Poles happy to buy Christmas gifts despite pandemic - poll

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Every second person plans to spend most of their Christmas budget on gifts despite the presence of the virus, according to the results of a new survey.

In total, 54 percent of the respondents to the "Christmas during the coronavirus pandemic" survey plan to spend most of their Christmas budget on gifts for those closest to them, 28 percent on foodstuffs, and 18 percent on Christmas decorations in their homes.

Thirty-six percent will buy a Christmas present for a loved one worth PLN 100-200 (EUR 22-44), 31 percent will spend from PLN 200 to 300 (EUR 44-66) while 19 percent will not exceed PLN 100 (EUR 22). Ten percent plan to buy a gift worth more than PLN 300 (EUR 66) and 4 percent - more than PLN 500 (EUR 111).

According to the results of the survey, 77 percent of the respondents will buy Christmas gifts online and 17 percent in regular stores.

Asked why they give Christmas presents to their loved ones, 37 percent said that "it is a nice gesture, which gives much joy and which is so badly needed now," and 33 percent stated that this was one of the most important Christmas traditions.

In the opinion of 77 percent of them, "the pandemic will also have an impact on Christmas gifts," since, while buying them, we will be mostly guided by the need to make their loved ones joyful and happy, and make their dreams come true.

In all, 40 percent of the respondents plan to finance the organisation of this year's Christmas holidays from their current incomes and 38 percent from savings. Twelve percent will have to cover Christmas-related expenses with their credit cards and 5 percent with a loan.

The survey was carried out by the Prezentmarzen online service on a sample of 982 people in November 2020.