More than 50% of people have already started their Christmas shopping
The Christmas season is fast approaching.
Before you know it, Main Street will be filled with loads of storage, gifts, and boxes of chocolates, cookies, and other goodies.
It turns out that more than 50% of people have already started shopping, although December 25 is three months away.
The money saving website offeroftheday.co.uk has conducted research to find out what people’s attitudes are towards the upcoming holiday season.
The team surveyed more than 2,200 UK adults over the age of 18 and found that up to 54% of UK residents have already started Christmas shopping.
Initially, respondents were asked what they thought of Christmas this year compared to last year, which had locked it out – all but one day (Christmas Day) – to which more than two-thirds ( 63%) said they wanted to make Christmas more special this year to catch up on experiences and memories lost last year.
It was then found that up to 54% of UK consumers have already started their Christmas shopping; with one in seven people having already finished buying gifts from their shopping list (14%).
Up to 79% of those surveyed who have not yet started Christmas shopping said they have already started making lists of what to buy before the holiday season, and an additional 84% said they have put in bookmark items to buy. on their devices.
When it comes to Christmas shopping, the biggest and most expensive gifts were found to be the most commonly purchased items first (68%).
When asked if they had more or less money to spend on Christmas this year, the vast majority (76%) said that even though they had more money set aside for Christmas, they had the ‘intention to stick to their budget better than in previous years as the pandemic then showed the importance of budgeting, as well as offering more thoughtful articles. The average additional budget for Christmas 2021 turned out to be £ 300.
Rick Harris, director of offeroftheday.co.uk, commented: “2020 has been a struggle for everyone, whether they found themselves out of work or not, and having to spend Christmas alone, or with less family and life. friends than usual, would have been incredibly difficult – so I’m sure people are eager to make sure they have the best Christmas possible this year.
“Christmas is always a costly time of year for people, especially those with large families, so it will be interesting to see how the pandemic has impacted the way we spend – or save – on. money during seasons like this. “
Top reasons why people have already started Christmas shopping:
- Wanting to spread the cost of items over a period of time – 68%
- Wanting to make sure all gifts are purchased before stocks run out – 51%
- Want to avoid shopping as Christmas approaches, with longer queues than usual – 31%
- Wanting to move forward to make sure the time leading up to Christmas is not stressful – 27%
- Wanting to make it special for friends and family – 14%