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Thu Nov 25, 2021, 07:26 PM

Sitting out the season: A record number of Americans say they won't be buying holiday gifts this yea

Predictions for holiday retail sales are rosy, with the National Retail Federation calling for record gains of 8.5% to 10.5% from year-ago levels.

But a record-high amount of people, or 11.5% of Americans, arenít buying any gifts this holiday season, according to a survey by Deloitte.

Wealthy consumers are planning to spend more, which will mask the fact that many others are sitting out the season.

Higher-income households in the U.S. plan to spend five-times that of lower-income households this holiday season, said Deloitte.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/25/holiday-shopping-2021-more-americans-wont-be-buying-holiday-gifts-this-year.html

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Reply Sitting out the season: A record number of Americans say they won't be buying holiday gifts this yea (Original post)
Klaralven Nov 25 OP
Deuxcents Nov 25 #1
PortTack Nov 25 #2
ampm Nov 25 #10
Luciferous Nov 25 #3
elleng Nov 25 #4
QED Nov 25 #5
Skittles Nov 25 #6
EYESORE 9001 Nov 25 #7
Freddie Nov 25 #8
Ron Green Nov 25 #9
Mr.Bill Nov 25 #11
KentuckyWoman Nov 25 #15
mike_c Nov 25 #12
kimbutgar Nov 25 #13
KentuckyWoman Nov 25 #14
eppur_se_muova Nov 26 #16
Talitha Nov 26 #17
Raine Nov 26 #18
shrike3 Nov 26 #19
TheBlackAdder Nov 26 #20

Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 07:36 PM

1. We'll.. I'm in the middle..

I only exchange gifts with a few.. birthdays, yes. This year only my sister n bil. Iíve requested no gifts as Iím not playing this year. I make no excuses.. it has just gotten out of hand with the marketing, stress n other crap over the years. After almost 2 years of Covid.. all
I want is time to enjoy my friends n family. My bil has recovered from quadruple heart bypass surgery n my sister is my best friend. Thatís it. Iím happier this way.

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Response to Deuxcents (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 07:37 PM

2. Agree.. time with family and friends. Gifts...not so much

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Response to Deuxcents (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 10:01 PM

10. Christmas

simple homemade nothing over 10 dollars. It's been that way for years.

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 07:48 PM

3. My teenager wanted a gaming computer. Besides a small gift for my niece and a gift card for

my adult child, that's all we're buying.

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 07:58 PM

4. Same as usual for me, BOOKS for kids @ Hanukkah,

which is coming up SUNDAY!

(Shopping done, some wrapping TO BE done.)

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 07:59 PM

5. Not much for me

A small gift of dog toys for the custodian who cleans my classroom.

A couple of books for my niece. She gets so much it's obscene.

I may or may not send out cards. Just not in the mood right now. It's been a very difficult year so far.

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 08:22 PM

6. I only buy for Toys for Tots

yes indeed

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 08:31 PM

7. The war on Christmas has reached an inflection point

Muahahaha!

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 08:49 PM

8. I have 3 grandchildren

And I just found out today that next year there will be 4! My son and wife are expecting their first. Weíre all thrilled. Anyway, this Santa is generous with little ones and pets. Grownups, meh.

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 08:51 PM

9. We can all do our part to reduce consumerism and to

reverse economic growth.

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 10:11 PM

11. Whatever the condition of the economy,

historically there have always been the very rich and the very poor. They sold a lot of Desenbergs and Packards during the depression.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 11:08 PM

15. On the flip side

My grandpa paid the mortgage off early during the depression. To be fair, I believe he had a few stills hidden about ....

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 10:42 PM

12. we stopped doing christmas years ago

Once the kids are gone, it just becomes something else to stress about. It's been at least 20 years since we've done anything at all to celebrate christmas.

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 10:45 PM

13. My husbands family are not exchanging Xmas gifts this year

So we only have to buy for his mother.

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 11:01 PM

14. My family has been skipping gifts for a while.

Our extended family spends the year looking for ways to help others and then we share the "gift" at Christmas / New Year. Last year my favorite was an 8 yr old in the family who has been secretly walking the paper from the end of the drive up to the front door every day for an older man who uses a walker. She said she felt stupid because it was September before she realized he can't bend down very good. She finally knocked on his door and told him it was her doing it. She gave him a bag he could hang on the door knob between doors and she would slip it in there so he could just take it off every day.

She said what made her want to do it was because one of the girls at school buried her grandpa, who fell out in the driveway and she noticed this man with his walker. She didn't want someone else to lose their grandpa.

Now I ask you, how can you not love that child....

And yes, I'm bragging... just a little.

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Fri Nov 26, 2021, 12:53 AM

16. We're all so hard to buy for we pretty much give ourselves gifts.

No insincere "oh it's just what I wanted, do you have the receipt". We know what we want better than anyone, so let's just get it for ourselves.

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Fri Nov 26, 2021, 01:04 AM

17. My famly collectively agreed to stop the Christmas 'obligation' decades ago.

When we see something we know someone would like (no matter what time of year it is) we buy it and give it to them.

Live like there's no tomorrow.

You never know.

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Fri Nov 26, 2021, 01:09 AM

18. We have way too much stuff so we quit gift giving

if I want or need something I buy it myself whenever.

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Fri Nov 26, 2021, 10:39 AM

19. We haven't bought gifts in years.


We did a lot when there were little children in the family. But now that everybody's grown. Dh and I do not exchange gifts. If we need or want something we buy it. One grandson is getting married. If they have little ones, the gift-giving will start again.

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Fri Nov 26, 2021, 10:41 AM

20. I'm trying to get rid of shit in the house.

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