Younger couples spend more...
The average Irish person will spend between €100 – €200 on Christmas gifts for their partners this year.
According to research from Littlewoods Ireland, people between the ages of 24 and 29 will spend the most on their partners. 32% of respondents in this age bracket will spend in excess of €200.
Spending eases later in life - only 22% of people aged over 50 plan to spend more than €200 on their other half.
99% of people will do at least part of their Christmas shopping online this year - and 70% of people did part of their Christmas shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
Tipperary shoppers are fast out of the blocks – one quarter said they start their Christmas shopping in September or earlier.
Of the 1,500 people surveyed, 37% of male partners are worried that they are on Santa’s 'naughty list' this year - and while only 13% of women feel the same.
Irish people are going to spend some €720 more in December than any other month of the year - that is according to Retail Ireland, the IBEC group that represents the retail sector.
It has published its Christmas Retail Monitor 2016, which predicts the Irish household will spend an average of €2,587 this month, approximately €720 - roughly €26 more than Christmas 2015.
The monitor finds that despite challenges in the market, retailers remain positive.
It predicts an increase of 3.7% in consumer spending this December compared to last year, with total sales of €4.21bn, up from €4.05bn in 2015 - an increase of €160m.