Revealed: your worst Valentine’s Day stories!

by Charlotte.Barnes on January 28, 2010

Man Giving Dead Roses

Our search for the worst Valentine’s stories is over and the winners have been published..

We’ve had a huge response to our competition to find out what happens when February 14 goes very, very wrong.

Your tales of woe made us laugh and cry – and a few even made us cringe!

To all of you who entered we hope this Valentine’s Day turns out to be a lot better, a truly romantic celebration. And to the winners we hope your prize makes the day even more special.

Here are the winners….

3rd place goes to…

Katie Robinson who will receive a Love Biscuit Collection from The Biscuiteers
Biscuiteers Love Biscuit Collection

“About five years ago, I got home from work and there was a note from my boyfriend with some flowers asking me to dress warm and a cab would pick me up at 7pm. The cab arrived and the driver told me that the destination was a surprise. We stopped at the local off-licence and the driver told me to go in and give my name. I did that and was presented with a lovely bottle of red wine, which had already been paid for.

“I got back into the cab and it pulled up outside an abandoned stately home. The driver gave me a mobile phone before driving off. The phone rang and it was my boyfriend telling me to follow the lights. He had lined the driveway and a path along the house with little tea lights in jars. I followed the lights and there was my boyfriend under a beautifully decorated gazebo. It was lit with hundreds of little fairy lights and paper hearts. He had a table and chairs set up with my favourite music playing and had a barbecue going.

“In the middle of February, we ate steak under the stars. It was magical. Afterwards we ate, we took everything down and put it in his work van, which he had hidden in the woods with a generator to provide the lights and music.

“Unfortunately the ground was very soft and the van got stuck. He tried to push it out while I worked the clutch but it would not move. We had to forage around finding sticks to go under the wheels in the pitch black. As I was unable to ’slip the clutch’ or whatever was necessary, so I went behind the van and rocked it while he was in the cab.

“According to him, one minute he could see me in the rear view and the next I had gone. The wheels had spun, covering me in mud and I had slipped and fallen flat on my face. He eventually got a friend to come and pull the van out of the mud and we ended up getting home very late, very cold and very dirty. It was our first Valentine’s Day together and when he tells people the story, he always says that when he saw me covered in mud laughing my head off, he knew it wouldn’t be our last Valentine’s together.”

2nd place goes to

Emily who will receive the Six Stolen Kisses with Red Wine
Six Stolen Kisses With Red Wine
“A few years ago I overheard my boyfriend on the phone telling his mum that he was going to take me away for Valentine’s Day. He hadn’t mentioned it to me, so I guessed he was going to surprise me.

“I spent ages thinking where it might be – Paris or a cosy log cabin in the lakes? I even started shopping for new underwear, travel toiletries, the things I thought he might not remember to pack.

“Valentine’s Day arrived and as time went on nothing happened – no tickets, no note in a card, no ‘let’s go for a drive’. That evening it all became clear. I had misheard! He wasn’t taking me away; he was treating me to a takeaway. That taught me never to eavesdrop again!”

And the winner in 1st place is…

Alan K who will receive a Valentine’s Day Luxury Hamper with personalised tag.
Valentine's Day Luxury Hamper with Personalised Tag
“My worst Valentine’s Day was just last year. I had bought my wife a lovely, real gold bracelet and several charms to go on it (she had been hinting for a long time). After 20 years of marriage I decided it was a perfect gift.

“Just a few days before, I attentively slotted the charms on to the bracelet to set it up ready, then popped it back in one of the boxes to wrap. She came into the kitchen, so I hurriedly flung all traces of the present into the two padded envelopes and shoved them in the cupboard.

“Later I got them back out, wrapped one box and threw the other boxes, bubble wrap and so on into the bin.

“On Valentine’s Day I presented her with the present. She excitedly opened it and I don’t know who was more shocked. Inside the box was a mix of small bubble wrap bags, tags and pins, with no bracelet to be seen.

“It was a Saturday and my stomach fell when I realised bin day had been on the Thursday. She did forgive me, but somewhere on a north-east tip lies over £800-worth of bracelet!”


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tracey rollings 28 Jan 2010 at 12:36 pm

i remeber when i was in my teens a friend of mine recieved a card saying voilets are blue and roses are red ive dumped you cause you naff (cleaned up) in bed she was relieved as she wanted to break up with him for ages but didnt have the heart too

Nicky Russell 28 Jan 2010 at 12:39 pm

My worst Valentines day was 8 years ago. I found a mobile phone with loving messages (In and sent) galore. Would have been quite apt being it be Valentines day, BUT. They weren’t tmeant for me. I found out my two timing husband had been an affair !!!!!. You will be pleasede to know though, that said guilty husband is now EX husband. so there was a happy ending :)

Rachel Heap 28 Jan 2010 at 12:46 pm

My worst Valentines was going to a restuarant and both of us forgetting our money!

Beverley 28 Jan 2010 at 1:15 pm

Valentine’s Day is a special day to us. It’s the day we met. We had a blazing row one year. The date was the 13th of February. I was still seething the next day so instead of the romantic day I had planned, I opened his chocolates and crushed every one of them before sealing the box back up. I had bought him a cheesy teddy wearing an “I Love You” tshirt which I ripped up before wrapping. I altered the wording on the card I had bought from “Love You” to “something very inappropriate to publish here You”. I had bought him an expensive chain for our anniversary, which I couldn’t bring myself to damage so I hid it.

He knew I usually planned and cooked a fancy meal for Valentine’s/our anniversary and took a bit of effort with dressing up, so when I walked in wearing jeans and a jumper and presented him with a microwave dinner, he looked so sad, it broke my heart. I tried to stop him from opening the card and presents but couldn’t. He just thanked me for his ruined gifts before presenting me with a beautiful engagement ring. I have never cried so much in my life and thanked my lucky stars I hadn’t damaged the chain. We have since made it a rule never, ever to go to bed on an argument. This Valentine’s Day will be different – I have a lot to make up to him!

Elizabeth Bray 28 Jan 2010 at 1:21 pm

Well, last year my extremely commitment phobic boyfriend took me for a meal. 30 minutes into our meal the table behind us the guy gets down on one knee and tells his partner how much he loves her and gets out a whooper of a diamond. She says yes, everyone claps. I look at my other half, he won’t look at me. (no this isn’t going the way you think) 20 minutes later a new couple sits to the the side of us. You guessed it only it was an even bigger diamond. Needless to say we are staying at home this year!!!

Jacqueline Simpson 28 Jan 2010 at 1:25 pm

Valentine’s. What Valentine’s? For the past 20 years my partner has totally ignored Valentine’s Day. No card, no flowers, no pressie, no ‘I Love You’, no nothing!!!

toniq 28 Jan 2010 at 1:29 pm

Took months for him to organise a surprise proposal for me on valentines night 2005, family and friends all excited and invited, and he had a flight booked after a work meeting in amsterdam back to england, he was due back at 6pm, he got snowed in……….
I came home to a house full of family and friends wondering where he was? and me wondering why they were at our house?
Rung other half, and realised the situation, apologised and done a few drinks and put out food other half had left,
and listened to my late aunt witter on about her piles all night.

……………..
he did a few weeks later take me out and go down on one kneww to propose.

Beverley 28 Jan 2010 at 1:44 pm

My bf got me a nice card for Valentines Day and then said that my gift was to chose somewhere in Europe to go for a long weekend and he would pay.

I was delighted and finally settled on Venice. But when I told him where I wanted to go, he said he could no longer afford to pay for us as he had just booked a skiing holiday with his mates!

Safe to say, he didnt last much longer after that!

Samantha Freeman 28 Jan 2010 at 1:57 pm

I remember when i was at school a boy in our class got a valentines card which basically said he smelt, oh my godness he was not the most popular boy and was so excited when he got a card – and then opened it his face i can still remember how upset he was to this day of course everyone else laughed how my heart sank.

Amanda 28 Jan 2010 at 2:03 pm

It was our first Valentines Day together and I had made a bit effort, okay I was showing off actually.

In the morning I handed over my gift first – a series of pressies for him to open in a particular order. The first was a Jamaican Ginger Cake which left him a little puzzled.. The next a jar of Jerk Chicken Sauce – still confused. He unwrapped the final gift – an atlas marked at a certain page. He opened the atlas and found 2 tickets for a holiday to Jamaica. He looked really unconfortable as he handed over my gift which I unwrapped excitedly – it was a cookbook.

8 years later we are still together and his gift buying prowess has come on leaps and bounds – the cookbook was subsequently sold at a carboot. Love you honey. x

Karen S 28 Jan 2010 at 2:11 pm

My worst Valentine’s Day was when I was in my second year at university. My boyfriend was at univeristy at the other end of the country and we were too busy to visit each other, but he sent me a beautiful bunch of flowers – my favourite, sunflowers, which are a nightmare to find in February as he keeps telling me! (yes, he is a keeper). The embarrassing part does not involve him, but my dad, who was staying nearby on business and asked me to meet him for dinner. I kept dropping massive hints that it was Valentines day and we should do something low key or eat at my house this time, but he didn’t get the hint and decided on a nice Turkish restaurant. We ended up having a Valentine’s set meal surrounded by actual couples giving us really weird looks, although my dad was completely oblivious! It was awful, but what was even worse was the look I got from the staff when i took my actual boyfriend in there the next time!

Dawn Unsworth 28 Jan 2010 at 2:18 pm

For many years as a very unattractive, spotty teenager i was always thrilled and relieved when the postman delivered me a Valentine card and wondered and dreamed who had sent it.
On the evening of my wedding Reception a very dear Uncle grabbed me, gave me a hugh bear hug, said how beautiful I looked and then said now he wouldnt have to send any more Valentines cards!
He lived 30 miles away didnt drive, but always made the effort to make sure it had a local postmark.
I recently lost him and will really miss him.

Elaine Churchill 28 Jan 2010 at 2:43 pm

I remember about 15 years ago, my boyfriend at the time invited me out to celebrate Valentines Day at a lovely Italian restaurant. However, when the bill arrived, before I had a chance to say anything, he said “that will be £18.24 each!”. I couldn’t believe it – how mean! Then to cap it all, as we were leaving the restaurant, it started raining and after a lot of persuasion he eventually ordered a taxi, he said a bus would be cheaper! When the taxi dropped us off and asked for the fare, he waited for me to produce some money, then when he realised I was not going to do so, he reluctanctly paid. So so mean.

Mandy 28 Jan 2010 at 3:00 pm

I had a massive crush on my friend when I was about 18. I so pleased when he asked me to go for a drink with him on valentines day. I though it had to be a date so you can imagine my disappointment when he told me he had asked me for a drink so he could tell me he was gay and he trusted me enough to be the first person he told. He hadn’t even realised it was valentines day.

helen 28 Jan 2010 at 3:24 pm

Being dumped by phone on the morning of valentines day when i was 14 and in love!

