I don't know if I necessarily agree. I love to buy the girls in my life things, flowers, chocolates, purses, makeup, perfume, etc. Even just out of spotaneity.
That's not to say I'm buying stuff everyday, but a few times women really do appreciate it, they feel loved.
Women could use a lot more love, and I've noticed that for the majority of marriages much of the water runs dry.
That's great your husband can take out the trash or cleanup. But he should do more. To me, there needs to be a level of initimacy between both. I think this is also crucial that your children are aware of this to, otherwise they will have distorted views on what a marriage is.