Local shopper Mick Elliott and son Dylan, 7, braved the holiday crowds yesterday
Local shopper Mick Elliott and son Dylan, 7, braved the holiday crowds yesterday

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.



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