Hanukkah is underway and Christmas is coming up in a few days.
Has holiday shopping been different for you this year?
DealNews says there are some significant differences between this holiday shopping season and last year's. Here’s its list:
1. More consumers shopping online.
The average shopper will do 44 percent of his or her total shopping online this year, according to the annual National Retail Federation's Holiday Consumer Spending Survey. And while 51.5percentof shoppers last year reported that they planned to shop online at all, 56 percent will shop online this year, the most in the survey's 13-year history.
In-store shopping has been steadily decreasing, from 38 billion "visits" in November and December in 2010 to 17 billion last year, although sales increased during the time frame $681 to $783 billion. This year, the federation found that shoppers are expected to spend more on gifts this year, on everyone including their families, co-workers, and pets.
2. More use of mobile devices.
While one-third of tablet owners will make purchases from their tablets, a record high of 19.1 percent of smartphone owners reported they’ll use their smartphones to make purchases this year.