Traditional stocking fillers are leading in popularity over technological ones this Christmas. One in three children and/or grandchildren can expect to find a clementine at the bottom of their stocking and two out of three children will receive chocolate (64 per cent) and chocolate coins (37 per cent), according to findings by insurer AXA.
Chocolate is the most-wanted stocking filler
Only 10 per cent of children can expect a video or computer game, three per cent can expect an iPod, and just two per cent, a kindle or iPad. However, two per cent have made their way onto the naughty list and will get coal this Christmas!
It isn’t just children who can expect a stocking this year, with half of those surveyed (51 per cent) saying they would get their partner a stocking. The most popular gifts to fill it with are chocolate (37 per cent), socks (29 per cent), perfume (27 per cent) and books (20 per cent). Two per cent of partners will receive coal in their stocking this year. The traditional trend continues in partner’s stockings with just five per cent being given video or computer games, two per cent being given iPods and 2 per cent being given an iPad or kindle.
The most expensive stockings this year will be received by children with the average spend around £96, closely followed by partners at £83. Pets will receive the least expensive stocking this Christmas at £11.45. Bah humbug! 16 per cent of people surveyed plan not to give anyone stockings this Christmas.
James Barclay at AXA Insurance UK, says, "It’s reassuring to see that despite all the fancy new technology out there, traditional stocking fillers such as clementines and other little things still mean a lot and are popular gifts come Christmas time. Our research also shows that it isn’t just children who can expect a stocking this year."
Top 10 most-wanted stocking fillers
- Chocolate (36 per cent)
- Money (35 per cent)
- Perfume or aftershave (32 per cent)
- Clothes or shoes (28 per cent)
- Books (24 per cent)
- Jewellery (22 per cent)
- Make up and beauty items (19 per cent)
- Alcohol (17 per cent)
- Toiletries (15 per cent)
- Smart phone or mobile (14 per cent)
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