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Brits shun traditional Christmas gifts

A new survey has revealed that more than one in two Brits would rather spend money on a holiday with their partner than on frivolous festive presents this year.

With household budgets still tight, the pile of presents under the Christmas tree will be much smaller for 56% of customers who refuse to sacrifice their break.

Interestingly, 64% of women polled in the online survey said that they would prefer not to have gifts if it meant the loss of their overseas winter-warmer, compared to 49% of men.

There’s no doubt that British men are more reluctant to go without their stocking – 18% are insistent that they have a present to open on Christmas Day compared to 13% of women.

A further quarter of those surveyed (23%) would diplomatically give up their Christmas treats for a yuletide break if that’s what their partner wanted.

Anthony Clarke Cowell, Associate Merchandising Director at, said: “It looks like Santa won’t be making so many deliveries this year. The time together and memories that a holiday provides are invaluable. But this is obviously a sensitive subject for many – men in particular – and not something to jump into without your partner’s consent!”


Notes to editors polled 3,518 customers during October 2012. Five per cent did not have a partner.

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