A new study says Ireland is spending less on Christmas gifts this year

Here are the counties that will spend the most (and the least)

New figures from eBay state that Irish shoppers are spending less on Christmas presents this year.

Its Christmas shopping survey found that the average person will spend €270 on gifts - that's down from €296 last year.

Waterford comes out as the most generous county this year with a whopping average spend of €335 per person - while the people of Monaghan are expected to spend the least at €211 per person.


Overall, Irish people will buy a total average of nine presents for loved ones this year - that's a decrease from the total average of 14 presents last year.

According to the e-commerce site, people in Laois will buy the highest number of presents - while Galwegians will buy the lowest amount of individual presents.

Last week, Retail Ireland indicated that Christmas high-street spending is down. It said that "a post Brexit and Trump erosion in consumer sentiment, a significant increase in online shopping into the UK" has hit the bottom lines of Irish retailers.