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Best Valentine's Day gift (as recipient):

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Something edible
  1635 votes / 12%
Something jeweled
  235 votes / 1%
Something to hang on the wall
  158 votes / 1%
Something electronic
  1466 votes / 10%
Something not covered by this list
  3262 votes / 24%
Nothing at all
  2169 votes / 16%
Valentine's Day does not exist for me
  4625 votes / 34%
13550 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • by Virtucon (127420) on Wednesday February 12, 2014 @08:16PM (#46233997)

    Come on, Guys buying jewelry, boxes of candy, flowers and Sex isn't one of the options here? Come on we know why guys fork out on Valentines day so they can get lucky and get some Valentines Day Night!

    • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 12, 2014 @08:35PM (#46234165)

      Sex isn't one of the options here?

      What? It's right there: something edible, something to hang on the wall, something electronic.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I think you've got the wrong day in mind.
      Girls for out on Valentines day. Guys fork out on white day.
      Presumably they have sex on both days.

    • by antdude (79039)

      We, guys, have gals? :P

      • by mschuyler (197441)

        With a third of the people answering that Valentines has no meaning for them, my guess is that you are correct: They don't.

    • by sgt scrub (869860)

      The sex part is already paid for under the initial agreement. Why would I buy her gifts too?

    • If you are in a relationship that justifies a Valentine's day gift I hope you don't need it to be Valentine's for you to get sex. Also if you need 1 day a year to come along before being romantic again the relationship/date has little meaning to you.Hence: really no point in the day by the time it means something to you ... it doesn't.

      • by Creepy (93888)

        The day means nothing to me, but it means the world to my wife. If I don't please her on VD, I get no sex for a month or worse because she's mad at me, and I pretty much need to remodel the entire damn house to her exact wishes to get back in her favor. A few bucks on a card, dinner, some flowers, and some activity are worth way more than the punishment for not appeasing her, and she's generally a really nice person, just hits that depressed funk if I'm not romantic one day a year. I guess it's the price I

        • by geekoid (135745) <dadinportland.yahoo@com> on Thursday February 13, 2014 @05:45PM (#46241241) Homepage Journal

          Sounds more like the archtypical abusive relationship.

        • lol. Yeah I wonder how much stuff us guys do are preventative measures? :)

          A related crazy woman issue: spent a weekend with a friend from when I was overseas and we got involved remotely. Not sure how you classify the number of dates when it was only two days you were together and a few weeks of vacations afterwards. But anyways, she'd never mentioned when her birthday was other than the first night. Then a month after it she gets all moody and says "I don't think you love me you didn't do anything for my b

        • My friend, I hate to have to be the one to tell you, but this is a classic case of a woman using sex as a tool to control & manipulate.

          She may love you, she may not. But one thing is absolutely sure... no woman who really likes sex will use `withholding' as a way to punish or otherwise change the behaviour of her partner. Your wife thinks of sex as a tool. Trust me on this one. I am not a professional shrink, but am in a relationship with one. This comes up all the time.

          This may be learned behavior...

        • If withholding sex is something that only punishes one member of a couple, then at least one of you is doing it wrong...
    • I am just lucky enough that my wife's birthday happens to the 17th with all the advertising you can't miss valentine's day so I never forget her birthday.

      The gift she most wants is a weekend away from work and kids. I would enjoy that also and if it includes a hotel room with a jacuzzi in it, even better. {The other part will just happen naturally}

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Why do you people exchange gifts to commemorate a Chicago mass murder by Al Capone's bootleggers?

    • by geekoid (135745)

      Protip: When buying sex, you don't need to get those other gifts; however I'm sure the prostitute appreciates it.

    • by tigersha (151319)

      Reminds me of this tattooted pierced goth dude who once walked with a t-Shirt that said "It's not about Satan, It's about PUSSY"

    • It's 7:30pm and I'm still hoping!!!!!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    How about some real love?

    Captcha: endear

  • None of the Above (Score:5, Insightful)

    by john_uy (187459) on Wednesday February 12, 2014 @08:38PM (#46234187)

    I think the best gift would be to spend great quality time with your loved one. :)

  • Obviously. Preferably from Islay.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    ARDUINO!

  • by Applehu Akbar (2968043) on Wednesday February 12, 2014 @10:49PM (#46235069)

    ...is some place you can go together. It can be somewhere new or it can be a place that has rich memories for you.

  • by jomama717 (779243) <jomama717@gmail.com> on Thursday February 13, 2014 @01:37AM (#46235767) Journal
    I can tell you from past experience however that pretty high on the worst list is "Hockey Tickets".
    • I can tell you from past experience however that pretty high on the worst list is "Hockey Tickets".

      Yeah, it's right up there with any kitchen appliance....

      • by geekoid (135745)

        Actually, one of my wife's favorite gifts was a kitchen aid blender.

        Granted we were pretty poor at the time, but it was worth it. That was over 20 years ago and she still uses it.
        So don't be hasty to pigeon hole women.

        • Actually, one of my wife's favorite gifts was a kitchen aid blender.

          Granted we were pretty poor at the time, but it was worth it. That was over 20 years ago and she still uses it.
          So don't be hasty to pigeon hole women.

          Obviously, both comments were meant more in general than to "pigeon hole" anyone. I know women hockey fans who would happily get hockey tickets for Valentines day, women who love to cook who would be overjoyed to get a new kitchen appliance, etc.

          Each Valentine experience is a unique story written by each unique relationship...

      • Unless someone's been lusting after some swanky new vaccuum, or spends hours a day trying to sterilize their environment, giving someone that says 'I think you're not doing a good job of cleaning' or 'I think you should clean more often' is not the way to go. (even if it's 'I know you've been complaining about the old vacuum, so I got you a replacement', save it for next week, and give something else for valentine's day.

