Technology, Books and Theatre tickets top the list of over 50s Christmas presents this year

We're all well versed at the sincere sounding thanks for Christmas presents that don't quite hit the spot. This year, as people are hitting the shops for those last minute gifts, Saga is advising people to think twice about buying the usual socks, scarves or toiletries for an older loved one as research amongst more than 11,138 over 50s show they would prefer something altogether different this year.

Surprisingly 39% of over 50s opted for technology as their top Christmas gift, with one in five specifying an ipad/ipad mini, which just goes to show that technology is no longer the preserve of the young. In fact, a third of those over the age of 80 had technology at the top of their Christmas lists.

When it comes to the type of gifts, it appears that there is also a gender divide with women of all ages being more likely to opt for technology gifts with 43% of women putting this on their list versus 35% of men. Women are also almost twice as likely as their male counterparts to put theatre tickets on their list (50% versus 27%). Men however are more likely to opt for DVDs or car related gifts.

The top 5 gifts topping the Christmas lists of the over 50s in 2013

Books – 44%

Clothes or Shoes – 40%

Technology – 39%

Theatre or concert break – 37%

Holiday or short break – 36%

Saga's Paul Green commented ;

"If you're going to give a gift then remember it need not be all about slippers and Turkish Delight. Today's grandparents are keen to try out new technology to keep in touch with their loved ones, so this year it's all Turkey, Tinsel and Technology."

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