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What women want this Christmas

SINGAPORE - Men, ditch the thought of buying yet another box of chocolates for your girlfriend or wife.

According to a latest survey commissioned by United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB) on consumer's Christmas spending, men still don't get what women want.

The top items on women’s wish list this Christmas are designer bags and clothes (34 per cent), shopping vouchers and gift cards (26 per cent) and cosmetics and perfumes (18 per cent).

However, men are more likely to choose chocolates (62 per cent), and novelty gifts (40 per cent) as gifts for women in their lives.

Said Ms Gan Ai Im, Managing Director, Cards and Payments, UOB: "While chocolates and novelty gifts may be easier choices, women are looking for something a little more personal such as a handbag or a shopping voucher from their favourite retail outlet.”

But one good thing is, men do not scrimp on the cost of their Christmas gift.

According to the UOB survey, men are likely to spend the most on their significant other - almost $200 more than the next priority person on their gift list, their family members.

Interestingly, women plan to spend more on themselves than on family and friends.

The survey found that they would spend more than $500 or 40 per cent of their average Christmas budget on a gift for themselves.

It seems that men are not the only ones who buy the wrong gifts. Women may also need a helping hand in selecting the right gifts to buy for the men in their lives.

The top three items women select to give are chocolates (68 per cent), novelty gifts (42 per cent) and cologne (29 per cent).

While the survey revealed that men do like to receive chocolates as gifts (22 per cent), 20 per cent indicated a preference for some form of gadget (smartphone, tablet, camera).

19 per cent wanted a wallet or watch and another 18 per cent said they would like shopping vouchers and gift cards.

Combining the results, the UOB survey found that luxury items and shopping vouchers or gift cards are the most desired gifts to receive this Christmas, by both men and women.

22 per cent of total respondents also stated they preferred a cash-based gift for the freedom to purchase an item that they really want.

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readers' comments

You rang?

I got my Scotch-Brite, I got my Flash and I got the energy to scrub away...

1. With cleaning gear.
2. With the stubble on my face...

:p Harmless fun lah...
Posted by Trouser Press on Wed, 19 Dec 2012 at 16:52 PM
Those sg female dogs who claim sincerity thought counts n they don't like branded bag
Buy 1 for them n see wat nonsense they say
Posted by Mumbucky1 on Tue, 18 Dec 2012 at 22:34 PM

Does that mean that men have to splurge a fortunate to get Prada or LV bags as X'mas gifts for their wives/gfs? :confused:

Stupid survey.
Posted by LouisSG74 on Tue, 18 Dec 2012 at 21:45 PM

that was my retired Imperial Cat having a good time (old ppl must enjoy lives and not picking rubbish like cats!) :D:p
Posted by baoxingtian on Tue, 18 Dec 2012 at 20:36 PM

normally when u say ride it is either top or bottom not seating in the car :p
Posted by Thefallguy on Tue, 18 Dec 2012 at 20:35 PM
What women want this Christmas is being ride...opps typo error...a free ride.

Posted by Lotteworld on Tue, 18 Dec 2012 at 20:33 PM

I am here...catch me if you can
Posted by Lotteworld on Tue, 18 Dec 2012 at 20:32 PM

Should go and see this deco of a bungalow along Nassim Road. At night with lighting effects is even better.

Posted by maipenrai on Tue, 18 Dec 2012 at 17:59 PM
Posted by maipenrai on Tue, 18 Dec 2012 at 17:50 PM
christmas decorations are usually not in red one, usually chinese use red:D

they are normally gold or silver.:p

Posted by unemployed777 on Tue, 18 Dec 2012 at 17:39 PM

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