• More Americans self-gifting while holiday shopping

According to an article on washingtonpost.com, Americans are doing more and more holiday shopping for themselves, as data over the last decade show, even as planned gift-buying for family members has remained steady.

Some retail experts call this "gift conversion" — the dance you do in your head when you wind up buying for yourself after ostensibly going out to shop for someone else. Economic, demographic and generational changes, they say, have had a Pavlovian effect. Americans hear "Christmas" and think "massive bargain-shopping for all the stuff I didn't get during the year."

A major driver of what retailers refer to as "self-gifting" is the tough economy, which has transformed holiday retailing. There have been Black Friday sales for decades, but in the past, December was traditionally the month when retailers charmed customers with window displays rather than hitting them with sales pitches. "The conventional wisdom was: Why mark things down at the height of the season? Then it became convention," said Adam Hanft, a branding and marketing consultant who writes about consumer culture.

Selling has become more aggressive and more democratic as retailers compete for fewer dollars. Steep — then steeper — discounts prevail throughout December. Even places like Home Depot and Lowe's that aren't traditional Christmas stores are in the mix. Every store tries harder to reach every customer — no more Target for you and Neiman Marcus for me (the odd couple teamed up this season to create a shared product line, available at either store).

Read more about consumer behavior.

Related Content

User Comments – Give us your opinion!
Products & Services

LG 42WS50BS-B

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/6443.png

6443/LG-42WS50BS-B

Gaming KIOSKS

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/4617.png

4617/Gaming-KIOSKS

Enterprise Solutions

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/4124.png

4124/Enterprise-Solutions

Super-Slim LCD for Video Walls | 55” NEC X551S

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/4697.png

4697/Super-Slim-LCD-for-Video-Walls-55-NEC-X551S

Green KIOSKS

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/4622.png

4622/Green-KIOSKS

Olea Milan Kiosk

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/6015.png

6015/Olea-Milan-Kiosk

Olea Ticketing Kiosks

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/6299.png

6299/Olea-Ticketing-Kiosks

NEC MultiSync 15 Series

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/LCD4215_HO.jpg

58/NEC-MultiSync-15-Series

Retail Experience Designer

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/3778.png

3778/Retail-Experience-Designer

Olea Metrolite Kiosk

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/6305.png

6305/Olea-Metrolite-Kiosk

CONNECT 2014 Mobile Innovation Summit
Request Information From Suppliers
Save time looking for suppliers. Complete this form to submit a Request for Information to our entire network of partners.