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Are You Guilty? Americans Admit to Sending Themselves Gifts on Valentine’s Day

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0212homespunweb.jpgRISMEDIA, Feb. 12, 2008-If you do not have a Valentine this year, don’t worry-just join the millions of other Americans who will be buying their own gifts on February 14. The flowers that are delivered to the front desk may not be from the significant other. A Bill Me Later/Ipsos Insight survey released today found that eight million Americans have sent themselves a gift such as flowers on Valentine’s Day.

The survey also found that there is a large discrepancy between the gifts that women would like to receive for Valentine’s Day and what men are purchasing. While 22% of men planning to give a Valentine’s Day gift will give lingerie to their significant other this Valentine’s Day, only two percent of women say they would like to receive lingerie as a gift. Gift giving men under the age of 35 are twice as likely to present this unwanted gift. In addition, the survey found that jewelry was the second most requested gift by women, but only the fifth gift overall in terms of what men plan to give.

Other survey results include:

The Valentine’s Day “No Gift Trap”-Men are also twice as likely as women to unwittingly fall into the “let’s not exchange gifts” agreement according to the survey. This occurs when you and your significant other agree to not exchange gifts, but then your sweetheart gets upset when they do not receive a present. One in five men fall victim to this trap, so it’s best to have a backup plan!

A Day for Lovers and Breakups-Unhappy with the gift from your Valentine? Too cheap to buy flowers for that special someone? Whatever the reason, Americans are also not afraid to call it quits, as six million people have broken up with someone on Valentine’s Day.

The survey, conducted by Ipsos Insight and Bill Me Later was a scientific, random sample telephone survey of 1,000 Americans ages 18 and older, and has a margin of error of +/- three percent.

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