Hopeless romantics love a good John Hughes movie because they give hope that no matter how bad the situation, true love wins in the end. However, as anyone who has ever dated can tell you, elaborate romantic gestures that work on-screen don't always work as well in real life. So the next time you’re reaching for ideas to declare your love, refer to this list of the worst romantic gestures of all time before you do anything.
Before you decide to present your significant other with that giant teddy bear or hire a mariachi band to serenade them in public, scroll through this list of some of the worst romantic gifts, cheesy gestures, and just plain annoying attempts to impress. Then, take steps to keep them from ever happening to you.
Whether you are a budding romantic or are just tired of striking out, you are in luck here. These definite "don'ts" help put your best foot forward on your next date or at the very least keep you from tanking out the gate. Put away those racy undergarments you planned to gift your person for their birthday and study up on what not to do during your next relationship.
Showing Up In The Shower Uninvited
It might seem super steamy in the movies, but the truth is shower time is one of the few personal moments most people get in a day. Unless you received an innuendo-laden invite to the shower stall, wait your turn.
Kissing Someone Mid-Sentence
It's plain rude to silence someone with a kiss. This gesture instead conveys to your person you aren't interested in what they have to say.
Making Out In The Rain
Kissing in the rain ruin everyone's clothes. Plus, the droplets are cold, so in mere seconds, the gesture goes from slightly romantic to significantly uncomfortable.
Proposing In A Super Public Place
What if the other person turns you down? What if they only say "yes" because they don't want to embarrass you? So many things can go wrong with a public proposal.
Showing Up Unexpectedly At Their House
Never go to someone's home uninvited. What if they're not even home? What if they are engaging in some bizarre solo ritual? What if they are taking a nap? The bottom line is showing up unexpectedly is just plain creepy.
Watching Them Sleep
Watching a sleeping person is an invasion of privacy. And it's more strange than romantic, to be honest.
Throwing Them A Surprise Party
Some people don't enjoy an ambush by a group of animated strangers and others would prefer to have a hand in planning a celebratory event.
Initiating Spontaneous Sex In Super Uncomfortable Places
It's just not practical and depending on the location, it might not even be allowable.
Social Media PDA
People on social media don't need to know everything that's happening in your relationship.
Spending An Hour Winning Them A Stuffed Animal At The Fair
You waste time and money. Moreover, if you're both adults, the sentiment is much less potent.
Surprising Them With An Unexpected Pet
Gifting a pet is akin to saddling your person with years of potentially unwanted responsibility.
Buying A Giant Teddy Bear For Valentine's Day
Where do you even store those giant teddy bears?
Getting Their Name Tattooed On Yourself
Tattoos are very permanent and very painful.
Introducing Food Into Sex
It makes everything messy. Also, if the wrong thing gets in the wrong place - well - you get the idea.
Public serenades make everyone uncomfortable.
Hiring Musicians To Declare Your Love Through Song
It's okay to declare your love without adding a third party with a guitar.
Trying To Pass Off Lingerie As A Gift
Lingerie is generally more of a gift for the giver versus the giftee. It can also fall flat if you don't know proper sizing or preferred style.
Hiding A Ring In Their Food/Cocktail
What if they swallow it? What if the contents of the drink ruin the jewelry? There are too many ways this one can go wrong.
Making Someone The Center Of A Sappy Poem
If you're not Shakespeare, chances are your person won't be keen to listen to you pontificate through poetry about your feelings.
Constant Attempts To Initiate PDA
PDA can be downright unsettling. The truth is it's unlikely the people in your general vicinity want to witness your public affection.
Anything That's Ever Happened In A Romantic Comedy
Romantic comedies tend to oversimplify everything. Nothing in real life will ever go according to plan quite the way it happens on the big screen.
Assigning Them An Overly Cheesy Nickname
Don't even utter cheesy nicknames outside of the privacy of your home.
Telling Them How Much Better They Are Than Your Ex
If you always compare your current love with your ex, ask yourself if you are truly over your former flame.
'Defending Their Honor' By Picking A Fight With The Ex
No one wants a current love to physically engage with an ex. Stay far away from this scenario.
Working Your Declaration Of Love Into A Speech
Share declarations of love privately to ensure a memorable moment between the two of you.