Although scent is one of the most evocative senses, flowers just don’t do the trick for most women anymore. More than half of women who are presented flowers on Valentine’s Day actually feel a bit disappointed by the gift. Though they appreciate the thought, about 70 percent of women say that they wish they’d received something else entirely.
The survey, which was performed by the Fragrance Caption Company, took a look at 2,000 different women. To many people’s surprise, it turns out women don’t really like all of the great smelling roses. They want more.
A shocking 38 percent of women see the giving of flowers to be a complete waste of the giver’s money (so save it, guys!). Other ladies said that they wished for something else that would last forever instead of something that would die in a vase anyway.
On the other hand, Durex (yes, the condom company) ran a poll about Valentine’s that yielded results that suggested that adults are completely over Valentine’s Day anyway. Many of them have grown tired of the holiday because of its commercial value. Guys actually dread the holiday because they probably have the feeling their ladies don’t like the flowers. In fact, 12 percent of guys say they buy gas station flowers as a last resort. Twenty-two percent of men said that they only buy their girlfriends, wives and significant others flowers because they don’t know what else to buy.
If you’re going to buy anything for Valentine’s Day, many women wish guys would pay attention to what they like instead of buying regular, plain V-Day gifts. For instance, if she likes to run, buy her running shoes.
Valentine’s Tearing Couples Apart
So, what do these two polls tell you? Well, the world is torn. There are a ton of women who want something concrete that will last for a long time and you have men who are tired of spending money on a commercial holiday. Then, you have the last-minute resort (which most men end up buying): flowers. Women don’t actually like flowers, according to the survey, so this seems to be a lose-lose situation.
The woman who conducted the survey, however, said she loves receiving flowers, but they do die within a matter of days. She is not the majority though, so if you’re thinking about buying your lady flowers, you should maybe rethink that.
Instead of flowers, maybe plan an inexpensive but romantic date night with your significant other. You can also buy them something to wear (a new outfit, lingerie). Oftentimes there are deals on clothing, lingerie and restaurants around Valentine’s Day that you can benefit from. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg, but if you really want to make your loved one happy Valentine’s Day, you should skip the roses (science says so).
Photo: Flickr: Liam Moloney
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