|Any whoExpect toSpend||Any who expectto spend thisyear vs. 2012:(% changereported)||Avg.Spend|
|New Shoes or Accessories||38%||65%||$64|
|Spa – Facial, Body Treatment||13%||117%||$76|
Dreaming of a Green ChristmasCash and gift cards (19%) top wish lists for the third year in a row (20% in 2012 and 2011), with 27% of cash or gift card recipients planning to treat themselves, 22% intending to use the money to pay their bills and 30% expecting to spend it on someone else. And they won’t wait long. Similar to last year, consumers expect gift cards to immediately burn holes through their pockets, as 43% plan to use them within a month of receipt, and 19% planning to use them the day after Christmas. 2012, more than half of holiday shoppers (56%) expect to hit the stores on December 26. Regifting is an increasingly acceptable practice; with the vast majority of Americans (73%) agreeing it’s okay to recycle a gift, up from 71% in 2012. While it might be socially acceptable, only 32% admitted to partaking in the practice last year, regifting an average of three gifts. The Gift of Giving: At Home, Work and Beyond As Americans check items off their lists, many will struggle the most with finding that special something for a special someone. The closest family members seem to be the hardest to shop for, with holiday shoppers citing their spouse or significant other as the most difficult person to please (28% vs. 25% in 2012), followed by mothers (10% vs. 11% in 2012) and their children (12%, slightly down from 14% in 2012). Gift giving won’t be reserved for family and friends. Topping the office gift list are colleagues (66%), followed by the boss (44%) and assistants (22%). Workers say they will splurge the most on their superiors, perhaps to earn brownie points, spending $70 on average.
|Colleagues or coworkers||66%||$46|