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
1,777 1,040
Kissing Someone Mid-Sentence is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Kissing Someone Mid-Sentence

2
1,810 1,072
Making Out in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Making Out in the Rain

3
1,893 1,136
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
1,650 1,263
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
1,573 1,221
Showing Up Unexpectedly at The... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Showing Up Unexpectedly at Their House

6
1,475 1,177
Throwing Them a Surprise Party is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Throwing Them a Surprise Party

7
1,521 1,223
Watching Them Sleep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Watching Them Sleep

8
1,322 1,375
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
1,179 1,340
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
1,019 1,246
Social Media PDA is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Social Media PDA

11
1,075 1,354
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
1,032 1,356
Buying a Giant Teddy Bear for ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Buying a Giant Teddy Bear for Valentine's Day

13
872 1,156
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
1,007 1,351
Trying to Pass Off Lingerie as... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Trying to Pass Off Lingerie as a Gift for Her

15
949 1,276
Introducing Food Into Sex is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Introducing Food Into Sex

16
863 1,196
Public Serenades is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Public Serenades

17
792 1,114
Anything That's Ever Happe... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Anything That's Ever Happened in a Romantic Comedy

18
825 1,187
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
767 1,109
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
825 1,198
Getting Their Name Tattooed on... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Getting Their Name Tattooed on Yourself

21
807 1,199
Hiding a Ring in Her Food/Cock... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Hiding a Ring in Her Food/Cocktail

22
733 1,119
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
671 1,189
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
637 1,192
Telling Them How Much Better T... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Telling Them How Much Better They are Than Your Ex

25
537 1,037
Working Your Declaration of Lo... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Working Your Declaration of Love Into a Speech

26
601 1,162
Generic Valentine's Day Gi... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
Generic Valentine's Day Gifts on Valentine's Day

27
615 1,190
The Whole Boom Box Thing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Romantic Gestures That Are Actually the Worst
The Whole Boom Box Thing

28
603 1,170
"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