Sarah 28 Jan 2010 at 3:32 pm

Valentines is such a lovely day and is, I’ve always felt, a way for your other half to show how much you mean to them and by giving you a surprise, how much they really know you…..about ten years ago my boyfriend looked remarkably smug in the week preceeding Valentines. He told EVERYONE what a marvellous gift he had got me. What could it be I wondered? A day at the spa? Some lingerie? Flowers? All very “me” things. Imagine my reaction upon opening his “surprise” – a voucher for 5 golf lessons. I briefly considered other places I could place a golf club (other than the 18th hole) but smiled graciously. I wonder what little delights he has in store for his current girlfriend!!!! Luckily my lovely husband will surely choose something more appropriate….won’t he???!!!!!!

hazel 28 Jan 2010 at 3:36 pm

my ex had always been extremley close to his family,especially his nan.I met her before she passed and she was lovely.On valentines he announced that he was going to pass me some sentimental things his nan had left for the ‘girl he wanted to marry’I was having my doubts about the relationship for a long time so felt very uncomfortable about this.On valentines evening he presented me with a box wrapped beautifully.I opened it and pulled out a recipe book,a tweed jacket and a bottle of unopened perfume,and at the bottom of the box was a pan.The whole lot had been in his family for years.The nearly wretched when i smelt the perfume,and cheek did he think i was going to cook all his favourite dishes nan and his mum used to cook for him from the recipe book in that grotty old pan.I was certain even if i wanted to stay with him forever i would have been uneasy with the hand me downs.he sat smiling like he had handed me a diamond he really thought i would be thrilled.I told him i couldn’t take them and that i had been wanting to end the relationship for some time.I ended the relationship and managed to escape the worse valentines day and valentines present ever.

Andrea 28 Jan 2010 at 3:51 pm

Worst V day ever was going to a restaurant called The Living Room where my date decided to go to the bathroom halfway through the dinner.While I sat there alone for 35 minutes surrounded by lovey dovey couples, he came back announced that he had a dodgy stomach and was sorry for leaving me. He then kept saying, “you carry on, I can’t eat another thing as my bowels are acting up”.It put me right off but when I got home and my mum asked me how it went I replied in a disgusted manner, “Mum,he had a poo in the living room!”

Helena 28 Jan 2010 at 4:18 pm

One valentines day…Sad as I was getting divorced, and bored of seeing the florists van coming and going at work… delivering flower to lucky lovers… I got my colleague to put a call out for me everytime we saw the van pull up at reception… so other people in the building would think I was the lucky recipient!

Carla 28 Jan 2010 at 4:32 pm

Last year my husband promised me he wouldn’t forget valentines day (he has every other year!) so there i was expecting something nice, like a card or choccys and maybe some flowers. What did i get? He nudged me awake at 7am and said “happy valentines day” then rolled over and went to sleep. I thought oh well he will no doubt give me something later in the day..but no..after waiting all day i confronted him and asked him why he didn’t give me anything this year even though he knew what day it was..he said “all i said was i promised that i wouldn’t forget what the day was!* Typical male!

Kat 28 Jan 2010 at 4:32 pm

I’d been seeing a guy at University for a few weeks when Valentine’s came around so I was unsure what to expect. I bought him a CD I knew he wanted and thought it was a pretty safe bet – not too slushy but enough to say I cared as I didn’t want to frighten him off.

I was really pleased when he turned up with what looked like a gift (it was wrapped in a plastic bag). I was prepared to forgive the shoddy presentation (poor students and all that) so I excitedly peered inside to find…………………………. a blow-up bondage chair and three rolls of cats stickers (that’s stickers – with cats on them!). Having only been seeing him a matter of weeks we’d not exactly gotten ‘intimate’ so the introduction of anything with the word ‘bondage’ at that early stage was a bit shocking if I’m honest. Oh and, you guessed it – I didn’t like cats. Needless to say I faked my best (Oscar worthy) ‘thank you’ face and re-assesed the relationship pretty soon after. *sigh*

Amanda A 28 Jan 2010 at 4:44 pm

Back when I was 17 I had been with this boy for two and a half years, okay we were having a few problems, arguments and things, but love is blind to that and I carried on thinking it was all fine and normal…
Towards valentines day we had been arguing a lot more than normal but again I was oblivious to how bad it really was. I went out, bought a valentines card and present for my boyfriend of the time thinking everything would be okay.
Valentines day came and I went over to go see my boyfriend, little did I know that he hadn’t got me a valentines present, not even a card. He had a go at me for getting him something as he said how blantent it was that we were falling apart. He threw my card in the bin! :( …and then shared the chocolates I’d got him (infront of me!) to his brother, best friend and dog!!!
Even though he may have been annoyed with me….how low can you go on valentines day?!
That night we didn’t talk much…
The next day we had a paintballing day planned for us and all our friends, so we went to that, but when we came home, he told me he didn’t love me anymore and said that he wanted to break up. At the time I was so so heart broken as I was still in love. What a great valentines that year was :(

But now I have such a lovely boyfriend who I love so much (even more so than that last boy!) I now have someone who I know won’t let me down on valentines! :) :) I LOVE him! That’s why it would be so lovely to win a prize we could enjoy together this year to celebrate how good we are together! :) x

Tabitha Wilber 28 Jan 2010 at 4:52 pm

As a young girl all I really understood about valentines day was the idea that if you had secret admirers they would send you cards to tell you they loved you. Somehow it was about being special to someone … but you never knew until a card arrived.
That year I got a valentines card, with lots of kisses on it from Dr. Who. I truly believed he’d sent it himself. I don’t think I have ever been so thrilled at a card – before or since.
It was years that I was finally told the truth – the real sender of the card – my lovely Dad!

C 28 Jan 2010 at 6:32 pm

Oh, dear,
How about a gorgeous trip to Rome that ended up with him getting the flu, me getting a tooth infection and discovering the delights of the public health system hospital on a Sunday, he getting a burst eardrum in the plane on the way back with the plane having to circle the airport due to the extreme agony he had due to cabin pressure! Ended up complaining to the pilot, luggage then got misplaced in transit and it had the house keys in it of course. Never been back to Rome.

Helen 28 Jan 2010 at 7:25 pm

Last Valentine’s Day was a total disaster. I’d arranged, about 3 days before, to meet my then boyfriend in central London. I set off on the train, having received no text confirmation that he was on his way, then sat like a lemon in a coffee shop for ages waiting for him. When he finally turned up, he was still suffering from having stayed out all night the previous night. He reeked of stale beer and had last night’s clothes still on. He really wasn’t with it, and as we walked towards Chinatown, he kept ducking into sidestreets to be sick. The cinema had messed up the booking I had made, so we went for a meal. Getting decent conversation out of him was like getting blood out of a stone, and to top it all off, all the dim sum dishes he ordered contained meat. I’m a vegetarian. That was the final straw, I just walked out without saying anything, towards the tube station, my blood boiling! There was a man selling red roses in the station and to top the day off, I accidentally knocked his basket over as I stomped towards my train!

Pat Gordon 28 Jan 2010 at 7:29 pm

AN OLD BOYFRIEND DROPPED HINTS THAT I WAS GETTING A ROMANTIC BUNCH OF ROSES FOR VALENTINES DAY, HE TURNED UP AT MY DOOR WITH A BUNCH OF DAFFIDOLS,(TAKE FROM THE LOCAL PARK) TO MAKE THINGS WORSE IT WAS HIS BIRTHDAY AND I WAS COOKING A ROMANTIC MEAL

kirstine 28 Jan 2010 at 8:52 pm

my worst valentines was in the 90s when I went abroad with my then ‘Fiance’. it was the worst holiday and valentines of my life! I am now in a new happily married relationship with 2 lovely children and can happily say that these valentines have been the best roll on 14/2/2010 :)

Lisa Gray 28 Jan 2010 at 9:15 pm

Christmas 2000, ‘I feel bloated and fat’, my diary states.
It was to be my 21st birthday in July, and I wanted to look fabulous for the occasion. ‘New Years resolution: lose 1lb a week for the next six months’.
‘Not impossible’, Richard, my boyfriend at the time, agreed.
Weeks skipped by and I convinced myself the bathroom scales were faulty as I seemed to be gaining weight, not losing it. However, life was good. My studies were progressing well, and I was happy. A student at Edinburgh University, I lived on pasta and real ale. Richard tried to motivate me with daily morale boosting cliches.
Suddenly, it was Valentine’s Day. I was expecting Richard at 7pm. I prepared fillet steak, chunky chips, mushrooms and onions with a pepper sauce, followed by chocolate fudge cake – my favourite! I had bought him a book – The Kama Sutra – love on the menu as well. I giggled as my thoughts drifted to anticipated pleasures ahead.
Richard arrived more than an hour late, full of apologies – he had met a friend and gone for a couple of beers; he tried to smooth things over with an animated account of their conversation.
As we sat down to dinner, he pulled two bottles of beer out of a plastic bag. Fortunately, I had some red wine in the kitchen.
He pulled something else out of the bag. I was stunned. A set of bathroom scales! Tears threatened. I rushed from the table on the pretense of placing the scales in the bathroom. Suddenly, I realized Richard perceived me as fat, not sexy. My confidence took a nose dive. I stumbled through the evening with some dignity, grateful to Richard for falling asleep after his meal.
I ended our relationship two days later!

Sarah L 28 Jan 2010 at 9:57 pm

I went out with a chap who really was a man’s man and was never to be found in the kitchen. After dropping immeasurable hints about Valentine’s Day, he finally propped open a recipe book and cooked some semblance of a meal with what I can only term severely undercooked ham. I pretended to be ecstatic but halfway through the meal felt unbearably nauseated and after gulping a mouthful, made a dash for the bathroom. It was as if I had insulted him – he spent the next 10 minutes enquiring if I was ok followed by demanding to know when I would be finishing my meal. Pleading my poorly excuses, I thanked my lucky stars when he left me alone only to have breakfast in bed served up the next day with yep….you guessed it, the leftovers from the night before. Ever heard of plumping your pillow – I can vouch that peas and ham work a treat!

emma 28 Jan 2010 at 9:58 pm

i got an alarm clock for valentines a few years ago, and was told he thought it would be usefull as i struggle waking up because of my awfull snoring.
We split up shortly after!

Lyn 28 Jan 2010 at 10:01 pm

I met a lovely fella in the October 2002, nothing to much trouble and always put me first. So when he suggested for our first valentines together we take a long weekend to Dublin I jumped at the chance. As at the time I was scared of flying he was so supportive on the way over. I realised the weekend may not be what I thought it was when his mum and dad picked us at the airport as we were to spend the weekend at his dads rented flat. After putting up with sharing a meal with him and his parents the ultimate downer on the weekend came on the Sunday when we spent at least 4 hours of the day walking around a newly constructed sewage treatment works!!!!!

Hannah Beadle 28 Jan 2010 at 10:28 pm

We were out for a Valentines drink on a Satuday lunchtime and taliking to friends about when we got engaged on holiday a few months before. The topic of the ring came up and I said if anything I would’ve preferred a wider band on it. My boyf said let me have a look and so I took it off . Suddenly he put it in his mouth and swollowed it!!! I could not believe it!
I made him drive into town to buy a replacement so we did but by them it was too late for our reservations at the restaurant we booked so had to have MacDonalds and eat it in the car at the car park.
So unromantic but it was one to remember! I got my original ring back a few days later and 8 years on we are married and I wear it with my wedding band

georgina coombe 28 Jan 2010 at 10:38 pm

Last year i thought it was pancake day on the 14th! i was stood making pancakes when my hubby came home from work with a huge bunch of flowers! i felt really guilty as i forgot and didnt even get him a card!

