MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For many people, giving and receiving gifts are one of the big parts of the holidays.

However, a new survey shows that 69 percent of Americans would skip exchanging gifts if their family and friends agreed to it.

The survey, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of SunTrust Bank, also showed that 60 percent of those surveyed said they would spend more time with friends and family if they didn’t have to worry about buying or making gifts.

Which isn’t to say that people just want to spend less. The survey found 25 percent said they would use that money on activities with friends and family.

Conversely, 37 percent said they would pay down debt and 47 percent would choose to save that money or invest it.

Comments (28)
  1. My family agreed to this years ago. Makes the holidays so much nicer.

    1. we did it years ago too. it is great

  2. Dee Win says:

    Do it! We’ve trended toward edibles and hand-made. . .

  3. I just hand out cards saying I’ve donated to “The Human Fund” on behalf of the recipient.

  4. Rick Morrow says:

    There is no surprise here? Liberals are the most selfish people on the planet. It’s the Christians who love giving. All Liberals do is play victim card. Everything is always about them. Which is just sickening.

  5. Peter York says:

    I stopped buying gifts for adults about 10 years ago: I weaned them off with a card requesting they consider their gift part of a $500 donation to the children’s fund…and we’ve exchanged cards only since.

    Spending ruinously is driven by social and family pressures at Christmas. Limit it to the kids. And if you don’t have kids, don’t buy a tree.

  6. Gary O'Neal says:

    Christmas is no longer about the Christ so one can only wonder why we should continue with it. “The biggest shopping day of the year?” “Black Friday?” “The time of the year in which most retailers make the most money?”

    If that’s what we’re celebrating then call it what it is: “Cashmas.”

    I will never stop celebrating Christmas, but I see no need to support a secular, God-hating system by pumping my money into it. Besides, for most folks, everyday is Cashmas nowadays. The spending goes on 24x7x365.

  7. John Dalanni says:

    I say we start with Valentines Day and Anniversaries just to see how people really feel and then move on to Birthdays and eventually Christmas if everyone is cool with it as the fake article implies.

  8. Whoever wrote this article needs to go back to the 8th grade: 25% would spend on family events while 37% would pay down debt and 47% would invest…109% now that’s the Obamanomics we were talking about…just took a little time for them to need to write about something other than bashing Trump… so instead, they bash common sense math.

  9. Says who? Polls are highly inaccurate? I don’t believe it. People do like to give gifts, but many families, like mine make limits and do charity work as well.

  10. Celebrating Jesus’ birthday: “”The early Christians did not celebrate [Jesus’] birth because they considered the celebration of anyone’s birth to be a pagan custom.””—The World Book Encyclopedia.

    December 25: There is no proof that Jesus was born on that date. Church leaders likely chose this date to coincide with pagan festivals held on or around the winter solstice.

    Gift-giving, feasting, partying: The Encyclopedia Americana says: “”Saturnalia, a Roman feast celebrated in mid-December, provided the model for many of the merry-making customs of Christmas. From this celebration, for example, were derived the elaborate feasting, the giving of gifts, and the burning of candles.”” The Encyclopædia Britannica notes that “”all work and business were suspended”” during Saturnalia.

    Christmas lights: According to The Encyclopedia of Religion, Europeans decorated their homes “”with lights and evergreens of all kinds”” to celebrate the winter solstice and to combat evil spirits.

    Mistletoe, holly: “”The Druids ascribed magical properties to the mistletoe in particular. The evergreen holly was worshiped as a promise of the sun’s return.””—The Encyclopedia Americana.

    Christmas tree: “”Tree worship, common among the pagan Europeans, survived after their conversion to Christianity.”” One of the ways in which tree worship survived is in the custom of “”placing a Yule tree at an entrance or inside the house in the midwinter holidays.””—Encyclopædia Britannica.


  11. Just STOP! It’s not difficult. Turn everyone’s attention to great food, conversation, updated photos, and vacation plans or whatever. Put gift giving in its proper place: absent. Take the stress out of the holiday. Just stop, that’s all, just stop.

  12. Susan Smith says:

    Stopped doing this 15+ years ago, makes Christmas so much nicer.

  13. That 60 percent is on WELFARE, and will probably be stealing from others anyway. Not spending any of their CRACK $$$ for Christmas.

  14. Only 69%? I would have predicted 80%. The time and effort and not to leave out the costs to shop for presents is astronomical. Shopping online has made an impact but the shopping malls still get crowded with shoppers buying presents.