'Tis the season for fancy feasting: Singaporeans spend more on food than presents

Singaporeans ranked 18th in terms of Christmas spending in a poll of 34 countries, below nations such as the Czech Republic, Britain and Finland. On average, a person here spends US$334 (S$457) during Christmas, with US$142 splashed out on food, comp
Singaporeans ranked 18th in terms of Christmas spending in a poll of 34 countries, below nations such as the Czech Republic, Britain and Finland. On average, a person here spends US$334 (S$457) during Christmas, with US$142 splashed out on food, compared with US$114 on gifts and US$78 on outfits.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Singaporeans spend more on food than presents or outfits during festive period: Poll

Singaporeans' love of food borders on obsession, so it will come as no surprise that Christmas here is more an excuse for extravagant feasting than gift-giving.

They usually spend more on food, rather than presents or outfits, over the festive period, a survey by e-commerce firm Picodi showed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 22, 2018, with the headline ''Tis the season for fancy feasting'. Print Edition | Subscribe