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What do men really want for Valentine’s Day?

 Published on: 13th February 2014   |   By: Nik Allen

I had to laugh when I read that a new survey has found 60 per cent of men would rather have sex than a present for Valentine’s Day.

Sixty per cent, really? Surely 100 per cent of men would rather have sex than a present wouldn’t they? And exactly what kind of present do the 40 per cent who claim they would prefer a gift want? Chocolates, balloons, a mug with a cheesy slogan on it?
The same survey (carried out by an online retailer) found blokes expected to spend £60 on their other halves for Valentine’s Day, and women £43 (surprise, surprise men fork out more than women).

It can be a tricky time for those in relationships, especially new ones. Do you splash out to impress, or play it cool and risk looking like a cheapskate. (My view is it is better to do more than less).

I buy my (lovely) wife Lisa a dozen roses each year, and to be honest I actually enjoy doing it. No I’m not just saying that. But for me Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day are two important annual occasions.

There is enough depressing stuff going on in the world already – war, famine and disease. It’s nice to take stock and focus on something positive for a change.

But what I hate, and I think why so many other people have an issue with Valentine’s Day, is it sometimes feels as if we are being bullied into celebrating it in a particular way. Do the roses have to be red? Come to think of it do the flowers even have to be roses? And who buys those teddies with the love heart on the tummy?

Perhaps we should all make it our mission to celebrate Valentine’s this year with a little originality. Go on, make an effort, do something different and see what reaction you get from the other half.

I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day.

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