The Cost of Christmas in Britain: 2013 Survey Results [Infographic]

For our latest survey we asked more than 1,000 people from all across the UK to tell us about their Christmas spending plans and habits. The results were so interesting that we decided to turn them into an infographic, which you can see below.

The Cost of Christmas in Britain

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More Interesting Statistics

Our Christmas spending survey had so many interesting findings. We couldn't fit all of the statistics on our infographic, but we still wanted to share them with you.


Parents

  • 51% of parents are worried about the cost of Christmas
  • 1/3 of parents have taken on extra work in the lead-up to Christmas to help fund it.
  • 47% of parents feel pressured to spend more than they can afford at Christmas.
  • 11% of parents will borrow money from a friend or relative this Christmas.
  • Less than 1% of parents will spend nothing at all this Christmas


Office

  • 1 in 2 British workers won't buy a single gift for any of their colleagues this Christmas
  • Only only 4% of workers said they won’t be spending anything on their family.
  • 1 in 10 workers said they’d consider taking out a payday loan this Christmas


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How much will we spend?

  • 24% of Brits will spend more than last Christmas
  • 36% will spend the same as last Christmas
  • 32% will spend less than last Christmas
  • 5% Don't know
  • 3% Do not celebrate Christmas


Where does our money go at Christmas? (Average Spend)

  1. £250 on gifts
  2. £125 on food & drink
  3. £75 on entertainment & socialising
  4. £25 on cards & decorations


Who do we give the most expensive gifts?

  1. Family - Fact: 4% of the population will spend more than £1000 in total on gifts for their family members.
  2. Friends - Fact: Just over 1/3 of people will spend less than £50 in total on gifts for their friends.
  3. Colleagues - Fact: 1/2 of all people in employment won't buy a single gift for any of their colleagues this year.


Pressure & Worry

48% of Brits are worried about the cost of Christmas this year

51% of women surveyed were worried about the cost of Christmas compared to 44% of men.

  • 18% Very worried
  • 30% Slightly worried
  • 28% Neutral
  • 17% Pretty relaxed
  • 7% Very relaxed

45% feel pressured to spend more money than they can afford at Christmas by influences such as television adverts and a desire to keep up with family and friends.

1/3 people have taken on extra work in the build up to Christmas to help fund it.


How far will we go to pay for Christmas?

  • 46% will use some or all of their savings.
  • 23% will use the overdraft facility on their bank account.
  • 11% will borrow money from a friend or relative.
  • 10% will consider a payday loan.


Top 10 things people will do to save money this Christmas

  1. 73% will look for deals and vouchers online.
  2. 44% will carefully plan meals to minimize food waste.
  3. 30% won't buy any gifts for their work colleagues.
  4. 29% of people will make some or all of their gifts this year to save money.
  5. 27% are prepared to cut back on alcohol.
  6. 23% would consider making a 'no presents pact' with their husband, wife or partner.
  7. 23% of parents are prepared to buy joint presents for their children.
  8. 18% won't send any Christmas cards.
  9. 15% would consider running a Secret Santa gift exchange, so each participant only has to buy one present.
  10. 8% are prepared to exchange presents for cash or vouchers to spend on essentials in January.

4% of people say they plan to spend nothing at all this Christmas.

Sources: SurveyCompare surveyed 1,051 people from the United Kingdom for this study.