Again Congratulations to all our winners! Here are some of the interesting entries that were submitted:
-Two years ago I got my wife an MP3 play from iAudio that would work with her Mac.She had not used it; I was thinking she didn't like the ear buds.So, last year I got her an external portable speaker.She still has not used it.Flowers the past two years would have probably cost less, and been better appreciated.
-I gave my mom a key chain with an electric picture frame two Christmases ago. Last year we asked her how she liked it. She said, “Oh, it stores pictures.” So, it did not go over at all as we expected.
-Ok, so I'm a neat freak and my wife is…well…she isn't. So, I thought it would be great to get her these wire mesh organizational compartments to help her keep her office organized. She has a bunch of mail/journals/pictures that she keeps near her computer and it was always such a mess. They all matched and went really well with the color scheme of the computer and desk. I thought I did really well picking them out. She was super excited to see all seven items I wrapped for her….until she opened them! Wow, she is not good at hiding her feelings. I thought she was going to cry. Flowers would have been better…I think rocks would have been better! I was so bummed out! I would have loved to get them as a gift! Needless to say I put all her things in them as she moped around a little. She was actually very gracious and told me she liked them, but I could tell she was disappointed. I would like to do better this year!
-Being a mother of two boys and a wife to a very active husband, our house is a full-time fun place to laugh, play and wrestle. We have many fun art days, play dough activities, pudding finger-painting days etc. Our floors are the most difficult thing to keep clean and I am constantly sweeping/mopping/vacuuming. So naturally my husband had the perfect Valentine's gift picked out for me. He was so sure that he was making my life better/easier and I was going to be so thrilled. I took a bunch of time to pick out the perfect gift for my honey...a homemade coupon book filled with all the best redeemable coupons that I just KNEW he would LOVE!! I LOVE surprises, LOVE homemade things and LOVE Hersheys Kisses. So I was pretty excited for Valentine's Day. When I saw the long pole with the bow on top I was quite disappointed that I got something for the HOUSE instead of something romantic. Really I am not complaining about the thought that went in to the gift. I know my honey had every great intention and I love him for that. I'm so grateful he's my man and he learned a great deal on the Valentine's Day on what I really look forward to on Valentine's Days.
-The worst gift I ever gave my wife was a bag of frozen tortellini. In my defense, I really thought she'd like it, she talked about some tortellini dish she had at a baby shower, so I figured, what the heck, tortellini will be a cool Valentine's Day present. I even bought the "tri-colored" kind. Anyway, I really couldn't wrap it because it was frozen, so I just left it in the plastic yellow grocery bag, which I guess you can call Strike 2.Strike 3 was sort of cringe-worthy. My wife opened the plastic bag, and upon seeing the tortellini, mistook the pasta as a symbol of a larger gift, a longed-for trip to Italy. She started screaming "We're going to ITALY, we're going to ITALY", and I was shaking my head saying "No, we're definitely not going to Italy". It was then that she cocked her head to the side and stared at me and said "Well, then, what the heck is this about??"I tried to explain, but all was lost. I became the butt of jokes, crowned the Tortellini King, and lots of people had fun at my expense over my colossal lapse in gift-giving judgment!
-A few years ago for Mother's Day I gave my wife a weight bench. I thought it was great. She had been trying to work out more and we had talked about what she wanted to do more of at the gym. I really thought she would like having a weight bench at home.I was so excited to give it to her thinking I had chosen a perfect gift. My kids gave her the presents they had made a school, and then it was my turn. The size of the box was huge and she couldn't even lift it. She tore off the wrapping paper and stared at the box, she didn't say a word. I looked at my teenage daughter and she just rolled her eyes at me. I looked at my wife, she wasn't happy. The younger kids just left the room. My wife sat down on the couch, she didn't cry, but I could tell that I had chosen the wrong gift. She explained that giving a weight loss product as a gift made her feel fat. I tried to explain me reasoning. I explained that if it was me, this is something I would love. She said "good, you can keep it for Father's Day", and left the room.Later that same day I picked up a huge bouquet of flowers, a large box of chocolates, and a necklace. All was forgiven.But I still think it was a good gift.
-Ok I have been told by a hole in the wall- one was a power tool and nope not a vibrator- I got her a set of rechargeable tools and a rechargeable car battery..she said that was not very romantic and thru it thru the wall. Ok so the power tool was something I wanted and I also bought myself a bunch of stuff and did not realize it was Valentines Day until She handed me the gift she got- duh I saw the hearts at the store- did not think..but did not think she would throw- but hey her throw was really great!