Christmas shoppers plan to splash out, with men leading the way

Christmas presentsThe number of households expecting to spend more on Christmas gifts has increased for the third year in a row, with men leading the spending spree, according to a survey.

Seven in ten households expect to spend the same as last year or increase their spending for the holidays, the highest level recorded by Legal and General in their MoneyMood survey since they began monitoring Christmas expectations in 2010.

The number of households saying they will spend less on festive presents has fallen to the lowest level in five years, at only 25% of the nationally representative sample of a thousand adults who were surveyed during October.

This year, it is men who are planning to splash the most cash, with 19% saying they will be spending more than last year, compared to 15% of women. This reverses a four-year trend of women spending more on holiday treats.

So what might these extravagant male shoppers be buying their special someone this year? Here are our suggestions...

Amazon refreshed its Kindle Fire products this September, with a faster processor and better graphics. The Kindle Fire HDX comes with Wi-Fi and 4G /3G, and with games, books, TV and movies to choose from it's the perfect choice to keep anyone occupied on a long, chilly winter evening.

If your other half prefers the great outdoors whatever the weather, the latest GoPro camera, the Hero 4, may be the gift for them. Waterproof, with crystal clear images and a built in touch display, the camera is great for capturing everything from family holidays to flying down snowy ski slopes.

For those with partners who like a bit of indulgence at Christmas, how about a Harrods hamper? With a huge range of collections including everything from wines, to cheese or chocolates you're sure to find something to tickle their tastebuds this year.

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