Julie Booth 29 Jan 2010 at 1:01 am

My partner, Richard and I never really used to do that much for Valentines day. But a couple of years ago, I decided to surprise him, as I was feeling romantic (and a little bit in the mood for some action!). So, I spent all morning shopping, all afternoon cooking a wonderful cordon bleu 3 course meal. I prepared the table with roses, rose confetti, candles, and sparkling crystal wine glasses. I then had a lovely lush bath, prepared myself in my sexiest lingerie, and a little black lacy dress, put on my make up and waited for him to come home from work.
It was a Friday evening. He was due home at 7pm. Everything was prepared with the meal ready for 7:30pm. I waited, and waited. 7pm,… 7:30pm,…. 8pm. By 8:30pm, I had my suspicions he had gone to the pub after work (his mobile was switched off). I ate my meal alone. I went to bed (in the spare room) at 11pm.
I have no idea what time he came home- I left his dinner on the table.
The next morning, I behaved as if nothing had happened. I didn’t shout, cry, scream or be angry. I cleared up cheerfully (It was a WONDERFUL act- I was bloody seething!)
Anyway, he was absolutely mortified as this story is about his gift.. which was NOTHING!! So…. he was so penitent, he bought me the most beautiful Tiffany bracelet, which I still love (and him too). xx

rosie 29 Jan 2010 at 7:36 am

Feb 1962- this two riming little minx got her comeuppance! T”was in the pre mobile phone era and both beaus turned up on my doorstep bearing gifts and flowers at almost the same time. There ensued a Noel Coward like farce with my delighted family very involved in the musical rooms charade. When the plot unfolded the only red to be seen was my face…

LOUISE PETRIE 29 Jan 2010 at 12:54 pm

ONE YEAR THE RECEPTIONIST AT THE OFFICE I WORKED AT RANG ME TO SAY A HANDSOME MAN HAD HAND DELIVERED SOME FLOWERS TO THE OFFICE FOR ME. THERE WAS A MAN THAT I WAS QUITE KEEN ON AT THE TIME, SO AFTER SPEAKING TO THE GIRLS IN RECEPTION AND ASKING IF HE LOOKED LIKE ‘PETE’ I CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE ROSES WERE FROM HIM.

I E-MAILED PETE TO SAY THANKYOU FOR THE LOVELY FLOWERS…ONLY TO FIND OUT THE NEXT DAY THAT MY COLLEAGUES HAD TRICKED ME, AND THEY HAD ALL CLUBBED TOGETHER TO BUY THE FLOWERS AND PRETEND I HAD A SECRET ADMIRER.

SO EMBARASSING!!!

leigh 29 Jan 2010 at 1:23 pm

I few years ago I decided to cook a romantic dinner in for us. I went the whole way with starters, main course, gorgeous dessert, it was lovely, had a great evening. Unfortunately the next day we were both violently ill, all I can think is that I didnt cook the chicken thoroughly enough. The upside is since then, my OH has always taken me out for Valentines Day, usually to a posh restaurant (he jokes he’d rather pay a fortune for dinner, then taste my cooking again lol), so there is a silver lining!

Brenda Norris 29 Jan 2010 at 2:12 pm

This is my neighbours story really, we were both young 1st time pregnant on VDay the florist arrived at her house with a beautiful bouquet you can imagine her disappointment though when she discovered they weren’t actually for her but for me. I “almost” let her keep them as I felt so sorry for her.

Stephanie Clough 29 Jan 2010 at 2:24 pm

Last year was the worst one for me. We had a baby just 4 months before, and hadn’t had the chance to spend any alone time together since then really. So we arranged for a relative to look after our son. And we booked a restaurant, tickets for a comedy club and a night at a hotel. We thought seen as though it’s been a while we may as well push the boat out!

So we went to the restaurant, all was good. Then went on to the comedy club, all was good. Then got back to the hotel, and this is where it went wrong.

We ordered some champagne and got a little bit tipsy.
Hubby said he was going to freshen up and have a quick shower, i was waiting on the bed for him. About an hour later i went in to check on him – and found him asleep in the bath! So i woke him up, and he slurred at me “Think i had too much to drink”. Needless to say i wasn’t impressed, but he insisted he’d be in in a couple of minutes. He then spent another hour in the bathroom throwing up, while i lay on the bed listening with nothing else to do! Finally he came to bed, threw himself down and went to sleep!!
Not the romantic evening together we had planned!! To top it off the whole next day he was hungover and totally miserable! Lets hope this year is better…

MISS WENDY MANN 29 Jan 2010 at 2:56 pm

I HAVE BEEN WITH MY PARTNER FOR 25 YEARS,AND IN THAT TIME I HAVE HAD ONE CARD.SO I AM ENTERING THIS COMPETITION,HOPING TO WIN A TREAT FOR MYSELF,WENDY

JANET HUMPHREY 29 Jan 2010 at 4:13 pm

20 Years ago I was writing to a penpal who told me that he had “met someone” and was going out with them. I’d already seen a photo and thought “tasty” and his letters made me laugh so much, they were witty and very funny. I sent him a Valentines card, made it easy – postmarked from my home town and didnt disguise my handwriting. It worked – we met, I moved in and in October 2008 on my 40th Birthday we got married…Sometimes a girlie has to take charge!

Katie Robinson 29 Jan 2010 at 4:57 pm

About 5 years ago, I got home from work and there was a note from my boyfriend with some flowers asking me to dress warm and a cab would pick me up at 7pm. I got into the cab and the driver told me that the destination was a surprise. We stopped at the local off-licence and the driver told me to go in and give my name. I did that and was presented with a lovely bottle of red (that was already paid for). I got back into the cab and he pulled up outside an abandoned stately home. The driver gave me a mobile phone before driving off. The phone rang and it was my boyfriend telling me to follow the lights. He had lined the driveway and a path along the house with little tea lights in jars. I followed the lights and there was my boyfriend under a beautifully decorated gazebo. The gazebo was lit with hundred of little fairy lights and paper hearts. He had a table and chairs set up with my favourite music playing and had a barbecue going. In the middle of February, we ate steak under the stars. It was magical.
After we ate, we took everything down and put it in his work van, which he had hidden in the woods with a generator (to provide the lights and music). Unfortunately it had been raining that week and the ground was very soft and the van had got stuck. He tried to push it out while I worked the clutch but it would not move. We had to forage around finding sticks to go under the wheels in the pitch black. As I was unable to ‘slip the clutch’ or whatever was necessary, I went behind the van and rocked it while he was in the cab. According to him, one minute he could see me in the rear view and the next I had gone. The wheels had spun, covering me in mud and I had slipped and fallen flat on my face. He eventually got a friend to come and pull the van out of the mud and we ended up getting home very late, very cold and very dirty. It was our first Valentine’s day together and when he tells people the story, he always says that when he saw me covered in mud laughing my head off, he knew it wouldn’t be our last Valentine’s together.

kim 29 Jan 2010 at 5:49 pm

well I have to say I hate it been the worse day of the year for me since the day I was born as I was born on it .!
in the past Boyfriends think they dont have to bother as my birthday no meal as they double the price and family and friends want to be loved up together on that day no flowers to expensive and no card either also to make it worse my mother was a florest so i never saw her as a child .
my one wish is to be spoilt twice it would be very nice just one year for my birthday and valtines day one day it may still happen !

George Robertson 29 Jan 2010 at 6:38 pm

i proposed to wife on valentines day in 1997. Proposed by the lochside in the beautiful trossaches using the song “father and Son” by my wife’s favourite band at the time. That was the good part so the following year I decided to make up a picnic and go back to the same place. Before we left I fell down the stairs (nothing but my pride hurt) and set of on the journey which had similar weather (dry, with light scattering of snow on the ground) got 10 miles along the road and the water light came on and the pipe had came loose had to wait 30 minutes just so that the engine would cool down so i could have a look.

So opened the bonnet to find that the pipe had split near the top got the hacksaw out to remove the rest so that we could continue on. The hacksaw broke so ended up cutting it with a piece of broken glass i found on the roadside (for once I am greatful for litter louts!). I managed to patch up the pipe after some expletives and drove on to the services when I bought a hose and while fitting it my wife nipped to “go to the loo” but noticing she was going the wrong direction but trying to wrestle with the pipe just to let it go. She came back 5 minutes later with a bunch of flowers and said “You looked as if you needed these, I thought they would make you smile”. It did it was a farcical day but the 1997 valentines day was the best but 1998 always makes me smile.

Brian Thorpe 29 Jan 2010 at 7:14 pm

I’d bought a card and lots of flowers
I’d thought of gifts for hours and hours
A gift should only be quite small
So I went down into the town
And had a furtive look around
To find something that would not pall.

I looked around, both there and here,
And then I had a great idea.
There was the best jewellers in the city!
I rushed inside with urgent haste
To buy a tin of jewellers paste
To make her jewellery look more pretty.

The thought of it still makes me quake
For then I made my big mistake.
I left the tin in the shop’s bag.
Her eyes lit up when she saw the label.
It was opened as fast as she was able.
As she gloated o’er the jeweller’s tag.

As she saw what was within,
She roared and cried “What’s in this tin?”
I knew then that I’d have to pay
Within her eyes I saw my doom.
She hurled the tin across the room
I bear the scar until this day.

Michele Clark 29 Jan 2010 at 8:29 pm

I’d been receiving some strange phone calls and kept spotting one particular bloke everywhere I went (and NOT in a good way!). On Valentine’s Day I received a huge bunch of roses (no note) and called my boyfriend to thank him. He said they were not from him. I was really freaked out as I convinced myself that they were from ‘the stalker’ (that he had found my home address etc) … later that day my boyfriend admitted that ‘of course they were from him’. Not my best Valentine’s Day! That relationship didn’t last long.

Alana 29 Jan 2010 at 8:34 pm

I was friends with a really nice guy in my first year at University. We got the same bus each morning and sometimes played pool together. On Valentine’s Day we were waiting for the 8.00 am bus when he produced a card and a red rose and asked me out. I had to tell him I didn’t think of him that way. I must hold the record for having spoiled someone’s Valentine’s Day before 8.00 am!

