In some ways, Valentine’s Day is a recipe for disaster. Whether you’re in a new relationship or an old one, the holiday puts a lot of pressure on people to come up with the perfect (or even just an appropriate) gift. Advertisers know this, which is why getting a valentine’s day gift tend to be so damn expensive: according to Bankrate’s 2017 Valentine’s Day index, the average price for a box of chocolates was $20 last year, which is nothing compared to the averages for a dozen long-stem roses ($124), a fancy dinner for two ($127), or a solitaire diamond earring set ($430). That’s an awful lot of money to spend on what is essentially a holiday manufactured by greeting card companies.
That said, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get an appropriate gift for your partner. All you need to do is put in a tiny bit of effort — but you’d be surprised how many people don’t realize that. The end result is these Valentine’s Day gift horror stories.
If you’re looking to feel better about your own gift choices this Feb 14 (or if you’re single and are just looking for a laugh), here are eight terrible Valentine’s Day gifts to cushion the sting of Cupid’s arrow, courtesy of Reddit.
By Claire Lampen