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Valentines Day Survey: Men Left Disappointed?!


Irish men are often left disappointed on the most romantic day of the year, according to new research.

A survey by Debenhams revealed that over half of all men questioned (53%) often felt let down by the gifts they received from their partners.

Women on the other hand were mainly happy with the gifts from their other halves (62%) but a whopping 74% admitted finding it difficult to choose the perfect present for their man.

Spokesperson for Debenhams Karen Nason says; “It has always been the men asking for help when it comes to gift buying but now women have swallowed their pride and admitted to being clueless Cupids. “Men have got much better at Valentine’s gift buying in recent years – women now need to catch up.”

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The 200 year old retailer has enlisted the help of ‘Cupid’s little helpers’ in the shape of their in-store personal stylists who are on hand to help to help struggling gift buyers of any gender banish Valentine disappointment.

Karen Nason added: “Our research shows that men would much rather have something stylish and practical rather than a token novelty gift. “ The rainy weather is one of the most influencing factors on gifts this year with macs and umbrellas high on many men’s wish lists. Better gifts don’t necessarily mean shelling out and many men said they don’t expect an expensive gift – merely something that is thoughtful.”

Cupids little helpers’ top five gift recommendations are:

1.    Calvin Klein boxer shorts €29.50

2.    Penguin paperback – 50 Ways To Beat a Hangover €7.19

3.    Paco Rabanne 1 Million WAS €57 €51.30

4.    Red Herring black silicone watch €36

5.    Hammond & Co. leather weekend bag €210

6.    Natio for Men travel pack. Clear zip bag containing body & face wash and firming moisturise €23.50

7.    Fulton compact automatic umbrella with cover €33

8.    Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant mac €165

9.    Thomas Nash silver coloured dog and bone shaped cufflinks WAS €30 NOW €12.

10.  The Jelly Bean Factory 700g gift jar (no artificial colours or flavours) €21.50


Debenhams are tipping this Friday to be the biggest Valentine’s day night in years as romantic couples are busy making plans for the weekend.

Valentine’s gifts are available in all stores nationwide and online at Debenhams.ie.

Personal stylists are a complimentary service available in 11 stores nationwide, simply call 1890 946779 for an appointment.


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