Facts and figures about the holiday season.

Online shopping


Planning on hitting the Internet to do your shopping? You’re probably checking out Amazon.com, Walmart.com and eBay.com, according to a 2010 online shopping survey by BIGresearch. Amazon is the No. 1 online retailer, followed by Walmart and eBay. Best Buy, JCPenney and Target were also in the top 10.


Early shopping


If you haven’t bought your holiday gifts yet, you’re definitely not alone. According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, the average person completes 47 percent of his or her holiday shopping by the second week of December. That leaves more than half of consumers still shopping during the two weeks before Christmas. Adults older than 65 are the most likely to get their shopping done early, while those ages 45-54 are least likely to shop early.


Wow!


The average woman will spend 25,185 hours shopping over her lifespan, according to a survey of 3,000 women conducted by GE Money. That adds up to about 400 hours of shopping each year, which means the average woman spends 17 days looking for items to buy.


Office presents


You never want to give too much – or too little – to your co-workers and boss. So you’d better make sure you’re average in this department. According to the National Retail Federation, the average person spends a total of $65 on gifts for co-workers. Men spend an average of $75 while women spend $54.


The stores


A whopping 70 percent of people plan to shop for their holiday gifts at a discount store such as Target or Costco, says the National Retail Federation. Department stores also will be busy, with 58 percent of people shopping for their gifts there. And 37 percent of shoppers say they plan to buy from an electronics store.


$832


That’s the average amount each person spends on holiday gifts, food and decorations, according to the National Retail Federation. That includes everything from holiday candles to gifts for the boss and food for the big Christmas dinner.