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Top 5 Most Expensive Holidays



Holidays are meant to be a beautiful, joyful time that you reconnect with friends and family.  In reality, they tend to be stressful, dreaded, depressing, and full of anxiety. Five of the top eleven holiday stressors involve money.  The top ten stressors are as follows (in order): Crowds and long lines, gaining weight, getting into debt, gift shopping, traveling, seeing certain relatives, seasonal music, disappointing gifts, feeling pressured to attend holiday events and parties, having to be nice, and holiday tipping.  It’s no wonder that about half of the things people get stressed out about during the holidays is money, as holidays are the most expensive time of the year. From traveling, gifts, decorations, and costumes, we love spending money on our friends, families,  pets and selves. Read on to learn about the top five expensive holidays.


5. Halloween

Halloween falls at the fifth most expensive holiday, although it is more expensive than any other non-gift giving holiday (unless you consider the Super Bowl a holiday). About $7-$8 billion is spent on Halloween annually, more than some European country's gross domestic product (Montenegro, Monaco, and Lichtenstein, to name a few). It is also higher than all corporate donations for foreign aid. The average person will spend about $75 on this spooky holiday. Halloween spending is broken out in the following ways: 38% is spent on costumes, 30% on candy, 27% is spent on decorations, and 5% spent on greeting cards. Interestingly enough, not much is spent on alcohol during Halloween.

4. Easter

Easter is the fourth most expensive holiday, bringing in more than double the expenses of Halloween. Americans spend about 16.5 billion every year on Easter. That amounts to $140 per person. However, the average online shopper spends about $221 during Easter. Most of the spending goes towards food (32%), and it is followed by clothes (18%), gifts(14.6%), candy (13.4%), flowers, (6%), decorations (.6%), and greeting cards (.4%).  80% of the country celebrates Easter. A surprising 1.5 billion Peeps are consumed during the Easter season, and about 16 billion Jelly Beans. Many consumers use Easter as an excuse to spruce up their spring wardrobes.


3. Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day comes in at the third most expensive holiday with a total spending of $18.9 billion. The average consumer will spend $142.31 celebrating the holiday, while the average online shopper will spend an average of $199. While most of this will be spent on their sweethearts, families and friends receive gifts as well.  Even pets are given gifts during the Valentine’s Day season. Men spend about twice as much as women do for the holiday. The breakdown of spending is as follows: 25% will be spent on jewelry, 19% on a special night out, 11% on flowers, 11% on clothes,  9% will be spent on candy and 8% on gift cards. A lot of the Valentine’s Day spending statistics are skewed by purchases of expensive jewelry.

2. Mother’s Day/Father’s Day

While Mother’s Day can stand as the second most expensive holiday on it’s own at an estimated $21.6 billion, Father’s Day technically falls between Halloween and Easter at $12.7 billion. That means that as a nation, we spend almost twice as much on our mothers than our fathers. On average, people will spend $115.57 on their dads, while they will spend $172.67 for their moms. An astounding truth about this statistic is that most of the money is spent purely on gifts. Popular gifts for mothers include: greeting cards, flowers, clothing, special brunches, personal services like spa visits, new electronics, and jewelry. Most fathers will receive: golf lessons, home improvement tools, clothing (mostly dress shirts and ties), “experience gifts” such as sports tickets or family meals, new electronics, and gift cards.


1. Christmas and Other Winter Holidays

Consumers spend $630.7 billion during the winter holidays. That is nearly ten times the other five expensive holidays combined. Each individual spends about $805 on themselves, friends, and families. On average, people spend $462 on gifts for family, $78 for friends, $26 on coworkers, and $28 on babysitters and pets. Per person, about $104.75 will be spent on food, $54 on decorations, $30 on greeting cards and $20 on flowers. About 56% of holiday shoppers will spend about $127 on gifts for themselves during the holiday season. Almost half of all winter holiday shopping (44.4%) is done online. Surveys have determined that toys featuring Star Wars, Minions, and Disney characters will be the most popular this year.

Let's discuss: Which holiday do you usually the most money on? 


Annmarie John
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  1. I definitely spend the most money on Christmas, with Easter being a close second! There are a lot of kids in our family so there are always a lot of toys to buy!

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  2. Yeah, there is no way this isn't correct. I know our expenses are on the verge of going past where we wanted. It takes so much restraint to walk past all of the adorable stuff at the store!

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  3. I don't usually mind spending money during the holidays because I don't spend it on extravagant stuff throughout the year. But, having said that, I don't like when others spend their money on me.

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  4. Thank you for this very interesting post! I was sure that Christmas will be probably the most expensive holiday, but it was a surprise to me that even at Easter we spend so much.

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  5. I usually spend the most at Christmas because we have 8 kiddos to buy for, then comes Halloween because that's my husbands favorite holiday.

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  6. My husband and I spend more on Christmas than any other holiday. It's amazing how much money is spent on holiday celebrations. I don't get stressed out near as much as I did when I was younger. I'm a perfectionist by nature, but I've had to realize that nothing goes perfectly, ever. And I'm finally OK with that.

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  7. I definitely spend the most money on Christmas and other winter holidays. I have 14 nieces and nephews in addition to my two boys! Christmas is my favorite holiday and I love getting gifts for my loved ones. Most of our family is out of state so we also have to buy plane tickets for Christmas or Thanksgiving.

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  8. I think Christmas is always the most expensive one. Then even thought its not a holiday the kids birthdays are always an expensive event as well.

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  9. Wow, that's crazy. I guess when I add things up though it's not hard to believe the amount spent on these holidays! lol

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  10. Yes, these holidays are super expensive. We opt to go trick-or-treating rather than giving candy out. Making costumes isn't one of my strengths, so we do buy costumes.

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  11. Christmas for sure! I don't buy anything for Valentine's day at all. I want to par this down to about nothing going forward. I told my kids this year that i didn't think we were going more than 1 or two presents. They don't need one single thing!

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  12. Wow! I had no idea that people spend $630.7 billion during the winter holidays - that's a lot of money. We tend to consume less every year, but I really like buying gifts, so it's really hard to keep the wallet closed during the holidays.

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  13. Christmas is an expensive Holiday for me. I have a large family so money gets tight.

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  14. This is great information for those not paying attention to how much they spend during the holidays. I know I have spent the most during the winter holidays on gifts and food.

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  15. I knew you were going to say Christmas was number one.... It's crazy how much money is spent on Christmas each year... I'm shocked Mother's Day is #2 lol... My hubby and daughter need to step there gift game up lol

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  16. I spedn way too much n all of them but Christmas takes the cake. Great info!

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  17. Well... I love your honesty in this post! So many people write a whole lot of hogwash just to get text on their page but I think the truth speaks louder than positivity sometimes. Holidays are a great for spending time not money imo :)

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  18. Who are YOU telling?! I used to honestly spend SO MUCH until I discovered couponing and 90% off sales after holidays lol 3 years strong! My shopping has been done since around April

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  19. I find that all holidays are so expensive for me! Always need to buy new outfits and house decor! and FOOD! lol

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