1) Stuffed Animals. Nothing says, "I totally spaced this romantic day, and the stores were wiped out of everything but this" more than a stuffed animal. And, as one article put it, "Unless your girlfriend actually collects stuffed animals, or is 12, do not buy her a stuffed animal for Valentine's Day. (If your girlfriend is actually 12 and you're not, you have other issues).
2) Lingerie. First of all this s a BIG no-no if you have never been intimate with each other. Second of all, even if you have been intimate, you'd better make sure you really know her styles before going out on a limb with something like this. I mean, what a man might find "sexy" a woman may just view as trashy. On the other hand, if you go too conservative she might get her feelings hurt, thinking that YOU think of her as OLD (gramma). Now, ladies, if YOU bought some lingerie (for you), and then wrapped it up for your man... well, then he'd probably like that! lol!
3) The Gas Station Rose. Um... no. I know, I know... you're thinking, "Hey! A Rose! And it's only $1.99!" Trust me. We'll know. We'll know that you totally spaced the whole Valentine's Day thingy until you were on your way home from work and just HAPPENED to stop by for a fill-up and just HAPPENED to see the el cheapo rose in the plastic tube-sleeve thingy. Trust me... we have spidey senses when it comes to stuff like that! Of course, the ultimate abomination would be to pick up the Gas-Station-Rose-and-White-Teddy-Bear-Holding-Red-Heart Combo. Put the bear and the rose down, and walk away!
4) The cliche heart pendant. Again. You see it is a heart. Your male brain is thinking, "Valentine's Day, good. Jewelry, good. Heart Necklace, Great!" However, what we're thinking is, "Could you be a little more original?" Seriously... like the next day in the office all of the other gals won't also be wearing the "blue-light special" heart pendant too! Oh, and for the record? The heart keychain is totally worse. For reals...
5) Any Jewerly in a Ring-Sized box! (This is if you are just dating!) Nothing gets a gal's hope up more then when you're sitting down at a fancy restaurant and you reach inside your jacket pocket, producing a small heart-shaped or ring-sized box. What do you mean you don't get it? **sigh** Dude, she thinks you are going to propose! I don't know where she got that idea either... maybe it was the HEART-SHAPED BOX!!!
6) Clothes are "iffy"... Most women would rather try on their own clothes. So, unless your track record is tested, tried and true... don't tread there! If you get something too small, she'll feel bad and feel she is "fat". If you go with the larger size "just to be sure" and it is a tad too big, she'll think that YOU think she is fat. And - if you happen to get Just.The.Right.Size and she hasn't TOLD you her size, she'll think you've went snooping through her clothes and checking her tags and that's just creepy!
7) Household appliances. Yeah, um... nothing says I love you more than "Can you iron my shirt?" or "how about another George Foreman Burger?" Now -- if she ASKS for an appliance, that is different. Otherwise, be safe. Stay away from the appliances.
8) Anything DIET related. This would include (but not limited to) a new bathroom scale, sugar-free chocolate (unless she is diabetic) or a gym membership or treadmill (unless she specifically asked). You'll have to just take my word for it. I know, I know.... SHE is the one with the New Year resolution to exercise more, get off the sugar, etc. So you think the gift says, "Baby, I'm listening. I know what you want, and I want to support you!" But - what she "hears" is, "Hey Fatso!!! Lose some weight already, nom, nom, nom!"
9) Self-Help Books. The reasons are similar to #8. If you can't read between the lines, then just trust me on this one.
10) A Tool! Men, don't get her something YOU want for yourself, such as a tool or the newest electronic device. She will see right through your half-baked attempt at a gift, and you will be in the doghouse. And don't play all dumb too ("The last time you used my power sander you thought it was cool, so I thought a cordless drill might be right up your ally!")
Remember, the gift (if you both agree to gift-giving) should be about the other person, and not so much the item. Meaning, the item should "represent" her.
Is she easily stressed? Would a massage be beneficial? What about a couple's massage? She just might think you are totally awesome for going with her! If she has a hobby, like scrapbooking or reading or crafting, how about a gift card to her favorite "hobby" store? What about a little gift card and homemade "coupon" towards a girls night out and YOU watch the kids? Honestly, I don't think it has to be HUGE... just show that you were thinking of HER.
That being said... here are a few other "gifts" you'll want to avoid!
She'll never cook for you again if you get her this! And if you ever want a shot of intimacy, let's just rule this one out...shall we?
What was your WORST Valentine's date or gift?