How much just to deck the halls?

Along with charitable donations, Christmas spending continues to rise. The average budget for travel, gifts, entertaining, and decorations this year: $1,558, according to the American Express Retail Index. That's up 16 percent over last year. Among men and women, holiday shopping behaviors vary considerably:

*Men are more likely to splurge than women (45 percent vs. 40 percent).

*Most men (56 percent) will splurge on a spouse/partner, and more women (36 percent) will splurge on a son or daughter.

*Men will spend an average of $611 on a special someone, while women will spend $406.

(c) Copyright 1999. The Christian Science Publishing Society

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...