Men spend over twice as much on their mistresses during the holiday season than their wives, according to a survey by self-titled ‘infidelity service’ Ashley Madison.
According to the company’s statistics, the average cheater will spend around $60 on his wife and $125 on his mistress.
The three most popular gifts for wives are perfume, bath and body products, and gift cards, whereas the mistress is more likely to receive jewellery, followed by lingerie and a spa day.
The survey elicited 28,994 responses in 2006 and 143,717 in 2010 – it has also revealed that husbands have reduced the amount they spend on their wives’ present. In the five years since the service has been tracking Christmas expenditures, the amount that men spend at Christmas on their wives has dropped 22 per cent, whereas the mistress expenditure figure has stayed about the same.