The holidays are back!
Accenture’s Annual Holiday Shopping Survey finds that consumers are hoping to put the disruption of 2020 behind them and are looking forward to a generous, sharing and celebratory holiday season.
With social occasions imminent, a sense of positive anticipation is in the air. Over three-quarters of shoppers say they’re looking forward to the holidays. And many will be visiting loved ones, heading out to parties, or hosting social occasions at home.
Four consumer trends for a season of sharing
In fact, this year’s Holiday Shopping Survey reveals the four key consumer trends that will characterize this holiday season and beyond for consumer-facing industries.
Sharing gifts and spending time with loved ones, while also supporting charitable, environmental, and social causes.
Rediscovering the fun of face-to-face occasions and festive traditions.
Meeting post-pandemic consumer expectations for seamless and channel-less shopping.
Getting 2022 ready
Capitalizing on consumer optimism and excitement for the year ahead.
The spirit of giving is alive and well
Seven in ten Canadian consumers are looking forward to spending time at home with loved ones. In fact, generosity will characterize the whole holiday season and will influence consumer attitudes to brands’ environmental and social responsibility too.
of consumers are likely/highly likely to buy gifts for close family
of under 40s (vs 14 % of over 40s) say they will be spending more this year than last year
of shoppers will choose environmentally friendly packaging and deliveries
Parties are back in all shapes and sizes
Large numbers of consumers will be traveling to visit loved ones or hosting holiday events at home. Festive traditions—including food and gift choices—will remain core to the season with the holiday dining table at the center of celebrations.
of Canadian consumers will be visiting friends and family this holiday season
of Canadian consumers will be heading out to parties
of consumers are planning to host social occasions at home
There are surprises in store
This holiday season, consumers are looking for something different—an omnichannel experience that offers seamless integration across digital and physical shopping. At the same time, supply and sustainable shopping are rising up the consumer agenda.
of those aged 18–24 anticipate doing the majority of their shopping in store this year
of consumers expect online home deliveries to be fast and free (up from 40% last year)
1 in 3
consumers are worried about stock availability over the holidays
A new year's resolution
Yes, many are focused on fixing their finances in 2022. But our survey finds there’ll be room for fun, indulgence and big-ticket spending too. One of the biggest priorities? Making up for missed vacations by saving for trips away.
will prioritize saving for a vacation or trip away
are planning to take a local trip or vacation in the next year
1 in 3
will prioritize dining out, theatre, cinema, and other experiences