Gift Shopping Habits in the UK with What 2 buy 4 kids

Shopping…it’s an activity that most of us in the UK have in common. It’s one of our greatest pastimes and sometimes it feels like a sport! Are you a list-maker, a planner or an impulsive buyer and a whim purchaser? Have you got your Christmas shopping finished by the end of August or are you running out on Christmas Eve, trying to beat the crowds?

Do you ever think about our nation’s spending habits and wonder what we’re buying and when we’re buying it?

The team at what2buy4kids is just as curious as you are – that’s why we’ve broken down the UK’s gift shopping habits and uncovered some interesting facts about our national shopping trends.

Christmas Shopping Trends

Unsurprisingly, we spend the largest portion of our shopping money at Christmastime. Brits on average spend £645 on Christmas, from buying gifts to spending on food, drink, parties and socialising. Shoppers buy an average of 14 individual gifts with about £145 spent on our children.

According to our research, some of us are Christmas shopping all throughout the year and 5% of people have already finished their Christmas shopping in January. 53% of shoppers start shopping in November and 22% start in October.

UK parents spend more on kids than the rest of the world

The survey shows that on average, in Britain we spend $438 (£330 approx) on gifts per child, compared to $371 (£280 approx) spent in the US and $358 (£270 approx) spent in France. Considering that we are buying gifts for not only birthdays and Christmas but also for births, graduations, school achievements, and Christenings, it is easy to see how that figure soon ads up.

Shopping from gift registries is also on the rise, with more new parents making baby registries and even some birthday celebrations having a gift list. Most of us buy a gift off a registry list a week before the event, leaving it to the recipient to select what they want and letting the shopper make the transaction just before the event, rather than looking around for what they would want weeks ahead of time.

Top Tips to Make Your House Christmassy for the Kids

Kids love Christmas. For them, it is a magical time of the year. Therefore, it really is worth making it as special as possible. A big part of doing so is getting the decorating right.

Last year, I had a good clear out and threw away virtually all of our decorations, so have the perfect excuse to buy some new ones. As a result, I have already started looking around online to see what is available and I am pleased to report that there are some great decorations available.

Movie themed decorations

It is particularly nice to see retailers going back to some of the more traditional styles of decorations. These fun Disney Christmas character decorations are a perfect example of this trend. They are very well made, so can potentially be used as Christmas ornaments, for many years to come. Character-based or movie themed decorations are fun. They also make great gifts for friends and relatives.

Buy a few LED light decorations

Decorating the outside of your home is a good way to create a more Christmassy feel. To a large extent, the inflatable Santa has had its day. Instead, all of the shops are stocking LED frame decorations shaped like reindeer, sleighs and other Christmas related items. Provided you have somewhere to plug them in they are really easy to set up.

Hang some Christmas stockings

Kids love presents, so it is always nice to hang a Christmas stocking for each of them. A friend of mine adds a small present to each of them every day for a couple of weeks prior to Christmas. This is a great way to build excitement and it also makes sure that the kids have plenty of presents to open over the festive season.

Get baking

Making your own Christmas treats and getting the children involved is a nice way to create a more festive ambience. Potentially, you could start making your Christmas cake now.

Let them decorate their own bedrooms

For an even more Christmassy feel, you could let your children hang some decorations in their own bedrooms. It will keep them occupied for a couple of hours and they will enjoy creating something special.

Get out those Christmas jumpers

Instead of leaving all of those Christmas jumpers you have been given in the drawer, why not get a few out and wear them around the house. You will stay lovely and warm as well as look more festive.

Let the kids make some decorations

Getting your children involved in decorating your home is well worth doing. Every year, mine happily while away hours making glittery snowflakes for the tree. It is one of our favourite traditions and something we start doing several weeks before Christmas. This helps us to get into the festive mood early.

Most kids love being involved in creating something different. If your children enjoy painting, drawing or crafts, why not let them make some of the decorations themselves? You can find more fantastic Christmas decoration craft ideas, here.


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What Does Your Favourite Disney Character Say About Who You Are?

You’re never too old to be a Disney fan. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Now that we’ve settled that, on to the important yet extremely difficult question – who is your favourite Disney character?

This is a question that some of us will struggle to answer while others will know straight away. If you need some help deciding, check out The World of Miss Mindy Disney Collection to find figurines of some of the most popular Disney characters.
When you’ve had some time to consider, read on for what your choice says about you. (And if you can’t decide, read on regardless!)


You love a bit of adventure. You have huge aspirations in life and want to escape the humdrum of everyday life to make it big in the world! Not only that, you’re a true romantic at heart. Oh, and your best friends turn to you for a fun night out.

Winnie the Pooh

The kindest and most caring friend is how your nearest and dearest would describe you. You’re loyal to the core, and a true optimist. The glass is always half full in your view! You’re empathic to those around you, and win people over with your childlike and selfless nature.


Peter Pan

Forever a child at heart, people flock to you for your fun and youthful spirit. You encourage others to just let go, have fun and not worry too much about ‘grown up affairs’

Elsa from Frozen

Though you can put up an icy front at times, you’re generous, loyal and loving at your core. You will also do anything to protect your loved ones, even if it means turning a little fierce.

Belle from Beauty and the Beast

You’re likely to have a love of literature, and are the awesome combination of brave and brainy. You’re not afraid to be yourself, even if that means not fitting in with the crowd. When it comes to your family, you’ll do anything to keep them safe.

Ariel from The Little Mermaid

You’re not afraid to dream seemingly impossible dreams. You might not necessarily feel like you belong where you are and you long to explore further lands.

Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty

Hey, we had to throw a villainous character into the mix. And who better than the iconic Maleficent? If Maleficent is your fave, let’s just say you know how to make an entrance. You have a somewhat intimidating personality, and you may secretly care a lot about what people think of you.

Simba from The Lion King

You may be a little reckless and strong-willed at times, and you don’t love bowing down to authority. But you ultimately own up to your responsibilities and have all the qualities of a truly great leader!

From collectible figurines to the films themselves, there are so many wonderful ways to interact with and enjoy our favourite Disney characters. Let’s take the time to learn from them, too.

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Fun Christmas Games Everyone Can Play (Including Kids of All Ages!)

While the holidays are an exciting time of year, not every moment is full of festive activities. Indeed, some people even find that long hours spent at home during the holidays can actually grow quite boring after some time.
A fantastic way to liven up the holiday atmosphere is to prepare and play some fun Christmas games with your family and guests. No matter who is over, you can find the perfect game for your party. Continue reading “Fun Christmas Games Everyone Can Play (Including Kids of All Ages!)”