Warsaw, Poland – The Christmas shopping spree in Poland is poised to intensify this year, a new study has found, as Poles start making plans for one of the most anticipated holiday of the year.
According to the report “Christmas 2019”, by consulting firm Deloitte, based on the results of a poll conducted in eight European countries (Poland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain and the U.K.), Poles should spend on average 1,521 zlotys (€354) this year to celebrate Christmas.
This amount, which marks a 5% increase compared to last year, includes not only gifts, but also food and other various expenses associated with the family gatherings, social events and get-togethers linked to the Christmas holidays.
According to Deloitte, Poles will still spend more on gifts for their dear ones (36% of the total) – including a wide variety of perfumes, cosmetics and chocolates – than on filling their bellies (34%). Travels and social gatherings account for the rest of their Christmas budget.
While nearly 40% of respondents said they would be buying their presents during the first half of December, a quarter of them anticipated the dread of crowded shops and shopping malls and declared they would go shopping in November.