As festive shopping hits fever pitch, a new study has revealed that a massive 61 percent of Brits would trade in ALL of their Christmas presents in exchange for time with their loved ones.
And 42 percent said they’d still pick quality family time at Christmas, over even the most lavish of gifts.
In fact, the study by webuyanycar.com, found that for nearly half (48 percent) of the nation’s adults said the novelty of receiving physical gifts for Christmas has worn off as they have got older.
Almost half (48 percent) said they have been left bitterly disappointed by a Christmas present, with 18 percent saying they frequently receive items they never use.
And over a quarter of Brits (26 percent) complained that no one ever bothered to ask what they wanted , while 17 percent moaned there was only so many boxes of chocolates you could eat.
As a result, 45 percent of families have made a pact not to spend money on gifts, but to make an effort to spend more time together.
Yet it isn’t just time together that Brits crave this Christmas: time alone is also important.
The study, found that six in ten would also trade in all gifts for more ‘’me time’’, while more than a quarter (28 percent) of adults said they’d take a LIE-IN over any present, no matter what the financial value.
And spare a thought for the hard-working turkey chefs, as for one in ten Brits said having someone else make Christmas dinner would be the ultimate Christmas present.
Richard Evans, head of technical services at webuyanycar.com said:
The study of 1,500 adults found that a whopping 92 percent were in agreement that time is the ultimate ‘money can’t buy’ Christmas gift.
Whilst 85 percent said when receiving a gift they would prefer an experience over a physical item.
Spa breaks, cooking classes and music concerts were among some of the other gifts Brits want this year, but an easy-to-please one in 20 are happy with a pair of pyjamas.
And one of the best things about Christmas was extra time with loved ones (62 percent), followed by eating delicious food (52 percent) and catching up with friends (47 percent).
But a worn-out 45 percent said the one thing the love most about the festive period is having time off work.
The Christmas telly schedule (19 percent), shopping for presents (14 percent) and attending multiple parties and events (21 percent) were other high points of the festive period.
But getting stuck in Christmas traffic (45 percent), wrapping endless presents (21 percent) and feeling hungover (7 percent) were listed among the most dreaded Christmas activities.