From puppies to teddy bears, here are 11 common Valentine's Day gifts you should probably avoid.
Few calendar days carry the pressure traditionally associated with Valentine's Day. On this Hallmark holiday, not only must you purchase the right gift, but you also have to make sure you avoid any potentially insulting gifts. To help you steer clear of any Valentine's Day mishaps, we've created a list of 11 Valentine's Day gifts you should avoid at all costs. While some may appear innocuous, their potential to backfire is far greater.
11 Types of Valentine's Day Gifts to Avoid
Nothing screams "I think you're out of shape" like giving someone a gym membership. Even if your partner is a health freak, chances are they don't want a gym membership for Valentine's Day. The same goes for fitness trackers. Sure, they're hot amongst weekend athletes, but unless you want your significant other to become body conscious, you're better off giving these gifts on a day other than Valentine's.
Gifts That Reinforce Stereotypical Roles
Make no mistake, we'd love it if someone gave us a new Dyson, but receiving one on Valentine's Day doesn't show much effort, does it? Even if you have good intentions, receiving a vacuum cleaner, power tools, or cookware on Valentine's Day is unexciting and can reinforce outdated gender stereotypes.
Anything That Isn't Personal
Gift cards are an amazing way to let your recipient choose the gift they want, and we'd be remiss to ever decline one. However, on a day when your gift is supposed to be meaningful, a gift card is one of the worst items you can give. It lacks romance, it lacks personalization, and it gives the impression it was purchased last-minute. Needless to say, this isn't something you'd want to give on Valentine's Day. The same concept applies to Valentine's Day balloons, teddy bears, and mugs.
According to a YouGov survey commissioned by 77Diamonds.com, seven out of ten women don't want their boyfriends to propose on Valentine's Day. In addition to being gimmicky and lacking originality, Valentine's Day marriage proposals are simply tacky. Instead we recommend you make your proposal unique and meaningful by saving it for a truly special day.
Valentine's Day is the restaurant industry's Black Friday. On this night, restaurants look to pack in and turn over as many hungry couples as possible. That means kitchens will be taxed, dining rooms will be loud, and you'll pay through the teeth for anything on the menu. So rather than spend your Valentine's Day dinner in a room filled with random couples, we recommend you ditch the dinner reservations. A valid alternative? Stay home and recreate your first-date dinner from the comforts of your own kitchen.
Gifts With Hidden Costs
Giving your movie-loving partner a Netflix subscription may sound like a thoughtful idea, but unless you buy them a lifetime subscription, your gift could be burdensome. Yes, it's thoughtful, but because it's subscription-based, that means you've essentially given your partner a new monthly bill that they didn't have before. The same concept applies to smartphones (which carry a significantly higher monthly cost), wine club memberships, and music subscriptions.
While the thought of a new puppy may tug at your heart strings, few people are prepared to deal with a shoe-chewing, all-pooping, four-legged ball of fur. Not to mention the expenses associated with raising a puppy. Getting a pet is a life-long commitment, so we recommend you save the rescue for when the two of you are truly prepared to take on this responsibility, and not just as a one-day surprise.
Whether you're strolling down an empty beach or sipping wine in northern California, travel can bring couples closer together. However, vacationing too early into a relationship is a recipe for disaster. Wait until you know each other's quirks and idiosyncrasies before booking any romantic getaways. That will ensure you're both prepared to travel together and that you've actually met someone you want to travel with.
Taste in lingerie is extremely subjective. What seems sexy to you, can be downright lewd or offensive to your partner. And with sizing varying wildly between brands, giving your partner lingerie on Valentine's Day has more potential to be a disaster than the fun, risqué gift you originally though it could be.
What You Think is Better For Them
Everyone likes giving their opinion on things, but when it comes to gifts, it's not your opinion that counts. So if your partner wants an iPad, you shouldn't get them a Nexus because you think it's the better tablet. Sure, it's your money that's buying the gift, but remember this is a gift for someone else. Save the selfish shopping for Black Friday.
While this one may seem obvious, gifting cosmetic surgery is actually more common than you think. Needless to say, it's probably one of the worst Valentine's Day gifts you can give (or receive) because it implies the person receiving it is physically flawed. It's also remarkably expensive. We say save the money and opt for something that doesn't require sedation.
What terrible gifts have you given (or received) on Valentine's Day? Have any of your past gifts unintentionally offended someone? Let us know in the comments below.
Also, before you settle on any one item, be sure to check out our debunked Valentine's Day myths and then find out how you can save money on your Valentine's Day shopping.
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