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Meh. Blarp.

I don't care for Valentine's day advertising; I think I'm not in the least bit alone in this.  Since I watch a lot of TV, I've been subjected to some pretty sad V-day product pushing, including a bunch of ads for engagement rings, the smallest of which appeared to be three carats, surrounded by another carat of pave diamonds.  They're pretty, but I don't think it's terribly romantic to go $20,000 in debt for a ring.  And what's with the "chocolate diamond" thing?!  I guess someone said "we got a bunch of brown diamonds here; let's see if we can sell them for even more than the white ones.  What do those gals like?  Chocolate.  Yeah, we call them chocolate diamonds, and the chicks'll go ape for 'em."

Black diamonds have a slight allure, in that there are not very many black precious gems, but brown?  Go with the topaz, and save yourself the fleecing from the jewelry industry.

The usual bunch of ads for chocolate, chocolate, chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate, and flowers have been up - today, I'm seeing them every commercial break, in a last-ditch effort to vacuum money from guys (though, to be fair, the chocolate-covered strawberries ad had a man saying "yes, I'd love to receive these for Valentine's day", so at least someone is assuming that guys might be appreciative of some gift other than sex from their woman).  The three standards - chocolate, jewelry, and flowers - are being pushed for all they're worth.  If I see another ad for those hideous Pandora bracelets (I apologize if any of my readers have one, and love it - I think they're ugly and shamefully overpriced), Bob is going to take the remote away from me and banish me to the library so he doesn't have to hear me rant about them again.

My vote for the stupidest gift suggestion, though, goes to the giant 4.5' teddy bear from Vermont Teddy Bears.  Because no-one really wants a giant toy that takes up space and attracts dust.  Small soft toys?  Sure.  I got a plush Cthulhu from friends for Christmas, and I adore it.  For the couples with a good sense of humour, the mono virus plush is a delightful idea.  A massive thing that is almost my height and cost $100?  Less delightful. 

I think I'd prefer $100 worth of flowers, if given the choice, and I'm sure most women (this is not something you buy for a man, and the ad pretty much makes that clear) would come up with similarly non-giant teddy bear choices.

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swordmage
Feb. 13th, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
I gave my (now) husband a plush syphilis early in our relationship. It now lives with him at work, wrapped around the leg of a Chewbacca statue.
elfie_chan
Feb. 13th, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
I think the main problem with the flowers/chocolate/jewelry gift-pushing is that they're really advertising "no-thought" gifts. You don't have to think about what your loved one actually likes; of course she'll be charmed by flowers/chocolate/jewelry. I, personally, am far more charmed by a gift that says, "I was thinking of you."

My sweetie traditionally gets me a rosebush or two for V-day. This year, we're going for a massage, a nice lunch, a nice ride in a really spiffy car, and then probably dinner somewhere. I'm really looking forward to it.
hederaivy
Feb. 13th, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
Advertising is why I really love our DVR. Fast Forward is my friend. Now, of course, the writers have gotten canny and insert product placement right in the programs. Sometimes it's pretty well done, but other times it's like the old ads from the 60s when an announcer would hold up a product in the middle of a program and talk about it.
Apparently, the "recommended spend amount" for a diamond engagement ring is two to three month's salary. Really? I'm pretty sure it was the diamond industry that came up with that little plot. (indeed, checking with various links points to De Beers.)
All the holiday ads annoy me. When did a new Lexus become an appropriate gift?
Sherrie's Berries- if anyone ever offers you these, take them up on it. (Unless of course, you're allergic) Ordinarily, I don't like my fruit or my chocolate contaminated so when a box of these showed up on my doorstep last Mother's Day, I was a little dismayed. Then I ate one. Then I ate another one. Seriously, the strawberries must weigh 4 oz each and are perfectly ripe. The chocolate coating is actually -good- chocolate instead of that melty stuff they sell in craft stores. Also, if someone buys them for you, don't try to save them. They only last about 2.5 days, so be greedy and gluttonous with them.
I can remember when holiday sales only occurred a few times a year, usually post-Christmas and post Valentine's day. Now it seems like every day is a holiday worth saleabrating, and if it's not, we'll have a between-holidays sale! Woohoo! *rolls eyes*
Move over. I'll sit on that sofa and rant at the tv with you. We can send the husbands out for Sherrie's Berries.
helblonde
Feb. 13th, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
Also, nobody advertises National Half-Off Chocolate Day (Feb 15).
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corbaegirl
Feb. 13th, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
Both my dh and I feel that Valentine's Day is for amateurs, and since we're both professional quality romantics, we save our money for every other day of the year.
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xrian
Feb. 14th, 2013 02:51 am (UTC)
Have you been to a grocery or drug store lately and tried to find a bag of candy that contains NO chocolate? (I'm being generous and including all the low-priced pseudo-chocolate in "chocolate" here.)

There are generally a few artificially-flavored fruity things and that's about it.

There's only one store in my area that carries Kraft caramels (Wal-Mart) and very few that have vanilla-flavored anything. About the only exception I'd the occasional butterscotch, and even there you have to watch it because a lot of them are chocolate-coated.

Bah humbug. ;)
ursule
Feb. 14th, 2013 03:21 am (UTC)
As a college student, I used to daydream about owning a teddy bear footstool. My college town was dry (thank you, weird Pennsylvania liquor laws), but it had a toy store which sold D&D dice and footstools which looked something like this, though as I recall they were natural-something-fiber and did not cost $600.

The moral being, I could see being touched by a sudden gift of a giant overpriced teddy bear, but only if it multi-tasked as an ottoman.
dragonazure
Feb. 14th, 2013 01:51 pm (UTC)
Too bad you missed Tuesday night's edition of Jay Leno. The gigantic teddy bear was mentioned, but there are FAR worse things advertised based on the newspaper ads people sent in....
naath
Feb. 14th, 2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
I'd love a giant teddy bear! Of course my OH wouldn't get it for me because the house is already overrun with my stuffies...

But I despise both cut flowers and diamonds; I'd like to think my OH knows me well enough to know that I don't want those things though. I've got a nice card with a photomosaic he made himself, I usually cook fun food but the blood fridge died on us (this year's romantic gift - a new fridge) so it'll be Chinese then.
snailstichr
Feb. 14th, 2013 03:44 pm (UTC)
In general I'd rather not get cut flowers - they just die on you. This stunned my first husband, who also admitted he actually was sad that I never bought him flowers - who would have guessed? Fortunately he is now married to a lady who likes to go flower shopping with him.
And I have someone who cooks for me. Even better - he thinks it is delightful when I stitch while he is cooking which means he gets the kitchen all to himself.
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