Many of us are snowed in for the long haul at this point, and the rest of us are sick of hearing people talk about snow, and the sign at the oil company says (with satisfied-cash-register sounds in the background, I’m pretty sure) that there are still 47 days until spring, so let’s have a happy little contest, okay?
My worst Valentine’s Day gift was not SOOOOO awful: it was a single red rose and a red plush teddy bear with an “I LUV U” applique. I’m not even saying these were, objectively-speaking, awful: from another guy, to another girl, they could have been just the ticket, and at least the bear did not luv me “beary much.” They were awful TO ME, from this PARTICULAR boyfriend, because what they communicated to me was, “Your suspicions are correct: I’m shallow and not very bright, and I can’t think of a present that someone else hasn’t arranged in a store display as something I should buy for a particular occasion, and also I have poor taste in stuffed animals, and also I’m being cheap with the single-flower thing but trying to get credit for being Meaningful by calling it a ’single, perfect’ rose, as if it really IS more perfect and special than the ones sold in dozens.”
My second-worst Valentine’s Day gift was from a boyfriend who was in such a tricky situation and had such good intentions he gets SOME points for it: we were both nervous about Valentine’s Day because it was at an awkwardly-early point in our relationship so neither of us knew what to do about it, and what he decided to do was get me a heart bracelet from a gumball machine—you know, sort of a kitschy-cool gift that would be funny and not-too-serious but also not completely ignore Valentine’s Day. But since I’d gotten him something much more expensive (cringe) (CRINGE), he then felt super-awkward about it, and I admit I’d been hoping for a “ardor of a new relationship” kind of present, and anyway it just didn’t go well and it’s not a good memory.
So! This week we are going to do a giveaway, in an attempt to make up for someone’s past disappointment (_I_ have two boxes of See’s chocolates I bought for myself, so I think I’m all set). To enter, leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, February 8th, so I can announce the winner in my next Wednesday’s post. You can tell your own bad Valentine’s Day gift story, or if you don’t have one, you can tell one that happened to someone you know. Or if you don’t have one of those EITHER, you can leave a comment saying something you wish someone WOULD get you for Valentine’s Day.