Hub caps, anti-wrinkle cream and diet books: Why a third of women have returned a gift from a loved one

Many men may struggle to find a fitting gift for the lady in their life.

And findings suggest that women are often dumbfounded by their partner's final choice.

Hub caps, anti-wrinkle cream and diet books were just some of the presents that failed to impress.

Many men may struggle to find a fitting gift for the lady in their life

Many men may struggle to find a fitting gift for the lady in their life

Almost a third (32 per cent) of women questioned said they had returned or exchanged distasteful gifts while 15 per cent had made money selling them on eBay.

Despite spending months dropping
hints the worst gifts were reserved for Christmas and birthdays with the
most clichd putting in an appearance on Valentine’s Day.

of those questioned, 35 per cent said they knew their partner would
send them flowers, with 17 per cent saying they’d be on the receiving
end of a cuddly toy.

While 20 per cent said they’d get chocolates even if they were trying to lose weight.

spokesperson for, an accessories company which
commissioned the survey of 500 adults, said: 'We all appreciate that
women can be hard to buy for.

'If you’re stuck on what to buy, the best thing you can do is ask your other half what she’d like.

'That way you can’t get it wrong and she get a present she’ll love.'

When asked what they would like to receive, women's top choices included jewellery, a weekend away, a pamper day and a bottle of their favourite perfume.

A poll by Western Union last year revealed that 75 per cent of Americans have lied about liking a gift they didn't.

Clothing topped the list as it was often in the wrong size, colour or style.


KNOW YOUR PARTNERS SIZE: The first is if you’re buying clothes
or undies, know your partners size. Buying too big is a huge sin. If you
buy too small, your other half may be flattered but will have to take
it back.

DON'T BE OFFENSIVE: Never ever buy a gift that suggests she's
getting older, needs to lose weight or her skin needs some TLC. No one
wants to be told they’re old, fat or looking rough.

REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE BUYING FOR: Don’t buy a gift you’d like
to receive. Tickets for a football match are okay for a friend, but your
partner Treat her to a trip to the theatre instead with one of
her friends.

KNOW WHICH BRAND IS BEST: If you’re buying perfume or make-up,
know the brand and the name of the cosmetics and fragrances she prefers.
There’s nothing worse than a cheap bottle of scent if you only ever
wear Chanel.