Single Women Surveyed on Say No Gift is a No-No for Valentine's Day

Single Men Indicate They Will Give 'Time Together'

and Not a Gift to Their Valentine's Day Dates

Jan 29, 2003, 00:00 ET from

    DALLAS, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Two recent surveys of more than
 5,000 single women and 2,000 single men suggest that Valentine's gift
 expectations between the sexes may not be in sync during this season of
 romance.  While 62% of the men surveyed said that "just spending time
 together" would be an ideal Valentine's celebration, 53% of the women
 indicated they would be most likely to break up with a romantic partner who
 failed to present them with a Valentine's gift.
     Additionally, 24% of women surveyed stated that a coffee maker would be an
 unacceptable Valentine's gift, 13% said that a cash gift on February 14 would
 be cause for the boot, 4% would be offended by lingerie and 4% by the
 traditional flowers or chocolate.
     In another survey of more than 1,500 singles, 85% agreed that
 Valentine's Day is more important to women than men.
     "In the spirit of great dates and romantic chemistry, let's hope single
 men take a woman's sensibilities and expectations into account when making
 their dating and gift-giving plans for February 14," said Trish McDermott,
 vice president of romance for
     Other Valentine's Season Survey Results:
     --  What is the ideal Valentine's Day date?  Most men surveyed said a
         romantic dinner would be ideal (29%), while most women (36%) said
         "something non-traditional and unique."
     --  What is the most stressful holiday for singles?  Christmas was the
         most stressful for 35% of singles surveyed, followed by Valentine's
         Day, with 30% reporting February 14 as the most stressful holiday.
     --  How much should we spend on gifts for our Valentine's Day dates?  Most
         singles surveyed (76%) believe that a personal, homemade gift is
         better than something expensive and purchased at a store.
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 for Valentine's Day.
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