Worst Valentine’s Day gifts 2016
14 February is Valentine’s Day, and with it comes an influx of gift suggestions from companies trying to take advantage of the occasion. According to eHarmony research, Brits spent £1.9bn on Valentine’s Day gifts in 2015, and this year’s figure is expected to rise even further. But there are some items that we just don’t think cut it as a Valentine’s Day gift, so here we’re sharing some of the worst around.
Worst Valentine’s Day Gifts: Power bank
The inspiration for this article came from an email sent by a maker of
power banks. We can’t think of many things that are less romantic than a gadget that can add battery life to your phone, but at least it’s practical. Still, if you want to buy one, check out our round-up of the
best power banks available.
Read on for more unromantic Valentine’s Day gifts.
Worst Valentine’s Day gifts: A fitness tracker
Unless they’ve specifically asked for one or might want one to track their steps when they run the London Marathon this year, giving your partner a
fitness tracker for Valentine’s Day is a no-no. No matter how innocent your intentions were, even if you’ve gone for the number one in our
fitness tracker chart, your partner is bound to assume you’re suggesting they need to work out more.
If you’ve been considering a fitness tracker, why not opt for a smartwatch instead? Find out which are worth buying in our
best smartwatch chart.
Worst Valentine’s Day gifts: A vacuum cleaner
Similarly, a vacuum cleaner for Valentine’s Day isn’t going to send a good message. It’s essentially saying: “Honey, the house is a mess so I’ve got you something to help you clean it.” The same goes for irons, DIY manuals and toolkits.
Worst Valentine’s Day gifts: Location trackers
Even worse than a vacuum cleaner or fitness tracker is a location tracking device. We’re talking about the kind of tracker you can attach to your keys or vehicle or even a fully-fledged GPS tracker, particularly if you offer to set it up for them. No one wants to feel like they’re being spied on or followed!
That said, if your other half is prone to losing things and you promise to stay well away from the setup process, the
Tile tracker is a good little gift, but maybe save it for a birthday or Christmas…
Worst Valentine’s Day gifts: 3D printed chocolate face
No matter how gorgeous you are, getting your face 3D printed in chocolate and giving it to your partner for Valentine’s Day is creepy. We think these 3D printed chocolate pops (or Heads on Sticks as
Candy Mechanics calls them) are actually pretty awesome, but as a declaration of your love? Not so much.
What’s the worst Valentine’s Day gift you’ve ever received? Let us know in the comments section below.