How much will we spend on Christmas?

Christmas is around the corner and expenses are soaring. Despite the high inflation, we will travel, buy gifts, and enjoy the meals and celebrations that are part of the consumer habits of this festive season. According to an OCU survey, the average expenditure per person will be 745 euros.


This is the figure that emerges from the survey of a representative sample of the Spanish population aged between 18 and 74 carried out by the Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU). Specifically, of the 745 euros on average that we will spend this Christmas, 396 will be spent on gifts, around 190 on meals and celebrations, 70 on lottery tickets, and the rest on parties and travel.

Although the economic outlook remains worrying, 62% of those surveyed expect to spend a similar amount of money as in other years, while 21% say they will increase spending in 2022 and 17% say they will reduce it.

Nine out of ten respondents plan to get together with family or friends, as is tradition, while half will also take part in a work Christmas party and almost 40% will go to a nightclub to round off the evening after dinner.


Spending more than we had planned

Beyond participating in typical activities such as going to see the Three Wise Men parade, shopping at the Christmas markets or enjoying the city lights, 27% are planning to take a trip to avoid the stress of the festive season or enjoy it from a different perspective.

With regard to where we will buy gifts, the survey confirms the trend towards a preference for online shopping, 36% of respondents, compared to 30% who prefer to shop in physical shops, while the rest will combine both channels in equal measure. However, more than half of those surveyed say they always spend more than they had planned, and over one third feel stressed about shopping and gift-giving.


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