingerie without knowing.
- Do – Know the correct size before you make that purchase. (A little sexy and a lot of insulted don’t work well together.)
- Don’t – Spend too much.
- Do – Have fun and write caring messages that you tuck away in their “go-to” places (drawers, coat pocket, make-up bag, etc.)
- Don’t – Panic.
- Do – Dare to be different. Every woman and man wants to feel loved and special. Serve breakfast in bed. Or be VERY daring and create a “Wish” day. Just be prepared.
- Don’t – Let one day define your relationship.
- Do – Reflect. The gift is in what happens every day throughout the year.
- Don’t – Forget.
- Do – Enjoy and make the day count!
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