Part of the joy of Christmas Day is spoiling your family and friends with gifts, along with receiving our own presents. When the prezzies are exchanged and opened, there is a sigh of relief that the whole stressful ordeal is over.
The big day is meant to be a celebration, but the build-up can be exhausting. Last-minute shopping, fighting off fellow bargain hunters to grab the last item, and the horde of shoppers can be enough to sap the Christmas cheer out of you. The mulled wine and a mince pie helps calm the nerves at the end of it all.
It is hard to pick out the perfect Christmas gift for family members. A new survey by One4All, the Post office multi-store gift card, found that mums are the most difficult to buy for at Christmas. Dads, husbands, and brothers also feature in the top five most difficult to buy for.
More than two thirds (66 per cent) of Britons admit that they struggle to choose a Christmas gift for at least one friend or family member. Their reasons include: the person already has everything they need (38 per cent); they have no idea what the person likes (one in five); and that the person is fussy (19 per cent).
And if the gifts are not ideal, you can always re-gift them. In fact, more than one in three (35 per cent) suspect that someone in their family would re-gift a present they were given. Only one in 10 (11 per cent) have confessed to having re-gifted a present they received in the past.
Rachel Delaney, group marketing manager at One4all Gift Cards, commented: “Christmas is the busiest time of year, with all of the social events and family coming to visit combined with Christmas shopping, it can seem like an overwhelming task, especially if you are worrying about which gifts to choose.
“Our research highlighted a number of reasons why people may struggle to choose a gift for their loved ones, many of them centered around the concern that the recipient won’t like the gift they are given, but that is why we would suggest giving the gift of choice.
She added: “Giving your loved one a gift card this Christmas is a sure way to put a smile on their face and avoid the awkward unveiling. Not only that, you will save the worry and time of deliberating over a gift which the recipient could possibly re-gift anyway.”
Christmas shopping can be struggle for most Brits to get right. It can be difficult to find the perfect gift for your family and friends; and even then, they may save it to pass on to someone who wasn't the original recipient.