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11 Gifts You Should Avoid on Valentine's Day

From puppies to teddy bears, here are 11 common Valentine's Day gifts you should probably avoid.
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Few calendar days carry the pressure traditionally associated with Valentine's Day. On this Hallmark holiday, not only must you purchase the right gift, but you also have to make sure you avoid any potentially insulting gifts. To help you steer clear of any Valentine's Day mishaps, we've created a list of 11 Valentine's Day gifts you should avoid at all costs. While some may appear innocuous, their potential to backfire is far greater.

11 Types of Valentine's Day Gifts to Avoid

What terrible gifts have you given (or received) on Valentine's Day? Have any of your past gifts unintentionally offended someone? Let us know in the comments below.

Also, before you settle on any one item, be sure to check out our debunked Valentine's Day myths and then find out how you can save money on your Valentine's Day shopping.


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I got this terrible gold heart with diamonds necklace. I knew it was a few hundred bucks and I just felt so lousy receiving it since I hated it. Who wants a cheesy looking diamond heart pendant necklace? If it were a $1 Chinese eBay purchase I would have been fine. I was of course surprised when I got it since it was such an expensive gift and we'd only been together like a year in a long distance relationship, but I thought he'd know I wouldn't like such a gaudy generic token of love. The guilt of receiving it led me to confessing my dislike and he was able to return it. Sure, feelings were hurt, but on the plus side, we've been together a decade, and the next Valentine's day I got a 6-Megapixel camera, which at the time was like whoa, and everyone was happy. And now we don't even do holiday gifts, just "Surprise! I knew you wanted this and so I got it for you because I love you and saw it was on sale on Deal News," gifts.
HandicappedFatty
I want plastic surgery!
Paula Bradley (DealNews)
Totally agree with the vacation slide - relationship killer if it's too early!
dealnews-bglaser (DealNews)
@jsmithrulez2
Check out "9 Alternative Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for the Modern Romantic" http://bit.ly/1FCCFIj

And "What to Expect From Valentine's Day Deals" http://bit.ly/1ypsnVZ
jsmithrulez2
SidB - the page doesn't reload, so there is no need to skip the slide shows. Stop being a lazy monkey and click NEXT. Sheez, kids nowadays!!

This list excludes every gift idea imaginable! I want to see gift ideas please!
Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
@SidB Our page does not reload, so no, we're not showing additional ad views with slide shows.
SidB
How about a better idea--skip the slide shows completely. Users hate them and there only real purpose is to show more ads as the pages flip.
dealnews-bglaser (DealNews)
@Scroogus Maximus Sorry, we're still working out all the bugs in our slideshows. It looks fine from our end, but sometimes our slideshows don't work in all browsers. What browser are you using, and are you on mobile? Thanks for your help!
Scroogus Maximus
There's nothing in the article's list. Here's the cut & pasted article as it appears:
Few calendar days carry the pressure traditionally associated with Valentine's Day. On this Hallmark holiday, not only must you purchase the right gift, but you also have to make sure you avoid any potentially insulting gifts. To help you steer clear of any Valentine's Day mishaps, we've created a list of 11 Valentine's Day gifts you should avoid at all costs. While some may appear innocuous, their potential to backfire is far greater.

11 Types of Valentine's Day Gifts to Avoid

What terrible gifts have you given (or received) on Valentine's Day? Have any of your past gifts unintentionally offended someone? Let us know in the comments below.

Also, before you settle on any one item, be sure to check out our debunked Valentine's Day myths and then find out how you can save money on your Valentine's Day shopping.
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