A recent survey by Deloitte predicts that Irish consumers will once again be the highest spenders in Europe this Christmas. But - the survey found that Irish consumers predict that they will spend 1.7% less this Christmas compared to 2011
In 2012 the average Christmas spend per household in Ireland will be €965.80, with an average of €499.60 of that to be spent on gifts.
The top 10 most wished for adult gifts in Ireland are listed below - and we have suggested a few online shops you can use for each category (They all deliver to Ireland.)
Gift vouchers (33%)
It is probably safer not to buy gift vouchers from a single store. If a chain store goes bust the vouchers will be worthless. It is safer to buy vouchers that can be used in several shops - such as the One4All Vouchers.
Beauty care, massage, spa treatment (26%)
You can usually get discounted deals online at Groupon
Half of all spending on Christmas gifts is on presents for children,
When purchasing gifts for the under 12s this year - Irish consumers top 4 choices will be :
Arts and crafts (28%)
Action toys (28%).
When buying for teenagers - The top 4 are : - Games (34%) ; CDs (27%), books (27%) and cash (23%).
The survey found that 72% of respondents said they will buy in-store, while 28% will use online shopping . 44% of Irish consumers will do most of their Christmas shopping before the end of November , while a further 34% will do their shopping in the first two weeks of December.