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YouGov's new Christmas shopping tracker finds that 21% have bought all their Christmas presents so far, whilst 12% haven't even started yet

Christmas present shopping is the most stressful kind of shopping. Present ideas must be furtively thought of over the course of the year, or else indecisive friends and relatives must be coaxed for an answer for what they want. And then, despite best intentions, so much of the shopping is left to the last minute anyway.

Now, with 15 days to go until the big day, YouGov's new Christmas shopping tracker survey finds that just over one in five people (21%) of the most organised Brits have already bought all the presents they intend to give people for Christmas this year.

At 35%, the most common shopping status was people having bought most of their Christmas presents by this point. A further 23% have bought only some of their presents so far, whilst 12% have not bought any so far.

Women are also more likely than men to have progressed further with their present-purchasing. Whilst men and women are about equally likely to say they have bought “all” or “some” of their Christmas presents, women are much more likely than men to say they have bought “most” of their presents (40% vs 29%), whilst men are more likely to say they have bought “none” of them (17% vs 7%).

Young people are also the least far along with their present-buying plans. Only 14% of 18-24 year olds have bought all of their presents so far this year, whilst one in five have not bought any so far.

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