Susie 29 Jan 2010 at 9:48 pm

I met my boyfirend at Christmas 3 years ago, so I hadn’t known him that long when Valentine’s day came around. I was really pleased when he treat me to a lovely romantic meal with champagne in a swanky hotel.
After the meal, there was a small heart shaped chocolate served with the coffee, a lovely touch I thought, so I eat it. A minute of so later, my boyfirend said ” I think you have something on your front tooth?”. I then realised that the caramel in the toffee had pulled off a front tooth crown and I was left with a huge gap at the front of my mouth! Aaaarggg!!!!
I frantically dashed to the ladies where I tried to calm down and think logically. I couldn’t let him see me without a front tooth, it might put him off forever! So, I sneaked out from the loos to reception and asked them if I could leave by another door which they agreed to. I also asked them to pass on my apologies to my boyfriend and tell him I had taken ill.
When I got home, my Dad helped me to fix the tooth back in place (temporarily) with a dental adhesive and having calmed down I felt really guilty about leaving my boyfriend and sent a text saying “sorry, I didn’t want you to see me without my crown”. He replied back ” I know your Dad calls you ‘Princess’ but believe me you aren’t'!
Thankfully, we got back together and we had a good laugh when I explained the whole story to him. He buys me flowers for Valentine’s day now.

anniebanannie 29 Jan 2010 at 11:13 pm

My husband booked a romantic Valentines holiday for us. The night before we went away we went to a wedding and got very drunk. When we got home he fell asleep on the sofa and I decided he couldn’t sleep there all night so I literally dragged him to bed. When we woke in the morning I said “morning darling, Happy Valentine’s Day” he attempted to roll over and give me a wee cuddle and let out an enormous yell. The problem was I had dragged him through the hall on his front and gave him horrendous carpet burns on his knees and during the night the bedsheet had attached itself to his wounds. I was not popular when I pointed out he was lucky he’d kept his pants on!!

chrissie 30 Jan 2010 at 4:12 pm

A few years ago my husband was getting a bit stuck in deciding what to get for presents….1st our anniversary, then xmas, then my birthday and valentines all in quick succession, so he struck upon a theme…..unfortunately the theme was bread!….breadmaker, breadbin, breadtins and for valentines day some kitchen scales…..such a romantic!!!!

sue 30 Jan 2010 at 4:35 pm

Many years ago we were converting part of our garden into a vegetable plot. While I did some work down there my hubby took the two youngsters out. The 3 of them returned laughing and smerking wishing me a Happy Valentine’s and presented me with 3 bags of tiger poo! Guess where they had been?

H.Y. Tsang 30 Jan 2010 at 5:43 pm

When I was 18, I hinted to my then boyfriend about the appoaching Valentine’s Day. He ended up recycling a teddy bear that I had bought him the year before! Even worse, when I told him that I was not amused, his charming excuse was ” oh sorry, I hadn’t realised it was you who had given it to me, I thought it was something one of my old girlfriends had given”. Unforgiveable! I got shot of him double quick. Now, years later, I am single and happy to celebrate with my other single friends and I can treat myself to a luxury gem or two!

karolyn holden 30 Jan 2010 at 6:31 pm

My friend had a blind date on Valentines Day ,-she didn’t want to go ,so I said I would go in her place. He was quite nice ,and the evening was going well ,although it was difficult pretending to be my friend for 2 hours or so.I had to talk about her family ,work,and her hobbies etc,as I did’nt know what he had been told about her.At the end of the date ,as we were saying goodnight ,he said ” Oh ,by the way ,can you tell me who you really are?!” It was just so embarrassing ,-he had known all along that I wasn’t his date! He had been told she was short ,with curly dark hair and glasses ,whilst I am tall and have long blonde hair! He saw the funny side of it ,luckily, in fact we had a few dates after that ,but I still cringe when I think about it!

Trisha 30 Jan 2010 at 9:05 pm

My worst valentine present was a large packet of M&M’s from my ex-partner Terry. Now you know why he’s my ex.

Alison H 31 Jan 2010 at 10:09 am

I’m 46 and I’ve never had a Valentine’s card where I didn’t know who the sender was. It’s one of the biggest disappointments of my life !

lesley 31 Jan 2010 at 2:52 pm

for ages i had been dropping hints for my hubbie to send me flowers at my office for valentines day. i was delighted when a delivery of red roses turned up and was sure i heard my name mentioned. i rushed up and signed for them followed by all the other girls, gushing how lovely they were. however when i looked at the card they were for lucy not lesley. i relucantly handed them over to the lucky lady my face as red as the roses. and as for my flowers
hubbie never sent any, he thought i’d perfer a romamntic dinner. why i could not have had both i dont know, and i told him so.!!!

lisa johnston 31 Jan 2010 at 4:30 pm

I went out with a certain male for a few years and every bloody year I got a joint birthday/valentine pressie as my birthday is on the 10th. Cheapskate

Emma Clarke 31 Jan 2010 at 5:24 pm

On Valentine’s Day last year my boyfriend bought my a huge bouquet of red roses and a beautiful box of chocolates. However, not being a fan of flowers and since I am always on a diet, I popped them round to my Mum, whose birthday falls on 15th February, and claimed they were a birthday present from me. I was delighted that I had saved myself the cost of having to buy her a present and I was still patting myself on the back days later, when I learnt that my boyfriend had hidden a third present – a pair of Tiffany earrings – in the chocolate box. I was gutted. They were the most exquisitely perfect pair of diamond studs I had ever seen. Unfortunately my Mum thought so too and she wears them every day, serving as a sparkling reminder of my selfishness and greed. I never had the heart to tell my Mum the truth, nor the guts to tell my boyfriend what happened.

DUNCAN BROWN 31 Jan 2010 at 5:51 pm

I decided to cook a very romantic meal many years ago. I’d started with steak which went down very well. For pudding I’d decided to do Banana in cream and brandy, the brandy bit was where it all fell apart! I managed to catch the edge of the pan spilling the whole lot down my jeans (Lucky I was wearing jeans come to think of it), The evening ended with lashings of cold water and a visit to A&E, too sore to even consider any post-dinner activities!

Clare Moloney 31 Jan 2010 at 5:57 pm

I met thIs guy through a freind she was dating his mate and she set me up with his best mate. He was known as a bit of a bad boy and had been to Prison before. Dodgy I know but I was in my early 20’s and feeling rebellious, it might be a bit of fun dating a ‘bad boy’. Anyway I found out through my mate that my boyfriend had stolen her boyfriends mobile phone and his wallet with money in. She had found this out because his mother had rung her boyfriend after finding them in his room after he had told them both they had gone missing. So I promptly ended it with him by Text and it so happened to be Valentines day that I texted him that morning to say it was over!! Pretty Bad Huh? . I was quite gutted as quite liked him and thought he was changing but didnt want to go out with a thief especially one who steals from friends. Anyway about 3 weeks later I had forgotten all about the lad and was getting ready for work and I had the Radio on. It was a news article saying that Police had arrested the dumbest burglar in Town because he had left a bit of paper in the persons house with his name and address. I had to laugh!! It was my ‘Bad Boy’ Ex who really was just A complete Idiot. Thats what happens though when you are young and naive ah? He HE!!!

Wendy 31 Jan 2010 at 6:02 pm

When I was 15 I received my first Valentine – which was one of the unkind type. I suspect it was sent by my sister’s then boyfriend. Unfortunately he is now my brother-in-law and his “sense of humour” is no better so my sister is rarely visited.

Graeme Mackinnon 31 Jan 2010 at 6:24 pm

19 years ago in my first year of marriage I bought (not through Interflora) my wife 12 lovely red roses to celebrate Valentines Day. Sadly by the end of the 14th February all the petals had fallen off. If ever there was a case of it being “the thought that counts” this was it!

Viv 31 Jan 2010 at 7:05 pm

I had this huge crush for ages on a guy at work and after the Xmas work do I finally got him to notice me. We’d been flirting ever since and I was over the moon when he asked me out for Valentines Day. He had chosen a romantic restaurant and presented me with a red rose upon arrival so I was made up! The evening started going downhill when he insisted he ordered for us both, choosing oysters, “an aphrodisiac” ,he remarked with a lascivious wink. The thing is, I have an aversion for seafood but being on a date with my big crush, I thought I would try them and not ruin things.
The oysters are honestly the worst thing I have ever tried, I hated the taste and consistency and ended up running to the bathroom to throw up. My date followed soon after to check how I was and could hear me retching from outside the ladies. Bit of a romance killer!
He was nice enough to put me in a cab home but then proceeded to tell the sorry story to the whole office on Monday so I was known as ‘Vomiting Viv’ for the rest of my time there! We didn’t go out again funnily enough!

DAWN 31 Jan 2010 at 8:21 pm

I received a tiny hot water bottle with a love heart cover, the best present I’ve ever received as I am always cold.

JANE KIRK 31 Jan 2010 at 9:16 pm

Nine years ago I met my partner after spending 20 years as a single Mother. He was my neighbour/friends son, 7 years younger than me, also divorced for 10 years and having promised himself never again. We got chatting over the washing line when he’d come to visit his Mum, our eyes met and believe it or not we’ve never looked back since.

Helen Rowles 31 Jan 2010 at 10:42 pm

My most surprising Valentine’s present when I was in hospital after having given birth to my first child and I told my husband I would really like it if he could bring me in some chocolate and fresh fruit as it was Valentine’s Day as I didn’t really like the German food. The next day he arrived with a huge bag of grapefruits, and a box of tomatoes, some pink balloons, chocs forgotten (and there had I been expecting some nice apples, bananas or pears). He was so pleased with himself remembering – I could hardly complain and burst his balloon!

Chris Camplisson 01 Feb 2010 at 8:25 am

My huisband has never bought me anything for valentines day, with a wedding anniversary the week before, I’m lucky to get a card for that.

Kelly Reeves 01 Feb 2010 at 12:10 pm

My worst valentines day was our first. It started out really well, lots of nice gifts exchanged and he took me to book a dream holiday in Florida for us and my 6 year old daughter. But things started to go wrong after that.

He had been complaining of a sore throat for a few days, but things got progressivly worse over the course of valentines day. By the time it came to us going out for our uber-romantic meal he was in agony. He looked like death warmed up, but made the effort to get dressed up. We went to the very expensive restraunt, with its set menu, and he proceeded to eat nothing. He didnt talk to me the whole time as it hurt too much, so we sat in silence with him watching me eat. Eventually i had enough and called a cab from my mobile. We went to wait outside as he looked like he was going to pass out, but 30 minutes in the freezing cold later, no taxi. Called the office to be told it had already picked us up!!! Someone had jumped in our cab! They said they had no cars free for about an hour. So there we were, stuck in the cold (the restraunt was packed by this time so couldnt go back in, and there was nowhere else to wait) after the most excruciating meal ever. Eventually we got home, and he made a half-hearted pass at me but i wasnt in any mood for love by then. We ended up having an almost silent row and going to sleep lol. So much for our big plans!!!

Elaine 01 Feb 2010 at 4:01 pm

When my husband was still my boyfriend he was away one valentines day but he had ordered a present of sexy undies to be delivered to me. Unfortunately the parcel arrived while I was at work and my mum, who shares the same initial as me, opened it. I don’t know who was most embarrassed- her, him, or me!

maria sullivan 01 Feb 2010 at 5:13 pm

the other half treated me to a limo driven London theatre trip one valentines day, with champagne – needless to say i was a bit tipsy that night – did not wake up in time to drive the kids to school so took them at lunchtime. when i collected my daughter she said the teacher had asked why she was late and she told him “sorry my mum was too drunk to drive me to school!” i got some funny looks at the next parent teachers meeting!

Marie Bowden 01 Feb 2010 at 6:18 pm

I hadn’t been with my boyfriend long when our first valentines day came round but he planned in advance a lovely meal.

