Valentine’s day is coming up and if you haven’t got your beau a present yet, you should do soon. I’m not going to help you decide what you should get them, rather, what not to get them. Better safe than starting the occasion by giving your Valentine something they’re terrified of, and unintentionally giving them- a panic attack!
The go-to gift for those that leave Valentine's shopping to last minute is of course flowers. If your valentine has Anthophobia, well, you’re in trouble. There are many reasons someone could have this phobia. They might have associated it with something negative like a funeral or it could simply be allergies. Either way, if you want a successful valentine’s day, stay away from flowers-ESPECIALLY roses with thorns!
You may have been planning a romantic evening involving a room with lit candles and petals. BAD IDEA! As I mentioned before, anthophobics won’t thank you for the petals. Does your valentine have Keriophobia (fear of candles) or Pyrophobia (fear of fire)? If so, ditch the candles ASAP! If your date were to walk into that room they will, at best be overcome with anxiety and at worst-faint.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? The few who suffer from Xocolataphobia don’t. Chocolate is said to be beneficial as its contents aid the brain in making serotonin a chemical that literally makes us happy. This fact alone probably isn’t enough to cure someone from a chocolate phobia. You’ll have to take one for the team and eat them all yourself.
This phobia is almost hard to believe but it’s really a thing! There is even a group on Facebook where people with this phobia come together to discuss and support each other. Several of them say they feel dirty if they touch any kind of jewellery but there are some pieces worse than others. Those with Kosmemophobia keep their phobia to themselves as they are mocked and laughed at when they reveal it. You should check with your date if they feel the same way.
Hopefully your valentine this year doesn’t have any of these phobias or at least only one, it would sure make finding them presents at any time of the year difficult and it wouldn’t be much fun for them either. If they do however have any of these phobias take the opportunity to find them something unique this valentines-it’ll get you extra points! It could even be sessions at Harley street to cure their phobia so that next year they can join you for a box or two of chocolates.