Christmas Shopping: Canadians Spent $433 So Far On Gifts, Poll Says

CP     First Posted: 12/16/11 07:12 AM ET   Updated: 12/16/11 08:18 AM ET

TORONTO - Expect the malls to be full this weekend, a CIBC poll indicates two-thirds of Canadians still have items left on their holiday shopping list.

The poll — concluded earlier this week — also revealed that Canadians have spent an average of $433 on gifts so far this holiday season.

However, 24 per cent of Canadians say they will likely end up over their budget once the last item on their list is paid for.

Atlantic Canadians on average have spent $618 so far this year on gifts, one of the highest dollar values in the country. Quebec residents have spent the least, spending $369 on average so far this year.

A sample of 1,005 Canadians was polled and the results are considered accurate within plus or minus 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

Residents of Manitoba and Saskatchewan appear to be among the sharpest budgeters in Canada this holiday season, CIBC said, with one quarter believing they will spend less than their holiday budget after all of their shopping is completed.

Percentage of Canadians who say they have not completed their holiday shopping, by region, from CIBC:

Atlantic Canada - 64%

Quebec - 64%

Ontario - 68%

Manitoba/Saskatchewan - 53%

Alberta - 64%

British Columbia - 64%

Top Toys For Christmas From The Experts
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  • Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse

    For the kid who loves to think big -- real big. This Barbie dreamhouse has three stories, seven rooms, and an elevator. Recommended Age: 3 years and up Price: $150

  • Air Hogs Hyperactives Pro RC Vehicle

    For the kid who loves speed. The Air Hogs Hyperactives Pro RC vehicle lets kids defy gravity, attempt crazy climbs and gives them the ability to take full control.<br> Recommended Age: 4 to 6 years<br> Price: $45

  • Bizu TV Style Studio

    For the next big jewellery designer. The Bizo TV studio lets children transform over 15, 000 combinations of accessories into collectables. <br> Recommended Age: 6+ years <br> Price: $25

  • Cars 2 Air Hogs

    For the kid who wants to get in the driver's seat. Cars 2 fans can bring their favourite Cars characters to life with Air Hog's fully-controlled replicas. <br> Recommended Age: 5 to 7 years <br> Price: $50

  • Hot Wheels Wall Tracks

    For the creative kid who loves to build and rebuild. Wall Tracks brings stunts, speed and trucks to new heights. Kids can create and build their own tracks -- right on the wall. <br> Recommended Age: 4 to 6 years<br> Price: $45

  • Lalaloopsy Doll

    For the next cheerleader in your household. The Peppy Pom Poms version includes fashion accessories and pet dog. <br> Recommended Age: 5 to 7 years <br> Price: $35

  • Leappad Explorer

    For the kids who love to be challenged -- and learn. The LeapPad tablet is equipped with over 100 games and includes a built-in camera and voice recorder.<br> Recommended Age: 4 to 9 years<br> Price: $110

  • Lego Ninjago

    For the kids with a large imaginations. Lego Ninjago lets kids create their own playground and train an ultimate ninja team. The Set includes a spinner, three mini-figures, four weapons, character cards and four battle cards.<br> Recommended Age: 7 to 14 years <br> Price: $65

  • Let's Rock Elmo

    For the kid who always wanted to be a rock star. Donning a black tee, tambourine and drum set, Let's Rock! Elmo takes the stage singing and creating music.<br> Age: 18 months and up<br> Price: $75

  • Monster High Fearleading Squad

    For the kid who always wanted his or her own squad with an alternative twist. The girls in Monster High include fashion accessories, come with a set of pom poms and a Skullete megaphone. <br> Recommended Age: 6 to 12 years <br> Price: $50

  • My Playful Pup

    For the kid who always wanted a puppy. This life-like dog wags her tail, moves her head in and makes puppy talk when pet lovers talk to her. Plus, parents won't have any mess to clean up.<br> Recommended Age: 5 to 7 years <br> Price: $65

  • Nerf Vortex Praxis

    For the kid who likes to take control. The Nerf Vortex Praxis, with pump-action power and a removable 10-disc clip lets warriors go the distance and take down targets. <br> Recommended Age: 7 to 14 years <br> Price: $30

  • Pokemon Carry Case

    For the kid who wants to catch them all. This Pokemon carry case allows kids to travel and collect their favourite Pokemons. It also includes three bonus figures. <br> Recommended Age: 5 to 7 years <br> Price: $35

  • Moshi Monsters

    For the kids who want to create their own monster world. The Moshi Monster virtual village lets kids buy their own furniture, food and toys for their monster. Not to mention the plush versions are super cute. <br> Recommended Age: 5+ years <br> 1 pack: $3 <br> 3 pack: $7 <br> Plush: $13 <br>

  • Power Rangers Samurai

    For the kid -- and adult --who loves the old-school Power Ranger. The Samurai Megazord consists of five animal vehicles that stand over 10 inches tall. <br> Recommended Age: 5 to 7 years <br> Price: $35

  • Redakai Starter Pack

    For the kid who loves to duel. Redakai's starter pack lets gamers start training to become the next master Kairu warrior.<br> Recommended Age: 4 to 11 years <br> Price: $16

  • Smurfs

    For the kid who loves little blue men and women. And parents, you may have some nostalgic moments as well. These 23-inch plush toys from the classic show and recent film includes Papa Smurf, Smurfette and Clumsy.<br> Recommended Age: 4 to 6 years<br> Price: From $18 to $35

  • Stars Wars Hoth Echo Base

    For the kids who wish they could travel to outer space. This Star Wars LEGO sets lets kids build their own ice planet base and prepare for any enemies. <br> Recommended Age: 7 to 14 years <br> Price: $120

  • Skylanders Spyros Adventure

    For the kid who loves video games. The Skylanders have used their magical powers to protect Skylands but now, an evil tyrant has frozen them and banished them to Earth. Only gamers can bring them back to life and be the heroes. Available for Xbox, Wii and Sony PS3.<br> Recommended Age: 10+ years <br> Price: $70

  • Transformers Ultimate Optimus Prime

    For the kid who is eager to join the Autobots. Let the battle begin, Optimus Prime's blasting battle sounds, weapon lights and launching missile sounds are the perfect features for this robot. <br> Recommended Age: 5 to 7 years <br> Price: $90


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