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Buyer Beware: One-Fifth of Americans Have Considered Leaving Their Partner Over Cliché Valentine’s Day Gifts

Buyer Beware: One-Fifth of Americans Have Considered Leaving Their Partner Over Cliché Valentine’s Day Gifts

So, you waited until the last minute to buy a Valentine’s Day gift?

Before you run to the drugstore for some roses, heart-shaped chocolates and a stuffed animal, you might want to reconsider your approach. A recent survey of 2,000 Americans in a relationship found that more than one in five respondents have considered leaving their partner after receiving a cliché gift.

What exactly are these cliché gifts, you ask?

According to the survey, commissioned by Angara, 14 percent of respondents objected to being serenaded and 18 percent said a “love coupon book” would get very little love from them. Beyond that, it turns out that furry handcuffs (34 percent), flowers (28 percent) and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates (22 percent) are the gifts respondents would be most disappointed to receive. In fact, over half of respondents agreed that the heart-shaped box of candy is simply a “cop-out gift.”

So, what should you be doing instead? Start by listening to your partner’s likes and dislikes. As cliché as this is, nearly half of respondents said that it really is the thought that counts. Eight out of 10 agreed that a gift that shows your partner pays attention to your preferences and feelings is always better than one that’s extravagant or expensive.

“The results of the survey couldn’t be clearer: tuning in to your partner’s wants and preferences is the best way to make them feel appreciated with a gift this Valentine’s Day,” said Angara.com CEO Ankur Daga.

Keep in mind there’s no perfect gift you can give on Valentine’s Day — but there definitely are bad ones!

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