Women Expect Partners To Spend £150 On Xmas Gifts

Women Expect £150 Xmas Gift From Partner
15 December 2017

Do you and your partner do Christmas gifts for one another?

It varies in our house. We've had our 'lean' years where we've foregone presents from each other in favour of treating the kids as best we can, and there have been other years where we've spoiled each other rotten.

But according to a new study, most women expect their partner to spend £150 on their Christmas present.

Showerstoyou.co.uk wanted to know what women expect their partner to spend on them, and how many hours their other half would have to work to pay for their Christmas present. The answer obviously depends on their partner's financial situation but when asked how much they would prefer their partner to spend on them, the majority of women answered between £100 to £150 (39%).

According to the Office for National Statistics, the average male worker in the UK earns £13.60 an hour before tax. Consequently, women want their partners to work just over 11 hours to pay for their Christmas present(s). So, it’s not the thought that counts, it’s the noughts?

Showerstoyou.co.uk also sought to find out the worst Christmas presents women have received from their partners. The results revealed that there is a consensus among women on what not to buy them for Christmas, ranging from anti-ageing creams to household appliances, such a fridge or a vacuum cleaner.

The top 10 'worst' presents: (in no particular order)

  1. Bath Sets
  2. Cosmetics
  3. Perfume
  4. Skin Care
  5. Clothes
  6. Household Appliances
  7. Money
  8. Chocolates/Sweets
  9. Flowers
  10. Underwear

Results concluded that almost 90% of us have pretended to like a present from our other half and a further 80% have used or worn a present they disliked to avoid hurting their partner’s feelings.

Two in eight people would consider ‘re-gifting’ their unwanted present to someone else, and 84% of Brits said they have ‘re-gifted’ a present from their other half .

More than half of Brits wouldn’t sell a present from their partner if they didn’t like it or wouldn’t use it, but over half of the women surveyed admitted they would take it to a charity shop.

Georgia Davies, 23: “I am 23 years old and my fiancée and I have been together for 5 years now. Last year he wrapped up anti-aging wrinkle cream for Christmas. He claims he didn’t know it was anti-aging cream. Regardless, let's just say it didn't go down too well...”

Samantha Sinclair, 46: “My husband of 19 years thought it would be a great idea to get me a new top-of-the-range oven for Christmas. This would be great if I love cooking, but I hate it. Funnily enough, he’s the cook of the household, so I suspect the present was for himself more than me!”

Naomi Webb, 37: “My husband thought I would appreciate receiving a vacuum cleaner for Christmas a few years ago. I might do the household chores, but it doesn’t mean I want to be bought one for Christmas!”

Alice Cochrane, 31: “Bath salts is a present that most men believe is the perfect gift for their partner, but it really has to be among some of the very worst. Most of the time they just sit in the cupboard and never get touched... it happens every year.”

Ooh. I beg to differ on this. An expensive 'designer' vacuum cleaner is one of the best presents my husband has ever bought me but, admittedly, I asked for it. I'd probably have felt differently if he'd presumed to buy me one. What's better than a gift that means you can spend less time hoovering floors with a substandard cheapie hoover, and more time laying prone on the sofa drinking gin?!

We'd love to hear what you make of this research. Leave us a comment here or come and join the debate over on our Facebook page. And tell us how you'd feel about getting a hoover for Christmas!

TOPICS:   Christmas UK

47 comments

  • Sharron L.

    I expect way more than that :pound::pound::pound::pound::pound:

  • Mandi C.

    I asked for a steam cleaner one year.

  • Melanie E.

    I don’t, as long as my kids are happy I’d rather they have the extra money spent on them :heart:

    • Janine J.

      Same! Hubby and I rarely buy each other presents

    • Melanie E.

      Think people can get so carried away it more than just presents. I’m just so happy as for the first time last year me and the hubby got new jobs that mean we actually get time off xmas and new year and can have time with our kiddies :santa_tone1: Have a great Christmas :christmas_tree:xxx

  • Kelly F.

    Im greatful for anything i recieve no matter what the price is!

  • Rosie C.

    What???? That’s crazy far too much it’s the thought that couRoss don’t worry I’m not materialistic xx

  • Tracy C.

    My ex gave me bathroom scales, a linen basket and bathroom towels. He is very much my ex!

    • Mel L.

      I would at least want the luxury bathroom to go with that ;)

  • Kimberlie R.

    Nope me and my husband have agreed Xmas is for kids and being pregnant we have decided only under 18 get a present

  • Claire M.

    I do not i need nothing i have all i want. £150 that's alot.

  • Vikki T.