The restaurant was lovely and my boyfriend decided to order the oysters as a starter to try something new. I tried one but couldn’t bring myself to swallow it so had to spit it out as discreetly as possible, he managed the other 4 on the plate though which I thought was either brave or stupid…

Rest of the meal was much nicer and I was looking forward to a nice romantic stroll home hand in hand. Unfortunately that never transpired because less than half way home he went green and spent the next 10 minutes throwing up over a hedge into some poor soul’s garden!

We went our seperate ways home that night as he really wasn’t feeling great after the oysters but I must have seen some potential in the back of his head hanging over that hedge because 2 Valentines Days later he proposed to me and we are now very happily married with a beautiful baby girl. And neither of us have ever had oysters since!

jean elliott 01 Feb 2010 at 7:33 pm

My husband is always teasing me about my poor sense of direction, because I’m forever getting lost and late for appointments. I seem to keep taking the wrong turn off the motorway. So last year he bought me a Sat Nav (how unromantic) and to make matters worse he told his mate my sense of direction was that bad that I didn’t even know where the kitchen was! Hence his Sunday dinner ended up in the dogs bowl!

Donna 01 Feb 2010 at 10:47 pm

I was 18 and besotted- then i got a car exhaust, and a quick “i’ll see you tomorrow i’m off to play pool”. Why oh why i stuck around for 3 years i’ll never know!

Beth 01 Feb 2010 at 11:22 pm

It was my 1st Valentines day with my fiancee. He said he was taking me to the cinema and I was fully expecting to be taken to a Rom Com or something that vaguely suited the occasion. Instead he took me to see Saw. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting to say the least!!

Linda 02 Feb 2010 at 10:40 am

When I was 16 the lady who had bought my parent’s previous house called round with a valentines card for me that had been wrongly hand-delivered. Luckily she had remembered my name a year after we have moved! I had no idea I had an admirer and the writing was so spidery I thought it said ‘from a Mars Bar’ – causing me much confusion. Actually it said ‘from a ‘Meols lad’ – not much different! Meols being the town he lived in. It was a gorgeous card though and eventually the admirer called me and here we are still married 23 years later, all say aah :-) The BEST valentines ever!

Sarah 02 Feb 2010 at 1:10 pm

Valentine’s Day is always a little awkward if you haven’t been a couple for very long. What will they get you? What should you get them? Do they think it’s a cynical marketing con or is it their most favourite day if the year?
It was about five years ago and my new-ish boyfriend – probably not wanting to shell out to take me to a restaurant in hindsight – declared that he was going to cook me a romantic meal at his flat to honour the occasion.
Surprised (I’d only ever seen him step in to his kitchen to hunt for a takeaway menu) but touched, I respected his firm request for me to stay well and truly clear of the kitchen.
Occasionally he would step out for a break, mopping his sweaty brow and telling me what hard work it was all this slaving away.
My tummy rumbling, I was touched when he brought out the first course – soup with a pice of bread cut into what was supposed to resemble a heart shape.
Making all the right comments as I sampled the food (“mmm”, “delicious”), I couldn’t help thinking that the soup was actually a little watery.
On closer inspection, it was in truth more or less transculenscent. “This isn’t packet soup is it?” I asked with a tentative smile. Surely not, it couldn’t be, could it?
“Of course not” he replied, hurt and more than a little indignant. “How could I even suggest such a thing?”
Giving him the benefit of the doubt, it was time for the next course – curry.
Served up and steaming hot, it smelt a bit funny and looked throughly unappetising.
GIving it a go, I took a hesitant mouthful. “Is this from a tin?” I whimpered, my hunger suddenly disappearing.
Again I was told that of course it wasn’t and there were mutterings of how ungrateful I was.
In sheer disbelief, I decided to find out for myself. I got up and charged towards the kitchen – despite his protestations not to go in there – apart from some breadcrumbs and a splattering of curry, the kitchen was suspiciously clean. Well, apart from a week’s worth of old washing up and his football boots.
Opening the bin, I was vindicated. There they were two tiny packets of cuppa soup and an empty curry tin.
I never did find out what was for pudding.

Julie Johnson 02 Feb 2010 at 2:06 pm

I have NEVER had a Valentine’s present, and I am 46 now, hey ho never meant to be I suppose

keren curran 02 Feb 2010 at 6:01 pm

my boyfriend bought me a large bunch of flowers and huge card only because my sisters boyfriend already had,i found out later my boyfriend said”oh damb i am going to have to get keren something now” so i said thanks and that he could stick them were the sun doesnt shine and i dumped him :-)

Christina Bartholomew 02 Feb 2010 at 6:25 pm

I used to be really mad about frogs (not so much now) and one of my ex-boyfriends therefore decided to buy me a frog toilet-brush holder with matching frog toilet-roll holder as a Valentines present! As you can imagine I was not too impressed but was more in shock and disbelief rather than anything else. I didn’t know what to say to him. Our relationship didn’t go on for very long after that shocking experience!

Ann Willers 02 Feb 2010 at 8:05 pm

I was head over heels in love with a guy and he dropped lots hints that he was doing something for Vallentines Day so I got really excited I got a card from him which said on the front ‘Before I met you I was adrift on a sea of loneliness’ I thought how sweet until I opened it and inside it said ‘Now I wish I was adrift on that sea of loneliness’ He got his friend to deliver a heart shaped box and when I opened it it was full of dead leaves!!!!!!!!!!!

Julie Henderson 02 Feb 2010 at 11:40 pm

my wierdest valentine day was last year my 1st with my now husband. Our football team were playing a big derby match so he got off work and took me to watch the match – yes it was good but we would have done it anyways if it hadnt been Valentines day so i was rather upset and let down – he thought it woz romantic but i have always loved football were as he hasnt so it didnt mean as much to me. To make it worse our team lost :( :( lol so we ended up drinkin the day away

Susan 03 Feb 2010 at 12:01 am

My boyfriend at the time was organising a romantic meal for us both to have as it was our first valentines day, he told me he would do it all and for me to sit down and relax, only problem was that he hadnt cooked much before and he was preparing a curry from stratch, obviously something went really wrong while he was preparing it as i came down with food poisoning and was ill for about a week, i never forgave him and he is now my ex!

Gill Torri 03 Feb 2010 at 12:02 am

Donkey’s years ago I was a barmaid in a bit of a downmarket pub. The customers were not your romatic type – buying the wife a half on a Saturday night was their idea of a romatic gesture…

One Valendine’s Day, a regular (rather dodgy one) came in with a huge bunch of flowers which he was trying to sell to the other customers. His wife came in about 15 minutes later and he pushed the flowers onto the nearest drinker, so his wife would not see them. The flowers were duly passed along from drinker to drinker, as far away from the wife as possible.

They ended up in the arms of a customer who was quite a meek guy, and you could see he just didn’t know what to do with them, except get rid of them asap.

A customer entered from the lounge door, and he, in his panic, gave them to this female who was a well known man-eater (and past her sell-by date) “Ere, have these!” She totally misunderstood the situation, gave him a long kiss, and stuck to him like glue for the rest of the afternoon.

It took him nearly 4 weeks to get rid of her. And for that 4 weeks, I have never seen a man in such a panic.

Alessia Bianco 03 Feb 2010 at 1:25 am

3 years ago for valentines day my girlfriend told me she was taking me to a romantic resturant, and that I should wear my nicest dress.
I spent over an hour getting ready and wore a lovely long black gown with a silver necklace and lace scarf.
As we’re walking along the road to where a beautiful Italian resturant lies ahead, there is a Macdonalds before. She goes in!! I thought it was a joke so I laugh and go in to – until she asks me what I’d like to order! I still think she’s joking, so I said ‘oh i’ll have a cheeseburger please’. Next thing I know she’s ordered 2 happy meals for us, and all the staff are looking at me in my posh gown, thinking obviously ‘what the hell is she doing here?’.

I ended up hungry (I stormed out in disbelief) and lost on Valentines day, after 3 years of being together!!
Oh well at least it’s a funny story I guess! Or a traumatic one at that!

sue masterson 03 Feb 2010 at 10:51 am

My worst valentine is every year – my husband has never given or sent me any flowers or chocs or anything – and we have been together for nearly thirty years – not even a card

Sarah W 03 Feb 2010 at 1:09 pm

My happiest Valentines day was spent in hospital believe it or not in labour with my only daughter who turns 18 this february and the best ever Valentines gift myself and my partner have ever recieved,My partner asked the nurses if he could have a private room with me for an hour as I was in very slow labour and the baby woulldn’t be arriving for hours yet!
He decorated the hospital room with big paper hearts and a banner declaring his love for me,He had a fake candle and a small heart cake, bunch of red roses,bottle of Champagne and a Champagne flute with a ring laying in the bottom of the glass,He bend on one knee and purposed to me.
One of the sweetest moments of my life even though the setting could of been better!

claire green 03 Feb 2010 at 6:08 pm

When I was younger, back in my school days, we all had strange ideas about how to get hold of the guy we fancied, but mine ended up in huge failure!
I was too shy to send a card to the boy I liked, but knew where he lived, so, valentines morning I left a single red rose, and an anonymous card on his doorstep, and thought about it all day.

Next week, back at school, everything was as normal, no mention of the card, no mention of the rose, but I noticed he was flirting – ever so badly – with my best friend!! 2 weeks later, they end up getting together :( little did I know that she fancied the pants off him…and he liked her, to my horror he thought it was her who sent the rose and card. Even after all my efforts to get him to notice me I never said anything about my little valentines secret, and forgot it ever happened until seeing this competition! Ahh, school girl dilemmas eh?! Luckily, I’m not so shy anymore, and im happily in love with the man of my dreams…all stories have a happy ending – eventually.

JULIE PANNELL 03 Feb 2010 at 8:22 pm

my boyfriend had wrapped my valentines present up, it was in a jewellery shaped box. so i was so excited that he had brought me the necklace i had been hinting at for weeks.

he cooked me romantic meal that was non descript and was actually pulsating on my plate, managed to eat some of it.

he gave me my present and i was s excited and squealing with delight opening it……it was not the necklace i had wanted so much, not even a bracelet, it was a god dam parker pen.

i deserved an oscar in my performance of loving the pen……….

we did eventually split up
i had a lucky escape…

Sarah keery 04 Feb 2010 at 2:29 pm

20 months ago we adopted two young children so last February was our first Valentine’s Day as parents. It was also going to be the first evening we’d go out for a meal just the two of us since having them. So we went out, had a lovely meal and were planning more enjoyment once home. However, when we got home, we found my parents busy cleaning copious amounts of vomit from our 3 yr olds room. They said “bye” and left us to continue cleaning him and the room another 3 times as he continued to be sick throughout the night. Happy Valentine’s Day!

kim 05 Feb 2010 at 7:45 am

Somebody once bought me some musical knickers with a heart on them, you pressed the heart and they played a song. Now why on earth would a girl want a pair of those, maybe he thought I was going to break into a pole dance like Jamie Curtis in that film True Lies, he wished.

wildchild 05 Feb 2010 at 2:28 pm

I’d been a bit low and very tired from working extra shifts as we had an order in that could save the company. My boyfriend had been acting mysteriously, smiling to himself then trying to keep a straight face in front of me. I knew he was up to something but, with Valentines day coming, didn’t want to spoil the surprise. On Valentines morning I was woken extra early by my boyfriend – he said he couldn’t sleep any longer and wanted me to see my gift as he knew it would be exactly what I needed. Would it be a little break together? No, tickets would have been in a box. Perhaps something more practical, like a foot spa or some lovely smellies for a relaxing bath or two? But no, I unwrapped an IRON! He said he’d noticed I wasn’t looking as smart as I usually did lately so thought he’d help. I didn’t have the time to look smart – I was working so much extra time. But I took the time to give him his marching orders!