        If you've already bought the vacuum, and are planning on surprising your significant ot

    • by tedgyz (515156)

      That depends on the woman. I know at least two women who would be thrilled to get Bruins tickets.

    • by realsilly (186931) on Thursday February 13, 2014 @03:01PM (#46240031)

      Got you beat for worst. . .
      I heard on the radio where a woman was told by her husband that his gift to her was the cost of the initial consultation visit to a weight loss clinic.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The best gift I could receive would be for her to let me buy her some new lingerie. Sex is a bonus, but just walking around the house in her new undies would be fine too.

  • My left hand doesn't ask for much, so Valentine's day is pretty non-existent.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I'm getting this: http://www.forgedintime.com/handmade-swords/german-two-handed-sword

    She's getting: http://www.forgedintime.com/handmade-swords/medieval-long-sword

    What more could any couple want :)

  • As far as I can tell the only guy that got Valentines day right was Al Capone.

  • uh... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Tom (822) on Thursday February 13, 2014 @11:08AM (#46237997) Homepage Journal

    How about a girlfriend?

    Yeah, I know, don't complain about missing options on polls, but seriously, isn't that the elephant in the room (metaphorically, I hope) ?

    • by geekoid (135745)

      You want a girlfriend as a gift? Maybe you'll have better luck by not thinking of them as property?

  • Valentines isn't like, your birthday or Xmas, it's not traditionally a gift-giving holiday. It's an occasion holiday more like Thanksgiving.

    Nobody is like, "gosh I hope I get an Xbox for Valentines!"

    The 'gift' is basically something fun to make the night go awesome...like an old-school 'courtship' kind of official high-class event.

    The whole idea is that you have someone who you are totally in love with & its a day to shower them with awesomeness & do whatever they want basically.

    As Recipient, you want to drop a few hints if you are hard to buy for (most ppl reading /.)...make it easy for them.

    Valentine's day is all about fun...if any of this seems like a chore then just bypass.

    • by Algae_94 (2017070)

      Valentines isn't like, your birthday or Xmas, it's not traditionally a gift-giving holiday. It's an occasion holiday more like Thanksgiving.

      Nobody is like, "gosh I hope I get an Xbox for Valentines!"

      The 'gift' is basically something fun to make the night go awesome...like an old-school 'courtship' kind of official high-class event.

      The whole idea is that you have someone who you are totally in love with & its a day to shower them with awesomeness & do whatever they want basically.

      As Recipient, you want to drop a few hints if you are hard to buy for (most ppl reading /.)...make it easy for them.

      Valentine's day is all about fun...if any of this seems like a chore then just bypass.

      Valentine's day is all about buying stuff. If you can frame that holiday in a way that you and your significant other have a fun day/night that's great, but don't forget it's all about buying stuff.

      • by geekoid (135745)

        No it isn't. There are corporation who try to get you to buy stuff, but that's not what it's about.

  • by PPH (736903) on Thursday February 13, 2014 @06:35PM (#46241563)

    They don't celebrate it like they used to in Chicago anymore.

  • Something crafted (Score:2, Interesting)

    by phishen (1044934)
    My girlfriend has never been with someone around Valentine's Day, and after we both spent a boat load of money on Christmas she was wondering what we should do. I told her we shouldn't commercialize our love by buying things just because the diamond companies say so and suggested that we craft things. I made her a picture frame that is themed after a video game we both play and put a photo of us inside. I think she is making something similar. I'm an engineer and not an artist, but this was not difficul
  • My girlfriend and I decided to celebrate on the day after Valentine's Day. That should help me save on presents, and not to be in a crazy mad restaurant rush. We're going to go out for lunch. We talked about our plans and she wanted to have a nice date, and something romantic (flowers, a card...) and thought scheduling it afterwards would be a great way to save on money and congestion.

  • Since we couldn't get anywhere today, I would have taken a snowblower.
  • Got me a coupon for heart shaped take-n-bake pepperoni pizza, woo-hoo! She'll sure be surprised!!

  • Tomorrow (valentine's day) I should be able to bring the wife home from the hospital after her back re-fusion* surgery on Tuesday. That's not too bad of a gift for a silly, consumer holiday. It's a pretty good gift for our almost-twelve-year-old kid too. Even better is that workers comp gets the bill.

    "re-fusion" because her previous L5-S1 fusion failed after 7 years and broke. Fun stuff!

  • While I bought this for her [fireflythegame.com] I'd be lying if I didn't say I bought it for myself as well.
  • If you're a musician, even a mediocre one, how about a song? If you already have the instruments and equipment it's free and it will win you *massive* brownie points.

    CSB: Last year I wrote, played (guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion pads), mixed, and produced a song for my girlfriend. Now in all honesty I do this sort of thing as a hobby so the mood and lyrics were the main challenges but even if you have just have an instrument, mic, recording device, and you know four chords even a horrible song will b

  • Can the edible thing be attached to a significant other? I am reminded of what the late great George Carlin once said about one particular portion of human anatomy: "Bet you can't eat just one!"

  • how could the options not include flowers?????? roses guys, go with roses.
  • It's turned into another consumerism holiday more about what crap you buy than it's original meaning. The last 4 times I made reservations with florists, I got screwed out of my orders. One time, they tried to pass off pink and YELLOW tulips for my ordered bouquet! Everything is marked up, restaurants are booked up, and I always end up in a long fishing expedition around town trying to gather the eggs so to speak. The last two years I've minimalized. I do a nice quiet dinner I make here at the house a

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