Present Panic Sending the Nation into Bah Humbug Mode

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In a latest survey commissioned by Red Letter Days, it was revealed that deciding which gifts to buy is by far the most stressful part of Christmas with half of Brits citing it as the most worrying aspect of the holiday and over a third (34 percent) are so stressed they would rather just not buy presents.

In a latest survey commissioned by Red Letter Days, it was revealed that deciding which gifts to buy is by far the most stressful part of Christmas with half of Brits citing it as the most worrying aspect of the holiday and over a third (34 percent) are so stressed they would rather just not buy presents.

A fifth of the population are now (20 percent) turning to cyber space to help alleviate this stress. It seems shopping in the virtual world really is a recommended way to combat a Christmas crisis.

Zachary Soreff, Director of Sales and Marketing for Red Letter Days agrees, "These findings shows that Christmas present buying stress affects everyone quite dramatically and can really take the cheer out of the celebration. Red Letter Days can take the stress out of the festive season with our unforgettable, flexible gift experiences which means gift buying can be a pleasure rather than a chore."

Gift grief continued to reign supreme in the stress stakes with wrapping gifts sending one in five (19 percent) of the population into a festive fervour. With 19 percent of the population finding pretending to like unwanted gifts the most stressful part of the holiday -- It seems getting that gift right looks to be a real pressure point this Christmas.

"We have hundreds of experiences ands gifts to choose from," adds Zachary, "and whatever you give someone, from a Junior Ferrari Driving Day (for 12 years and over), to our new Die Hard Day Experience or a Chocolate Wrap Treat, they can exchange it for another experience for free if they wish. We also have a fantastic range of gift cards so you can also leave the exciting choice to them. No unwanted gifts this year!"

National Stress Awareness Day aims to present a more manageable approach to stress management. To demonstrate the stresses that Christmas can cause all the family, Red Letter Days commissioned the survey with results which proved that Christmas cheer isn't what is it used to be, or should be.

Liz Tucker, Health & Wellbeing Consultant, ISMA, advises, "As Christmas draws nearer stress levels are beginning to soar and this can all have a serious implication to our long term mental health. Measures like trying to plan gift buying in advance and look to purchase gifts online will help to reduce the stress of shops and the high street at Christmas time and taking time out of Christmas planning is a good way to keep it all in perspective."

Present panic is so acute that it eclipsed money worries in the panic stakes with only 34 percent of those questioned citing financial troubles as their foremost festive fear factor.

Key Findings:

  • 50 percent of Brits think that deciding which gifts to buy is the most stressful part of Christmas
  • 34 percent would rather not buy presents at all to reduce Christmas stress
  • 20 percent think buying online makes it less stressful

Remember an experience is not just for Christmas, it's for life.

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