This year significantly increased the number of those who especially do not think about holiday spending. So, 27% of residents this year are not planning to allocate a separate budget for Christmas shopping, while last year the figure was only 19%. In addition, two times less likely than residents intend to spend more on gifts than 200 euros. In General, however, this year more people plan to buy as a gift cheap and symbolic gifts.
As shown by the results of the survey, slightly more than a third or 36% of the population this year on Christmas gifts plan to spend up to 60 euros, and 20% of respondents intend to allocate for this purpose from 61 to 100 euros. In turn, 10% of respondents intend to buy gifts in the amount of from 100 to 200 euros. The number of residents who aren't planning to buy gifts for Christmas, decreased to 4% (last year this answer was given by 6% of respondents).
Like last year, residents in the process of buying gifts this year will rely mostly on their December income and only 17% of respondents said that they are ready in advance to accumulate funds to pay for upcoming holiday expenses. Instead of saving money, the majority of respondents (33%) choose to buy gifts gradually before the holiday hustle and bustle. It is noteworthy that to save money for 1-3 months before the holidays more often choose young people under the age of 25, although in General in society do, only 11% of the population.
In General, changing people's habits regarding the purchase of gifts. So, more and more people prefer symbolic and inexpensive gifts. According to the survey, spontaneously often buy gifts men: a third of the men surveyed admitted that they did not plan in advance to purchase gifts and will draw ideas right in the store. In turn, the goods and services at a discount often choose women (33%).
"Can be called positive the fact that more and more people tradition to bestow their loved ones for Christmas are starting to take a much more symbolic and abandon the excesses that in the end of the year may create some problems for the family budget. As you can see, only a few are planning their holiday spending in advance, mostly relying on current income. In such a scenario is especially important to carefully calculate how much of your income do you send for gifts, holiday dinner and other expenses coming at the end of the year," said Evija kropa, expert of the Institute of Finance Swedbank.
According to the survey, the most popular shopping on the eve of holidays are invariably large shopping malls, in which gifts to buy more than half of the respondents (66%). However, increasingly people prefer to buy gifts and at various fairs. If last year's fair for the purchase of gifts was attended by 33% of respondents this year plan to do it for 40% of the population. In turn to buy gifts in online stores plan 35% of respondents, while in the more peculiar residents (39%). "Following current trends and changing habits of the population, in recent years, increasingly popular are a variety of digital fair, held in the Internet environment. This method of shopping is mostly chosen by those inhabitants of Latvia who want to surprise your loved ones original works of artisans and to seek to avoid the holiday hustle and bustle," said the Evia crop.