Tina 05 Feb 2010 at 2:49 pm

I had moved in with my boyfriend a few weeks before Valentine’s Day, and was looking forward to spending a nice evening at home with him.
I came in from work, and he gave me a present, lavishly wrapped in pretty paper and ribbons. I opened it, thinking he must have gone to a lot of trouble to find me the perfect gift………..only to find a pair of rubber gloves for washing up!
I must have looked a bit puzzled; and asked why he had bought them; to which he replied; “well it’s Valentine’s Day, so I bought you pink ones instead of the usual yellow”.
I moved out shortly afterwards!

Emily 05 Feb 2010 at 4:19 pm

A few years ago I overheard my boyfriend on the phone telling his mum that he was going to take me away for Valentines Day. He hadn’t mentioned it to me so I guessed he was going to surprise me, I spent ages thinking where it might be, Paris? or a cosy log cabin in the lakes. I even started shopping, new underwear, travel toiletries, the things I thought he might not remember to pack. Valentines Day arrived and as time went on nothing happened, no tickets, no note in a card, no ‘let’s go for a drive’ – that evening it all became clear. I had misheard. He wasn’t taking me away, he was treating me to a takeaway :( That taught me not to eavesdrop again!

Rose Horwell 05 Feb 2010 at 4:50 pm

Ok so … I had met this really hunky fella .. absolutely smitten I was .. was always writing me poetry which I thought was so romantic. On valentines day I had a really thoughtul handwritten “Poem Card” . I was quite impressed until I found an “old” valentine card of his which had been written to him from his ex with the same poem on the front!!!

I guess at least he tried though… and 20 years later I am still married to him :)

Susie.Coleman 05 Feb 2010 at 5:03 pm

Just married, deeply in love twenty five years old and…….. Anonyomous telephone call telling me my husband who was working aboard was having an affair on board ship. I was inconsolable as I was still so in love with him and had to wait 4 weeks before his return, it was agony.

Unfortunatley divorce proceedings followed as he was to become a Daddy.
Last time we spoke was when he rang to in tell me the “degree absolute” had come though, Bless Him!! 14th February, Valentines Day.

Deborah Foster 05 Feb 2010 at 10:12 pm

Forgeting to get my husband a Valentines card last year, and he didnt let me forget it, oops

SUSAN HALL 05 Feb 2010 at 11:48 pm

I will never forget …Valentines day when I was 16 … I had just left school and still lived at home. I had a friend moved in because she got a job in our town and it was closer to her work. Valentines day we were both invited out with her boyfriend to meet up with his friends at a theme park as it was the weekend. Now my friend and I had not been getting on particularly well and still had to share a bedroom, I was not the most outgoing person in the world ( now that has changed!) I woke late that day, and realized my friend was already up and then heard the front door close quietly, looked out of the window to see my friend get in a car full of people with no space left. it was obvious that I was not expected to go I was heartbroken and sobbed all morning and to be honest never forgave her

Jayne 06 Feb 2010 at 1:41 am

My valentines days are always rubbish as I work in a restaurant and its one of the busiest times of the year – well someone has to do it!
So this year, my fiance has offered to come and work with me, he said he would rather do that than not get to see me awwwwww!!!

Chris Chambers 06 Feb 2010 at 9:39 am

Having summoned up the confidence/bottle to finally ask out the ‘girl of my dreams’ for a valentines hamburger (I was 15 and a half at the time), I got the chance to have a right old snog – it all went down hill when I spotted she appeared to have injured her face during the aforementioned snogging.
What had actually happened was, during the excitement of the canoodling, I had had a nose bleed, leaving her with what resembled a nasty facial injury.
The love affair came crashing to a halt.
Onwards and upwards…

maggie tombleson 06 Feb 2010 at 4:03 pm

my husband thought it was a fun idea to send flowers to me, delivered to my fairly old-fashioned office
from ‘a secret admirer’
Most of the company spent the rest of February speculating who this could be and I could barely answer the phone without nudges and whispers.
Thank you darling

Mariska 06 Feb 2010 at 4:26 pm

My worse Valentine’s Day was 3 years ago. Having had something of a difficult relationship with my partner at the time (involving some very angry depression on his part and my being dumped several times over the course of our decade together) I had accepted his apologies and came back to him in the previous August. Things had been going better on the whole and he was making an effort to be a good partner. Valentine’s day was important to me, especially as he’d never made much effort. I felt sure he’d do well this year, and I’d made sure he knew I wanted to go out for dinner, and to get a card and gift for a change. Valentines day came and he “didn’t feel well” (as often was the case) so bunked work and got in my way for most of the day (I work from home as well as looking after the housework). Eventually he announced he was popping out to the shops, at which point I started to suspect he hadn’t made much effort yet – the card and gift I’d got him were still waiting upstairs for when he produced his. On his return from the local shop, he scurried upstairs and I presumed he was wrapping my gift. When he came down, I was mortified. In his hand was a coathanger with it’s hook pushed through the bottom of a plastic cup, and inside the cup was a Kinder Egg. What on earth? He told me he was trying to be like Chandler from Friends, when he and Monica had agreed to make each other gifts (perhaps you remember the episode?). Ha ha ha. Very funny. Not. There was no card. He then reached into his pocket and in a moment of hopefulness I thought he might somehow make things right. Out came the cheapest, nastiest ring I’ve seen – again, bought from the local shop – which didn’t even fit. He told me “It was the nicest one they had”. Suffice to say I was most disappointed that he hadn’t gone out ahead of time to get me anything decent. Ever the optimist, I gave him the benefit of the doubt and assumed he had booked us in at a nice restaurant for the evening. I went about getting dressed up for a lovely night out… when I came back downstairs, he asked me “What’s for dinner love?”. I thought he was joking, and responded, “You tell me, I don’t know where you’ve booked”. “Oh, I didn’t book anything, don’t we have anything here?”. Typical, not a bit of effort there either, and all he would have needed to do was pick up the phone. He suggested we just go out and try to find a table, to which I just laughed – as if there’d be anything decent available on Valentine’s day, and I didn’t fancy the £15 taxi fee to town just to find there was nowhere to eat. Even more disappointed, I checked the cupboards and found an indian sauce we’d not tried before and suggested that to him. Well, obviously he wasn’t going to cook it, so dressed up to the nines I set about preparing this meal for a man who’d really upset me that day. And after all that, the sauce was horrid and as such was the perfect end to that day.
Bedtime came and I had hoped that at least there might be something in the way of compensation at this point ;) No, he was tired and wanted to sleep. Argh.
Just 4 days later he decided to end our decade together because I’d had unreasonable expectations of him for Valentine’s day! This time I decided not to take him back when he realised what an idiot he’d been for doing that.
I’m now back with my first love from my teen years, and have had far better valentine’s days since. I have to laugh now when I think back to the monstrousity he tried to present me with that day.
True story. Sad, but true. I’m just so glad I’m away from him now and have a man who appreciates me. This year we’re too skint to do anything for valentine’s day – working hours have been cut, we’ve just had a huge vet bill to pay and so we might just try to make each other cards (no chance of coathangers there!!). We’d love to win the hamper, it would really make our day.

paula 06 Feb 2010 at 4:42 pm

After starting with flowers and bettering the gifts each year, on the morning of Valentines Day I recieved a card through the post and recognised the handwriting. I didn’t want to open the card as my fiance had gone to work in Australia for 6 months and I was missing him immensely. After umming and ahhing about whether to open it or not my best friend who was staying with me threw it to one side, ‘What you need is a girly night out’, she said, so off we went for a night on the tiles. Not too drunk to go home that night I stayed hers and we carried on drinking until the next day. Stumbling home with a hangover on sunday afternoon, when I got home my mobile had numerous texts and missed calls. The first, I can’t wait to see you, the next where are you, the third is everything ok. I then opened the card and inside were tickets to Paris, he had arranged to meet me there and for us to spend the weekend together before him finishing his job in Australia and us going on our round the world trip we had planned together. Needless to say I was gutted when another text came through telling me I am dumped lol

After the night out and for the following few days I couldn’t face going back to my flat one day so I stayed with the same friend for a few days. Lots of girly nights in and girly nights out, it was during one of these girly nights out that I saw my ex’s best friend who looking really shocked to see me, came over to the table and asked why I wasn’t away. Me and my ex had planned a round the world trip when together and the tickets were in with the card, I wish I would have opened it!!!!

vicky 06 Feb 2010 at 4:43 pm

When I was a teenager, I had a massive crush on my next door neighbour. I sent him a Valentine card via the post, the first real on I’d ever sent.
On Valentines day I saw him in his back garden and asked him what he was up to. He was lighting a fire to burn his Valentine card.!!!! The one I sent. I watched him from my bedroom window.I was mortified.
His mum told me years later that he knew I had a crush on me and that I had sent that card. I still cringe when I think about it.

Janet 06 Feb 2010 at 6:28 pm

Many years ago, my husband was planning to ask me to marry him, but wanted to save up to buy the ring first. He was hoping to propose on valentines day but couldn’t get the money together in time, so he set his sights on 28th february. He spent so much time arranging the proposal that he completely forgot valentines day – I didn’t even get a card! But he had pulled out all the stops, flowers, champagne, a lovely meal and a beautiful ring that he had chosen himself – so I wasn’t too angry. The marriage has lasted 24 years so far too, so at least there’s a happy ending.

Rachel H 06 Feb 2010 at 7:08 pm

Age 18, my boyfriend had flown back to Canada and I’d promised to love him forever and be true, etc etc. I immediately started seeing someone else, naturally. When my new fella was at the door picking me up for a Valentine’s dinner together, Canada boy rolls up in a taxi to surprise me. I was stuck for words and couldn’t think of a way out, so they both dumped me!

Rachel 06 Feb 2010 at 7:50 pm

A now-thankfully-ex boyfriend came round to mine Valentine’s morning…to dump me.But wait, it gets worse!

We were scheduled to attend an aikido seminar together, so I spent the rest of the day rolling around on the floor with him…or fending off bitchy comments of the “are you guys still together” variety from his earlier ex in the changing room.

Could he not have waited until after the seminar to tell me, so I could blub in private? I made him drive me home via a supermarket so I could buy a mountain of chocolate right under his nose, but even that didn’t seem to jolt his conscience.

When I got home I found a card on the mat – from him – sent before he’d made up his mind to chuck me.

What a ‘special’ fellow. Glad I’ve got a better one now!

