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How much does the average Northern Ireland person spend on Christmas presents?

And well-known faces tell us their best and worst ever gifts

Published 16/12/2015

Q Network Radio presenter Stephen Clements: “One of the worst Christmas presents my brother and I ever received was from my dad after he had discovered TV shopping. He bought both of us a 500ml spray of Hi Karate 54 because according to him
Q Network Radio presenter Stephen Clements: “One of the worst Christmas presents my brother and I ever received was from my dad after he had discovered TV shopping. He bought both of us a 500ml spray of Hi Karate 54 because according to him "They said on the TV that it smelt JUST LIKE Hugo Boss”. We were never sure which part of Hugo it smelt like, but certainly not the scent he sold. I think the modern equivalent is repackaged as pepper spray and is used to disperse football riots. There were plenty of tears that Christmas – from laughter, and the spray!”
Cool FM Radio presenter Emma Fitzpatrick: “Definitely the worst present was a 'Quote of the Day' calendar from an ex boyfriend. He got me a few other things too – all of a same low caliber, but that was the worst one I remember– probably explains why he's an ex! I think the best was when I was in school and my parents bought me tickets for Bon Jovi Keep the Faith tour in the Kings Hall in 1994. As I was a poor student with no money, this was the holy grail of presents!”
Swing Singer in the Jack Pack, Martin John McCafferty: "The best present was a Shure 55 Skull microphone my family clubbed together and bought me when I started to take singing seriously. My worst present was probably an electric knife sharpener my dad bought me when I was 22. Firstly I’m pretty sure it had already been used and secondly I’m not too sure what a 22 year old could do with an electric knife sharpener!"
Presenter Sarah Travers: “When I was about 22 and setting up home with my now husband Stephen, my mum bought me a set of saucepans for Christmas. However, almost 20 years later and they are still cooking up a storm for my family, granted they still aren’t used too much by me! So it’s a true saying that mum’s always know best and what I thought was my “worst” present turned out to be one of my best!”
Photographer and model Collette O’Neill: "Best present will (hopefully) be this year’s gift – a new 70-200 2.8 lens for my camera. Probably just sounds like a list of numbers to most people, but it is great for shooting fashion and portraits so I’m hoping it will be in my stocking this year. Worst present was when I received back a gift I had given the year before – can’t say what it is out I will ‘out’ the person. I know re-gifting is a big phenomenon, but not when you get your own gift back!"
Singer-songwriter Kaz Hawkins said: “The worst present ever was a set of guitar strings after my guitar fell off the wall and smashed, but then the best present ever was portable coffee pod machine from my son and daughter in law which has seen me through many band rehearsals and tours.”

Although we are a region known for being famously charitable, it may still come as a surprise that a whopping £4.8 million will collectively be spent by Northern Irish households on Christmas presents this year.

That’s according to a festive themed poll, conducted by local courier shipping company NIParcels.com in a bid to find out how our shopping habits fluctuate during the festive period.

94% of those asked said they prefer to give Christmas presents rather than receive them and those polled that were aged between 18-65 years were on average likely to spend £433 on Christmas gifts for approximately nine people.

Ni Parcels Managing Director, Paul Stewart said, “The results of the survey don’t surprise me at all, we know from previous years how generous Northern Ireland people are at Christmas. UK wide, almost 150 million items were posted last Christmas, but a word of warning,particularly to all the men out there – get festive items sent sooner rather than later as the last day for our courier deliveries is 18 December”

With this in mind, we asked a few local personalities to get into the festive spirit and tell us about the best and worst Christmas presents they have received.

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