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KatGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 08-Feb-16 14:01:48

In aid of Valentine's Day coming up this Sunday, come and tell us What's the least romantic gift you've received to win a bundle of luuuurve books grin

We'll pick the winner at random on Monday 15 Feb. Usual T&Cs apply.

hildajenniJ Mon 08-Feb-16 14:43:12

The least romantic gift I ever received was given to me at Christmas a couple of years ago. I had no idea what my DH had bought for me. I had made lots of hints about what I would like. My gift came in a square box, beautifully wrapped, and I was full of anticipation. I opened the parcel and saw ... an electric toothbrush . I was deflated! I thanked him kindly, but I think he knew that it was the wrong thing to give your wife for Christmas.

jusnoneed Mon 08-Feb-16 14:52:31

After spending weeks tracking down a certain type of new fishing rod my OH wanted (eventually found it) I hoped as much effort would be put into my present. Ummm no.... wrapped parcel contained a rack that you fix to wall and put your Iron on top part and hang the ironing board on hooks underneath!! Not impressed and I never bought him another present after, nor got one from him - thankfully. This was about 30 years ago and yes we are still together lol.

kittylester Mon 08-Feb-16 15:06:49

Well, I got the iron once!

pollyparrot Mon 08-Feb-16 15:10:51

I was given a roasting tin from DH as a Christmas present.

Greenfinch Mon 08-Feb-16 15:14:45

I have a bureau given to me when I was eleven. Over the years is has lost a screw from the pull-down bit. DH did some research over the Internet and managed to track one down that fit. He wrapped it up in a shoe box ! It did take a lot of research and funnily enough I was very pleased with it. Maybe I am just not romantic!

NanaandGrampy Mon 08-Feb-16 15:23:21

In our early years together my DH managed to get it wrong on several occasions with household appliances or once a set of Pyrex dishes ! But he topped that one year my buying me a beautiful necklace. I loved it but the chain was too short so I asked if he would exchange it for a longer chain.

I never saw it or a replacement ever again.

It was the gift that never was!

Marelli Mon 08-Feb-16 15:28:25

DH bought me quilted nylon princess-line dressing gown which was more suited to a dainty soul of 5' instead of my lofty 5'10". It reached mid-calf and was lime-green with wide lapels trimmed with white lace. What were supposed to be orange roses looked more like snails. The children had bought me shocking-pink fluffy slippers. grin

Grannyboots1 Mon 08-Feb-16 15:30:37

My Dh bought me a Swiss army penknife many years ago, as it came in a small parcel I was hoping for jewellery!! I kept it in my handbag, just in case and had it confiscated at Gatwick airport.

Nonnie Mon 08-Feb-16 15:37:47

For my 21st DH, then fiancé, took me to see a show with someone he liked in but I didn't and bought me an LP he wanted. Must be love because I still married him and we are approaching our 48th anniversary!

chloe1984 Mon 08-Feb-16 15:42:23

Before we were married my DH bought me a Christmas present , it was wrapped very prettily and decorated with a huge bow. On opening it I found a pair of pink double nylon sheets! His presents to me have improved over the years. May have something to do with the fact that I have never let him forget the sheets.

Lona Mon 08-Feb-16 15:52:36

My exh2 hinted he'd bought me something gold and small. It was a gold coloured miniature torch for my keyring!
He only lasted 18 months!

cathisherwood Mon 08-Feb-16 15:57:11

I hate receiving a box of chocolates as a present - it's just so unimaginative - it's ok as thank you or to bring to a meal but it's never a romantic gift

SHORTMAN Mon 08-Feb-16 15:59:20

A floor cleaner - it backfired on him though, I said I couldn't work out how to use it so now he cleans the floors

Grannyknot Mon 08-Feb-16 16:02:28

This thread is grin

greenfinch that is sooo romantic!

Since I have taken up knitting again in recent years, every birthday and Christmas I say to husband, "Please no wool", because of the time he bought me about 12 balls of scratchy brown tweed. And he looked so pleased with himself! smile

NonnaW Mon 08-Feb-16 16:04:39

A deep-fat fryer one Christmas from ex-DH

downtoearth Mon 08-Feb-16 16:12:56

on birth of 2nd child of all bran appeared along with request to sew a button on his shirt..

downtoearth Mon 08-Feb-16 16:16:14

that was followed by an Argos points card,the type you get for filling up with petrol..the company paid for the petrol...was told to buy what I wanted for my christmas present.....there was £3.99 on it....

loopylou Mon 08-Feb-16 16:30:03

A secondhand car bonnet from the scrapyard.
My car bonnet was dented when a pheasant flew out of a hedge and I hit it; the damn bird shook itself and flew off but I was left with a dent in my green car's bonnet.
I took the car to the garage who told me I needed a new bonnet because of where the dent was it couldn't be knocked out.
So..... DH gave me a bright red, secondhand bonnet two years later, on St. Valentines Day, 'because I knew you'd like a 'useful present'!

Same DH who gave me a monkey wrench for a birthday present- to this day I don't have the foggiest idea what you'd use a monkey wrench for ?!

chelseababy Mon 08-Feb-16 16:32:41

A suitcase strap with my name on it.

Indinana Mon 08-Feb-16 16:33:58

Before we had the central heating put in, I had complained often of how freezing cold our bedroom was. My DH responded by buying me a nightdress for Christmas. It was brushed cotton, full length, long sleeved and buttoned up to the neck confused It wasn't even a pretty fabric (well let's face it, 'pretty' would have been wasted on such a garment) - it was dark blue and white stripes. Not unlike old finished pillow ticking. Another year he bought me a canteen of cutlery.
I got my own back, though. I bought him a cast iron griddle pan after he'd admired one in a kitchen shop and said how good it would be for cooking steaks grin

grannylyn65 Mon 08-Feb-16 16:34:42

Oh no trouble with this one!
My (now ex) husband gave me a saucepan for our first Christmas together. Not only that, the pan lasted 3 times longer than marriage!!!gringrin

Indinana Mon 08-Feb-16 16:35:22

old finished? Old fashioned - damn you predictive text!

mumofmadboys Mon 08-Feb-16 17:47:51

This thread has made me laugh!!. My DH once bought me some pants from M and S - mulipack including red tartan ones !!!! I took them back!!

fionajk42 Mon 08-Feb-16 17:50:30

One Christmas DH gave me a power screwdriver - so I would not have to bother him when I needed to do tasks involving screws that were too difficult for me to tighten or untighten. After 35 years of marriage, it's still me that does any DIY - he hasn't a clue!