Gift Toad Survey Shows that Stress about Shopping can Result in Bad Valentine’s Day Gift-Giving: Online Service Helps with Gift Selection

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Facebook survey shows that dislike of and stress about shopping for gifts can lead to poor gift choices. An online gift service makes it easy to find appropriate gifts.

Gift Toad surveyed its Facebook followers asking them to describe in 25 words or less the best or worst Valentine’s Day gift they had ever received. The results were surprising; some of the answers were heartwarming and others were downright sad. Several individuals shared beautiful stories about Valentine’s Day proposals, babies being born on Valentine’s Day, and hand-made gifts they had received. Others, however, shared their heartbreaking stories from the love-inspired holiday.

Here are four of the worst:

“My ex bought himself a game for his Xbox and I got nothing.”

“I received an engraved locket with my boyfriend’s initials and his ex’s (initials).”

“My boyfriend waited until the last minute. The store only had kid Valentines left. I received a SpongeBob Valentine with a broken lollipop attached.”

“(I received) weight loss pills and a scale.”

As a result of hearing stories like these and after surviving a few of his own gift-giving debacles, Chip Brunk, a former investment banker and toy company president, founded an online gift service. “Gift Toad is designed for men like me who hate shopping and find the gift-giving process to be taxing,” says Brunk. “I once gave my wife a vacuum cleaner because I thought she would appreciate the self-propel feature. It turns out she thought I was telling her that she needed to clean more. After that experience, I found it stressful trying to find appropriate gifts knowing that what I gave her meant more to her than I ever realized.”

Many people find their stress levels increasing as major gift-giving occasions like Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas draw near. Oftentimes they are unsure about what type of gift to buy and end up putting off their shopping until the last minute. “Our goal is to alleviate the stress that comes with preparing for an upcoming gift-giving occasion by making it easy for our users to find appropriate gifts,” says Brenda Staab, Editor-in-Chief at Gift Toad. “We sort through millions of products and feature only the most appealing gift items so that the shopping process essentially becomes fail-proof.”

Gift Toad’s team of editors further assists with the decision-making process by providing gift-giving tips as well as romantic scores on certain items like jewelry and flowers to help customers find suitable presents for the more romantic occasions such as Valentine’s Day and anniversaries.

Relationship experts agree that gift-giving can be an important ingredient in a romantic relationship. And some individuals place more value on giving and receiving gifts than others do. Says Staab, “I know a lot of people who end up picking out their own gifts, which can take away from the romantic aspect of a special occasion. Shopping doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful, and gift-giving can be fun and rewarding for both the giver and the receiver.”

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, now may a good time to start shopping in order to avoid having to deliver a cartoon Valentine with a broken lollipop attached.

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