Survey Reveals that Valentine's Day is a Minefield for the Opposite Sex
After surveying more than 1,000 adults across America, Gifts.com, the most visited gift recommendation and advice site, sheds light on the expectations and fantasies of the sexes for the, supposedly, most romantic holiday of the year. Findings show that men and women have to focus on each other's desires if they want to steer clear of the minefield on Valentine's Day.
Gifts.com surveyed men and women across the United States to find out where the lines cross when it comes to romance and sex, in time for Valentine's Day. Men and women have completely opposite reactions to Valentine's Day gifting, said Kathryn Drury Wagner, senior content manager at Gifts.com. Even gifting experts like us need to do research to navigate this tricky holiday!
Survey Highlights Include:
60 percent of men said naughty gifts are a turn on, while 60 percent of women said naughty gifts are a turn off.
If they want to be naughty, both genders are most turned on by an adult movie. But proving that women are more cerebral when it comes to sex, one-third of women said that racy novels get them in the mood, while books ranked last for the more visually oriented men (14 percent).
60 percent of men just need to see their sweetie to get in the mood, but that only works for 25 percent of women.
What else gets guys going? Wearing sexy lingerie and cooking dinner for him at home.
40 percent of men believe that taking their partner out to dinner will get her in the mood. Men also thought that flowers and a chivalrous gesture would go a long way.
What really does it for women? 50 percent say a chivalrous gesture will get them in the mood. You also can't go wrong with taking her out to a nice dinner or for a weekend getaway.
What They Fantasize About
What celebs could make people dump their usual date on Valentine's Day? George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson ranked highest.
Of the 1,000+ responses, the most oddball Valentine's Day gift requests were a mini teacup piglet, an egg, gasoline, wool socks, scrubs, and a crock pot.
What They Will Spend
Survey results also revealed that most Americans don't plan on spending more than $50 on a Valentine's Day gift. But, men are 2.5 times more likely than women to spend $100 and up on a gift for their sweetheart. Who says that chivalry is dead?
The survey was created by Gifts.com to assist both romantics and cynics in having a sexier Valentine's Day. More than 1,000 Americans above the age of 25 participated. Of the respondents, the majority were between the ages of 35 and 55 (57 percent), received a bachelor's and/or master's degree (61 percent) and had a household income greater than $100,000 (41 percent).
Gifts.com, a Provide Commerce® brand, is the No. 1 online gift recommendation site, offering consumers inspired gift ideas and interactive, personalized shopping services that enable them to become better, more organized gift-givers. Gifts.com combines the advice of top gift experts with its interest and personality-based gift finders to deliver the most relevant handpicked gift suggestions available, ranging from popular and trendy to unique and unexpected.