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Beware divorce-inducing gifts

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An interesting survey was commissioned by Gift Card and Voucher Week. The researchers found that the overwhelming view was that men never get it right when buying gifts for their other halves!

Many shops now have Christmas decorations up and Christmas music on permanent loop. There are numerous television adverts trying to entice us into shops, to purchase Christmas presents for our loved ones.

It is therefore interesting to read the outcome of a survey of 2,000 men and women, commissioned by Gift Card and Voucher Week. The researchers found that the overwhelming view was that men never get it right when buying gifts for their other halves!

The research revealed that 1 in 6 couples ended up rowing because an unwanted present had been purchased for them, with 1 in 20 having split up over a particularly bad gift. Saucepans, vacuum cleaners, and food processors are a definite “no no” when it comes to presents for women.

John Starr for Gift Card and Voucher Week stated “buying presents for women is clearly a minefield, and men have little chance of getting it right every single time. Even the most thoughtful of presents can be received with caution by women who seem to assume that with every gift comes a hint”.

As a divorce lawyer at Clarion I must confess I have never relied on bad present purchasing in one of my client’s Petitions for Unreasonable Behaviour, but it seems that this is what infuriates the female.

It is well known that January time is one of the busiest times for divorce lawyers, with many new clients instructing us to finalise the ending of their marriages. Perhaps therefore if you avoid purchasing something from the following list, then Christmas time certainly may be a bit more enjoyable. The “no no” list includes:-

1. Underwear.
2. Toiletries.
3. Perfume.
4. Kitchen Utensils.
5. Cheap Jewellery.
6. Chocolates.
7. Shoes or slippers.
8. Vacuum Cleaner.
9. Flowers.
10. Exercise clothes or DVD.
Interestingly the research provided further information as to why women do not like the above items, and it is clearly not a blanket refusal, and some of the above presents do seem like nice presents to receive – I think that part of the problem is not that the above items per se, but the particular item chose. For example, a bottle of perfume is purchased, which the woman does not like the smell of; often clothes are bought in the wrong size…….. However, any form of kitchen utensils and a vacuum cleaner really do not need explaining!
Justine Osmotherley is a Partner and Head of the Family Team at Clarion and can be contacted on 0113 336 3323 or justine.osmotherley@clarionsolicitors.com
 

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