Christmas shopping is well underway and new research reveals UK parents will buy gifts for an average of 12 children, on top of their own offspring, this Christmas. I personally buy WAY more than that, what about you? What do you spend on other people kids at Christmas
British made games and jigsaw manufacturer Orchard Toys quizzed more than 2,700 parents on their Christmas shopping lists and found on average they will buy for four child relatives, four of their own friends’ children and four of their children’s friends this year – spending £188 in total. Blimey I have 7 nieces and nephews to buy for on their own!
In terms of ‘spend etiquette’ the research points to between £5 and £15 being the socially acceptable sum on each child outside of the family, and up to £23 on related children, e.g. nieces, nephews and god-children. In addition, over half of parents admitted they spent more than £100 on their own children’s Christmas gifts. Doe sthis tally with you?
Simon Newbery, Managing Director of Orchard Toys said: “Our research shows that parents are generous but sensible, and not over-indulgent, when it comes to Christmas gifting children. There’s no greater joy than giving a child a present that they will actually play with, their parents will like, and that doesn’t cost the earth!”
40% of parents admitted they found it difficult to choose presents for other people’s children, with ‘games’ emerging as the fail-safe option.
I often go down the games route too as you get such great value for money. Do you do this?