Who doesn’t love getting presents? For birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, or just because, anything in a gift bag or tied with a bow is great. You know what’s not so great? Having to be the one to give the present, which means you have to pick out something that the other person will love and not want to return or complain about secretly behind your back. The pressure is especially real when the person you’re buying a gift for is your significant other. Buying the wrong thing that they hate feels like proof that you know nothing about them. Buying them something mediocre seems embarrassing, and straight up asking what they want then getting it is boring! No one wants to be included in a list of the worst presents someone has gotten from their significant other… which is precisely why we made this list, to warn you.
So, what’s worse: giving someone a clear cliche, or giving someone something completely random? Even gifts given with the best of intentions can fall short of expectations. If you’re wondering what you shouldn’t buy for a significant other, check out this list. Reddit users revealed the worst gifts they’ve ever gotten, and the answers might help steer you in the right direction when you’re trying to pick out the perfect present. At the end of the day, buying the wrong gift isn’t the end of the world, but it certainly isn’t a great feeling. Find out if any gifts you’ve ever given made this list!
Slow Down, Sonanybodywantakiwi : An engagement ring. When I was 15. And I didn't even like the guy. Image source: iStock
I Love You This Many InchesJuan_Too_3: I had an ex-girlfriend that gave me a ruler as a present. With the exact length of my penis marked on it. I unwrapped this in front of my family. That was fun trying to explain. Image source: iStock
Every Rose Has Its Thornanennil1: Despite my hatred of roses, my ex insisted on giving me roses for Every. Single. Event. My birthday, graduation, Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc. I always thanked him and tried to kindly remind him that I hate roses, but the more he gave them to me the more pissed off I got. I even threatened to start lighting them on fire and he STILL gave them to me. To me it just said he couldn't listen to me. Image source: iStock
Do You Want Fries With That?__dilligaf__: A gift card to the restaurant I worked at. Really!? Like I wouldn't want to eat somewhere else/fancier? Someplace I didn't talk about how dirty the kitchen was? Image source: iStock
Diamonds Aren't A Boy's Best Friendphobos55: My high school girlfriend was bad at gifts too. I told her I hated jewelry and wouldn't enjoy wearing any. She got me a necklace for christmas. I had to pretend a necklace from her was the exception. Then she got me a ring the christmas after that. Hooray for fake enthusiasm! Image source: iStock
Not Quite Equal...DJGaristotle: For Xmas I proposed to my girlfriend. She got me a planner... Image source: iStock
What A TeasePsychodelicEuphoria: A sex position book with full graphics on Valentine's Day. I liked the book but kinda pissed because he wasn't willing to try any positions. Like why give it to me in the first place. Image source: iStock
Using The Sticky Fingers Discount8337: My college boyfriend was a shoplifter. Every gift I ever got from him was stolen. I didn't find out until after we broke up. It explained the odd gifts. Always small things that I had never expressed much interest in, but would have been easy to nab. Image source: iStock
No Thank YouLeporad: He asked me to close my eyes, and I thought it was gonna be good. Them he asked me to get on my knees, so I thought it would be really good. And then open my mouth... So a really good chocolate? Nope. Was dick. Image source: iStock
Some Mysteries Are Better Left UnsolvedPieceofthePuzzle: One year for Christmas my boyfriend put a 2" square wrapped box under the tree. It was there for over a week, and obviously a box that size could only hold one thing, right? Especially since we had already talked about marriage. I opened it on Christmas morning, ready to freak out, and found an off-brand mini MP3 player. He had bought like eight of them on cyber Monday and he gave them to everyone. Image source: iStock
Not Meant For One PlayerJuan_Too_3: My first boyfriend and I started dating in college. We got together in February my birthday in January and his in March so really the first major gift giving Holiday we were together for was Christmas. I took it very seriously and tried to get him the perfect gift, a fancy new watch because he had worn his other one to death. He loved it and I was super happy, then I opened my gift... He got me Harry Potter Clue. Which i guess could have been fun but he HATES board games and refused to play with me. Looking back that was a good indication that I was a bit more invested than he was. Image source: iStock
Too Much Too SoonSuperFineKen: My ex-girlfriend got me a wedding cake topper for my 17th B-day. "It represents us" she says, "we can use it the day we marry". It was a BIT to intense for my liking, so I noped out of there shortly after. Image source: iStock
Work Out Gear Is So RomanticRamsesThePigeon: During our first Christmas together, my then-girlfriend gave me a pair of hand weights, of the sort that might be held by a jogger wearing leggings. They had clearly been purchased from the bargain bin at the local thrift store... but I told myself it was the thought that mattered (even if I wasn't sure that any thought had gone into the gift at all). Besides, we had only been dating for about three months, and it was probably unfair of me to expect anything at all. Unfortunately, that would set the stage for every gift I'd receive from the girl. Image source: iStock
Capture Every MomentImSorryForWhatISaid: She bought me a wireless printer so she could use the printer for photos. I haven't used it once. Image source: iStock
Groove To The Musicwalkupintheclub: The worst thing I ever got from my SO was an ipod touch. She knew I had no need for an ipod because I already owned one. The one she gave me had even less memory than the already had, it was a truly terrible gift. Image source: iStock
What’s the worst gift you’ve ever gotten from a significant other or someone else? Tell us in the comments.