SIX in 10 Americans admit they see gift-giving as a competition – and they’re trying to “out-gift” their circle of loved ones, according to new research.
A survey of 2,000 Americans revealed sibling rivalries never seem to disappear: of that 61 percent, the top person they’re trying to out-gift this holiday season is their sibling (39%).
Six in 10 Americans admit they see gift-giving as a competitionCredit: Getty Images – Getty
23 percent of Americans surveyed say they’re trying to outgift their siblingCredit: Getty Images – Getty
In a year like this one, people are making a competitive sport of showing how much they care. And results found they’re also trying to out-gift their friends (37%) and their significant other (33%).
Conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by De Beers, the survey found this competitive spirit might contribute to the stress of holiday gifting, which is likely already made worse by the overall stress of 2020.
With the ongoing pandemic, this festive season will look a little different, and 55 percent are stressed about gifting this year — of those, 24 percent are worried about being “out-gifted” by someone else.
Top gifting stressors include worries over items being sold out (29%) and the gift not being appreciated by the recipient (24%).
24 percent are worried about being “out-gifted” by someone elseCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Another 24 percent of Americans worry about their gift not being appreciated by the recipientCredit: Getty Images – Getty
But the number one cause of gift-giving stress is finding the “perfect” gift (30%).
Results revealed 74 percent of respondents aren’t satisfied unless they’ve found the perfect gift for their loved ones – and even though the hunt can be exhaustive, 18 percent said they “always” find the perfect gift.
The pressure is especially high this year, too: as a result of the pandemic, 67 percent said it’s more important than ever to find the perfect gift for their family and friends.
And 72 percent said they are hoping to find more meaningful gifts for their loved ones this year.
That’s partly due to the pandemic, too – 64 percent said their loved ones have gone above and beyond for them throughout 2020, and they want to show their appreciation through a gift.
64 percent said their loved ones have gone above and beyond for them throughout 2020Credit: Getty Images – Getty
18 percent said they “always” find the perfect giftCredit: Getty Images – Getty
“This has certainly been a year to remember. It became clear to all of us in 2020 how much we depend on people we love and need and the importance of real connection,” said Sally Morrison, De Beers Group.
“Choosing gifts for loved ones this holiday, whether it’s beautiful diamond jewelry or another symbol of love, people are marking the moment with authentic gifts that will stand the test of time and show our loved ones how much they’re cared for.”
But what actually makes a gift “perfect?” Respondents said the top indicator was if it’s a gift the recipient had been asking for (46%).
That was followed by being something that shows love (40%) and something that stands the test of time (40%).
When it comes specifically to their significant other, respondents thought a “perfect” gift would be luxury items (38%), clothing (36%) or technology (33%).
72 percent said they are hoping to find more meaningful gifts for their loved ones this yearCredit: Getty Images – Getty
If money was no object, respondents believe the most meaningful jewelry to gift their loved ones is gold jewelryCredit: Getty Images – Getty
That was in addition to fine jewelry (32%) — results revealed 67 percent of respondents believed a gift of jewelry would be a great way to show appreciation for their loved ones this holiday season.
And if money was no object, respondents believe the most meaningful jewelry to gift their loved ones is gold jewelry (46%), diamond jewelry (36%) and other gemstone or pearl jewelry (35%).
When it comes to holiday gift gifting, 84 percent said it’s the thought that counts – and 82 percent said they put a lot of thought into the gifts they give during the holidays.
“We all want to find the perfect gifts for the special people in our life and the notion of ‘it’s the thought that counts’ has taken on a new meaning this holiday,” said Sally Morrison, De Beers Group.
“This is the year to check those diamond studs off her wish list or surprise and delight him with the hand-tooled leather wallet he’s been eyeing. Putting a little extra thought into our choices this year will make those gifts even more meaningful.”
WHAT WOULD MAKE A GIFT “PERFECT”?
It’s something they’ve been asking for 46%
It shows love 40%
It stands the test of time 40%
It makes the recipient laugh 38%
It can be used for years 37%
WHAT CAUSES STRESS WHEN SHOPPING FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS?
Finding the perfect gift 30%
Items being sold out 29%
The gift won’t be appreciated/liked 24%
The recipient will never use the gift 24%
Buying something the recipient already has 24%
Being “out-gifted” by someone else 24%
It won’t show my loved one how much they mean to me 20%
Bad weather/driving conditions 20%
Leaving my home for extended periods 18%
Gifts/packages being stolen 13%
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