Culture Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst  

Ashley Reign
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List Rules Upvote the romantic, thoughtful gestures that you actually wish no one ever did for you.

Lots of people love a good John Hughes movie as much as the next hopeless romantic. There’s something refreshing about knowing that no matter how bad the guy screws up or how clueless the girl seems, true love will always win out in the end. As many a dater has learned the hard way however, just because some sappy romantic gesture works on screen, doesn’t necessarily mean you should try it at home. So the next time you’re on the fence about how to declare your love, check out this list of the worst romantic gestures of all time. They may seem romantic and grand, but practically, they just don't work.

Here you’ll find a list of things that women don’t actually like. So before you decide to present her with that giant teddy bear or hire a mariachi band to serenade her in public, scroll on through the list below to discover the horrible truth and some of the worst romantic gifts, cheesy gestures, and things that are just plain annoying, in order to keep them from ever happening again.

So whether you’re a budding romantic or are just sick of striking out, you're in luck here. You’ll gain access to knowledge that’ll help you put your best foot forward on your next date or at the very least keep you from tanking right out the gate. So put away that lingerie you’re about to give her for her birthday and study up on what not to do during your next relationship.
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1,690 973
Making Out in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Making Out in the Rain

2
1,626 954
Kissing Someone Mid-Sentence is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Kissing Someone Mid-Sentence

3
1,733 1,044
Showing Up in the Shower Uninv... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Showing Up in the Shower Uninvited

4
1,475 1,182
Proposing in a Super Public Pl... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Proposing in a Super Public Place

5
1,363 1,087
Throwing Them a Surprise Party is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Throwing Them a Surprise Party

6
1,430 1,145
Showing Up Unexpectedly at The... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Showing Up Unexpectedly at Their House

7
1,380 1,140
Watching Them Sleep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Watching Them Sleep

8
1,198 1,282
Initiating Spontaneous Sex in ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Initiating Spontaneous Sex in Super Uncomfortable Places

9
1,070 1,259
Spending an Hour Winning Them ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Spending an Hour Winning Them a Stuffed Animal at the Fair

10
917 1,152
Social Media PDA is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Social Media PDA

11
958 1,272
Surprising Them with an Unexpe... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Surprising Them with an Unexpected Pet

12
921 1,256
Trying to Pass Off Lingerie as... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Trying to Pass Off Lingerie as a Gift for Her

13
793 1,078
Making Someone the Center of a... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Making Someone the Center of a Sappy Poem

14
869 1,189
Introducing Food Into Sex is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Introducing Food Into Sex

15
925 1,268
Buying a Giant Teddy Bear for ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Buying a Giant Teddy Bear for Valentine's Day

16
727 1,040
Anything That's Ever Happe... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Anything That's Ever Happened in a Romantic Comedy

17
779 1,125
Public Serenades is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Public Serenades

18
749 1,120
Hiring Musicians to Declare Yo... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Hiring Musicians to Declare Your Love Through Song

19
693 1,038
Constant Attempts to Initiate ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Constant Attempts to Initiate PDA

20
736 1,135
Hiding a Ring in Her Food/Cock... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Hiding a Ring in Her Food/Cocktail

21
733 1,138
Getting Their Name Tattooed on... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Getting Their Name Tattooed on Yourself

22
680 1,056
Assigning Them an Overly Chees... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Assigning Them an Overly Cheesy Nickname

23
628 1,111
Giving Her Roses with the Thor... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Giving Her Roses with the Thorns Still On

24
573 1,122
The Whole Boom Box Thing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
The Whole Boom Box Thing

25
576 1,132
Telling Them How Much Better T... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Telling Them How Much Better They are Than Your Ex

26
495 981
Working Your Declaration of Lo... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Working Your Declaration of Love Into a Speech

27
554 1,100
Generic Valentine's Day Gi... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Generic Valentine's Day Gifts on Valentine's Day

28
543 1,110
"Defending Her Honor" ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
"Defending Her Honor" by Picking a Fight with Her Ex