Tech & Science Gift cards, clothes and cooking classes: What Australians will be splurging on this Christmas

05:00  11 december  2019
05:00  11 december  2019 Source:   smartcompany.com.au

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From clothes and shoes to turkey and Christmas pudding, Australians are set to splurge hundreds of dollars this holiday season.

Australians will spend an average of $686 each this Christmas, with more than half of that ($351) going on groceries, a survey of 1000 consumers by IT and consulting service Accenture has found.

ACT residents are tipped to spend the most at an average of $816 each, followed by New South Wales ($769), Victoria ($674), Queensland ($658), WA ($616), Tasmania ($587), South Australia ($564), and Northern Territory ($457).

However, only a fifth (23%) of shoppers surveyed were optimistic about their financial situation coming into the Christmas season.

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Australians are set for a very costly Christmas , but it will plunge many of us into serious debt. New survey findings show we ’ re set to collectively spend several billion of dollars on gifts for loved ones, and billions more on food Canstar said that accounts to an average individual splurge of 42 on credit.

Many gifts are spread during Christmas giving. Gifts of appreciation, such as gift cards and books, are given. Christmas for christians is not about gifts and presents. Or at least it should not be . Other religions do not recognise Christmas so would not receive any gifts .

Grocery costs (35%), disposable income (31%) and utility costs (25%) were the main factors influencing Christmas spend.

Gift cards the go-to present

Gift cards for stores or restaurants were the go-to gift for more than half (56%) of shoppers.

Clothing or footwear was the next most popular choice (48%), followed by toys (42%).

Experiential gifts also grew in popularity, with nearly a quarter of those surveyed planning to spend more on tickets to concerts or activities, such as cooking classes, than last year.

Bricks-and-mortar versus online shopping

While bricks-and-mortar stores remain the most popular for Christmas shopping, online shopping is on the rise.

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Using a classic Christmas card message or saying is a great way to spread the spirit of the holiday season. A classic Christmas card message is perfect for just about everyone on your list. On this holy night may your heart be illuminated with love, joy and peace. We wish you a wonderful season.

Australian shoppers are set to splurge a record billion on retail sales this festive season with almost billion of it at bricks and mortar stores The expected overall figure would be five per cent jump on last year, with shoppers increasingly buying online and closer to Christmas Day, the National

One-third of Australians will complete their Christmas shopping online, with fast and free delivery a must for many, the survey revealed.

Consumers are also embracing online tools for comparison shopping, with seven in 10 shoppers saying they would research prices on Amazon before buying elsewhere.

When it comes to groceries, however, two-thirds of those surveyed said they’d prefer to hand-select all fresh food items in person.

Aldi the cheapest choice for goods and groceries

When it comes to Christmas groceries and decorations, Aldi is the cheapest of the big three supermarkets.

Choice recently compared the prices of 22 popular Christmas items, such as gift wrapping, candy canes and smoked salmon, across Aldi, Coles and Woolworths on the same day.

Of all three supermarkets, Aldi’s basket price of $174.50 was by far the cheapest.

Following in second place was Woolworths with a total of $215.

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Gifts of appreciation, such as gift cards and books, are given. Gifts are also given to family and close friends, such as gift cards , clothes , and pictures. Some unique Christmas gifts during this past season or any season would be gift certificates to a spa, a trip sky diving, or a photo collage

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Coles was the most expensive, costing $221.30.

Consumers want ethical choices

Nearly half (43%) of consumers surveyed said they want to make an impact with their money by supporting businesses that reflect their values and shopping with environmentally conscious retailers.

“There is a growing trend toward consumers spending their money on brands that reflect their values and who demonstrate they are taking positive steps to improve sustainability through their business practices,” Accenture’s Glenn Heppell said.

“As consumers become more environmentally and socially aware of the impact retailing has on the environment, retailers need to design their products and business around responsible initiatives.”

In October, a report by PayPal heralded the rise of the “conscious consumer”.

Conscious consumers “know that their purchases have an impact and are willing to back their beliefs with their wallets”, the report said.

“They use their purchasing power to boycott brands that have a negative impact on society or the environment and reward those that align with their values.”

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