Percentage of shoppers who say that finding gifts for everyone on their list is stressful, according to a survey commissioned by Staples: 66
Percentage of respondents who say there is at least one person on their list who, for at least a few moments, appears practically "ungiftable": 89
On average, number of difficult gift recipients who shoppers have on their lists -- typically includes significant others (59 percent), children (57 percent), mothers (56 percent) and fathers (42 percent): 4
Source: Staples Foundation For Learning.
Of the winter holiday gift givers who typically set a budget for presents, percentage who say they will go over it -- by an average of $148, according to a survey by Coinstar: 67
Percentage of Americans who can name at least one thing they'd be willing to do or give up in order to buy holiday gifts for everyone on their list this holiday: 76
Percentage of event planners who said that holiday parties help improve office friendships, according to a study by BizBash: 75
Percentage who cited improved team dynamics as a direct result of office holiday get-togethers: 67
Percentage who say they contribute to increased productivity: 18
Whether trimming a Christmas tree, wrapping gifts or preparing a festive meal to share with friends, percentage of Americans who report that they can't celebrate the holiday season properly without the right music, according to a survey by Pandora: 90
In picking the perfect music to accompany their get-togethers, percentage of people who admit they prefer classic holiday tunes from artists such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra or Nat King Cole: 75
Percentage of marketers who feel that their organization has the necessary customer intelligence systems to deliver relevant, real-time information to their sales department, according to a report from the CMO Council: 9
Source: CMO Council.
Ranks of children's apparel, accessories and toys on the list of items that shoppers say they expect to spend more on this year, according to a survey by Forest City Enterprises Inc.: 1, 2, 3
Ranks of fine jewelry, mobile phones and holiday decor on the list of items that shoppers say they expect to spend less on this year: 1, 2, 3
Source: Forest City Enterprises Inc.
Percentage of executives who say they are working in a field different than the one they anticipated when they began their undergraduate studies, according to a Korn/Ferry executive survey: 68
Percentage who believe a majority of the 2013 freshman class will end up in jobs that don't yet exist: 40
Percentage of executives who believe students would benefit more by learning leadership skills rather than focusing on specific academic disciplines: 66
Source: Korn/Ferry International.
When asked to rank the best features of in-store shopping, percentage of consumers who ranked immediate gratification and instant ownership as a top factor in influencing how they shop, according to a study by WD Partners: 79
Percentage of respondents who said stores offer a sensory experience and immersion into the product that online retailers cannot: 75
Source: Gallagher Consulting Group.
Most common value of gift cards, both given and received, according to Bankrate.com research: between $25 and $50.
Percentage that can be delivered electronically: 56
Percentage of gift card issuers who will replace the card and/or funds in the event of loss or theft: 69
Source: Bankrate Inc.
Percentage more people who are planning to travel by plane during the 2013 holiday season compared with last year, according to a survey conducted by The GO Group, LLC: 58
Percentage of respondents who said they will fly out of town to celebrate at least one holiday this year, which compares to 36 percent last year: 57
Percentage who reported they will spend Christmas away from home, where just 23 percent did so last year: 33
Source: GO Group LLC.
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