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40% of Latvia’s population will spend about 50 lats on Christmas presents

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This Christmas, 40 % of the Latvian population intends to spend approximately 50 lats on presents, while they themselves would like to receive a family trip.

Most of the respondents, or 40%, plan to allocate 20 – 50 lats on presents in these holidays, while 32% – less than 20 lats, but 18% are prepared to spend 50 –100 lats in presents for the loved ones. Only 5 % would afford spending more than 200 lats for purchases in these Christmas, indicates the survey carried out by the trading centre Spice.

Nearly half of the respondents figure out what presents they will give to their close people prior to shopping, while 30 % make their choice in the shop, but 18% purchase gifts impulsively. About one-fifth of the inhabitants buy gifts very timely – already a month before the celebration, 40% acquire them a week before, but 16% postpone the purchases to the last moment.

The majority (about 45 %) of the surveyed selected gift cards as the best option from the 15 offered presents. 30 % of the survey’s participants chose theatre tickets, 20 % – gloves and socks, 18 % – perfumes, 16 % preferred giving jewellery made by Latvian craftsmen as a present. The commemorative coin with next year’s astrological sign (rabbit) was also popular, as 15 % of the respondents would select it as a present for others.

A family trip by ferry to Stockholm turned out to be the most attractive of the survey’s offered gift options (40 % of the votes), leaving candlelight dinner in the second place with 35 % of the votes. Moreover, 30% of the surveyed wish to receive a kiss for Christmas, 27 % – a gift card, 21% – a mobile phone, while 20% would like to receive a car.

The survey reveals that 18% of the inhabitants would be pleased to receive handmade presents, although they themselves are not so keen on handcrafting. Only about 4% of the respondents make gifts for their family and friends themselves.

In the list of undesirable presents, cutlery takes the first place with 55% of the votes. While pan ranks second with 40% of the votes. Approximately 30 % of the surveyed chose socks as unwelcomed gift, while 25 % – slippers, but 20 % named dressing gowns or pyjamas as the most unwanted Christmas gift. Also, candles (17%) and sweets (14 %) have been included in the list of undesirable presents.


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  1. @Rita says:

    Who would’t like to receive a family trip or any other trip!

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