It’s that time of the year again. We’re officially in the month of love.
As you know, your choice of gifts can make or break your experience on the most romantic day of the year. (A few years ago, I gave my husband exquisite, mouth-watering chocolates, but they weren’t a hit. So guess who ended up eating them?)
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. If you don’t want to end up as a funny Valentine’s Day story, then take note and shift your strategy.
You can score major points this time around by opting for something from my curated list of Valentine’s Day gift ideas.If you’re looking for a cute, fun, or romantic gift for the love in your life, this list will give you plenty of options. And, if you need to hint at some gift ideas for you, it’s an easy wink, why not forward this post? Click To Tweet
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Valentine’s Day by the Numbers
Valentine’s Day is popular world round, but especially so in the USA:
- Americans spend over $20 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts each year.
- $2.4 billion of that amount is on candy and chocolates alone.
- People spend on average $196 on Valentine’s Day gifts.
- Men spend on average $291 compared to women who spend about $106.
- According to Hallmark, a whopping 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged every February 14 (not including kids exchanging cards in the classroom).
Keep these interesting facts in mind as you ponder over your Valentine’s Day gift ideas.
Funny Valentine’s Day Stories
“Mine weren’t bad and they weren’t good”, joked Jolene. “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.”
Gemma says, “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.”
Hope claimed, “I don’t really remember any Valentine’s gifts, except one: pajamas with hearts about five sizes too large.” Oops!
“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.” moaned John.
Jessica shared, “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.”
Ashley insisted, “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!!!”
Chrissy said “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!”
“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!)” remarked Olivia.
Lydia boasts, “the best valentine gift I ever received was a pair of diamond stud earrings. The worst? I never received a bad one, lucky me!”
“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!” recalled Sophie.
“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.” sighs Becky.
Emily reminisces, “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.”
Mary explained, “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?”
Avery declared, “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. 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 married this guy!”
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him
Based on the stats listed above, it seems ladies need to step it up when it comes to gift-giving. Here are 8 awesome Valentine’s Day gift ideas that he’ll love:
- UGG Men’s Ascot Slipper
- Fun and Romantic Game for Couples
- Thanks for Always Feeding Me and Telling Me I’m Beautiful Card
- What I Love About You Fill in the Blank Gift Journal
- Beard Grooming Kit
- Best Husband Ever Mug
- Timex Men’s Expedition Scout 40 Watch
- Large Leather Travel Duffel Bag
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Her
For the men, significant others, besties and loves, who don’t want to end up as someone’s worst gift story, here are 8 Valentine’s Day gift ideas that she’ll actually appreciate:
- UGG Women’s Fluff Yeah Slide Slipper
- Infinity Heart Symbol Charm Bracelet
- Why You’re my Bestie Fill in the Blank Gift Journal
- Swarovski Infinity Heart Necklace
- Kendra Scott Ari Heart Pendant Necklace
- Shower Streamers and Aromatherapy Gift Set
- Just Love Velour Kimono Bath Robe
- The Body Shop Gift Set
Funny Love Quotes
Love is telling someone their hair extensions are showing. – Natasha Leggero
Love thy neighbor — and if he happens to be tall, debonair, and devastating, it will be that much easier. – Mae West
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. – Charles Schulz
Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed. – Albert Einstein
What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork. – Pearl Bailey
Only time can heal your broken heart, just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs. – Miss Piggy
What Valentine’s Day gift ideas do you have this year?
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