For the individuals who are spending more this Christmas, the one of the most popular reasons given was that they wanted to spoil themselves and their loved ones considering how awful the year has been. There were also responses that mentioned that they had saved up more this year than usual and therefore had more to spend. The convenience of online shopping was also listed as a reason that they were shopping more and spending money.
For respondents who are spending the same or less this Christmas, many of them mentioned that they just have less income overall this Christmas and therefore can’t spend much. Others mentioned that they are seeing less people and don’t need to buy as many gifts. There were also a lot of respondents who mentioned that due to restrictions they are not going out as much as they would during a normal Christmas period and are saving money that way.
37.2% of respondents said they will be travelling as normal during the Christmas period to visit family and friends, though the majority of respondents (62.8%) will not be travelling as they usually would during the period.