Thursday, February 14, 2013
Now I'm not against Valentine's Day because I'm anti-love, you've been reading my blog long enough to know I love the Trophy, I just don't see a reason that I have to prove my love to her on one specific day by spending a buttload of money. I'm against Valentine's Day because of the pressure.
There is an obscene amount of pressure on a guy on Valentine's Day, not completely on a husband but more so on the boyfriend. I remember being a boyfriend in high school and in college, stressing out about what to get my girlfriend for V.D. (yeah, we'll call it V.D. because it fits). Back then the choices were fairly simple, go to Sears and Roebuck and pick out a nice shiny $10 cubic zirconia necklace or head to Cumby's and pick up a rose sitting next to the register. Then off to Caldor to pick out a V.D. card and you're done. But nowadays, holy crap on a cracker!
Some of the gift ideas are ridiculous as well but the companies spin them as great gift ideas....
The Vermont Teddy Bear Co. - I've been there before, we took a trip to Vermont and took a tour of the company. There is no reason that a teddy bear should cost more than the trip itself. If you are going to do the teddy bear thing, go to Walmart, buy a $5 bear and some baby clothes and save yourself some money. Just don't go to cashier with the running commentary.
Pajama Gram - Who came up with this stupid idea? Nothing says romance more than a nice pair of flannel butt flap jammies...maybe it you live in upper Maine. You can buy lingerie there too, but most guys will agree, save the fancy stuff, we just want you naked anyway.
Sherry's Berries - Not a terrible idea, except that it costs you a week's salary to buy five chocolate covered strawberries. They can't be very fresh if they are being shipped from who knows where.
But these are the companies we hear on the radio day in and day out starting February first so it gets drilled into our heads. Some guys might try to be the rebel and not do the commercial gifts, instead opting for the "I tried to put a lot of thought into this, but you hate it" gift. They buy chocolates and their girlfriend gets pissed off because she is on a diet, they take her out to dinner where she only orders a salad because she just turned vegetarian or worse, they go out to a bar and the girl decides she is a lesbian that night...not that I would know...
No matter what the boyfriend does or gets for her, it's going to be wrong unless it's diamonds and chances are they're not going to get anything in return, except with the diamonds, you're getting laid.
"Here's your Valentine's Day gift, I hope you like the Whitman's Sampler."
"Aww how sweet, here's a kiss on the cheek."
The only gift that would work is flowers sent to her work. There is a catch 22 there though, you send her the flowers and you look like a knight in shining armor to all of her co-workers, and she brags about how great you are but then there is the other side of the coin...the co-worker's significant others. Those guys will HATE you for doing that because that is all they will hear about when the co-workers get home.