With Valentine's Day getting closer, let's take a look at one of the most common things to do on Valentine's Day: giving presents!
Who do you think are more generous, men or women?
How much do men spend on presents? How much do women spend?
What presents do women want to get? What about men?
Let's find out who has got the 'biggest heart' on Valentine's Day, men or women!
OK, so let's look at the numbers and find out who is more generous.
First, we can see that 74% of men buy a present for their partner, but only 69% of women buy presents for their partner. So, it looks like men are more generous than women! But is that really true? Let's keep reading to find out. . .
How much money do men and women spend on presents? In the middle of the information, we can see that men spend, on average, $100 on presents. Women only spend $50. So, again it looks like men are more generous! Although it is true that a cheaper present that you actually want is better than an expensive present that you don't want. A quick search on Google tells me that some women have received canned food, plastic sheep and sausage rolls from their partner, so it's clear that men don't always buy great presents!
So, what do men and women actually want to get on Valentine's Day? The writer of this blog might say a bottle of delicious European beer (hint, hint!), but what about the most popular answers? The least popular present for men is candy - only 7% of men want to get it. The present that men want to get the most is a greeting card. That shows that it really is the thought that counts! The two most wished-for presents for women are a romantic meal or flowers (both 47%). Take note, fellow men, that a romantic meal probably doesn't include steak and fries!
Finally, 47% of men don't expect to get anything from their wife or girlfriend. Not a single piece of candy or chocolate (or canned food or plastic sheep!) 1,2,3, aaaahhh! Only 14% of women don't expect to get a present. Does this mean that men are more generous than women, or does it just mean that we live in fear of upsetting our wives and girlfriends? I'll leave you to decide that!
Hopefully, we've learned something about the custom of giving presents on Valentine's Day. I hope you enjoy whatever you have planned. Of course, in Japan we have White Day to look forward to in another month. We'll have another blog about the history of that closer to the time.
Happy Valentine's Day!