BAD GIFT IDEAS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

(Amanda Sanders is one of my favorite bloggers. She is a “must read” on my daily list. I asked her to guest post on my blog and she didn’t disappoint. Enjoy this little piece and make sure you put her blog on your “must read” list.)

Valentine’s Day is perhaps the trickiest holiday for most of us, married and single alike. It’s the only day of the year, even Jack Bauer could mess up. Good intentions don’t mean squat if you end up in separate quarters for the night over a bad Valentine’s Day gift.

Dear Reader, I implore you, don’t make these mistakes:

DON’T BUY HIM:

Cologne- Bomb. Never once has the Mr. ever been pleased to receive anything that interrupts his natural manly essence. I asked around to see if other men like to be given the gift of scent. Their response was a big fat “No.”

Rogaine- Fail. No man wants a public acknowledgement of his hair “situation”. Especially on an occasion promoted as the sexiest day of the year. That goes for teeth whitening gels and clinical strength deodorant, too.

Men’s Lingerie– Silk boxer shorts, novelty underwear and man robes are not welcome on Valentine’s Day. To quote a dear male friend, “We don’t need to be the pretty one.”
His and Hers Anything- Men just don’t get into that whole His and Hers scene. It’s too cute and frankly, no guy wants to be associated with anything “girly”. Okay, most guys don’t want to be…

Mushy Cards– I am sorry to disappoint you ladies (and you Hallmark Gold Crown stores across America). Guys in general, are not fans of cards. Nor do they stash away Valentine’s Day cards to reread in the wee hours of the night, after watching a movie marathon of Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. So save your three to six dollars and hour long lunch break for something else!

Softy’s– Sweaters and Snuggie’s and Stuffed Animals- Oh my…goodness no! Epic fail, sorry to be so blunt Friends. No guy wants any of those things. If you are currently standing in a store about to purchase these items, please, put them down and proceed to the nearest food section of the store. Pick up something wonderful your man loves to eat and deliver both the food and yourself to him. You, after all, are his favorite Valentine’s Day gift.

DON’T BUY HER:

Gym Memberships– Boy, there is just no smooth way to give this gift. Unless your wife says to you, “Dear, I would love to be a new gym member for Valentine’s Day!”- don’t do it Brother! I can’t begin to list all the ways this could go wrong for you, but I will hit the most likely one. “Do you think I am fat?”

Lingerie- There is always an exception to the rule, I concede, but MOST married women do not want lingerie for Valentine’s Day, despite what Victoria’s Secret would have you believe. I think this is an example of one those things that we like to buy for others because we want to enjoy it too. As cologne is to a man, so is lingerie for women. The gift is more special to the giver than receiver.

Home Appliances– No, no, no way Man! I have yet to meet the woman who says “Kevin bought me a food processor for Valentine’s Day! It slices dices and chops all with the convenience of easy clean up. I couldn’t keep my hands off him that night!” I have heard terrible, twisted tales of revenge and ill will that have come from being on the receiving end of home appliances. Shudder.

A Poor Delivery – Please, please do not stammer around with our gift in your hand and say “Well, it was on sale” or “I didn’t know what to get you, so the saleswoman picked this out for you.” A perfectly wonderful gift can be ruined by a poor delivery on the giver’s part. Women want to feel like you spent hours thinking about and purchasing their gift. It makes us feel special and loved. Even if we both know you picked those flowers up off a hospital waiting room floor, act like you put effort into the gift for our sake.

Women love a gift that is heartfelt. By ‘heartfelt’ I mean, when she sees her gift, her heart is going to feel it. A simple card, with some tender words you added yourself rates high on the Heart Meter and is a bargain compared to that previously mentioned food processor.

Above all women want love for Valentine’s Day. To be held and cherished and told once again how special she truly is to you. Those words, written or spoken aloud, are carried with her for the rest of her life to serve as a reminder that you are her favorite Valentine’s Day gift.

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Article by Trey Morgan

I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Amanda Sanders says:

    Wow. This chick sure is bossy.

  2. Anonymous says:

    great points. i guess we just need to think with our hearts on this stuff. glad to meet amanda.

  3. Stoogelover says:

    Not one mention of gift cards to Guitar Center for her. What's up with that??

  4. Stoogelover says:

    PS: I very seldom add anyone to my blog list because I spend too much time reading blogs already, but I just added Amanda's link to my toolbar.

  5. Tucker says:

    This is just lovely….I have broken everyone of these rules and then some. This might explain a few of the "unexplainables" in my marriage.

    I was just told not to purchase anything with a powercord for Valentines Day. Good grief, there goes the welder and the shop vac idea. It still includes a mower.

    How about a bonus posting with "What to give the little lady"? Please, I'm dying here and I need the help. I will be eagerly waiting!

  6. Marilyn says:

    Great post! Isn't knowing your loved the best give ever!! Thanks for reminding us of that.

  7. Amanda Sanders says:

    Tucker, having been on the recieving end of your presents before, I assure you, you rock at giving gifts!

  8. Anonymous says:

    No exercise DVDs, additions of sports channels to the cable package, parts for my car, subscriptions to Sports Illustrated, tools, lawncare equipment, or sarcastic cards either.

    Wife

  9. Anonymous says:

    I bought my husband bullets—always makes him smile–just the right size and the gift that keeps on giving!

  10. TREY MORGAN says:

    I've enjoyed reading the comments today. Tucker you will be in the dog house.

  11. Amanda Sanders says:

    Anonymous Wife- Sports Illustrated. Fail times three. Thanks for sharing that!

    Anonymous Bullet Gifter- You may be the perfect wife

  12. Janice Garrison says:

    Amanda is definitely a must read. I think she would be “rolling in the dough” if someone put a microphone in her hand and set her on a stage.

    Larry and I don’t purchase gifts or cards for Valentines Day but we do always go out for a nice dinner. And we are celebrating it today, with my mom and a dear friend who lost her husband last year. I think that is pretty cool! :)

  13. That Girl says:

    OH NO!!!! I bought him cologne! (and other dumb stuff) He acted like he liked it! I knew I was not doing a good job this year, it kinda sneaked up on me! I feel horrible!

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