The festive season isn’t all about looking pretty, partying and getting gifts – there’s a little bit of goodwill and giving involved too. But when it comes to bestowing beautiful gifts, why are we poor women left schlepping from store to store in search of the perfect presents?
Yes, this comes on the back of a weekend spent wandering around the mall, aimlessly trying to find inspiration for what to buy the in-laws, teamed with a lack of help or appreciation from my hubby.
And then I came across these stats from the Liberty Mutual “2010 Responsible Giving Survey”* claiming that 49% of married men say their spouse takes full responsibility for purchasing holiday gifts, while 75% of married women say they take full responsibility for purchasing holiday gifts. A slight discrepancy, but it appears I’m not alone in my tirade.
Similarly, a third of married men say they and their spouse share the responsibility of purchasing holiday gifts, but only 20% of married women say the same.
So it seems that whether we like it or not, if we feel the need to arrive at the Christmas festivities bearing gifts, we’ll be buying them ourselves. So thank goodness for small mercies that my clever co-workers have compiled a gift-giving guide. Join me in getting your gift inspiration pronto…
Who does the Christmas present buying in your house?
*The "2010 Responsible Giving Survey" was fielded for Liberty Mutual and The Responsibility Project by Ketchum Global Research Network between November 10-16, 2010, reaching 1,000 American adults nationwide.