What’s the least romantic gift you’ve ever received? How did you react?
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After our first major fight, my then boyfriend (now husband) went out and bought me a food processor. He knew I wanted one, and he thought that buying it would make me happy with him again.
I didn’t react to well to receiving a kitchen appliance as an I’m Sorry gift – and I ended up getting a locket from him the next day. The best part – the bowl was broken, and he had already lost the reciept, so I could neither use the stupid thing nor return it. I’m sure it’s in storage somewhere.
We still laugh about that, though, and I’ve since told Tim that if he wants to buy me an appliance as a make-up gift, he should buy me a Dyson vacuum. I’ve also received a stand mixer (that I wanted) for my birthday from him (we only argued about it because I wanted it for Christmas – I am a firm believer in getting practical for Christmas and fun for birthday). Actually, I think he’s just gotten out of the practical gift-giving business entirely.
Gosh, I have hardly ever received any romantic gifts. I got flowers a couple of times from guys I dated, but given the relationship we had at the time, they weren’t really “romantic,” if that makes any sense. I think the most romantic things I’ve received have been handwritten cards. My first boyfriend used to pick cute cards and write nice messages. Because English was his second language, they were that much cuter. Unfortunately, his actions didn’t match his written words, but the cards were nice.
Some of my funniest life memories are of another ex who was extremely cheap. I mean, folks, you haven’t seen cheap in this country unless you’ve met this guy. For example, I had to force him to buy two bowls at Walmart for 50 cents so he wouldn’t serve me cereal in an old, dented, burnt-out saucepan. No, I am not kidding. We went to the Salvation Army and Goodwill first, but their bowls were too expensive. This guy would wash his underwear in the tub and hang them over all his doorknobs to dry, rather than pay to do a load of laundry. He had literally no furniture; just a couple of mattresses on the floor, and at least one of them was pulled from someone else’s trash.
OK, so that sets the stage for my birthday. He asked me to hang out at his place so he could celebrate with me. So he wakes me up and asks me to move off the mattress so he can use it to iron his shirt. Then he said he was willing to overlook the fact that I didn’t offer to iron it because it was my birthday. Next he says he has a birthday present for me and he had to hide it real well so I wouldn’t find it. Well, it’s in a box full of his underwear, and it’s a big Hershey’s coffee-flavored chocolate bar. Yep, that’s it. And mind you, I don’t eat chocolate. And he’s known me for 5 months, so he knows I won’t eat this. He must have got it on a huge closeout sale. OK, so next it’s time for me to drive him to the airport for a job interview in a distant city. Good luck getting that job! At least it was easy for him to pack his stuff to move. Seriously folks, this is all true, and when I write my sit-com, he’s going to see himself in it and send me a mail bomb.
I should have pointed out that that cheap ex and I were dating when we were 40! Not 18 and college students. He had a graduate degree, a professional license, and a 6-figure income. And obviously a mental problem.
Not to say I didn’t appreciate the gift, it was just unexpected for Valentines Day. Jason bought me an elliptical machine,lol!! I love it and I wanted it, just not a very romantic gift, especially for Valentines Day. He makes up for it though with the roses he brings me for no reason or the baths he draws me. He is such a romantic…normally!!!
For my first Mother’s Day, Paul bought me a lawn/garden tractor!! He LOVED it! So for Father’s Day, I got him a video camera. We still laugh about this. The camera is long gone but that tractor is still sitting in our barn. It doesn’t work but it’s still there and I still kind of have to chuckle over it.
LOL mssc, NOT an appliance!!!
I know my mom’s was a broom! From my dad! He said now you have something to ride! Yes, they got divorced LOL They joke about it.
My least romantic gift….how about dumped by a boyfriend? It hurt bad. He’s my husband now and very romantic, but yea-that was bad. We were teenagers and on different pages! I think all his presents have been romantic in a way ever since.
Or my first boyfriend told me to close my eyes for my present-he kissed me!! Cheesy I thought. And NOT a present either. But it was my first kiss so I was on 7th Heaven!
That’s funny, when I first read the question, I read “most romantic” and was at a loss. Guess I unwittingly answered the question correctly . . . .
I did the same thing and then read everyones else’s comments and figured it out!!!
I would say the electric broom I got for Christmas one year. Sure, I thought it looked neat in the store, but really, for Christmas??!!! Oh, or the electric cleaning brush thingy!