iPad is Britain's most desired Valentine's gift for 2014

In a survey of 1000 British adults by Play.com, the iPad has beaten flowers and jewellery to become the most wanted Valentine's gift for 2014.

Traditional gifts still rank highly though as flowers came in at second, with jewellery third, but more modern surprises were in store at fourth and fifth with laptops and the Sony PlayStation 4 taking those spots respectively.

Most wanted Valentine's Day gifts by Britons - 2014

  1. iPad
  2. Flowers
  3. Jewellery
  4. Laptop
  5. PlayStation 4

Saying "I love you" with cold hard cash, more like...

One in five of the adults surveyed who were older than 55 said they were hoping to receive an iPad from their loved one on Friday, whereas the majority of 18-24 year olds say they would rather have flowers, an unusual turnaround in the generation gap. One in ten also said that they hoped that their partner would spend £100 or more on them, although 43% of those involved in the survey said that they did not expect anything worth more than £10.

Many are unlikely to get the gift they want though, as shown by the table of 'expected gifts' (shown below), which is headed up by chocolate, flowers and clothes ahead of perfume and a weekend getaway. Despite this, 80% of the people surveyed said that they would not consider returning or exchanging the gift they received.

Expected Valentine's Day gifts by Britons - 2014

  1. Chocolate
  2. Flowers
  3. Clothes
  4. Cologne/Perfume
  5. Weekend getaway

These events further show the allure of Apple's designer tablet as it has also been the gift of choice for many over the past few Christmases since the launch of the original iPad in 2010. However, its high price on even the lowest specification model means that many are unlikely to receive one this Friday.

Source: Play.com via The Daily Telegraph | Image via Apple

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Wait, since when in the UK do we give birthday / christmas style gifts for Valentines. This must be a new trend, because I've never heard of it.

Perhaps Valentine's once held sentimental meaning but currently it is just so over commercialized, I find it hard to celebrate or make any extra for it. At this point it should officially be called Halmark and Godiva's day. Which ofcourse you can buy for 50% cheaper the next day.

This is kinda... Sad. For both people who think this is Romantic and for people who demand this kind of stuff for a "love" day.

Dutchie64 said,
seriously? Spoiled bunch of gits!

Yeah, since when is Valentine's Day for big gifts like this? Getting a bit much imo.

techbeck said,
eh. I dont by gifts for VDAY or XMAS. To commercialized.

It's better the buy the gifts the day after anyway. Why buy 1 box of chocolate for $20 on February 13/14 when you can buy 20 boxes of chocolate for $10 on February 15th?

techbeck said,
I just buy gifts for people all year round. I dont need a special day to do so.

Yeah? Have you lost my address or something?

warwagon said,
Roses are red, violets are blue;
Your iPad's from Walmart, an iPad 2

-10 Warwagons! Positive joke potential, actually funny! Pigs fly!

Hello,


One in five of the adults surveyed who were older than 55 said they were hoping to receive an iPad from their loved one on Friday, whereas the majority of 18-24 year olds say they would rather have flowers, an unusual turnaround in the generation gap.

Glitch must have happened in the poll. Has to be fake.

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Glitch must have happened in the poll. Has to be fake.

Seems legit to me.. bit of a generalisation but i wouldn't expect many 55 year olds to be savvy with tech and most likely find an iPad an attractive device and probably been there and done it with regards to jewellery and flowers to the point it's not romantic anymore. Whereas the younger generation, feeling more 'loved up' would prefer things they can show off like flowers and jewellery.

I've got my 24 year old partner flowers and perfume.. my partner has got me (27) iTunes vouchers

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Glitch must have happened in the poll. Has to be fake.

Or maybe the ones wanting an iPad are more interested in being able to do online chat with their loved ones than simply getting trinkets.

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Glitch must have happened in the poll. Has to be fake.


I'm going to make an assumption that the older generation has more disposable income than the younger generation.