You’ll probably get clothes for Christmas (bought online)

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Almost half of festive shoppers do most or all of their shopping online, with UK festive online shopping spend up 11% compared to last year, according to research commissioned by Royal Mail. The research reveals over half of all gifts will be clothes for Christmas and one in twenty won’t even buy them until the week before Christmas! The survey revealed that whilst three quarters of online shoppers start making Christmas purchases in November. But 5% leave it to the week before the 25th of December.

That won’t be me this year, amazingly I’ve already done my Christmas shopping and for the first time ever I’m done before Black Friday. Although many where purchased online, I did purchase around half in actual shops, although none on an actual High Street.

Online shoppers’ most popular purchases (56%) are clothes for Christmas (socks anyone?), books (44%), toys (44%), toiletries/make-up (39%) and CDs/DVDs/records/computer games (36%). The average gift costs £46, up from £42 the previous year, and the average number of gifts purchased online at Christmas is seven.

The research also revealed that men spend on average £348, compared to women’s spend of £300. 18-24 year olds are more likely to have bought gifts for themselves than any other age group. A third of festive online shoppers bought more gifts online in 2018 than 2017.

The main reasons people choose to shop online at Christmas are convenience-related: being able to shop from the comfort of their home, the ability to shop any time of the day and the ease of comparing prices.

Around one in ten online shoppers returned items last Christmas. Women are twice as likely to make Christmas returns than men.

“Festive online shopping is becoming increasingly popular each year, especially due to the convenience and ease of making purchases from the comfort of home. At Royal Mail, we are here to help consumers and businesses prepare for their Christmas deliveries wherever they are in the UK.”
– A spokesperson, Royal Mail

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