Name and shame for Longford, Laois and Kerry

Name and shame for Longford, Laois and Kerry

Longford, Laois and Kerry spend least money on presents

A new survey studying birthdays has revealed Irish spending trends across the country.

Floral and gift company Interflora have conducted a survey to also see when the ‘best’ and ‘worst’ dates are to celebrate.

The report cross references the birth dates of 500 Irish people with several factors such as the average number of presents received and the likelihood of friends actually attending a party.

The best birthday date is revealed as July 28, due to the likelihood of good weather and its closeness to payday, while December 16 emerged as the ‘worst’ due to its proximity to Christmas and the likelihood of it getting forgotten with all the festive celebrations.

Those in Longford (33 per cent), Laois (20 per cent) and Kerry (18.8 per cent) are the biggest ‘cheapskates’ with this amount most likely to spend an average of less than €10 on a gift. However those in Westmeath (115) are most generous, being most likely to give presents cost more than €100. The study also dug deeper to uncover some key trends relating to birth dates, revealing:

January birthdays are forgotten the most

• January birthdays are the most likely to be forgotten, with the majority of people (12%) admitting that gifts and presents for their family and friends born in January often slip their minds.

The importance of Facebook in 2015

• Almost half of people (42 per cent) no longer send birthday cards, they use Facebook instead.
• A third of people (31 per cent) only remember birthdays these days because of Facebook.

Summer babies earn more

• Those born in August are most likely to be top earners compared with any other month with 12 per centearning more than £45,000. However, those born in December are least likely to become a top earner with only 4 per cent confirming they are in that wage bracket. Summer babies consistently receive bigger gifts from friends and family
• People born in August are more likely to receive high value gifts (11 per cent receive £50 or more), compared with any other month As part of its drive to better understand how people in the UK celebrate their special day, Interflora has created a fun online application which calculates ‘how good’ a person’s birthday is.

Bethany Day, of Interflora, says: “At Interflora, we’re committed to helping people celebrate life’s most important occasions and we wanted to highlight the plight of those whose birthdays are often overshadowed by the season’s festivities.

“We’ve created our ‘rate your birthday’ app as a fun way of highlighting those ‘forgotten’ birthdays and to help people make the most of their special day, no matter where in the year it falls’.

Interflora’s “rate your birthday” app can be found Interflora – Rate my birthday.


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