Top 5 Worst Valentine's Day Presents

Teddy BearHere's a fun one, girls! ShopRunner, a members-only online shopping service, polled its members and asked for the worst Valentine's Day presents they'd ever gotten.

The top five winners are pretty funny, but I have to admit that what made number one is truly awful! 

But let's start with number five:

A tacky teddy bear.

What girl hasn't gotten a crappy Valentine's Day teddy bear at some point in her dating history? Let's hope that for most of us, it happened in junior high!

Read the rest of the countdown, chime in with your own answer, and read mine ... after the jump!


Fake RosesNothing says "I picked this up at the gas station on the way over here" like a fake rose wrapped in plastic, and that's probably why artificial flowers were number four on the list!


Fake Gold NecklaceEvery girl loves jewelry for V-Day ... unless it's fake. If you can't afford the real thing, skip this option, men. Artificial gold necklaces were number three on the list.



Almost nothing's worse than getting nothing on Valentine's Day. That's why number two is ... nothing. You poor girl.

ScaleBut the number one worst Valentine's Day present is ... a scale. I mean come on, men. Do you really think you're going to get laid any time soon if you give this to your sweetie? GAH.

I don't remember getting anything particularly horrible for Valentine's Day, but one year a guy I was dating when I was a sophomore in high school used Valentine's Day as Revenge Day after I had made it crystal clear that he wasn't getting past first base. He took the opportunity on that day of romance to ask my best friend to Junior-Senior Prom. AND SHE WENT, after phoning me first to say that even though she knew he had asked her just to hurt me, she was going anyway because she thought it would be fun. (That was my infamous Shitty Friend, for those of you who are wondering. And that story, by the way, has a very satisfying epilogue.)

But my favorite hilarious Valentine's Day story involves my sixth grade boyfriend. We had been together, like, forever. For Valentine's Day, I really splurged and bought him the new Glass Tiger cassette release and a really cute pencil with a fuzzy teddy bear on top that had PS I LOVE YOU stamped on it. A day or two later, though, I decided to break up with him, so I broke the news to him in a note, of course! His response came the next day in the form of a sealed envelope with the PS I LOVE YOU pencil inside, broken in half. BUT HE TOTALLY KEPT THE GLASS TIGER CASSETTE.

The nerve!

So what's the worst V-Day present you've ever gotten? Does anything stand out in your mind?


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nonmember avatar Mary

The worst would have to be when my lovely boyfriend at the time got me nothing and his friend felt so bad that he got me chocolates. The boyfriend I ditched but I kept that guy as a friend forever!

Carenann Carenann

My worst was my college boyfriend who got me a heart shaped pizza delivered by a guy in a tux with a rose. We dated all through college, and even continued after this "present" surprisingly enough. The pizza  WAS kind of tasty...

Linds... LindsayFerrier

Oh my gosh, Carenann, that is HILARIOUS!! And Mary. Awww. I hate to hear a "nothing" story. Glad he makes a good friend, anyway!  ;)

Buffi Helton Messer

I haven't gotten anything for Valentines day from my husband in YEARS. But my anniversary is five days later. Last year, two days AFTER our anniversary, my husband suddenly left the house at 9:00pm for a "work emergency." He returned later and said he had my anniv. gift. It was my wedding ring. The wedding ring I thought I had lost in NOVEMBER. He'd had it the whole time and said that he was having trouble deciding if he still wanted to be married or not. And he had decided that he did.

Let's be clear: He gave me something that was already mine. My WEDDING RING. That he had stolen and hidden for months. Because he was having doubts about his commitment to me. TRUE STORY.

The divorce should be final this March. Also true story.  Best present EVER.

Addys... Addys_Mom

I haven't gotten any bad valentines presents but I did get broken up with in a note on my birthday, along with a "present" of all the notes i had written the guy during our relationship. But buffi you win the bad present story i think. that is just appalling

Linds... LindsayFerrier

Buffi, I'm just so glad you're almost DONE with that mess. CELEBRATE!!

And Addys Mom, that's awful! Talk about bad timing!

nonmember avatar Lori

Well, my ex-fiance took me out for fast food one Valentine's Day. He made up for it the next year by sneaking in the bedroom window and leaving a dozen roses on my dresser. Yeah, so I kept him for six more years.

My best friend got broken up with on Valentine's Day. Then she found out he'd given her HPV. I count that as a bad gift, for sure.

Buffi Helton Messer

Lindsay, you were still "Lucinda" when that crap all started! (and he's still with the same ho!) But you were such a great support for me. And YES I will be celebrating. Huge party and you are absolutely invited! :)

Marsh... MarshaCWP

I've been married for 28 years, and we dated 2 years before that, so this will be the 31st Valentine's Day with my husband.  Over the years, I've gotten flowers, candy, stuffed animals, and jewelry, but about 10 years ago I talked him into giving me only one gift:  a love letter from him.  That's really all I want.  The flowers make me sneeze, I can't eat the candy, I have a boatload of stuffed animals, and I don't need more jewelry.  The letters are the most precious thing in the world.

Oh, and a foot massage.  He's really good at those.

nonmember avatar Den

My OH is the most unromantic guy ever. But he’s mine and I love him. Last St V day I arranged for us to go to a nice lunch out in the country and was VERY surprised when a card came in the mail on the Saturday. The fact I wasn’t expecting it made it much better even if it was an unromantic silly card. He didn’t buy a gift and I just don’t think he realises he’s meant to! This year we are going to France for lunch (from the UK, so not THAT far!) – a trip I arranged again … otherwise the day would pass unnoticed. Who knows if I’ll see a card. For my birthday last year he arrived home in the evening with a horrible gas station card.  It’s my bday tomorrow and he’s taking me off somewhere overnight – I’m just excited at getting a surprise, don’t care what/where it is!

But the WORST gift I EVER got, from a now ex, was a toilet seat for Christmas. We didn’t need one, I certainly didn’t WANT one (there was nothing wrong with the existing one), but he decided he wanted a new one and thought he’d wrap it up as my gift. I’d been so excited at this large parcel under the tree for weeks too.

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