Why men are hopeless at wrapping Christmas presents: They spend just 60 seconds compared to women's three minutesWomen spend nearly thrice as long wrapping giftsSix in ten men spend a minute or less per present
23:52 GMT, 11 December 2012
For any woman who has ever received a Christmas present from their other half that resembles something retrieved from the wastepaper basket, take heart.
You're not the only one.
Six out of ten men admit that it takes them just one minute to wrap a present – barely enough time to slap on a few pieces of sticky tape.
It's a wrap: Women spend three times longer than men wrapping a Christmas present, a survey has found
Women, however, are rather more thorough.
Just over half say they spend at least three minutes on each present,
adding ribbons and bows to make it look special.
The same effort – or lack of it – goes into the unwrapping, the survey found.
A third of men rip the paper off a
gift in ten seconds or less, while only a fifth unwrap it carefully so
they can use the paper again.
The figures are reversed for women, with a
fifth counting themselves as 'speedy rippers', and just over a third
saying they unwrap the paper carefully to reuse it.
Well-wrapped: The women who responded to the survey said the reason why they spend to much time on wrapping was to make the look 'festive' and 'special'
Little wonder – they're far more likely to need it again.
While one in three women will be wrapping 20 presents or more this Christmas, one in four men will wrap five or fewer.
The survey, of around 2,100 adults, was conducted by satnav firm TomTom.
A spokesman said: 'Men see wrapping in
much the same way they see unwrapping – it's a functional task that
does not require an awful lot of time or effort.
'It may look ungrateful but men will argue it's the gift that counts, not how it's wrapped up.'