Scenario: You’re invited to a (insert holiday here) party. Etiquette says you bring something for the host. So, what do you bring?
You really can’t ever go wrong with a bottle of alcohol, be it wine, scotch, or otherwise. A survey conducted by LendingTree says that 65 percent of Americans who plan on going to a holiday party will bring gifts, and are planning on spending $213 over their different parties between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Alcohol is the most popular choice (39%), followed by baked goods (18%), plants or flowers (8%), and then a bunch of random stuff.
Who is bringing “home decor” to a Christmas party? Like, what? “Hey, Carl, thanks for inviting me! Here’s a lazy Susan!”
I would totally take a lazy Susan, actually.
When it comes to planning the party, we’re apparently willing to go into debt to throw a party to take our mind off the fact we can’t really afford it.
“Americans love few things more than a good party, and after the last two years with all we’ve been through, it makes all the sense in the world that people would be eager to throw a big one, even if it means a little bit of debt,” Matt Shultz, chief credit analyst at LendingTree, said. “The trouble comes when people overdo it too much and that little bit of debt ends up being a big problem.”
Millenials are the most likely to take on debt (55%), with Baby Boomers the least likely (13%). Gen X and Gen Z both are pretty even (49% and 45%, respectively).