Valentine’s day is coming up soon and I can’t help but think back to those awful gifts that I – and my friends & family – have received over the years.

I know of one woman who’s husband buys her things like smoothie makers, food scales, ‘people’ scales in efforts to give her an incentive to reach for her weight loss goalsSupportive?  Sure!  Romantic…. not so much?

One year for Christmas I got a whole case of microwavable popcorn from my parents.  I didn’t own a microwave.  I thought it meant I was getting one and they were being cheeky about the reveal.  Ends up they forgot I didn’t have one.

I just read a story online of a family who decided to prepay their dying family member’s funeral as a Christmas gift.  They wrapped up an empty box with a note on it by way of demonstration.  I think this one tops the list!

Thankfully there are many options out there, not least of which is the Staples Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.  It’s not just liquid paper and pens – they have some awesome stuff both in stores and online!

staples gift guide

There’s something for everyone though I would prefer to get something for me!

The kind folks at Staples are letting me choose 1 (one) gift from this guide, and 1 lucky reader gets to pick a gift too!

The purple bag looks awesome, and so does the iPhone compatible watch.  Ultimately I think I’ll choose the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and give it to Jasmine for her birthday.  She’s been asking for a tablet and is getting frustrated with the toy versions, saying they’re took ‘baby’ for her.

What would you pick?  Comment & enter below for your chance to win! (CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED)

Editor’s Note:

Congratulations to Melinda Bergeron, entry number 2293 – SHARE ON FACEBOOK!  – for winning this giveaway!  Thanks to everyone who entered, and keep checking back there’s more fun stuff coming on the blog!