20 things that make the perfect partner: How many can you tick off?


THE perfect partner brings you tea in bed, makes you laugh more than anyone and won’t watch ahead on box-sets without you, says a new study.

A survey of 2,000 adults found that as well as the big traits such as supporting your goals, apologising first after an argument and discussing what the future holds, it’s the little things that make up the perfect other half. ​

When it came to differences between the sexes, the study found ‘the ideal boyfriend’ would look great in a suit, have a great sense of humour and easily build IKEA furniture.

Whereas ‘the perfect girlfriend’ according to men would get on well with their mum, enjoy watching live music and allow their man to sleep in at weekends.

Beaverbrooks the Jewellers commissioned the study to mark the release of a new collection of diamond and two band ‘silhouette’ rings, which, much like the perfect partnership, are made to complement each other perfectly.

Lorna Haddon, diamond ring and jewellery buyer at Beaverbrooks, and recently married herself, said: “It’s clear that the core traits we seek in a partner boil down to their values, openness and desire to build a future together.

“But it’s the little gestures and day-to-day interactions that can also prove to be a big draw, and end in two people feeling they just ‘fit’.

“Something as small as enjoying the same TV shows can be an indicator for some, while others may need the final approval of their sibling or best friends.

“Everyone is different and it can be hard to describe why a couple mesh together well – but it’s very exciting when you find it for yourself.”


  1. Cheers you up
  2. Knows your likes/dislikes
  3. Not scared to be affectionate
  4. Supportive of your goals
  5. Knows when you need space
  6. Consults you over big decisions
  7. Can cook a mean roast dinner
  8. Can make you laugh more than anyone
  9. Freely apologises after an argument
  10. Won’t talk about arguments with friends/family
  11. Discusses the future
  12. Tells it like it is – no mind games
  13. Doesn’t keep secrets from you
  14. Has their own interests
  15. Gets on with your friends
  16. Offers lifts if you need to get somewhere
  17. Is approved of by parents/siblings
  18. Finds the same things annoying that you do
  19. Knows when to bend the truth – when to be brutally honest
  20. Doesn’t watch ahead on box-sets without you


  1. Great smile
  2. Confident in her own skin
  3. Encouraging and supportive
  4. Knows how to dress well
  5. Doesn’t give the silent treatment
  6. Stands up for herself
  7. Lets you have a lie-in
  8. Interested in sports
  9. Gets on with your mates
  10. Teaches you things you didn’t know
  11. Doesn’t mind ordering take-away/eating junk food
  12. Is independent
  13. Goes to see live music with you
  14. Gets on with your mum
  15. Helps you choose nice clothes
  16. Likes to take you out for dinner
  17. Watches horror films
  18. Laughs even when you’re not funny
  19. Has a unisex/neutral sense of home decor
  20. Makes crude jokes with you


  1. Good sense of humour
  2. Asks how your day was and listens
  3. Knows when to be romantic
  4. Diffuses your stresses
  5. Looks good in a suit
  6. Surprises you
  7. Brings a cup of tea in bed
  8. Supports your goals
  9. Stands up for you
  10. Not afraid of spiders
  11. Regularly compliments you
  12. Notices when you have had your haircut
  13. Can put together IKEA furniture
  14. Sets a good impression on your parents
  15. Dresses well
  16. Fastens your jewellery for you
  17. Prefers you without make-up on
  18. Willingly watches rom-coms
  19. Athletic
  20. Can dance like Channing Tatum



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