Over half of Moneywise users happy to be given gift cards

22 December 2017
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Shoppers running out of time before Christmas may be pleased to know that more than half (51%) of Moneywise.co.uk readers are happy to be given gift cards over the festive period.

This is broken down between 27% who say they’re happy with gift cards as they like the freedom to pick something out for themselves, and 24% who like gift cards as it saves them from being given unwanted gifts.

The findings, which come from a poll of 873 Moneywise users, show that gift cards are ever so slightly more popular in 2017 compared to 2016.

When we ran the same poll last year, 50% said they would be happy to be given gift cards – broken down into 26% who liked the freedom to choose what they buy, and 24% who said it saves them from being given unwanted gifts.

Over a third would be unhappy with gift cards

However, the poll results also reveal that over a third (34%) of people would not be pleased to receive a gift card this Christmas.

This is broken down into 15% who prefer cash, 9% who think gift cards are a lazy option, 8% who never get round to using gift cards before they expire, and a further 8% who have been left with worthless gift cards when retailers have gone under in the past.

These figures are down from last year when 38% said they’d be unhappy to receive gift cards over Christmas.

An additional 15% said they don’t mind either way whether they get a gift card, which compares to 12% last year.

See the full poll 2017 results in the pie chart below.

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