So Traci did a story about four Valentine Gift ideas that aren't awful. Traci is so helpful that way. But what about the gifts to avoid....That's what I'm here for and you're welcome.

Okay, before you do something rash and get the wrong thing, here are some items to avoid this year. Unless you're looking for a one way ticket to Splitsville.

Anything 'As seen on TV' - Although some stores have a shelf full of "As seen on TV" items. It's cheaper and you don't pay for the S&H. Just rip off the corner where it says "As seen on TV" and you're good to go.

Bargain bin chocolate - If it's chocolate that she's never heard of before, just tell her it's exotic and it has special romantic powers....and hope she doesn't check.

Too big/small lingerie - I don't know if you win buying lingerie. If it's too big, she thinks "how big do you think I am." If it's too small, she wonders "What are you trying to tell me? Does you think I need to lose weight?"

Gift cards - See this is where we can't win. If I buy the lingerie or jewelry that isn't right then I look like a fool. If I give her a gift card so that she can pick it out, it looks like I don't care enough to take the time to get it. Speaking of jewelry.

Cheap Jewelry - The hard part is as a man, I have no idea if it's cheap. I've bought jewelry at Knobels souvenir shop and I've glued dimes on rings (Dime on ring....say it out loud.)

They say flowers are always a safe bet, but be careful to get the right kind or you'll be Stupid instead of Cupid. Good luck!

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