I have never pitched a fit over presents before. But I'm also really (really) low maintenance as a girlfriend. I hardly ever expect anything. But a birthday is so basic. If all he had done was get flowers and a card- I would have been happy. Or even just a card. Or maybe some chocolate... I don't know. Someone once got me a keychain and I was thrilled. My ex, on the last birthday we spent together, got me a really cute pencil case. Everyone said "A pencil case? You should have known the end was near!" But I really liked that pencil case- and I still have it. I still like it! It's the thought that counts. Giving a gift is just indicative of the fact that you cared enough to think about it. Who wants to be an afterthought?