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How much do Northern Ireland mums REALLY spend on their children's Christmas presents?

Published 25/11/2015

The average UK spend is £195 per child, but it's a lot higher in Northern Ireland...
The average UK spend is £195 per child, but it's a lot higher in Northern Ireland...

Mums, are you guilty of sneaking a few extra stocking fillers into the kids' Christmas presents?

A survey of mothers across the UK shows that a quarter are lying to their partners about how much they spend on their children - which in Northern Ireland is a whopping £250 per child.

And here we spend more than the rest of the country. The average spend per child elsewhere ranges from £158 in the South East to £242 in the east of England.

Just 6% of mothers plan to spend less than £50 per child and 6% admit to buying gifts for each youngster worth between £301 and £500, the poll for the MummyPages website found.

But a quarter of mothers (24%) expect to lie to their partner about how much they have spent.

The survey reveals a correlation between online shopping and lower spending, with five of the seven highest-spending regions showing a lower than average percentage of online shoppers.

MummyPages spokeswoman Amanda McKnight said: "It is important to remember that managing your child's gift expectations is the key to not putting yourself under immense financial pressure.

"Children remember experiences more than the toys they receive at Christmas, so plan some fun days out with the family over the festive period and spend time together enjoying one another."

MummyPages used Monkey Survey to survey 1,026 mothers between November 5 and 19.

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