Steph 06 Feb 2010 at 8:33 pm

He was a new boyfriend that I invited back home to meet the family on Valentines day (which was also my mum’s birthday.) He bought red roses with him so I was well impressed…. Mum served a platter of cheese and biscuits for supper which I thought was so cool. I reached for the jar of beetrot…. but boy was the lid tight!. Then disaster struck – the lid came off with such force that the entire contents, flew out… It was like slow motion as a mess of beetroot and juice landed in new boyfriend’s lap. It wasn’t just red roses and red faces that night – I reckon he would have been washing body parts and clothing for some time…The romance was short lived by the way…

meena 06 Feb 2010 at 9:17 pm

one year my hubby decided to be romantic and actually bought me a very saucy present – a lovely outfit from Agent Provocateur. I got the place ready and dressed up waiting to surprise him when he walked in with his dad – i dont know who was more embarrased me or his dad. I’ve still not been able to look his dad in the eye since he saw me so exposed and he doesnt turn up uninvited anymore either – so maybe it was a good thing lol

Elaine Powell 06 Feb 2010 at 10:45 pm

My husband is a complete skinflint and so tight with his money that it is a running joke with family and friends. A couple of years ago he even beat his own tightfistedness. I got home from work on valentines day bit grumpy as I had had no flowers delivered which usually I would have had some before I left for work or delivered. Decided to play it really cool and cooked a nice dinner and waited… and waited for him to come home. Eventually he turned up with 6 red roses from tescos, all indiviually wrapped and all reduced to 20P each. STILL WITH THE BIG YELLOW REDUCED STICKERS ON THEM!!

catherine 07 Feb 2010 at 12:30 am

last year for valentines day my partner asked me to stay in for the day as he was expecting something to be delivered i was expecting flowers and when the delivery van pulled up it was a new games console for him! he then arived home from work with a packet of pumpkin seeds and told me this way i can have all the fun of growing my own fruit and it will be more exciting than flowers i was gutted!

Lydia Houghton 07 Feb 2010 at 1:56 am

Just before Valentine’s day, I mentioned to my boyfriend that there wasn’t anything that rhymed with my name, except ‘Lydia, oh Lydia, the encyclo-pid-ia’.
He must have been up for a challenge because in my card he wrote:
‘Lydia, oh Lydia,
Do you have …. (a not very nice STD)?’
He was in hysterics, but I was furious, (well, you wouldn’t want it in your Valentine’s Day card, would you?)
He let me sulk for a while, then presented me with a second card, which read:
‘Lydia, oh Lydia,
I never want rid o’ yer.’
I forgave him after that!

Kimberley 07 Feb 2010 at 2:43 am

Last Valentines day i decided to make the extra effort for my boyfriend and cook him dinner. This was very challenging for me as I am “no cook”. Well I spend loads of money on the ingredients , and slaved away hours in the kitchen , to only get a phone call from my boyfirend to tell me he had to work late and therefore cancelled on me. Of course the telephone converstaion turned into a major row which lasted long enough for me to burn all the dinner, but also to set fire to my kitchen and burn all my cupboards. It was the worst valentines ever, not only was I lonely, and now totally skint, but I could have died from all the smoke. Lets just say its totally put me off cooking.

Dee 07 Feb 2010 at 2:58 am

I had been with my boyfriend for three years when I commented that he’d never sent me a Valentine’s Day card. Sure enough, a couple of days later on Valentine’s Day he handed me a paper bag. There was a card inside it, just as he’s bought it from the newsagents (still with the price on), nothing written in it, and not even put inside the envelope. I said ‘you’ve not written anything in it!’ and he replied ‘well, you know who it’s from’. There was a picture of little birds on the front and a rude joke about tits inside. I didn’t bother asking for a card again after that. Needless to say, he’s now an ex-boyfriend!

C. Andrews 07 Feb 2010 at 4:17 am

Generally in typically Bridget Jones fashion I am single on Valentines day, but a few years ago I was seeing someone so started to plan something special for him. Underwear bought, wine in fridge, gift subscription for his fave magazine what did I get dumped day before valentines and picked back up afterwards! Leaving me home alone again and feeling sadder than ever, Crettin. Thankfully I saw the light (unfortunately not until he’d played away) and this year I’m happy to be with a decent guy. I’m not expecting anything as thats not his style but atleast I know the only bed he’s in is mine ;-)

Katie H 07 Feb 2010 at 11:11 am

After weeks of sitting in the corner, eeking out a single drink as I gazed across crowded tables in The Crown, I’d finally (somehow) bagged a date with Jack.
Lately, my dreams had been filled with romantic dates with Jack – enjoying meals together, going to the cinema together, shopping together. It was all Jack, Jack, Jack.

One night, out of the blue, he just strolled over, plonked himself in a chair next to mine and began chatting away. Having previously resolved to play it cool if such an event ever occured, I instantly turned into a quivering wreck, smiling inanely at his every word. By the end of the conversation, he’d asked me out and we’d arranged to go to the cinema the following Tuesday, which coincidentally, was Valentines day. I couldn’t believe my luck. I was spending Valentines with JACK!!!!.

A whole 4 days dragged by but eventually, the big day arrived. I spent the best part of it plucking, preening, bathing, basking and the rest of it, imagining the moment we’d kiss. I was jolted from my daydreams by the doorbell. There he stood, all floppy haired and gorgeous, smiling like an Osmond, circa 1970.

As we walked to the cinema, he talked, I listened and giggled at his jokes. When we got there, he went off to get the tickets and I nipped off to the loo’s to check my makeup. In my mind, I imagined us cosying up together at the back of the cinema, his arm around my shoulder. Needless to say, I wanted to be pucker-perfect.

As I came out of the loo’s, I spotted Jack near the popcorn kiosk chatting to two guys. I assumed they were some mates he’d bumped into. As approached, he introduced them as Ben and Ollie. They seemed nice enough but I was still horrified to discover that our date ‘a deux’ would be a little less cosy than I’d thought. It turned out Jack had mentioned we were going to the cinema and invited them along. “You don’t mind do you?” he casually enquired. “No, ‘course not” I warbled, thinly disguising my displeasure. I consoled myself with the thought that if we sat next to each other, it might not be so bad. Still reeling from that little hiccup, I’d failed to notice we were about to watch a less than romantic, horror movie. I’m squeamish about horror at the best of times and sat there for nearly 2 hours squirming, wincing and
looking away, as I endured graphic bloodletting and general gore. Jack held my hand and I held his, but that was mostly due to sheer terror, rather than any romantic inclinations. As I sat there in the dark pondering how our first date was supposed to be, I felt disappointed and cheated, and increasingly irritated by the potent aftershave and constant toe tapping of his burly mate, sat right next to me.

After our ‘date’, Jack walked me home. I barely spoke as he prattled on about what a great film it was and how we should do it again next week. As we got to my front door, he leaned in, clearly gearing up for a snog and without thinking …………..I slammed it shut in his face. I peeped through the glass and saw him standing there, aghast, his mouth hanging open. Somehow, after all those weeks wishing for this moment, I just didn’t fancy it (or him) after all……….

Veegee 07 Feb 2010 at 1:12 pm

Several years ago I went out after work with colleagues for a quick drink. I had remembered it was Valentine’s day but hubby was working and in previous years never really bothered about celebrating the day. One drink lead to several with a visit to the Chinese on the way home. I arrived home to find ny husband had got the night off to surprise me with a fancy meal, roses, chocolates and champagne. I was in the dog house and can never again grumble about his lack of thought on Valentine’s Day.

Sheila Richmond 07 Feb 2010 at 2:00 pm

Many years ago my husband and I were attending a St Valentines day fancy dress ball at the local town hall. We both chose costumes from a hire shop and I went as Wonder woman while he went as King Kong, (basically a gorilla suit). The night started off well with everyone dressed as all sorts of different characters but as the night wore on we got separated when he went to the bar. After a while I went looking for him and spotted him leaning over a balcony and sneaked up behind him. I thrust my hands inside his waistband and grabbed him beneath his hairy costume. A squeal went up and so did his drink as it sloshed over the balcony. Yes, you’ve guessed, it wasn’t him and worse still it was the town mayor! He was okay about it but his wife wasn’t too pleased. My husband has never let me forget it and although he buys me flowers every month, at Valentines it comes with a bag of monkey nuts!

Steve Holman 07 Feb 2010 at 2:30 pm

One year for valentines I’d bought my girlfriend the usual presents -chocolates, teddy, flowers. I’m rubbish at wrapping up presents so I asked the girls at work to do that for me, by chance I’d also bought a replacement frying pan that we needed for home. I had the bright idea “as a laugh” to also get it wrapped up and give it to her as an extra present. The girls at work warned me it was a bad idea…we’re not together any more!! Still don’t know why she couldn’t see the funny side it was an expensive non stick one as well!

Alison 07 Feb 2010 at 2:39 pm

My worst valentines was 6 years ago I was due to go into hospital for urgent open heart surgery and it could have been the last valentines we spent together and what did I get …………… nothing,not even a card even though he knew that I always got him a gift and card.I was gutted that he didn’t bother with anything at all even though he knew the situation. :(

Layla fletcher 07 Feb 2010 at 2:47 pm

Me and my partner thought it would be romantic to go for a nice walk in the park, unbeknown to both of us while we was strolling along they had closed the park gates.
So we had to climb over the railings.
I had soft sole boots on and as I put my foot on the railing my the spike went throw my boot and into my foot.
I was left hanging by one foot screaming in pain.
As you can imagine this was extreamly embarrasing as not only did my partner witness this but so did all the passers by!

Alison 07 Feb 2010 at 3:36 pm

It was Valentines day 2006 and my partner and I were up bright and early, not only was it the most romantic day of the year it was also the day we were moving into our first house! Our excitement could hardly be contained! Before we knew it the removal men had arrived and loaded the van with all the boxes from our little rented apartment and we were on our way to our new and happy life. It was brilliant and the day was going perfectly until we arrived at our new dream house! Our happy little bubble was quickly burst when we saw the chaos that the previous owners were creating. Although they should have been long gone we arived to find them still loading their van. They left so much stuff on the driveway that we were unable to park our cars and they told us they would come back for it all the next day as it wouldn’t all fit in their van! When we got indoors it was filthy they hadn’t bothered cleaning anything and the greenhouse was full of rubbish including a Commode! Yes our happy little Valentines day was quickly becoming the worst valentines day ever! Our hearts sunk when we entered the dining room and saw the ceiling sagging. We spent the rest of the day in a state of shock wondering what on earth we had done! On the plus side we did go out that night to the local Indian restaurant and it was simply wonderful and cheered us right up!

Georgie 07 Feb 2010 at 3:50 pm

I must admit at least my husband tries, even if it is half-hearted! One year he kindly presented me with a PLASTIC rose! Of course, I showed my gratitude and kept it, though over the course of the year it ended up in the back of the wardrobe.

To make matters worse, the following year on Valentine’s Day he found that PLASTIC rose and gave it to me again!

However, he’s learnt over the years to be much more romantic and now I sometimes get two!

