Picking out the perfect Valentine’s Day gift is almost never an easy feat. Not only are you tasked with finding something within your budget and is relevant to your partner’s interests, but you also have to strike a balance between underwhelming and over-the-top. Sometimes, you nail it, and sometimes your gift falls totally flat. Let’s talk about the latter: the worst Valentine's Day gift you've ever received.
I'll share mine. I had been dating my then-boyfriend for just under four months by Valentine’s Day — admittedly, an awkward amount of time where choosing a gift is concerned. I decided to go the thoughtful route: I whipped up a box of homemade chocolate truffles and included a bottle of the same dessert wine we discovered on one of our first dates. He gave me — wait for it — a toothbrush. When I unwrapped it (out of the Walgreens bag it was rolled up in), he must’ve read the confusion on my face because he instantly added, “so you can stay over more.” I tried to justify the move as sweet in a strange way, but to this day, my girlfriends still use that damn toothbrush as a marker to measure how bad a gift is.
We’ve all heard about the Valentine’s Day gifts that dazzled via boastful Instagram posts. But what about the gifts that were cringe-worthy rather than cute? Alas, here are some the worst V-day gifts seven women of Reddit ever received.