Christmas Spending Statistics For 2024 (Latest Data & Trends)

Christmas holidays are one of the most awaited times of the year. People tend to spend a lot during this time, especially in American and European regions.

The Christmas holiday spending this year is predicted to gain a 14% growth compared to last year.

In this post, we have covered trends and facts about Christmas spending over the years and how people choose to spend their money during these times.  Let us take a look at them right away.

Christmas Spending Stats 2024: Top picks

  1. The total Christmas spending in the United States is forecasted to reach $1.1 trillion in 2023.
  1. It is predicted that shoppers are planning to spend an average of $1,652 this holiday season.
  1. Over 95% of consumers plan to shopoed for the holiday season in 2023.
  1.  Holiday retail sales are forecasted to reach $960 billion in the country.
  1. Many families worldwide are looking forward to spend 156% of their monthly income during the Christmas holiday in 2023. 
  1. The total spending on Christmas gifts in the United States is expected to be $184 billion in 2023. 

The average amount of money spent on Christmas

  1. The total Christmas spending in the United States is forecasted to reach $1.1 trillion in 2023. 

This is an increase of 0.05 trillion compared to 2021. The total Christmas spending in the United States was recorded to be $1.05 trillion in 2021.

  1. An average American spends $997.73 in each Christmas. 

According to the National Retail Federation, American consumers spend an average of $997.73 on gifts and other holiday items each Christmas. 

On calculating the expenses, we can conclude that Americans spend around a week’s salary during Christmas shopping.

  1. Over 60% of the average American’s holiday budget is dedicated towards gifts and presents. 

The rest of the budget is allocated to non-gift purchases and decorations. 

Here is a table breaking down how an average American spends their money during Christmas shopping:

Purchase TypeAverage Spend (2021)Percentage of Total Spend
Gifts for Family, Friends, and Coworkers$64864.9%
Non-gift holiday Items (Food, Decorations, etc.)$23123.1%
Other Non-Gift Purchases for Friends or Family$11811.8%

Source: GoBankingRates, YouGov.

  1. Consumers in the United States spent an average of under six weeks shopping during the holiday season. 

This was a decrease compared to previous years. In 2021, consumers spent an average of 6.4 weeks in holiday shopping. 

Here are further details about the time consumers spend shopping during the holiday season. 

YearTime spent by consumers in shopping
20225.8 weeks
20216.4 weeks
20205.9 weeks
20197.4 weeks
20187.1 weeks

Source: Statista. 

  1. Consumers plan to spend an average of $1,652 in 2023. 

The 2023 Deloitte holiday survey highlights that average holiday spending in 2023 is forecasted to witness a 14% year-over-year increase. In 2022, the average spending was recorded to be $1,455. 

Average Holiday Spending Recorded Over The Past Years

Here are further details about the average holiday spending recorded over the past years.

YearAverage holiday spendsChange in holiday spending
2023$1,652+14% YOY
2022$1,455No change 
2021$1,463+5% YOY
2020$1,387-7% YOY

Source: Deloitte

  1. 95% of consumers plan to shop for the holiday this year. 

Comparatively, only 92% of the consumers shopped during the holiday season in 2022. 

Here are further details about the percentage of consumers who are looking forward to shopping during the holiday season.

YearPercentage of Consumers 

Source: Deloitte 

How much does the average American spend on holiday shopping?

  1. The average Christmas spending per person in the United States is anticipated to reach $950 in 2023.

This is up from $932 recorded in 2022. 

Source: Porch Group Media.

  1.  Holiday retail sales are forecasted to reach as high as $960 billion in the country. 

According to the National Retail Federation, an average American is expected to spend nearly $1,500 in the 2023 holiday season. 

Source: CNBC

Average Christmas spending around the world

  1. Many families worldwide look forward to spending 156% of their monthly income on Christmas in 2023. 

According to the WorldRemit 2022 Cost of Christmas Study, households in Lebanon pay the highest amounts compared to their average monthly income(688%). 

The report further states that the Dutch will be spending the least, spending just 19% of their household’s monthly income this holiday season.

Here are further details about the average money families spend in different countries worldwide. 

CountryAverage family spending

Source: Worldremit. 

  1. Overall retail spending worldwide is expected to reach $1.3 trillion during the 2023 holiday season. 

This is a rise of 4.5% compared to the previous year’s holiday season. 

Source: Online Dasher. 

Other findings about Christmas spending

  1. Consumers in Germany spend more than 70% of their Christmas spending on gifts. 
  1. Consumers in Spain spend most of their Christmas money on food, accounting for 73% of their spending.
  1. Columbia consumers will likely spend 73% of their average monthly household income during Christmas this year.
  1. Shoppers in Zimbabwe spend $208.70 during Christmas. This accounts for 266% of an average monthly household income. 

