The results are in. Some like ‘em chocolate, and some don’t! In a highly scientific poll conducted by Roshini Multi Media (a random sampling of business associates, members of Minneapolis media, former students, and one male cousin), we were able to dig deep and find out the best and worst Valentine’s Day gifts.
You might get ideas and find comfort in picks from some of our respondents:
1. Italian Stallion connected to the mafia
2. Giant Hershey’s kiss – the size of a car
3. Offer on house
5. Anything thoughtful
6. Time with sweetie
1. Subscription to Weight Watcher’s magazine inside a big empty box of candy
2. Box of chocolate
3. Extremely extravagant gift (must be a guy)
4. Tie “big whoop”–says the respondent
5. Anything impersonal
6. Roses delivered to work
7. Nothing, “all gifts are great”
So one cupid’s treasure can be another’s garbage…is that how the saying goes? Especially impressive was the desire by most respondents to keep things simple. One went so far to say: “We decided years ago that Valentine’s Day was a Hallmark holiday and anyone who needs a designated holiday to show their love and care is, well, in trouble.” Though I see the point in this statement, I must admit good feelings after getting a dozen red roses and a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Eve. And even though one of my media buddies shares her disappointment with roses delivered to work (#6), she was a true friend in sharing my enthusiasm and surprise over the delivery.
Insurance consultant Stephanie Gruver might actually get a nod from our Hallmark detractor: “I am going to sound like a very pathetic newlywed, but honestly if I could have anything, I would ask for a guarantee my husband and I could have another 50 years of happiness like we have had the last 5 months. I cannot believe I found him, and I hope I always feel that way.”
Ah, love. We got several romantic comments from men. Young men even. U of MN Journalism student Mark says spending time with his loved one doing what they love would be perfect. He did note he has no loved one now, so I guess we could wish him Cupid’s arrow this holiday.
Personal stylist Cheryl Burrell will be bummed if she doesn’t get a call or Valentine’s greeting of any kind. So here’s wishing you Cheryl and hoping you hear from family and friends. One mortgage banker was quite inspirational and detailed in describing his perfect gift: “24 hours of one-on-one time with my wife. Couples massage package for 2 at Spa Bella Casa followed up by a mellow, childless night out with dinner and dancing, then a hotel suite, brunch in bed, and a Sunday afternoon movie.” Champagne wishes that comes true for you two.
So Happy Valentine’s Day or not, depending on where you are in life and on this holiday continuum. And if there is an Italian Stallion out there looking for his match, feel free to let us know. We’ll hook you up with Respondent Number One.