Majority of Parents Start Christmas Shopping from 01 October

Seriously, it’s October, who hasn’t started putting back gifts for Christmas?

And if you have you are not alone, especially if you are one of those parents desperately trying to win bids on expensive discontinued LEGO sets on eBay.

It’s the September pay day that prompts parents to start paying out for presents, with 01 October being the date most start doing so.

Many parents like to spread the cost of Christmas giving, with 35 per cent starting in September and 21 per cent beginning during the summer holiday months of July and August.

The research of over 3000 UK parents by affiliate network found that trips and holidays away as gifts were the things most likely to have been ordered already. In second place, 18 per cent of parents had purchased the Must Have toys and 13 per cent paying for electrical items.

People in Wales were the most organised overall, with 15 per cent having started their festive shopping already and the South West languishing in 8th place with just 6 per cent.

Many people were waiting to pic up their shopping at a cheaper price, with 65 per cent waiting to be squashed in tight doorways with cheap TVs and freelance photographer in their face for Black Friday sales.


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