Jill 07 Feb 2010 at 3:52 pm

My worst Valentines experience was about 14 years ago, I had spent the day at work in a job I hated, when I finished I discovered my beloved yellow car had been stolen, I went home via the police station so depressed knowing the only thing I had to look forward to was an evening with my boyfriend. When he arrived no only was he not greatly sympathetic about the loss of my car, he also arrived empty handed, not even a card!!!! Some valentines that turned out to be! (But as it happens I did get my car back a few days later less arm rests?? & I am now married to the non valentines sending boyfriend!)

jill 07 Feb 2010 at 4:44 pm

A couple of years ago I sent my boyfriend a slightly saucy Valentines card through the post. Big Mistake number one. Number two mistake was not realising that my boyfriend and father shared the same first name!

Yes – dad opened the card, and because I had signed it there was no hiding my embarrassment – nor his amusement.

Lesson learned anonymous cards from now on!

Laura 07 Feb 2010 at 5:34 pm

My worst valentine was of my own making, but I didn’t know that for years! I never received cards so made sure I would this particular year. I sent myself a gigantic card along with box of Thorntons through the post so all the neighbours could see it being delivered. It was the only card I got, which was no suprise to me.

It was 18 months later that I got together with my postman (now my husband) who said he’d fancied me for years but was sure I had a boyfriend who was clearly smitten sending me such lovely things and so he never gave me the card he’d planned to that day.

Terri Lucas 07 Feb 2010 at 7:44 pm

Well i am at the moment eating the luxury chocolates that i bought for my boyfriend for valentines day and drinkin his favourite drink that i also bought him. So no he has nothing, i will have to buy him some more. The chocolates were lovely though fair play.

Janette 07 Feb 2010 at 7:52 pm

It was our first valentines day together, I had to work in the evening so we went out for lunch, at the end of the lunch he nipped out to the car and returned with a large wrapped gift and handed it to me, Delighted I ripped off the paper to find a selection of cookery books, now anyone who knows me, knows that I will cook, but I’d rather not. I was not impressed, but later that night he turned up at my workplace with a large bouquet of flowers for me which went a long way to making amends, It wasn’t until months later I found out my boss ( a friend of OH’s) had rang him and told him that I wasn’t impressed and he better do something about it quick.
This year will be our 9th valentines day, the cookbooks are still sat on the kitchen shelf, but have never been used by me, but now he does all the cooking!

A GRAHAM 07 Feb 2010 at 9:02 pm

My first ever Valentine’s card(age 13) was sent as a joke from my friends at school….and givento me in front of the entire school through the “secret post”…….I have never had any since………..Age 30!

Jo 07 Feb 2010 at 9:52 pm

My worst Valentine’s day was the first one with my now husband..we had only been together a couple of months. It was before my other half had learned to drive, and I’m not the best driver in the world, so I never used to drive in the dark. I insisted on walking to the restaurant for dinner, which was 2 villages away (about 1 and a half hours one way)..after a beautiful meal, we still had the walk back. It was another hour and a half walk, and we were freezing. It was too cold to hold hands, so hardly a romantic walk back. When we got in, after warming up, I just went to hang some washing up to dry. I then discovered my favourite white top had become dyed, and it desperately needed saving. I then spent a hour trying to save my top. As my partner knew how much I loved it, he was helping me..we made a promise that night that we would have a fabulous Valentine’s day the next year…

Fast forward a year, and Valentine’s day – my due date, for our little girl..no flowers or romantic gestures, as I was on maternity leave, and obviously due to give birth..in the end our little girl arrived 5 days later..

Since then we’ve never gone out on Valentine’s day, or I’ve never had a gift..now our little girl is coming up to 4, it would be great to see if we could get that romantic day I dreamed our first one would be – especially now he can drive me to dinner..

Maria Knight 07 Feb 2010 at 10:22 pm

My best Valentines Day was last yead when my fiance simply wrote in a card
“Penguins find a mate and stay with that mate for all eternity…….you are my penguin”

It makes me well up everytime i read it x

alan K 07 Feb 2010 at 11:19 pm

My worst valentines day was just last year, I had bought my wife a lovely real gold expensive bracelet and several charms to go on it, she had been hinting for a long time and after 20 years of marriage I decided it was a perfect gift. On the wednesday evening just a few days before I attentively slotted the charms onto the bracelet to set it up ready, popped it back in one of the boxes to wrap , she came into the kitchen so I hurredly flung all traces of prezzie into the 2 padded envelopes and shoved them in the cupboard.
Later I got them back out wrapped one box and threw the other boxes, bubble wrap etc into the bin……… on valentines day I presented her with the prezzie……. she excitedly opened it and I dont know who was more shocked, myself or her, inside the box was a mix of small bubble wrap bags, tags and pins, no bracelet to be seen, as it was a saturday, my stomach fell when I realised what had happened, bin day was thursday………… sufice to say she did forgive me but somewhere in the north east on a tip lies over £800 worth of bracelet :(

Alison kennedy 07 Feb 2010 at 11:27 pm

A few years ago my hubby presented me with a huge and I mean huge bouquet of flowers on valentines day, I was so impressed and after giving him a kiss I went to get some vases out and prepare the flowers, trim them etc, on closer inspection I noticed most of the flowers were wilting, and even had mould on the stems, at first I was so upset that somewhere could have sold him such rotten flowers and asked him where he had bough them so I could give the piece of my mind, then the truth came out, when he had finished work the day before (he worked in a butchers) he had left via the back door and noticed a load of flowers dumped in the skip from the small supermarket next door , he had ‘rescued’ them and thinking ‘because I had done a floristry’ course that I could ‘do something with them’……………. oh yes, I did something with them alright, but to print it here would be too impolite lol !!

Elaine 07 Feb 2010 at 11:43 pm

Many years ago I received an anonymous card at work – filled with poems and words of love. I thought it was my male colleagues messing but everybody denied it. A few months later I was in a nightclub when a nerdy guy started dancing with me. He asked me if I’d received such a card. I was suprised as he was a perfect stranger to me. Apparantly he workeed in the office block opposite and watched me come and go every day. An old school friend worked in his block and gave him my name. It must have taken loads of courage for him to approach me, however I didn’t fancy him at all and I had to let him down gently. But I was very flattered and I thought it very romantic. I hope he found happiness like I did. I celebrate my silver wedding anniversary this year.

Elaine Lawson 08 Feb 2010 at 12:16 am

My worst valentines day was last year – I was 3 months pregnant and thought my partner would really spoil me – a big box got delivered for me – gosh i was so excited opening it – until I opened it – IT WAS A VACUUM CLEANER!!!

The day just went from bad to worse – think through guilt he took me to our local restaurant a gorgeous wee place (wee being the right word only has 8 tables). We sat down to our meal, which was lovely when I started feeling unwell, and had to rush to the toilet. The restuarant is that small it only has 1 toilet and it sits just off the dining area. I was ill really sick for about 5 minutes.
I walked out the toilet to everyone looking at me and went back to the table and my partner said to me – we all heard you – could you not have been a bit quieter!!!!

Not been back to the restaurant since – that valentines day is one that I will never forget for the wrong reasons.

Cant wait to see what treats in store this year??? lol

wendy jamieson-price 08 Feb 2010 at 12:26 am

i am an absolute dreamer and a sucker for romance – i dropped some hints to my husband that the scented old traditional roses were amazing and would look lovely in our new garden – quite sure he had taken the hint, i could almost smell the lovely musky aroma and waited patiently for valentines day – guess what i got – a spade, yes a spade – he said it would come in handy when planting my new rose bushes!!!!!!! what rose bushes i here you say and where are they!!!!!
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr and they say romance is not dead!!!

Jo M 08 Feb 2010 at 12:57 am

An ex that I’d had a very long relationship used to delight in telling me that from his mid teens he’d received a Valentines Card from an anonymous admirer every year and he really had no idea who it was from. There was always a cryptic message but would also contain information that few people knew about my ex. Every year at Valentines, he’d go on about this ‘secret admirer’ although the cards stopped arriving when we got together. I found it a bit annoying to be honest! After we split, I remained on good terms with his Mum. One time when I was visiting her around Valentines Day she confided to me that for years, she had arranged for her friend to write a card and send to my ex so that he at least got 1 card – since we’d split, she’d have to start doing it again ;-) He still doesn’t know, how smug do I feel…..

Genna 08 Feb 2010 at 8:30 am

I’d only been going out with my boyfriend for a few months so he hadn’t yet got the measure of my likes and dislikes. So in the run-up to Valentines day, he’d been discreetly attempting to find out what I might want. He consulted my best friend for advice on which perfumes I wore, what kind of chocolate I preferred……that sort of thing. She was sworn to secrecy. Now she was many things my mate, but discreet wasn’t one of them and it wasn’t long before she cracked. Over tea and a biccie, she blurted out what he was up to. Surprise ruined! Never mind. At least I knew he was making an effort.
She assured me that whatever I go, it would be good. She’d explained that he should choose something personal or something I’d use and she’d suggested jewellery or beauty products. I did indeed like jewellery and I was known among my circle of friends as a bit of a product junkie so I felt the girl had done good.
After a week or so, I’d forgotten all about the ‘surprise Valentines present’ until the big day itself arrived. By then, I was a flourry of excitement. Could it be earrings? A big box of chocs? CD’s? By the time he arrived at my flat for the romantic meal I was cooking, I was desperate to see what he’d got. He came in, sat down (disappointedly, I noted there were no flowers…) and placed a gift wrapped box next to him on the sofa. Too big for jewellery I thought, unless it was a complete set – earrings, necklace, ring (OMG!) – no…far too soon….maybe it’s a pretty figurine – he can’t not have noticed I love anything to do with cats…..lingerie even?? MY thoughts came to an abrupt halt as he got up, wandered towards me, handed me the box and said ‘”I hope you like this. I wanted to get you something useful.”
I let out an excited ‘thank you’ and began to tear into the box. Finally I made it through the wrapping to the gift box itself. I prised open the lid which revealed a layer of pretty pink straw. I removed it and underneath lay my prize.
“D’you like it?” he asked, sounding quite pleased with himself.
After a moment of stunned silence, I refound my voice and roared “No, I bloody well don’t! What the hell leads you to think I want, or need for that matter 2 jars of anti-wrinkle cream and an anti-ageing cleanser???? I was 24 at the time!!!

Lisa 08 Feb 2010 at 9:23 am

I always thought valentines were awful, never had a card etc (cue violins). Then found a great boyfriend but not the card buying type lol and it was a little frustrating. However after him having a heart attack on valentines day a few years back it really isn’t important anymore so as long as we spend it together i’m happy.

debbie richards 08 Feb 2010 at 10:52 am

when my husband acadently got mine and his mistresses underwear mixed up it put all my suspisions in to place

Kate Greenaway 08 Feb 2010 at 12:18 pm

When I was pregnant it was our first V-Day together as a married couple. I was having a totally mad moment as when my husband opened up the V-Day card I had written my exes name in it. He actually didnt speak to me for about 3 days and I dont blame him but I blame my pregnancy memory! oops!! 6 years later we are as happy as anything and I now put a LOT more thought into writing my cards!!!!

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