Still buy Valentine's Gifts???

  DANZIG 09:46 13 Feb 2008

As it says...

Do you still buy them? I've been in a relationship with the other half now for about 10 years and we used to buy each other silly rubbish like teddy bears and stuff, but now buy each other something we actually want - generally CD's or books.

Anyone else do this, buy the overpriced shiny rubbish or just not bother??

  HondaMan 09:56 13 Feb 2008

Valentine's day is a fun day - time to be silly as we all were when in the early stages of being in love

  DANZIG 10:07 13 Feb 2008

I admit its meant to be a fun time, and after having reread my post I sound like a right misery guts.

I'm not, believe me! We've both got a few days off and going to see my 'inlaws' today and having a night in York on 'The Big Day'. Then off to see my folks darn sarf the next day.

I just think, as with most things, the commercialisation of the celebration is reaching epic proportions.

I even saw adverts for Valentines day in a suit shop yesterday - whats a suit got to do with valentines day???

  laurie53 10:53 13 Feb 2008

I was reading about Valentine's gifts the other day and asked my wife when gifts became the norm.

It used to be just a card, and maybe a bunch of flowers.

Somebody saw a chance to make a buck, like the "Easter Turkey" we'll all be urged to buy in a few weeks time.

  Bingalau 11:35 13 Feb 2008

My good lady and I must be real miserable gits too. We have never exchanged anything on St. Valentine's Day. Mind you we are going to a big booze-up on that evening. Any excuse and all that.

  dagbladet 13:16 13 Feb 2008

The wife and I gave up all presents about 10 years ago. That includes birthdays and Christmas. Quite honestly I was useless at buying her things. She didn't like the things I bought her, but didn't want to hurt my feelings so pretended she did, which in turn made me feel sorry for her, feeling sorry for me...etc...etc. The ritual went on for too many years until we just decided to stop it. Notwithstanding we're not wealthy, if she wants something she can just have it (if we can afford it obviously) at any time of the year.

Bah humbug.

  Totally-braindead 13:57 13 Feb 2008

No one will have me so theres no Mrs Totally-braindead to worry about. Sad isn't it.

My parents don't bother and never have according to them but it may be because they celebrate their wedding anniversary the day after Valentines day and thats more important to both of them.

  Bingalau 14:21 13 Feb 2008

dagbladet. That sounds a really sensible system to me too. We use the same one. If we want/need something we buy it there and then. I hate to see all these good people wasting money on flowers that quickly fade, mind you some of the romances fade with the flowers.

  Brumas 14:48 13 Feb 2008

I tell my wife I love her every day, we have been married 33 years so you could call me an old romantic. As regards buying tokens or cards no, we don’t anymore as we think it has become far too commercialised.
I also believe all the Big Firms and Tacky Gift manufacturers should have an annual outing to commemorate their involvement at 2122 North Clark Street, Chicago ;o))

  lisa02 15:00 13 Feb 2008

5 years together and we are like that Brumas and I hope so in another 30 odd years too. It's sweet and you're sweet too, lol.

Valentine's Day... we'll cosy up and be nice to each other and oh wait we're like that most days. I do have my "off" ones. >;)>

So no, no big deal on Valentine's Day for us.

  Bingalau 15:00 13 Feb 2008

Brumas. Are you insinuating that they are all gangsters? If so I think you are 100% correct.

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