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)
- Bath Sets
- Skin Care
- Household Appliances
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?!
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