Don"t bother buying your wife or girlfriend flowers…she"ll only think you"re cheating

Don"t bother buying your wife or girlfriend flowers…she"ll only think you"re cheating

Don”t bother buying your wife or girlfriend flowers…she”ll only think you”re cheating

7:23 PM on 25th May 2011

Buying a bunch of flowers has always been seen by men as a pretty reliable way of showing your wife or girlfriend that you love them.

But a survey released today shows women have other ideas.

Three quarters of females admit they are suspicious when their man turns up out-of-the-blue clutching a big bouquet.

The research also revealed that many women believe a box of chocolates means their other half has lied about something, and a candlelit dinner leads to suspicions that a man is about to break some bad news.

Feeling guilty Research found that three quarters of females admit they are suspicious when their man turns up out-of-the-blue clutching flowers

Feeling guilty Research found that three quarters of females admit they are suspicious when their man turns up out-of-the-blue clutching flowers

Men should stick to buying cakes and takeaways as they are the only gifts guaranteed not to spark suspicion. A woman”s level of suspicion also increases in proportion to the cost of the gift – which is good news for those on a budget.

The worries emerged in a study of 1,500 men and 1,500 women in long-term relationships, by bakers Greggs.

Spokesman Graeme Nash said: “You might have the best intentions, but buying your partner a surprise gift can get you in hot water.

“Even the romantics amongst us are being put off; with half of all men admitting to not buying a gift for fear their generosity would be misunderstood.

“The more indulgent the gift the greater the suspicion it seems.

Trying to tell me something Many women believe a box of chocolates means their other half has lied about something

Trying to tell me something Many women believe a box of chocolates means their other half has lied about something

“The common misconception is that only cheats treat their partners with expensive gifts, so if you want to sweet talk your partner the best way to say it is with a piece of cake.”

Despite the figures most women said a gift left them feeling happy and appreciated.

Of the men polled nearly half said they had stopped buying gifts for a partner in the past in case it lead to paranoia.

More than a quarter of women said their partner had handed over a gift in the past after doing something wrong.

And one in three said they have been given a gift as an apology by their other half.

Onaverage men treated their partners to three surprise gifts every year but a quarter of men say they never buy unexpected gifts for their otherhalf.

Food psychologist Dr Christy Fergusson believes people view cakes as an innocent treat to be shared.

Sheadded: “It”s quite worrying that we”re so suspicious and paranoid. “Maybe if we all treated our partners more often we”d be more likely to accept the sentiment rather than start worrying. “