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Kenyan men say no to ‘socks and boxer’ gifts on Valentine Day

Kenyan men appear to have raised  their standards this love season, with some ‘warning’ their women lovers they expect much more than socks and boxer as gifts this Valentine season.

The campaign by men is led on social media by former journalist George Ndirangu, whom, via a post on social media, penned a poem that focuses on the Valentine season.

“I wrote a poem titled, Socks for Valentine’s? not again! Enjoy.

“Roses are red, violets are blue, Valentines is coming, and ladies…please no more sweaters and socks from you! Everyone’s thinking outside the box this year, if flared pants made a comeback, so can you, my dear. And men, it’s not 1990 anymore, being scruffy and ashy is not as manly as it was before,” read part of the journalist’s poem.

Ndirangu’s complaints mirror what a majority of men in Nairobi have been highlighting in the past couple of years.

Most say they receive ‘cheap and undeserving gifts from their better halves during occasions such as Valentines, birthdays and anniversaries.

The men, on the other hand, find themselves going above and beyond to impress their ladies with extravagant gifts.

“We insist, please no more socks this year,” wrote Ndirangu who’s worked as a producer and news presenter for popular media houses.

Celebrated on February 14 each year, Valentine Day originated as a Christian feast day honoring one or two early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine and, through later folk traditions, has become a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world.