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One-third of parents will spend less on toys this Christmas

A new poll shows that one-third of parents

A new poll shows that one-third of parents will spend less money on toys this holiday season. (Credit: Fotolia)

Nearly one-third of parents say they will spend less money on toys this Christmas, a new survey by Harris Interactive has revealed.

According to the poll, which surveyed over 2,000 U.S. adults, 50 percent of people ages 18 and up said that they would be purchasing toys this holiday season. Of that 50 percent, 32 percent said they would be spending less on those toys than they did last year, 20 percent said they would be spending more and 44 percent said they would be spending about the same.

Of those surveyed, nearly half said they would be heading to large discount stores to do their shopping. Websites were the next most popular spot to buy toys, with 33 percent saying they intend to do their shopping online.


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Gaming consoles, children's books, board games, building blocks and art supplies were among the most popular toys on everyone's shopping lists.

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