10 Worst Valentine’s Day Gifts Ever



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For as many amazing Valentine’s Day gifts you could give your significant other, there are some things that send the wrong message.

No one gets it right all of the time and there is that little thing called grace for the one we love’s imperfections, but then there is the list below.

Searching the internet I found a crazy lot of horrible Valentine’s Day gifts. The list below is a compilation of some of the worst.

10 Worst Valentine’s Day Gifts Ever:

  1. “Diamond Ring” Keychain in a Ring Box – Prank, or not, this gift lacks style. To the girl whose always wanted a diamond ring, you’ve just cheapened the moment when she does receive one.
  2. Spanx – For the man who gave this to his sweetheart. . . let me just say, “You have a girlfriend on Valentine’s Day?”
  3. Novelty Toilet Paper – Where do these people come up with these things?
  4. Naming A CockRoach at the Bronx Zoo – Apparently they did this one year. . . Why??
  5. Pink Game Console – Unless your sweetheart is a big gamer, this just says, “I went to the store and while I was there I found this really cool gift for you. . . for me.”
  6. Duct Tape Roses – Trust me, your girl is going to want the real thing! (Although, a survey said that 40% of women don’t want roses for Valentine’s Day)
  7. Gym Membership – No one wants to remember that they have some pounds to lose. Skip this gift and your relationship might last to see another Valentine’s Day.
  8. A Pickle Recipe Book – 1001 ways to make pickles. Nothing says love like something green that takes hours to can.
  9. Toilet Seat – This screams that someone was at the hardware store and didn’t want to go down a different isle, much less a store that would have what a sweetheart might want.
  10. “Cop Out” – I would rather my hubby say he forgot than to try to spin his forgetfulness with the whole “I love you all year round, so. . .” line.

What is the worst Valentine’s Day Gift You’ve Ever Received?



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How To Create A Great Romantic Gesture


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Valentines Day is just around the corner and I am beginning to think about romance. Sweet moments from my past. Creating new romantic memories.

The movies have the most amazing romance moments, but it so hard to duplicate in real life. Maybe we can get a few tips from them to learn how to create a great romantic gesture of our own.

If you are looking for a way to make a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day romantic gesture, here are a few tips to creating that perfect moment.

How To Create A Great Romantic Gesture with Tips from the Movies:

From 10 Things I Hate About You:

  1. Be Vulnerable or Take a Risk – The character sings in front of a whole stadium of people. There is a great risk of rejection.
  2. Go Big, Or Go Home- It doesn’t have to be expensive to be big, but must show significant effort to be big.

From Love Actually:

  1. Prepare For Flaws – If you are not great with words, plan for your own flaw by being creative. Mark in this clip says the most important part of the message with signs.
  2. Create Smiles – Humor can be a great element to the romantic moment if it is a special part of your relationship and what draws you together. Notice the two humorous moments on the signs.

From While You Were Sleeping:

  1. Element of Surprise- An unexpected moment of romance brings a sudden rush of joy. The contrast of the unexpected romance with the mundane makes it that much more special.
  2. Create the Perfect Setting- For Annie, she is completely without family. She doesn’t want to be alone. Jack bringing his family with to the proposal is actually very special to her because she is gaining a whole family. He listened to her heartache and gave her something she had always dreamed of.

From The Titanic:

  1. Sacrifice Something- Whether it is something you love or even in this case, your life, sacrifice is a huge gesture of love.

What is your favorite romantic gesture from a book or movie?


Love Is In The Air – Sunday Faith Thoughts with Author Shirley Gould



Valentine cards are on display. Stuffed animals line the shelves next to heart-shaped boxes of candy waiting to be chosen. Special candle light dinners are being prepared and gifts are being wrapped. Yes, love is in the air.

Today, February 14th marks one day each year focused on expressing our love to those we care about, those we hold dear. It’s a day to slow down and spend quality time, a day to remember where our love began and celebrate where it has come as we make memories expressing deep feelings of the heart.

In this culture, we’re good at celebrating at every opportunity. We plan ahead, purchase what we need and execute said plan. We hug those we love. Then we frame the photos and scrapbook the memorabilia. So, don’t miss your opportunity. Go spread the love.

But, this Valentine’s Day also comes on Sunday, the Sabbath Day. Songs and sermons will focus on loving each other and loving the Lord.

John 15:12-13 says…

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no man that he lay down his life for his friends.”  (NIV)

We’re good at loving others and we know He made the ultimate sacrifice by laying down His life for us. But, the chaos of our lives can hamper un-kindled spiritual fervor. A scripture in Revelations reminds us about not forgetting our first love.

Do you remember when your relationship with the Lord was new, exciting and all-consuming? When you couldn’t devour enough scripture or pray enough? On this day when love is being celebrated, is your relationship with the Lord as exciting today as it was when you accepted Him as your Savior?

He is the same yesterday, today and forever…so if things are stale between you and the Lord…it’s on your end of the relationship. But, don’t despair, there’s an easy remedy for this. Draw close to Him today, express your heart and be restored to your first love. He waits with our-stretched arms.

As Christians, we have a grand opportunity to show love on this Valentine’s Day to those who’ve stolen our hearts…and also on this Sunday…to the one who gave Himself that we may have the relationships we celebrate today. For after all…God is love and in matters of the heart…it all started with Him.

What Valentine reminder of God’s love do you remember most?

Monday Music – Romantic Soundtracks

February means Valentine’s Day. Which means love is in the air. Which means I’m watching just about every romantic comedy I can find on Netflix. (I hope I’m not alone in that.) It’s that time of year when it’s cold outside, and I want to feel all the warm fuzzies inside.

Notting HIll Soundtrack

Recently I was watching Notting Hill–that 1999 Julia Roberts/Hugh Grant flick filled with love and broken hearts and reconciliation and SO MUCH great music. Seriously! I had the soundtrack cd in college (back when we had those), and I must have worn that poor thing out.

It’s filled with excellent songs–perfect for setting the mood for writing that romantic scene. (Or, you know, for a dinner with that special someone.)

For example, how could you not fall in love to “She” by Elvis Costello?


And don’t even get me started on the score, beautiful composition that swells the heart and feeds the soul. So gorgeous.

Then, of course, there’s the pièce de résistance of the Notting Hill soundtrack, what I consider to be the most romantic song of all time: “When You Say Nothing At All” performed by Ronan Keating.


What do you think is the most romantic song for this time of year? Do you ever listen to it while you’re writing? What movie do you think has the most romantic soundtrack?