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Sad Gifts All Too Common on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can be an extremely stressful holiday for men. Oftentimes they are lost when it comes to knowing what to give and they end up putting off their shopping until the last minute, resulting in poor gift choices. Having a discussion with a partner about gift-giving expectations can prove to be fruitful.

Littleton, CO, January 22, 2015 --( Last Valentine’s Day, Gift Toad surveyed its Facebook followers asking them to describe in 25 words or less the best or worst Valentine’s Day gift they had ever received. The results were surprising; some were heartwarming and others were just plain sad. Several individuals shared beautiful stories about Valentine’s Day proposals, babies being born on Valentine’s Day, and hand-made gifts they had received. Others, however, shared heart-breaking memories from the love-inspired holiday.

Here are just a few of the sad stories that were shared:

“My ex bought himself a game for his Xbox and I got nothing.”
“I received an engraved locket with my boyfriend’s initials and his ex’s (initials).”
“My boyfriend waited until the last minute. The store only had kid Valentines left. I received a SpongeBob Valentine with a broken lollipop attached.”
“(I received) weight loss pills and a scale.”

“Valentine’s Day can be an extremely stressful holiday for men. Oftentimes they are lost when it comes to knowing what to give and they end up putting off their shopping until the last minute. Note the SpongeBob Valentine story,” says Brenda Staab, Editor-in-Chief at Gift Toad, an online shopping site for men to find appropriate gifts for women. “Our goal is to alleviate the stress that men feel when it comes to shopping and help them be better gift-givers so they can be proud of their gifts. We find that the recipients on the other end are happier with the gifts their guys give them.”

Chip Brunk, Gift Toad’s founder, states, “I have certainly given my share of bad gifts. It took me several years of marriage to realize that, in my wife’s eyes, the gifts I gave her said a lot more about my feelings for her than I ever would have guessed. Knowing that, I felt the stress kicking in as each holiday drew near – Valentine’s Day, her birthday, our anniversary and Christmas.”

After talking to other men, Brunk realized he wasn’t the only guy who felt that way. That’s why Brunk founded Gift Toad. “I hate shopping, and I wanted to be able to go to one site to find fail-proof gifts that I could feel good about giving my wife. Our team of editors looks at millions of products online and narrows the list down to only the best gifts they think women would like to receive. They also give some of the items a romantic score so I know which ones would be most appropriate to give my wife for Valentine’s Day or our anniversary.”

Relationship experts agree that gift-giving can be an important ingredient in a romantic relationship. And some individuals place more value on giving and receiving gifts than others do.

Says Staab, “No matter how long you have been in a relationship, expectations for gift-giving can make for a productive discussion. I suggest talking with your partner to find out what kinds of gifts he or she likes to receive. Some women I know love receiving romantic gifts like jewelry and flowers, and others I know prefer more practical gifts.”

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this might just be the perfect time to have that discussion and to make a gift-giving game plan.

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Gift Toad
Brenda Staab
(720) 449-2912 ext. 707
Chip Brunk
(720) 449-2912, ext 700

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