Staples makes it easy with more ways than ever to find the perfect gifts
at guaranteed low prices this holiday season
TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - There may be joy in giving, but it tends
to come with a whole lot of stress, suggests a recent survey
commissioned by Staples Canada. According to the national survey, two
out of three shoppers say that finding gifts for everyone on their list
is stressful, while almost nine in 10 encounter at least one person
who, for at least a few moments, appears practically "ungiftable".
What's certain is that almost all Canadians, some 80 percent, engage in
some type of gift giving during the busy holiday season.
"We know the holiday season can be a stressful time for many, so we've
made it easy for shoppers," said Steve Matyas, president at Staples
Canada. "Whatever you're looking for, whether it's a gift basket for
your boss or coworker, tech products for your kids or spouse,
customized photo books for the 'ungiftable' in your life, or jewelry,
we've got it for you either in store or online."
The survey revealed that shoppers value omnichannel solutions to holiday
season shopping, with almost half (47 per cent) looking at both online
websites and in-store locations to get the best shopping experience and
find that perfect gift.
Shopping for the "Ungiftables"
The Staples study reveals that 89 per cent of gift shoppers admit
they've had problems buying presents for at least one person on their
list during the holiday season. Additional survey findings include:
On average, winter holiday shoppers have four difficult gift receivers
on their lists, this typically includes significant others (59 per
cent), children (57 per cent), mothers (56 per cent) and fathers (42
More than half of all time spent on shopping is dedicated to those who
are difficult to buy for (60 per cent).
Of those buying gifts, 53 per cent are challenged by recipients who buy
everything themselves. When buying for specific relations, in-laws (73
per cent), mothers (67 per cent), fathers (66 per cent), extended
family (66 per cent), and significant others (65 per cent) fall into
Fifty per cent of gift givers find it difficult to buy gifts because
they ran out of ideas. Children (65 per cent) and significant others (62 per cent) take the
lead, among those who buy for each relation.
Roughly two thirds of gift givers are likely to buy gift cards/certificates this
holiday season, followed by technology (21 per cent) and tech
accessories (25 per cent).
One in five holiday shoppers will spend $1,000 or more on gifts this
The Staples Holiday Experience
This year, to ease the stress of finding the perfect gift, the retailer
added tens of thousands of products to help with one-stop shopping.
Whether in-store or online, shoppers will be able to find the perfect
holiday gift, or Staples will source it for them.
For additional ideas, join @StaplesCanada and @Listen2Lena on November
25 at 8 p.m/est for a kick-off holiday Twitter party to offer smart
gift-giving solutions to Staples customers. Join the party to learn
more about new products, great ways to save, smart tips from shopping
authorities, and for chances to win prizes from Staples.
Staples' Price Match Guarantee will match items sold and shipped by any
retailer including online retailers like Amazon.ca. Staples will also
offer incredible deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and new daily
deals on Staples.ca.
About the Survey
October 31 - November 1, 2013, Vision Critical conducted an online
survey among 1503 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid
Forum panelists, including 1190 holiday shoppers. The results have been
statistically weighted according to the most current education, age,
gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the
entire adult population of Canada. The full survey can be found at:
About Staples Canada
Staples, Canada's largest office products company is committed to
providing Canadians with a wide choice of office services and products.
Serving all types of business - from the small home office to large
enterprise - Staples makes it easy for customers to operate their
offices efficiently and affordably by offering an extensive selection
of office supplies, technology, electronics and office furniture as
well as business services, including computer repair and maintenance,
and copy and print services. Operating as Bureau en GrosMC in the
province of Quebec and Staples Canada in all other provinces, the
company employs over 15,000 associates at 330+ stores and at their head
office in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Ranked as one of Canada's top ten
Canadian companies in Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger 2013
Corporate Reputation Survey, Staples/Bureau en Gros is dedicated to
offering customers the highest level of service, whether they choose to
shop in-store, by catalogue or online. Staples Canada/Bureau en Gros
also is invested in a number of corporate giving programs that actively
support environmental, educational and entrepreneurial initiatives in
Canadian communities from coast to coast. Visit www.staples.ca for more information, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter
Image with caption: "A Staples study-turned infographic identifies holiday shopping expectations, and the troubles associated with gifting for the "Ungiftables" (the hard to buy for). (CNW Group/Staples Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131122_C4080_PHOTO_EN_33751.jpg
SOURCE: Staples Canada Inc.
For further information:
Valerie Outmezguine, Public Relations Specialist, Staples Canada 905.737.1147 x 2426 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Alessandra Saccal, Head of Communications Canada, Staples Canada 905.737.1147 x 2363 / email@example.com