US Christmas gift spending

  1. Consumers looking forward to celebrating Christmas and other winter holidays are expected to spend $620 on gifts. 
Consumers looking forward to celebrating Christmas and other winter holidays are expected to spend $620 on gifts

In a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, it was revealed that consumers plan to spend $42 more on gifts in 2023 during the Christmas holiday season compared to the previous year. 

  1. The total spending on Christmas gifts in the United States will be $184 billion in 2023. 

A survey conducted by Bankrate highlights that 40% of consumers would buy fewer gift items this year. At the same time, 21% said they would go with the cheaper brands, and 41% plan to use sales, discounts, and coupons. 

Source: Newsweek.

  1. In 2023, the spending on non-gift items like clothing for family, home furnishings, and decorations is forecast to jump 25% over 2022. 

Source: CNN

Christmas Spending Demographics

  1. Millennials are expected to spend the most during the 2023 Christmas holiday.

GenX and Baby Boomers are also not far behind in the race. Meanwhile, GenZ is predicted to spend the least this Christmas. 

Average Amount Different Generations are Planning To Spend On Gifts

Here are further details about the average amount different generations are planning to spend on Gifts. 

Generation Average Planned Holiday Gift Spending
Gen Z$558
Gen X$832
Baby Boomers$769

Source: Enterprise Today. 

Interesting Fact: 18% of Gen Alpha prefer to buy products made with sustainable materials. Moreover, their preferences for gifting are likely to be similar to or align with the preferences of Gen Z and Millennials.

  1. Men spend an average of 10% more than women on holiday purchases. 

In general, men spend $94 more on the average holiday purchase compared to women. 

Source: Zippia

Holiday Gifts by Type

  1. According to a 2022 survey, the most popular holiday gifts in the United States were Toys, Apparel, and Gift cards.

The online sale of the toys is increased by 285% during the Black Friday Sale, compared to a normal day.

Here are further details about the types of holiday gifts that are bought by consumers in the United States. 

Type of Gifts20222021
Clothing and accessories77%77%
Toys and hobbies77%76%
Gift cards and other76%76%
Food and beverage70%66%
Electronics and accessories57%61%
Health and wellness56%55%
Home and Kitchen49%55%

Source: Statista, Wartonwomen

Have you heard that almost $125 million and $103 million are lost to fraud in the payments made through credit cards and Gift cards. 

Christmas Shopper’s Habits

  1. Almost three-quarters of all holiday shoppers will consider affordability this year.

80% of shoppers want to shop in cost-smart ways this holiday season.

Source: Emodoinc

  1. In 2022, 48.9% of Christmas shopping was done offline.

Comparatively, 51.1% of the shoppers purchased goods online in 2022. The top three places to shop for Christmas gifts were: 

  • Online
  • Department stores
  • Discount stores

Source: EnterpriseApps Today. 

  1. 43% of the consumers in the United States of America spend on Groceries during the holiday season. 

Some other top places where the shoppers spend during the holiday season are clothing or accessories, local or small businesses, electronics stores, etc. 

Here are further details about where shoppers in the United States prefer to spend. 

  • Grocery stores/Supermarkets: 43%
  • Clothing or accessories: 30%
  • Local or small businesses: 24%
  • Electronics stores: 20%
  • Crafts or fabrics store: 16%
  • Drugstore: 12%
  • Other specialty stores: 11%
  • Outlet stores: 10%
  • Thrift stores/ Resale shops: 9%
  • Catalog: 5%
  • Other: 4%
  1. 35% of the consumers said that they want to stay at home and save money this Christmas. 

On the other hand, 56% plan to spend the same amount or more than they usually do on gifts. 

Source: Kennedy’s Confection

Did you know? Consumers are predicted to spend $13.7 billion in 2023 during the Cyber Monday sales

  1. AI technology will play a huge role in online shopping during the holiday season. 

AI is predicted to drive $194 billion in holiday sales in 2023. 

  1. 93% of shoppers will buy at least some gifts online this year.

41% of the shoppers look forward to purchasing most of their gifts online. At the same time, 6% of the shoppers consider buying all their gifts online. 

Shoppers who are Interested In buying their Christmas Gifts Online this year

Here are further details about the percentage of shoppers who are interested in buying their Christmas gifts online this year:

Holiday gifts Percentage of Holiday shoppers
All of them6%
Most of them41%
About half of them29%
Only a few of them17%
None of them7%

Source: Gallup

  1. 81% of the in-store shoppers research the products online before purchasing them. 

87% of product searches start online, and less than a quarter of shoppers visit the stores for product research. 

Source: Zippia. 

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