    My best pressent was my 5ltr pan for making soup :grin:

  • Zoe C.

    Yeah right £150 :joy::joy:

    • Stacy F.

      Hoover or iron :joy:er Ellis bought me them for Xmas :joy::punch:

  • Vanessa O.

    I’d be happy with clarins double serum... just saying!

  • Becky J.

    £150 is crazy. I've only asked for perfume as mine has run out. Other than that I'd rather it be spent on our kids.

  • Sacha M.

    Def the thought that counts! ..as long as the thought has been put in- the greatest present can be priceless ,but meaningful.

  • Katie C.

    Lol bit more than out £10 limit :joy:

  • Nevenka P.

    Only £150 some men I know have talked about how their wives want things that are £300+ . If I said that to my husband he would tell me to jog on same as if he asked me to spend that much

    • Beth F.

      I don’t expect a penny. We don’t get each other unless there’s something we want, kids are our main :see_no_evil: our money is between us both so if we want something we save and get it. Maybe we’re tight :joy:

    • Ann S.

      We dont buy each other anything as our money belong to both of us. We are pensioners and if we need anything we go and buy it. We are going away for xmas as we have just celebrated our 50th anniversary.

    • Beth F.

      I think there’s too much pressure on people nowadays. It’s more about the kids and about family not money and presents. I wouldn’t say no to chocolates though :grimacing:

    • Beth F.

      Ah yeah that’s true :joy: go wild write a list!

  • Dawn W.

    I wonder who in hell they interviewed ? I never expected anything (and often got nothing !)

  • Yvonne K.

    Thats too much especially when you have kids to buy for and i def wouldnt expect to get that much spent on me and maybe even feel a bit guilty because id feel could have got kids bit extra

  • Emma P.

    I would gladly go without presents - as long as my children/family are happy then I am :thumbsup:

  • Michelle B.

    I don't expect anything and am never disappointed!

  • Kate H.

    I bought myself a Dyson and it’s the best thing ever but my god I’d beat him if he thought to buy me one as a Xmas pressie :joy:

  • Darrieanne B.

    and where do they get this research from!

  • Vicky R.

    Thoughtful present 100%! I don't want things I want quality time and to know that he gets me. I can't stand the hinting for months and the upfront list of shit I want or need. I'd rather have nothing than it be so impersonal

  • Grace A.

    I'd rather my hubby spent it on the kids or treated himself. See as long as he doesn't touch the strawberry flavoured Quality Street, it's all good.

  • Melissa R.

    When my husband asked what I wanted for Xmas I replied for him to be off work for a few days to enjoy Christmas with kid's. That I would rather he use money to pay his usual wages if it meant he was off. Who is around the tree is far more important than anything under it. Please don't tar all women with the same brush.

    • Joan W.

      My sentiments exactly Melissa. Material possessions don’t matter to me but family does especially my gorgeous wee boy. :blue_heart::blue_heart::blue_heart:

  • Chantele O.

    From what I've seen on Facebook in the past few years on Christmas Day, it looks more like £300-£500!!! :scream::scream:

  • Louise P.

    I’d rather give our kids more than buy each other a present

  • Emma B.

    If my bloke got me a hover or an iron it would go in his suitcase with him! That's for the home not me! The amount spent isn't important it's the thought that is.

  • Sarah-Jane W.

    Hubby asked what I want and I told him I just want everyone to be happy, he does struggle with gifts tho so makes me make a list of ideas lol but I'm happy with whatever I get.

  • Danielle M.

    Me and my partner spend way more than this on each other... we both ask for stuff and get surprises! Who even cares

  • Dawna J.

    Lol what a joke even after 19 chtistmasses together never had that much

  • Elizabeth A.

    Id be pd off if he spent that on me we dont have that kind of money

  • JoJo R.

    Not this woman It's all about the children x

  • Michelle W.

    Would rather them just be here ...

  • Gill J.

    I told my hubby I want a bath in peace and a cup of tea and toast for when I am out the bath. (He does this other times of the year) I don’t want anything from my hubby. I get more excited when he puts a shelf up. £150 could fill my fridge with good food. I’d rather spend it on that than myself. Merry Christmas.

  • Kim P.

    I never ask for or expect anything at Christmas I’m just happy seeing the kids/family happy at Christmas and if I get something it’s a bonus.

  • Lisa W.

    I'd rather he spent the money on our children.

  • Donny C.

    All I want is everyone to be in a happy mood on Christmas Day! That cost nothing and is the best feeling ever!

  • Nicola C.

    Iv spent more on my husband than I have on the kids, he works very hard all year we don't but ourselves much though the year so birthdays and Xmas we go a little crazy

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