New research by a leading Australian gifting company reveals how honest Aussie men really are, just in time for Father’s Day: 1 in 2 men are likely to be totally honest if they don’t like a gift they receive – and a whopping three-quarters will give away, return or re-gift gifts they don’t like. These figures are much lower for Aussie women surveyed.
The results were taken from a survey of 1168 men and women across Australia by The SOL Group, Australia’s leading online gifting company, providing gifts for hundreds of thousands of Australians through its websites thehamperemporium.com.au, giftsaustralia.com.au, everythingbutflowers.com.au, and mensgiftstore.com.au.
The results revealed that 49% of male respondents believe honesty is the best policy when receiving gifts they don’t like – compared with 1 in 3 women (32%). A very high 77% of men won’t keep gifts they don’t like – compared with 64% of women.
When asked what they do with the gifts they don’t keep, the majority answer by men (43%) said they simply give them away, while 36% said they re-gift them, and 18% exchange them at original point of purchase.
Among the male respondents who have re-gifted in the past, 39% of male respondents said they were given an item they already had.
Surprisingly, many Aussies don’t seem to mind receiving re-gifted presents. Just 31% of all respondents and 35% of male respondents said they would be offended or disappointed if they received a gift they knew had been re-gifted – while, in true Aussie spirit, 22% said they would be amused.
Rebecca Horsey, Gift Manager at The SOL Group, says: “Our survey reveals Aussies probably find choosing the right gifts a real challenge – and we are not getting it right if 39% of men who had re-gifted admitted that they already had the item, and a further 34% said the gifts were not suitable.
“To reduce the chances of your gift being re-gifted, it’s best to ask people who know that person well for ideas, or you could even ask the gift recipient for some hints. There are some gifts, however, that are universally loved, such as fine food and wine packs, and gift cards. Three quarters of our survey respondents said they would love to receive a voucher as a gift.”