Bad Gifts Top Survey of Worst Valentine's Day Experiences

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Valentine's Day may be the most romantic holiday of the year, but a survey by emerging online jeweler Wedding Bands Wholesale suggests that bad gifts, whether received or given, are the best way to ruin the big day. "A unity of eternal online commitment."

Valentine's Day may be the most romantic holiday of the year, but a survey by emerging online jeweler Wedding Bands Wholesale suggests that bad gifts, whether received or given, are the best way to ruin the big day. Other than being alone, 19 percent of survey respondents ranked receiving a bad gift or no gift as their worst Valentine's Day experience. It's no fun to be on the giving end of a bad gift either. Nearly one in 10 (8 percent) said presenting a bad gift was the reason for their worst Valentine's Day.

"Gift giving is central to our idea of a romantic Valentine's Day," said Wedding Bands Wholesale Expert Designer Asher Almani. "Feedback from survey participants suggests that the key to a successful Valentine's Day understands the expectations of your significant other."

When asked to describe their worst Valentine's Day gift, respondents surprisingly revealed that traditional gift categories should be approached with caution:

  • Clothing/lingerie and candy topped the worst gifts list, each representing 20 percent;
  • Cards/notes also ranked high, accounting for nine percent of worst gifts;
  • Household appliances/cleaning products made up eight percent of the vote; and,
  • Flowers/plants completed the top five, comprising seven percent of worst gifts.

"Generally, gifts failed to meet expectations when the giver didn't dedicate appropriate thought to the recipient," said Almani. "A rug shampooer is clearly a horrible Valentine's Day gift, but likewise giving candy when she's expecting diamond earrings are equally disappointing."

Among the worst gift responses, Wedding Bands Wholesale's Top 10 include:
1. Vacuum
2. Paper Shredder
3. Electric Frying Pan
4. Crock-pot
5. Rug shampooer
6. Pencil sharpener
7. Ice scraper
8. Can of soup
9. Wisconsin cheese
10. Cold pizza

To ensure your Valentines' Day is a success, offers the following tips:

Think Like The Recipient: Valentine's Day is designed to make people feel special. In other words, avoid the vacuum (a real response), and ask yourself: What makes the recipient's eyes light up? You don't have to be Don Juan, but neither should your gift inspire visions of housework.

Not-So-Subtle Hints: Lack of communication, confusing hints or an absence thereof, is the main reasons we purchase bad gifts. As the survey suggests, this is a lose-lose situation, so don't be afraid to ask for help. Seek specificity, including color, size and serial number. To simplify this process, sites like have a "Wish List" feature that allows her to save her favorite items, and then email the list to you, removing the confusion.

Go Classic or Go Home: Gifts with a classic style are almost never wrong. Why? They're always sought after, are elegant and romantic. For example, diamond stud earrings and tennis bracelets have been worn by the rich and fabulous for decades, and romantic getaways never become passÅ .

Reserve or Regret: Valentine's Day is the busiest night of the year for many restaurants, so reservations are a must. Many survey respondents indicated that not being able to get into a restaurant ruined their Valentine's Day; in fact, one ended up at a McDonald's drive-through.

Lingerie is Risky Business: While lingerie might seem like a fun and exciting gift, she may not feel the same. Several respondents indicated lingerie, either of an inappropriate nature or from an inappropriate source, as their worst gift ever. If you have the slightest hesitation, leave the lingerie alone.

Jewelry Offers Many Options and Doesn't Have to Break the Bank: A classic jewelry gift, such as diamond band or a platinum band, is one she'll not only love, but avoids the pitfalls of colors inherent in a gift such as clothing. Classic wedding bands never go out of style, making it easy to be sure your gift will be received with excitement.

Wedding Bands Wholesale is the emerging online destination for high-end wedding bands, offering hundreds of options this Valentine's Day. Pieces range from $50 for a dome plain wedding band to $50,000 for a one-of-a-kind 4-carat pink heart-shaped diamond wedding band. WeddingBandsWholesale's jewelry is priced 20-50 percent below traditional retail. will ship jewelry free via FedEx overnight for Valentine's Day delivery on orders placed by Saturday, February 12, at 3 p.m. ET.

About, Inc.
Wedding Bands Wholesale is an online retailer of wedding bands located in the heart of the diamond district in New York City. WeddingBandsWholesale has built a well-esteemed brand by providing clients with a better way to buy wedding bands. Wedding Bands Wholesale has established some of the highest quality principles in the industry and provides clients with in-depth educational materials and unique online tools that place consumers in control of the wedding band shopping process. The Web site showcases independently certified wedding bands at prices significantly below traditional retail. Check us out at

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