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The Great Gifting Debate

While for many people, giving gifts fills us with excitement and joy, for others, it can be a far more stressful experience. How much should we be spending on each other? Should we spend more on our family than our friends? Is it really the thought that counts? These are just some of the questions you may be asking yourself.

To find out more, we surveyed 2,000 people from across the UK, unwrapping our attitudes towards gift-giving.

Here's what we found...

WHICH OCCASIONS ARE CAUSING THE MOST STRESS?

Are Brits losing sleep over buying gifts? From baby showers to Christmas presents, birthdays to anniversaries, these are the occasions we’re stressing about the most.

Baby showers came out as the least stressful occasion, with only 23% of Brits saying they’ve felt stressed buying a baby shower gift. Meanwhile, Christmas was named as the occasion causing the most stress, thanks to having multiple people to buy for.

HOW MUCH ARE PEOPLE SPENDING AROUND THE COUNTRY?

Figuring out how much to spend on a loved one, friend or work colleague can be tricky. Here’s how much people around the country are splashing out on their nearest and dearest.

HOW DO WE DEAL WITH GIFTS WE DON’T LIKE?

It’s always a little awkward to receive a gift we don’t like, so how do we avoid an awkward situation?

We asked participants to tell us what they’d be most likely to regift.

Houseware was the item most likely to be regifted, while clothing is the item we’d be most likely to pretend to like. 13% of women are guilty of regifting an item, but only 8% of men would.

WHO’S THE MOST PREPARED?

Who’s planning gifts the furthest in advance and who’s leaving it till last minute?

Responses by city