SAN FRANCISCO--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Ebates, a leader and pioneer in cash back shopping and subsidiary of the global internet services company Rakuten, today announced the third wave of results of its Holiday 2016 Survey. The national survey, which was conducted online by Propeller Insights on behalf of Ebates in October 2016 and fielded among 1,035 adults and 500 teens, examined Americans’ thoughts on holiday stressors and what they will do differently next holiday season.
“Ebates offers cash back and coupons on everything from the hottest electronics and home goods to clothing, accessories and even travel, making it the one-stop shop for holiday shopping. It’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for, while avoiding the crowds and saving money.”
Shopping—not parties—brings the most stress
Many may dread the never-ending succession of awkward holiday parties this season brings, but it’s actually shopping for gifts that most stresses Americans around the holidays. One-fifth admit that finding the right present for everyone makes them most anxious (21 percent), while balancing family obligations (15 percent) is also stressful.
Some Americans are more worried about the travel aspect of the holidays, ranking traffic as the biggest source of stress (12 percent). Only six percent of Americans are worried about weight gain.
The calming effect of kids, cleaning and cocktails
When asked what they plan to do to recover from the holidays, Americans say they’ll spend some quality time with their kids (50 percent). More than one-third will clean their house for therapy (39 percent), and another 33 percent will rely on cocktails to take the edge off. Other popular choices include:
- Go shopping—23 percent
- Cook—20 percent
- Take a vacation—17 percent
- Get a massage—13 percent
Christmas resolutions: shop early, stick to budgets
Eighty-seven percent of Americans say they resolve to do some things differently next year. Some say they’ll keep emergency gifts on hand (seven percent), some say they’ll get their holiday meals catered (five percent), and some resolve to avoid holiday parties next year (three percent).
However, the majority say they plan to start their shopping earlier to avoid last-minute stress (31 percent), and one-fifth resolve to make a strict budget and stick to it (21 percent). Fifteen percent plan to shop online more next year to avoid crowds.
“This survey proves what we at Ebates have long suspected—that the quest to find the perfect gift while staying on budget is one of the most stressful parts of the holidays,” said Kevin H. Johnson, CEO of Ebates. “Ebates offers cash back and coupons on everything from the hottest electronics and home goods to clothing, accessories and even travel, making it the one-stop shop for holiday shopping. It’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for, while avoiding the crowds and saving money.”
Re-gifting...who will ever know?
The dreaded “what the heck?” gift—they happen to everyone, but what do you do when you get one? According to the survey, most Americans choose to re-gift or return these recycled presents (35 percent). If you’re feeling charitable—like 30 percent of Americans are—you can always donate unwanted gifts to charity.
What else do Americans do with gifts they don’t want or like? Here’s a quick look:
- Keep them, but hide them in their closet—24 percent
- Wear/use them to make the gift-giver feel good—24 percent
- Throw them away—7 percent
From now through the holidays, holiday shoppers can receive up to double cash back on select retailers via Ebates. For more details on specific retailers participating in the special offer, visit Ebates.com. Shoppers can also download the free Ebates.com app at Google Play and the AppStore.
Ebates rewards consumers with cash back on purchases while also providing access to thousands of coupons, discounts, promotions and special deals, including free shipping, at over 2,000 retailers. Free membership allows consumers to shop online at their favorite retailers while earning a percentage of every purchase they make, paid quarterly in the form of a "Big Fat Check" or through PayPal. From niceties to necessities, members of Ebates benefit from incentives at top-name merchants for everything from furniture to fashion and appliances to airfare. Because shopping with Ebates is hassle-free—with no rebate forms to fill out and no points or miles to redeem—the site supports a strong community of savvy shoppers across the country and around the world.
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