By Adrienne West
Some gifts hit the mark and others are disastrously bad.
Courtesy of drubig-photo/Adobestock
Valentine’s Day is synonymous with red roses and hearts and flowers, right? That’s not always the case as shared by these locals. The answers to the questions of “best gift” and “worst gift” might surprise or inspire you.
Jessica, 31, McLean: “A horse from my husband was the biggest surprise and the most thoughtful.”
Ariana, 24, Reston: “A Pandora bracelet with special charms he picked out of my favorite things: elephants, volleyball, lacrosse, hearts and Paris.”
Gaby, 23, Great Falls: “A large topaz ring and a trip to LA were my favorites.”
Meghan, 28, Chantilly: “My favorite is my first one ever, a red rose with a little teddy bear.
Brandie, 33, Fairfax: “A diamond tennis bracelet because it was an unexpected surprise.”
Janice, 50, Sterling: “I got my engagement ring about 15 years after we married. It was special because I had been waiting for it.”
Steve, 46, Fairfax: “My favorite and only gift I got was a handmade card from my daughter that I still have to this day.”
Roxy, 31, Manassas: “I hate Valentine’s Day, so my husband decided to propose on Feb. 13, and every year I get a gift that day. The nicest was the next year when he sent me a huge flower bouquet in England.”
Jessica, 31, McLean: “My ex-husband once gave me a half-eaten box of chocolates and a certificate to give him [sexual favors].”
Ariana, 24, Reston: “A week late, my ex told me he got me some wine to make up for missing V-Day, and when I asked if he got my favorite from Total Wine, he said ‘No, from 7-11 because I needed gas.’”
Gaby, 23, Great Falls: “I once got a perfume that smelled like something my grandma would wear.”
Meghan, 28, Chantilly: “The worst gift [was no] gift at all.”
Brandie, 33, Fairfax: “My ex got me a pretty pink coat, but it had a rip in it. He told me that he got it on clearance.”
Angela, 26, Alexandria: “My best friend got Glade plug-ins because her boyfriend thought it was sweet for her new house.”
Jenny, 40, Reston: “My husband gave me an artificial bouquet of orange and yellow flowers which reeked like old potpourri.”
Roxy, 31, Manassas: “Glow-in-the-dark book of sexual positions—worst because I hate V-Day, and it didn’t really even glow.”
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