The average British woman expects around £170 worth of gifts form their partner at Christmastime, however the reality is far removed from their hopes. Men often only spend around £54 on their partner.
Many women would enjoy the feeling of being spoiled at Christmas, however their gifts end up costing their partner three times less than they would ideally like.
So we find out the most offensive presents that our men buy us- so take it as a hint guys- or your relationship could be on the rocks.
Socks- You know those pairs that say, ‘not socks again’- well that should give you a clue- but alas- it doesn’t.
Bath Salts- Have you seen us take a bath in the last year? No? Well if you insist on getting us something to cleanse ourselves with, then shower gel might be more appropriate.
Chocolate- We have dieted on and off all year- and more so lately to get into our own little black dress- why oh why do you tempt us in this way?
Perfume- You see our dressing table with at least 6 bottles of the same perfume on there? It could be an indicator that we are good for the next few years for our signature smell.
Body Spray- This is just a cheap skate’s perfume- just don’t bother.
Toiletries- Ok we are starting to take offence now- are you trying to tell us we smell?
Store vouchers- So you went into a shop, handed over some cash and got a piece of paper back in an envelope that they provided. We should be grateful that you at least bought us a card to put it in.
Kitchenware- it is not the 1950s- women no longer and probably never did get excited about something else to make your evening meal in.
Money- We would probably end up spending it on you or something for the house so how does this constitute a gift?
Windscreen Wipers- Ok we know you like us to be all kitted up in the car department-but newsflash- having a clean windscreen is nowhere nearly as exciting as jewellery or show tickets.
Sewing Kit- We have a place for this needle- it’s for a hole, but not the one you are thinking of!
But what is it about these gifts that are so unimpressive? Well it’s the perceived lack of thought in them and the lack of need for practicality- sometimes Christmas can be about getting something you want not what you need.
A spokesman for GettingPersonal.co.uk, which commissioned the study, said ‘’When it comes to present-buying, it’s obviously the thought that counts.
‘’However it can be disheartening for a woman to open multiple pairs of socks at Christmas when she’s made a real effort for others.
‘’Partners or spouses especially can be scared of getting the wrong thing - so rely on an ‘old faithful’ gift such as perfume or chocolate.
‘’Though these are great stocking-fillers, investing in something more personal can make all the difference on Christmas day.’’
One in ten women feel disappointed and let down when they open their presents from their partner each year as they have often spent more on them than their partner has in return.
For some, it has resorted to not buying each other presents at all, as women feel that their partner’s efforts results in wasting their hard earned cash.
Sometimes it can feel like the Groundhog Day complex, with some women receiving the same present year after year.
Women just simply want something that shows a bit of forethought not a last minute ‘gift’ that has taken their partner all of 10 minutes to decide upon and execute.
The spokeswoman said ‘’Christmas isn’t all about presents but it is about showing people that you care about them.
‘’And with all the stress that goes into organising the festive period, it’s nice to feel appreciated at the end of it.
‘’Really there’s nothing better than opening a gift that is personal to you.’’