This contest is now closed.

Congratulations to Ngozi Ojiako!

As the popular yet infamous romantic holiday approaches, we want to know about your best or worst Valentine’s Day gift.


  • Comment on this post with your best or worst Valentine’s Day gift. 
  • Entries must be school appropriate.
  • Students must log-in to comment (make sure your username is your first and last name)
  • The winner will be chosen randomly by the staff of the Southwest Shadow. Entries will close on Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m.

Prize: Starbucks gift card

  • Yen Binh Tran

    My best valentine’s gift is the only gift I have ever received. My best friend came over my house and surprised me with a chocolate cake. We then spent that day hanging out and talking. We don’t go to the same high school and are busy with work and life in general, so I haven’t seen her for a while. We spent the day catching up on each other’s lives. It was very nice and touching of her to surprise me.

  • Emily Pumphrey

    The best Valentine’s gift I’ve received was a picture collage that was nicely framed, and a Tiffany & Co. necklace I’ve been looking at for the past couple of months. Definitely one of the sweetest and most thoughtful gifts I have received. 🙂

  • Daugherty

    I had a horrible Valentine’s Day my freshman year. When I got home from school, I found in my bedroom a bunch of candy and chocolates along with a super sweet and sentimental card from my grandparents. I couldn’t contain my happiness so I ran to them, thinking how incredibly lucky I am to have such loving and thoughtful folks who appreciate me.

  • Karel Saquing

    The worst Valentines gift I ever received was a heart attack. At the end, when I calmed down she told me that that was how she felt when she first saw me. I didn’t know if I should be flattered or offended. Needless to say, that was our last valentine.

  • Devin Wilbourn

    Existential Dread

  • Joseph Ocampo

    The best valentine’s gift I’ve ever had was this year’s, where one man had gifted us the privilege of enjoying one of his greatest masterpieces, The Life of Pablo.

  • Khloe Faria

    I don’t really get Valentine’s gifts, but sometimes my friends bake things for Valentines and I get to eat some, and I think that’s pretty cool.

  • Logan Grayson

    The best valentines gift I’ve ever gotten was this year and it was a homemade book. It was really sweet and only a few pages and each page had a drawing of me and my boyfriend on it and reasons why he loved me.

  • Elda Mekonnen

    I usually never get valentine’s day gifts but I like giving them because it shows my appreciation and love for my friends and family. So this year I decided to be a little secretive and simple, my friends were stressed about school and how busy they were so without letting them know I bought them a wooden rose to be given to them during 7th period. The reason I didn’t tell them was because I didn’t want them to feel pressured to get me something I just wanted them to feel loved and none of them had a valentine so it was perfect hehe. It was a true surprise for them and I am glade I was able to make their day and I didn’t need to go all out to do that. “The greatest ideas are the simplest.” – William Golding.

  • Tatsi

    The best valentines gift I’ve ever gotten was my sophomore year and my best friend bought a bear and it said “Someone Visited San Francisco and thought of you” and I still have the best too this day

  • Ngozi Ojiako

    When I was in the third grade, my “valentine” gave me a pencil that was half broken, had bite marks on it and needed to be sharpened.