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Diamonds Aren't a Girl's Best Friend

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6:01am 13th February 2013

Turns out buying expensive lingerie or jewellery this Valentine's Day could be a waste of money.

A new survey reveals what most women in the southwest want is a hug or romantic gesture.

87% say they would prefer it to an expensive, flashy gift.

A quarter of women say they would love a love letter or handwritten poem.

37% harbour hopes of being whisked away somewhere romantic on Thursday.

But men do not always seem to be getting the message. Almost one in ten thinks their partner would love some lingerie - but in fact only 1% of women would.

5% of men think doing the housework would be a good gesture. Staggeringly, another 2% think the most romantic thing they could do - is not watch sport on the telly all weekend.

The survey was done for the British Heart Foundation, as part of its Love Notes campaign. It offers the chance to write a romantic message in a shop window for a donation to the charity.

Annita Riddle, South West Regional Manager for the BHF, said: “Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend large sums of money to woo your other half. In fact, romantic gestures like writing a love note or even just a hug can make your partners day.

"Posting a Love Note in a South West BHF Shop window is one of the easiest ways you can show your love for that special someone whilst the small donation of £1 will help the BHF continue its life-saving work.”

6:01am 13th February 2013

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