• Choosing a gift for Valentine’s Day is always a challenge, but some gifts are definitely a worse idea than others.
  • A new poll of approximately 2,000 Americans produced a rather impressive list of the worst Valentine’s Day gifts, with respondents rating gift ideas based on how disappointed they would be to receive the item. 
  • If you’re a fan of fancy dinners and chocolate, you’re apparently pretty safe, but there are a few gift ideas on the list that are truly hilarious and eye-roll worthy.

Depending on how you and your significant other feel about it, Valentine’s Day can be seen as either be a very important holiday to celebrate one another or a made-up cash-grab that should be ignored at all costs. If you fall into the former group, you’ve probably found yourself struggling to come up with a decent Valentine’s Day gift idea at one point or another over the years, and oftentimes it’s easy to fall back on old standbys like chocolate and flowers.

A new survey of approximately 2,000 Americans attempts to rank Valentine’s Day gifts based on how good or bad they are. The poll asked participants how disappointed they would be to receive specific gifts. The gifts with the highest percentage of disappointed recipients are obviously the worst of the worst. Can you guess what took the top spot?

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Now, I’ve had to shop for plenty of Valentine’s Day gifts over the years and, yeah, sometimes it makes sense to just go with what you know works. However, some of the time-tested “favorites” actually ranked high when it came to disappointment. In fact, flowers were the second most disappointing gift idea, according to the respondents, and chocolates came in third. It kind of makes me wonder how well my gifts have been received over the years, but that’s a different topic for another day.

What you really came to see is what the number one worst gift idea is. Well, it’s something that I, personally, haven’t ever considered for V-Day, but perhaps you have. Are you ready? The worst gift idea, according to the survey, is furry handcuffs. Ha!

I can absolutely understand why furry handcuffs were rated poorly, with over a third of people saying that they would be disappointed by the gift. It’s pretty presumptuous, and depending on your tastes, it might not seem very romantic. Lingerie fared a bit better, with less than one-quarter of people saying it would be a disappointing gift, and underwear were even more popular, with only 14% of people saying they’d be disappointed to receive it as a Valentine’s Day gift.

Here’s the full rundown:

  1. Furry handcuffs (34%)
  2. Flowers (28%)
  3. A heart-shaped box of chocolates (22%)
  4. A funny card (25%)
  5. Lingerie (24%)
  6. Champagne (19%)
  7. A love coupon book (18%)
  8. Chocolate-covered strawberries (18%)
  9. Perfume (17%)
  10. Underwear (15%)
  11. Scented candles (14%)
  12. A serenade (14%)
  13. A massage (14%)
  14. Fancy dinner (10%)

So, there you have it. Dinner and a massage are the way to go if you want the best odds of your significant other enjoying the holiday. Save the handcuffs for Sweetest Day.

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Mike Wehner has reported on technology and video games for the past decade, covering breaking news and trends in VR, wearables, smartphones, and future tech. Most recently, Mike served as Tech Editor at The Daily Dot, and has been featured in USA Today, Time.com, and countless other web and print outlets. His love of reporting is second only to his gaming addiction.