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Holiday shoppers in it for themselves this season

9:50 PM, Nov. 23, 2012  |  Comments
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Be honest: Did you buy something for yourself on Black Friday?

No need to feel guilty. You weren't alone.

Many consumers are putting themselves at the top of their holiday shopping lists, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation.

Just less than 60 percent of shoppers will spend about $140 on so-called "non-gift items" - merchandise they will not put under the tree or mail out for Hanukkah - but instead use immediately for themselves, their children or their spouses.

Self-gifting is "bigger than ever this year," climbing 15 percent from 2004, when just more than 51 percent of consumers shopped for themselves, according to National Retail Federation spokeswoman Kathy Grannis. "I have no doubt that we will see people treat themselves because prices are so low," she said.

Consumers are finding it difficult to pass up this year's super-discounts, Grannis added. "There's likely a few people who have refrained from buying things all year long because they knew the holiday season would be full of discounts.''

Southerners will do the most self-gifting this year at 61 percent. Midwesterners trail the pack with 57 percent planning to self-gift, compared to 59 percent of residents of Northeastern states and 58 percent of Western staters.

Millennials are most likely to treat themselves, with the majority of self-gifters falling into that prime shopping demographic - between the ages of 18 and 34. Those least likely to spend on themselves this year are in the grandparental range, age 65 and older.

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