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Christmas presents are our hardest gift decision, poll shows

More than half (55%) say Christmas presents are the most difficult to decide on, according to a poll
More than half (55%) say Christmas presents are the most difficult to decide on, according to a poll
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

Just how much should you spend on a present?

It's a common concern whenever birthdays and other special occasions are on the horizon.

And with Christmas fast approaching, the most stressful present buying time of the year for most people in the UK is about to begin.

More than half (55%) say Christmas presents are the most difficult to decide on, according to a poll.

The new survey conducted by gift specialists Interflora has also shown that an average spend for a person in Northern Ireland comes in at £58 for a single gift - though the figures vary depending on who we're buying for.

'Significant others' will be delighted to know they come out top of the list for having the most money spent on them for special occasions. People in Northern Ireland are happy to fork out an average of £121 to celebrate a big day with someone special, though if you want a better present a move to Newcastle in the north east of England could be on the cards as they spend an average of £184 per occasion - the most in the UK.

However, across the UK one in four were willing to admit they did not know the date of their partner's birthday from memory.

People here do look after our parents well, with an average spend of £88 per occasion.

Only London (£105) and Liverpool (£89) are spending more on average.

And family win out over friends, with an average of £50 spent on siblings and £41 on in-laws compared with just £25 on friends and £22 on work colleagues. Unsurprisingly, women are better prepared when it comes to getting that something special - the average female starts to think about what gift might be suitable 34 days ahead of the occasion.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, men leave it later, starting to come up with ideas 24 days before.

And if we don't get what we want, 13% of women say they would have no issues re-gifting a present, with only 8% of men prepared to do likewise.

How much we spend in NI

Per occasion: £58

On a significant other: £121

On parents: £88

On in-laws: £41

On siblings: £50

On friends: £25

On work colleagues: £22

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