- "I bought her DVDs. Just a few DVDs and it was very last minute. To clarify, this was when Blu-Ray was already out. It wasn't like DVDs were my only option. I just grabbed a couple I thought she'd like, maybe. That relationship didn't last long." —Craig, 29
- "My friend set me up on what was basically a blind date around Christmas. I tried to be really adorable with this one, so I wanted to bring a Christmas gift that was mostly a joke… I was basically just going to use it as an icebreaker. I love those Reese's trees more than anything. There's so much more peanut butter compared to regular cups. Anyway, I made a nice gift bag with a few of them in it, and it turned out she was deathly allergic to peanut butter. To the point where she freaked out even touching the bag. It did not go over well." —Matthew, 26
- "When I was a teen I bought a girl a two-feet-tall Scooby Doo stuffed animal because I liked Scooby Doo." —Max, 26
- "I once listened to the advice of the woman at the perfume counter and bought what I can only describe in hindsight as 'grandma perfume.'" —Ryan, 27
- "My girlfriend will tell you this is her favorite gift in the world, but I think it's objectively the worst, at least from an outsider's point of view. She likes to knit a lot, and a few years ago, I thought it'd be really cute to try my hand at knitting and make her a blanket. I knew it wouldn't be anywhere near as good as anything she's made me. But I thought it'd be a nice keepsake. It turned out so much worse than I could possibly imagine. She loves it, but it's so skewed and full of weird holes and just not uniform. But she still insists on keeping it around." —Kyle, 29
- "In high
school,I bought my girlfriend a case of Snapple. In my defense, she loved Snapple, and I worked at a grocery store so it was a very economical gift." —Dave, 28
- "I made a desperate attempt to get my then-girlfriend into football for Hanukkah. She had kind of expressed interest in it once because I'm so intense about it. I figured getting us season tickets so we could go to the games together, her own jersey, a book on how the game is played, and a few other things would be a nice way to bond. She was… not impressed." —James, 25
- "Once, when I was 14, I literally gave her a mug from my house. I didn't think we'd be exchanging gifts but she texted me all excited about what she got me (a hoodie from Hot Topic). So, I panicked before she came over and wrapped up a mug that was Christmas-themed. She obviously hated it. But she pretended she didn't. On top of that, my mom got mad at me for giving away one of her mugs. We were 'going out' but we were so young it wasn't anything serious. We're still friends now. I should ask her if she remembers that." —Bryan, 26
- "I bought my girlfriend earrings she already had because I'm an idiot with zero observational skills, apparently. They weren't the exact same earrings. They were different manufacturers. But they were close enough. The sad part is, I saw them and thought, 'I've really nailed this present. These are so perfect for her. She's going to love them.' And in a sense, I was right. She laughed when she opened them, and I wound up swapping them for tickets to a band she loves, so it wasn't all that bad. But I am now very, very particular about noticing what she's wearing. I think she thought it was cute, but I could also never get away with doing it again." —Ethan, 27
- "Once, I bought a girlfriend one of those weekly food delivery subscriptions, which in and of itself is a good gift, I think. But then there was some fraudulent activity on my account and I had to get a new card. I totally forgot that I had used that card to get this subscription. It obviously didn't go through and she never got it. Three months later, I brought it up to her because I never heard her say anything about it. That's when I realized what happened. She didn't want to bring it up because she felt bad. So one year, I basically got my girlfriend nothing." —Mike, 28
- "This might be a stretch, but poison ivy. I once gave someone poison ivy. I was like, maybe nine or ten? And I thought during recess I would pick some flowers and give it to the girl I had a crush on. So I went into the woods and picked things I thought were pretty. I must have inadvertently grabbed some poison ivy or touched it or something and gotten it on the flowers. I don't really know how it all works. But I gave them to her and we both wound up with poison ivy all over our hands and a few other spots. Her parents were furious because it was right before Christmas break too. So I never got their blessing to date their daughter, unfortunately." —Luke, 27
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