Yep that wonderful time of the year is approaching again – but how much will you spend this Christmas? Are you a lavish spender that enjoys indulging all your family and friends with expensive gifts or do you prefer to focus more on the ‘spirit of Christmas’ and believe time with loved ones playing scrabble, eating turkey and being merry together is the most important thing?
Well whatever your views and despite all the doom and gloom plastered across our TV screens about the world’s economy at the moment, it seems people are still set to spend more on Christmas than they did last year! Kelkoo carried out some research into Christmas spending and discovered that an average household in the UK will spend a total of £682. £437 of that will be on gifts, £184 on food and drink – mmmm mince pies! £41 on travel and £20 on decorations – think tinsel and flashy multicoloured lights!
If you are one of the ‘shop happy set’ that love trawling the highstreet searching for the perfect gift whilst soaking up the festive atmosphere, then you may well stick to this more traditional means of shopping this year, but research shows that more and more people are turning towards shopping online, especially when big online retailers like Amazon and ASOS are offering free delivery deals. In reality many of us use a mixture of shopping online and on the highstreet, depending on the type of gift and level of convenience. In fact online Christmas sales are set to rise by 16.3% this year.
Having said all of this, this Christmas is set to be one with a difference when it comes to our shopping habits. The introduction of tablets as well as mobile phones means online shopping has become more accessible and convenient. And Kelkoo has found that mobile shopping will account for 10.7% of all online sales in Europe this festive season.
So overall it’s pretty clear that we’re still big Christmas advocates in the UK. We love a good party and our spending habits reflect that!
Eat, drink and be merry!