While it’s only the first week of October, there are already plenty of people thinking about the holidays and a lot of people just can’t wait.
A new Coinstar survey finds:
- 64% of Americans believe the holidays will give them something good to look forward to this year.
- 31% are looking forward to the holiday season more than last year.
- To increase the holiday joy, folks plan to increase holiday activities this year including:
- Baking holiday treats (80%)
- Enjoy neighborhood holiday decorations and lights (77%)
- Attend holiday parties (60%)
- Decorate their workspace or office (45%)
- Participate in caroling with others (32%).
When it comes to holiday shopping…
- 39% are unable to afford as many gifts this holiday season.
- 34% of those planning to buy fewer gifts say it’s because of being out of work or having a lower paying job.
- Only 59% of people have a holiday budget this year, compared to 67% in 2019 before the pandemic.
- 68% of people would prefer cash or a gift card over an actual gift.
- 28% say they likely re-gift this holiday season.
- 13% would not give a gift to a friend or family member who did not share their views on COVID-19.
- On a positive note, 31% say they will be donating money or their time to charity this holiday season.
- The same amount will increase their giving.
- 57% plan to tip their service providers this season.