If you’ve ever spent an extended period of time on a relationship goals-themed Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr account, you’ve probably left with some, uh, skewed expectations of what a relationship is supposed to be like. You know, like, thinking that all couples have to wear matching sweatpants and Calvin Klein underwear to ensure that the relationship is healthy. Keeping large stuffed bears around at all times as an extra form of protection, of course. You probably think that, in order to keep a relationship strong, one must be spending at least $200,000 per annum on lavish, photogenic gifts as a means of keeping bae happy. This not to say that I am opposed to the concept of gifts entirely, of course. There is obviously nothing wrong with spending a little extra money or time working on something nice for a person you happen to care about on a special occasion – doing so is a physical reminder that you do care about them, and while you shouldn’t have to rely on gifts to keep a relationship strong, it certainly can’t hurt. (They aren’t called “tokens of affection” for nothing, after all!)
It’s just that when these gifts are of the “relationship goals” variety—i.e. costly, overly elaborate, and bearing a certain quality that, while you can’t put a finger on what it is exactly, makes you feel as though the gift was given solely so that it could be posted on social media – I am tempted to call foul. And, lately, I have seen a whole lot of these! Check out the most insane gifts that real couples have actually given each other:
1. An alligator?
Relationship goals pic.twitter.com/L4wwIz3jW0
— Relatable! (@GirlTroubIes) December 26, 2015
2. This pair of shoes that carry a strong message:
Christmas Relationship Goals AF pic.twitter.com/berXCZRJHd
— Where To Cop (@WhereToCop) December 25, 2015
3. Literally just straight-up cash, for no apparent reason:
Now that my $860 rent is paid. I'm going to go blow this stack BAE gave me just to enjoy myself with. Enjoy yall day pic.twitter.com/VPhmLnNRJ8
— Ze' (@_zemonae) August 25, 2016
4. Mountains of…stuff:
she thought he was just playingpic.twitter.com/lqlNFbl1kV
— Relationship Goals (@RealCoupleGoaIs) July 17, 2015
5. A Michael Kors bag???
early birthday present from bae and I'm actually in tears pic.twitter.com/z4qatgWTh0
— em (@emilyanne826) July 7, 2016
6. This BONKERS–but cute–contraption:
boyfriend made this for me before he goes away to college (': pic.twitter.com/pL8FwnEJIG
— Zara (@snikda_araz) August 25, 2016
7. This one, too:
Early birthday present from bae!! All hand made and flowers, and four handwritten letters!pic.twitter.com/tDwlx2uWpZ
— Katlyn Charter (@CharterKatlyn) August 19, 2016
8. Also–this one:
This is so cute pic.twitter.com/QgxRICsdER
— Relationship Goals (@RealCoupleGoaIs) July 26, 2015
9. Jimmy Choo sneakers?
Getting texts from bae askin if I want jimmy choo trainers for an early Xmas present ?yes pls love u
— georgia wilkinson (@gandrewilkinson) September 9, 2016
10. A record deal with Kanye West:
Tyga: Can you get Kanye to sign me?
— (@RiskyRoss22) September 9, 2016
11. Just, like, piles of flowers:
12. Giant bears. Obviously:
13. And, of course, a photo. Of yourself. Gotta remind bae of what’s really important, right?
me as a girlfriend pic.twitter.com/iAKSwxdCu6
— Common White Girl (@girlposts) September 6, 2016