VTech Holiday Gift Basket Giveaway (US)

Christmas is my favourite time of year and always has been for as long as I can remember. I loved the family parties where I would visit with relatives that I only see once a year. Even the office parties were fun when my uptight bosses would relax and let loose. Now that we are living out East, we won’t see my family who are a 22 hour drive away in Ontario. My parents always phone every Christmas morning with my dad bellowing out, “Merry Christmas Curly!”….that’s my nickname my dad gave me when I was a baby. Long story.

VTech Communications conducted a survey about holiday attitudes and behaviours. Their findings were quite interesting. Do you agree?

The holidays may be the most important time to reconnect with loved ones – and the easiest way to do that according to a recent survey is with a phone call. Nearly half of respondents said a phone call to catch up is the best present a distant friend or family member could give them during the holiday season. In fact, a phone call outpaced gifts under the tree, holiday cards and emails.

Parents want to get everything done and still have time to enjoy the season, but moms (33 percent) and dads (32 percent) say that find that balance is a challenge and causes stress. In fact, 48 percent of moms said if they had an extra set of hands to get things done, they’d spend more time with family and friends. The other responses were clean the house quicker (47 percent), bake more (42 percent) and decorate the house more (35 percent).

Shoppers are still feeling the effects of the economy, with nearly half of respondents ranking having “more money to give presents” as their top wish during the holiday season. In addition, 47 percent of consumers said not having enough money is the most stressful thing to worry about during the holidays.

A special moment with family and friends is all consumers want for the holidays. The holidays are known for great food and special traditions, so it’s no surprise that consumers embrace the season for its togetherness. Survey respondents ranked a holiday meal (24 percent) as the No. 1 thing not to miss during the holidays, followed by a special family tradition (22 percent). The holiday spirit rings strongly, as the overwhelming majority of consumers don’t want to miss out on any seasonal festivities with only 13 percent of consumers saying “bah humbug” to holiday cheer.

For myself, I can relate to all their findings. I much prefer to call someone up on Christmas vs. sending them an email. A phone call is so much more personal. I could send a card I guess, but even that isn’t as nice as hearing a familiar voice of someone you care about.  As for money, I’m going through a divorce so it’s tight. I am on a budget for my holiday shopping and looking for as many deals as I can. Holiday dinners are one of my favourite parts of the season. I remember  when I was a little girl and how much fun I had playing with my cousins and going snowmobiling. I’ll always cherish those memories. Now that I’m older I enjoy the company of my friends and close family as we share a nice meal together.


One reader is going to win a gift basket filled with must-have holiday items including:

  • Colorful, hand-threaded shopping basket
  • Chocolates
  • Festive holiday candle
  • Long distance calling card
  • Keychain digital photo frame
  • VTech Connect-to-Cell phone system
  • Fun holiday trimmings

Check out the list of all my current giveaways!

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Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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