New research commissioned by ‘buy now, pay later’ platform, Laybuy, has revealed some interesting quirks of Australian’s Christmas habits – the good, the bad and the just plain odd…
Completed by over 1500 Aussies, the survey found that over 40% of Australians agreed that the worst thing about Christmas is putting on weight over the festive period, as we fill up on chocolate, booze and overindulge in our favourite Christmas food. 45% of women confirming this, compared with 36% of men.
The survey also found that the second most disliked thing about Christmas was the dreaded Christmas traffic with 29% agreeing. Chris Rea, it seems, no longer rings true in the rush to get home to family and friends.
Interestingly, when it comes to what’s on the box, Queenslanders disliked Christmas TV more than any other state with 22% saying it was the worst thing about Christmas, compared with 15% in NSW/ACT and 16% in VIC.
With Australian Christmas shopping habits, it seems the crowds in the week before Christmas may be incorrect. Many of us don’t leave Christmas shopping to the last minute with 20% of Australians starting their all the way back before September, and only 4% of Australians getting it done in the week before Christmas.
Talking about the results of the survey, Alex Rohloff, Co-founder of Laybuy said: Christmas is a special time of the year – not only because we spend time with our nearest and dearest, but also the added Christmas activities we all undertake such as gift buying and celebrating. Through this research we commissioned, it has been fun pulling back the curtain on how Australians really act and feel during the festive period.”
When shopping online, the most popular place to do this is in bed (of all places) with 42% of Aussies agreeing. Bizarrely, 12% of Australians do their online shopping while sitting on the toilet. In fact, the most popular states where people do online shopping on the toilet was Tasmania with 22% and NT with a massive 31%.
The research also revealed that your partner is the most important person to buy a Christmas gift for, with 43% of Australians agreeing. This is compared with 18% of Australians who said their mum was the most important, and 5% who said it was their brother or sister. Unfortunately, Dads lose out with just 3% of Australians believing Dads are the most important person to buy a gift for – a tie the house pet which also got 3%!
Luckily Christmas charity is still alive and well in Australia, after a difficult year for everyone. Even though it’s going to be a frugal Christmas for many with 38% of respondents saying they will be spending less this year due to COVID, charity donations as gifts are very popular with 64% of Australians saying they would be happy with a donation on their behalf as a gift.
Alex adds: “It’s wonderful to hear that, after this difficult year, Aussies are still willing to put aside receiving a gift from a loved one for a charity donation in their name instead.”
Christmas surprises – on the other hand – are out with 66% of Australians admitting they either drop hints or tell their loved ones what to buy them, rather than preferring a surprise. 4% of Australians go one step further and actually buy their own presents and wrap them up themselves. VIC are the worst offenders of dropping hints or tells their loved ones what to buy with 70% agreeing, over NSW at 62%.
Regifting or reselling presents is still quite common with 39% of Australians admitting they have done this. VIC at 41% and NSW at 41% regift more than QLD at 34%.
And lastly – its official – vouchers are officially not a cop-out gift, with 45% of Australians agreeing so, and a massive 86% of Australians saying, yes, they would be happy with a voucher as a gift.