Thursday, February 14, 2013
Football or footsie: how romantic is your hubby?
Valentine's Day is almost upon us, making now an excellent time of year to evaluate just how romantic your hubby really is. Does he go all-out with lavish gifts, extravagant restaurant bookings, a string quartet and a bushel of roses? Or does he prefer to 'treat' you to a pint in front of the football at the local pub?
Online retailer isme.com recently conducted a survey of UK-based men and women to find out how romantic we are as a nation, and uncover the truth about our Valentine's Day habits - with some intriguing results.
Perhaps predictably, just under half of the men surveyed confessed to being indifferent or uninterested in Valentine’s Day, though it appears they're still willing to make the effort even if their hearts aren't entirely in it - 7 in 10 men stated that they take the time to buy gifts for their partners, whilst a particularly amorous portion (just under 2 in 10) reported that they like making grand romantic gestures.
Surprisingly though, the results also revealed something of a gender-spending divide, with just under half of the ladies questioned stating that they intend to spend £15 - or less! - on a present for their partners, and would like to receive jewellery in return!
Men, by contrast, were far more generous, even if statistically they’re the least romantic gender. Only 2 in 10 confessed to having bought a 'questionable last-minute gift' for their partners in the past, while a third recognised that diamonds are a girl's best friend, selecting jewellery as their partner's preferred gift option.
Just under half of men reported that they're planning to spend between £30 and £100 on V-Day gifts for their girlfriends this year, and a handful (4%) say they're even willing to splash out over £250 on a present.
This compared to just 1% of women - suggesting that ladies might need to loosen the purse-strings a bit when it comes to choosing Valentine's Day gifts for him!
Reassuringly for women, only 2 out of 150 men stated that their ideal Valentine's Day date would be an evening watching the football, compared to the overwhelming majority (just over half) who would prefer a candlelit restaurant dinner - so it seems that most men won't be scoring any glaring romantic own goals on 14th February this year.