Two-in-five couples would rather spend their holiday savings on gifts for each other than on holidays.

Two in five couples would rather put the cash they’d typically spend on gifts for each other in their holiday savings instead.

A survey of 2,000 adults who celebrate Christmas revealed that 51% prefer gifts that are experiences or contribute to them to life than material goods.

More than a third (38%) of people are considering having their holiday funds increased rather than buying gifts.

One in eight parents (13%) indicated that they would prefer to share more experiences and make memories with their children than receive a gift card.

The research was requested by Haven HolidaysThe site also offers a quiz that will help you decide whether to give cash or purchase a gift.

Simon Palethorpe, managing director of the holiday park company said: “Spending time with your loved ones on holiday creates memories that last a lifetime.

“Giving the gift of an experience this Christmas encourages everyone to spend time with one another and could be just the pick-me-up that we need to see us through the winter months.”

These findings are the result of the discovery by 59% that they had to cut back on their holiday savings due to the rising cost-of-living.

Nearly half of respondents say they have stopped gift-giving in the past to make room for a holiday fund.

77% of people in a relationship believe that topping up the holiday cat is a better option than trying to find the perfect gift for their partner.

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Experiences or cash are more appealing gifts than experiences around Christmas. In fact, 52% of those surveyed said that they would prefer to see their loved ones ask for these types gift ideas, as they often struggle to find the right present.

Experiences with food and drink are the most popular kind of experiential gift to give to a loved ones. Next is spa and wellness days, and wildlife experiences.

78% of respondents agree that gifting an experience is as thoughtful as giving a present.

56 percent would be happy to donate if someone asked them for money to pay for a vacation or other experience, rather than a Christmas present.

Though cash is preferred by 24% of respondents, 24% think it’s the best gift to give a loved-one. Experiences are close behind at 21%.

This is despite the stigma around giving cash as a gift. 53% of respondents agree that it is awkward asking for money for Christmas.

Only 13 percent would be comfortable asking for a certain amount. Instead, they prefer to let gift-givers decide how much cash they want.

OnePoll’s survey found that 54% of parents would like their children to give them an experience-based gift.

75% of them cherish the memories they made with their children while using their experiential gift.

Simon Palethorpe from Haven added: “A holiday with your partner, family or loved ones is an amazing opportunity to get away together, explore and experience new things.

“And we hope that thousands of Brits will be waking up to an exciting getaway this Christmas.”

Top experience gifts

  1. Experiences in food and drink
  2. Seaside holiday
  3. Wildlife experiences
  4. Luxury getaways
  5. Spa and wellness days
  6. Action and adventure
  7. Guided tours of the most famous landmarks
  8. Courses and lessons

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