Parents spend an average 68 minutes putting together their children’s toys on Christmas day
According to a survey adults will spend an average of 68 minutes putting together children”s toys this Christmas
In a bid to make it a day to remember, adults will spend an average of 68 minutes putting together children”s toys this Christmas.
According a survey doll”s houses, motoring games and bicycles are some of the most difficult gifts to construct, forcing 57 per cent of parents to start preparations hours in advance.
Despite small parts posing a problem, 94 per cent blamed unnecessary packaging for making it such a laborious task.
Many complained of having to spend considerable effort breaking through layers of wrapping and 68 per cent said they would rather pay extra to have products already assembled.
One of the 600 participants involved in the LocalTraders.com poll said: “Christmas is all about the kids but I wish toy makers would start using less packaging.
“Toys are practically welded into boxes these days. You need a blow torch to get them out and it takes hours.”
Findings also highlighted that for many Christmas Day can be one of the longest days of the year, with manywoken as early as 4am by excitable children.
Despite the complaints a spokesperson from LocalTraders.com highlighted that spending time wrapping and putting together presents, is part of the Christmas fun.
“Once the present is revealed it’s time for the parent to step in and help get it ready to be played with, which can take some time, especially when you have several children.
“Whilst extremely rewarding, Christmas day can be a tiring one for parents who are up early and on the go until the kids go to bed in the evening, so it makes sense that some would be keen to purchase toys which were already put together.”
Another parent added: “Christmas Day is probably the best of the year and there’s nothing more rewarding thatseeing their excited faces as they peel back the wrapping paper.”
A survey by insurer LV revealed that parents will spend a collective 2.4 billion on toys and presents for their children this year.
They will spend an average of 220 oneach child between the ages of seven and 11, and the average spend on gifts and stocking fillers is up from last year at 178 despite the economic downturn.