Mariah Carey got it wrong, as all I want for Christmas is for my boyfriend to get me a decent present he didn’t just grab off a supermarket shelf and wrap in tin foil…
Ok, so I understand partners can get nervous about buying the other half in their life the perfect Christmas gift, but most of us are pretty easy to buy for I reckon?
All I ever want for Christmas is some new pyjamas, booze, perfume, the latest Benedict Cumberbatch calendar, and lastly…
Put a damn bow on it and give me a decent card – they’re important too. Simple!
Although most of us will say to our partners ‘it’s the thought which counts’, a recent survey found, actually, for many women, money does matter.
The research, which was commissioned by Showers To You found most women expect their partner to spend between £100 and £150 on gifts for them at Christmas.
When asked how much they’d prefer their partner to spend on them, 39 per cent of women polled, answered with between £100 to £150.
The survey then went on to find out how long you would have to work for to earn this amount of money:
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 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), which in the grand scheme of things doesn’t sound like a lot, but after taxes, bills and the essentials, many claim they have little money to spend.
I’d start saving now if I were you…
The money shouldn’t be spent on any old rubbish either, which included the generic bath sets and boxes of chocolates.
The survey found the majority of women agreed the worst Christmas presents they’ve ever received from their partners included, anti-aging creams, vacuum cleaners, a fridge and the usual cosmetic sets, which will forever live at the back of the bathroom cabinet
Seriously though, who’s buying their partner a fridge for Christmas?
It’s no surprise than, 90 per cent of the people surveyed have pretended to like a present from their other half, despite hating it.
80 per cent will have even used or worn the present to avoid hurting their partner’s feelings.
Since it’s now November, you better get practising those fake smiles…
Apparently, the supposed awful presents can come in handy though.
Two in eight people would consider re-gifting their unwanted presents, (probably to someone they didn’t like) and 63 per cent of us say they’ve already done this in the past.
Remember those bath sets which have sat in the back of the bathroom cabinet for years?…Well 84 per cent of Brits have re-gifted them after coming across them long after Christmas has been and gone.
Although more than half of us wouldn’t sell a present from their partner, over half of women admit they’d take it to a charity shop.
So maybe give your Christmas presents this year a little more thought?
Otherwise you might see your gift in the window of your local Oxfam.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.