I'd go with Timorous' list, only I'd take out compliments (I'm not one who looks for them) - and, maybe I'm the only one (apparently), but I'd remove all that chocolate!! Hugs - maybe it's me, but I can easily live without them. I'd add "kindness" (and that would include toward all living things, not just me).
Then I'd keep Ivorwen's "integrity", but I'd place "respect" at the top of my version of the revised list. I'd also adds flowers and music.
My proposed, revised, list:
respect integrity kindness honesty good manners cleanliness (******* This one's a major prerequisite) laughing a good listener compassion LOVE (This one, I'd revise and put in lower case letters, I have to say.... . )
A long long time ago myself and half a dozen of my buddies were standing around the fire ... and we discovered what every woman wants. And if we would continue to give this to them they will always be happy.
All that women ever wanted is more than they have ever had before. And after we give this to them .... in 15 minutes they are still wanting the same thing.
and if I can add, not "respect as in 'treated well'", but "respect, as in being viewed and valued as an equal". "Treated well" is the half-baked version of respect women get that's still a very different kind of respect than men often give to other men.
Yes, but the chocolate is a very "instantly happy" thing. They'll enjoy that even if it turns out they don't really like you. But that's not what you're going for, is it? And I wouldn't say it "impresses" them.
The world over, the only thing I ever knew women to really want was to be understood and cherished. Most of those women I have known who value things, including chocolate, usually crave this in place of the two things they actually desire and need. The chocolate obsession usually has something to do with the vast majority of men who are bad in bed. It is the reason my wife usually doesn't like chocolate unless life hits us too hard.
Keep the flowers, give me something useful, like a nice pair of shoes...or 3. And give me a man that is strong enough to protect me, loves me more than anything, who makes me laugh and tells me I'm beautiful in the morning no matter how squinty eyed and messy haired I look. No, wait, I already have all that...so just give me shoes. These will do.
We like somebody who will listen to us and be sensitive to our needs, emotional mostly - the material comes last, most women now can take care of their material needs anyway, so it is mostly emotional needs, - understanding respect and love.