All this week, Mike’s Bloggity Blog will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special series called Bloggity Dates. Every day, some of the biggest names in Canadian entertainment will be dropping by to share stories of their best, worst and most embarrassing gifts that they’ve gotten from a loved one. If I were you, I’d take notes to ensure you have a perfect Valentine’s Day. Just be sure to invite me to the wedding.

Cynthia Loyst, co-host of InnerSPACE on SPACE
I’ve been with my partner for over 11 years and over those years, he has given me some of the most thoughtful, beautiful and unexpected gifts a girl like me could ever want. From a personally inscribed iPod touch, to a Spanish necklace made from bull’s horns to some seriously saucy & stylish clothes; his gifts have been a reminder of how well he knows me.

Now, keep in mind that I’m not one of those girls that expects, nor needs gifts to feel loved. I’ve always said that I’d rather a meaningful moment than a forced gift. So perhaps you can understand why I was so taken aback by a gift that I received from him last year that didn’t just miss the mark, it seemed to come from a whole other dimension.

Item #1. A bracelet that featured miniature reindeer heads dangling amongst other clunky baubles. And perhaps because he feared that one wasn’t quite right, there was:
Item #2: A necklace featuring little skull faced girl wearing a red (dead?) riding hood.

As I opened these bizarre post-punk gothic trinkets, I was trying; I mean really TRYING to put on a happy face. But when I looked up at him, we both burst out laughing.

Suffice to say, the items were returned and we went out for dinner instead.

The moral of the story? Even bad gifts can turn into a good memory.

Cynthia Loyst co-hosts InnerSPACE on Space Monday to Friday at 6E/3P. 

Mike Morrison


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