Parents fork out up to $4000 on Christmas gifts
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
CHRISTMAS doesn't come cheap- ly for Gladstone parents, with an average of almost $1000 being spent on Christmas gifts this year.
Some parents even reported spending as much as $4000 on their child's Christmas gifts, and more than 20 per cent said they spent $400 or more on each child.
Most parents, however, were found to spend about $200 on their child, while for spending on other family and friends the most com- mon figure was $1000.From a survey of 106 parents at Stockland Gladstone, The Observ- er found an average of $936.80 was spent on Christmas presents alto- gether.
And for parents like Louise Clegg, this doesn't come as much of a shock.
"By the time you get one decent present plus other little extras you are up there (around $200 for each child),'' Mrs Clegg said.
The survey found the average amount parents spent on each child at Christmas was $308.63, but when it came to other family and friends, Gladstone residents were just as generous.
For presents for extended fam- ily, spouses and other friends, Gladstone residents spent on av- erage $628.16, and altogether on Christmas gifts, the 106 parents surveyed spent a total of $99,300.
Gladstone parents were also found to spend more than twice the amount on gifts than most other Australians.
A survey by eBay found Aus- tralians spent about $450 on gifts, spending on average $31 on each gift.
But for Gladstone parents it seems, Christmas is a chance to spoil their children, with just over 60 per cent spending be- tween $100 and $300 on gifts for the kids.