Most Kiwis leave their Christmas shopping to the last minute - survey

New data shows New Zealanders are a last-minute lot, with almost a third of us leaving our Christmas shopping until the week before Christmas. 

A survey from Pricespy has found that almost a third of Kiwis leave their shopping until the last minute - although a very organised six percent are taking no risks and shopping up to a year in advance. 

Liisa Matinvesi-Bassett, country manager for PriceSpy, says it's been a trend for the last couple of years. 

"Our historical click data has found many Kiwis are leaving their Christmas shopping later and later, mirroring these survey findings," says Matinvesi-Bassett.

"The most daring, in fact, are hanging back until Christmas Eve to purchase last-minute gifts."

But while the thought of waiting until the last second to buy gifts for family and friends probably makes some people break out in hives, it turns out that those disorganised souls may just be savvy shoppers. 

Historical data from last year shows that 80 percent of the top ten Christmas gifts from 2018 dropped in price on Christmas Eve, compared to a week before. 

"Looking at the top ten Christmas product predictions from 2018, our data highlights the closer you get towards Christmas, the more money consumers can potentially save on product purchases," says Matinvesi-Bassett.

Pricespy says last year's gift du jour, Apple AirPods, dropped $4 between December 17 and December 24, while the Breville Barista Express coffee maker is said to have dropped $30. In a crazy saving, a KitchenAid Stand Mixer dropped $65, the website says.

But unless you like to battle hordes of crowds also desperate for bargains, it might be best to take the hit and get your shopping done this weekend. 

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