There are two kinds of shoppers this holiday season: those who shop online and those who spend in-store.
“It’s easier to have it delivered to the house with courier and then you don’t have to worry about parking,” said Dave Secuur, adding he shops both in-store and online.
Meanwhile, people like Darlene Smith prefer to do their Christmas shopping strictly in-person.
“It’s important to keep the business local and I love to browse and see what’s out there,” she said. “I shop at the store with a door.”
Others argue buying gifts on the web is just more convenient.
“Online it’s just easier … the waiting sucks,” said Sophie Ladouceur, adding that she likes to avoid long lines this time of year.
Whether people head to computers or local businesses to buy their Christmas gifts, a recent survey from RetailMeNot.com shows the average Canadian is planning to spend $450 more this year compared to last.