Americans Spent $27.8 billion on Gift Cards, More than Expected; Less Than Half Redeemed
Shoppers said they had spent less than half of the value of their gift cards (37.3% on average) by the second week in January. According to the survey, half of shoppers (50.9%) who have redeemed holiday gift cards said they spent additional money beyond the value of the card to purchase an item.
Other Highlights from the gift card survey:
- Men spent the most on gift cards ($176.84) while young adults 18-24 spent the least ($118.12).
- Gift cards to a department store were the most popular to give, at 37.9%, followed by restaurants (26.8%), bookstores (18.0%), electronics stores (16.2%) and discounters (14.8%).
- Most consumers (76.7%) chose to buy gift cards from stores where the card could be used.
- Many shoppers (17.3%) purchased store gift cards from other retailers, like convenience stores and supermarkets.
- Nearly one-fifth (17.7%) of consumers said they purchased a gift card online.
The survey, which polled 7,703 consumers, was conducted for NRF by BIGresearch from January 2-10, 2007. The consumer poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 1%