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Cash most practical gift for mothers: survey

2012/05/12 20:43:17

Taipei, May 12 (CNA) Mothers in Taiwan are hoping for cash more than any other gift on Mother's Day because it is more practical than other alternatives, according to a survey conducted by an online human resources company.

The Yes 123 survey also found that other presents mothers would like are a good dinner with the family, and overseas trip, and a good rest.

In the multiple choice survey, 13 percent of respondents wanted to be given cash, 11.5 percent hoped for a dinner with their family, 9.7 percent wanted to travel overseas, and 9.6 percent said they just wanted a good rest and to simply do nothing.

Although presenting a bouquet of carnations is the traditional way that Taiwanese express love for their mothers, only 1.8 percent of mothers surveyed said they wanted flowers.

Brand-name bags or jewelry were also not favorites with most mothers, with only 1.7 percent and 1.2 percent of respondents hoping to get them as Mother's Day gifts.

Chiu Chien-chih, marketing manager of the company, said the survey also found that a majority of mothers believe they can only get a real break if they can be alone for more than five days.

"This shows how much mothers want a rest given that the fourth most preferred Mother's Day present was to have a day off," Chiu said.

The survey was conducted between April 16 and May 4 and collected 1,258 effective samples. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.76 percentage points.

(By Wu Ching-chun and Lilian Wu)