Research shows that 65% of us admit to buying our own Christmas presents and asking family members to reimburse, hardly surprising given that over half of us (55%) return at least three gifts received over the Christmas period.
It seems that dropping endless hints and writing a Christmas list is becoming a thing of the past.
The survey, released by Clothes Show Live which takes place this Friday, December 7, also found that 60% of us are guilty of spending more on getting ourselves ready for the Christmas season than on gifts for friends and family. Over 70% of self-centred Brits would rather spend £200 buying a new outfit for the office party or splashing out on a manicure and blow-dry rather than treating loved ones to that extra special present.
Christmas can be a stressful time of year, with 90% of us finding dad the hardest to buy gifts for. Our inner Scrooge is also apparent when buying gifts for parents, with most of us only spending a maximum of £21, however expecting them to spend at least £60 on us.
The research also found that 45% of us are guilty of buying gifts for friends and then keeping them for ourselves. Gifting among friends is also becoming less popular, with most people receiving just two gifts from their friendship groups.
Scots are keeping up their reputation of being a thrifty nation, as people in Glasgow spend the least on gifts, whereas Cardiff is a far more generous city spending the around £350 on presents for loved ones.
Maryam Hamizadeh, show cirector of Clothes Show Live commented on the results, “I’m often guilty of picking myself up something nice when shopping for gifts at Christmas and I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one! Although we all enjoy giving, we worked hard all year and deserve to treat ourselves! We see Clothes Show Live as the ultimate Christmas treat; the perfect day of shopping, celebrities, makeovers and fashion. You can even pick up gifts for your loved ones at the show too so you can enjoy the day guilt-free!”
The stats around the UK’s Christmas shopping habits have been released to coincide with the launch of the hotly anticipated Clothes Show Live event. At the heart of British fashion, the five-day Clothes Show Live event will feature catwalk shows and shopping from internationally acclaimed brands and high street labels, as well as showcasing work by up and coming, independent designers.
Clothes Show Live will take place on 7-11th December at NEC Birmingham.