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Thank You, Easter Bunny

Americans are expected to spend more on candy, flowers and little trinkets this year as they celebrate Easter, according to a surveyby BIGinsight on behalf of the retail industry trade group, the National Retail Federation.

Spending on the holiday is expected to rise 11 percent from last year to about $16.8 billion. This means the average person celebrating will spend $145.28 on everything from candy to food to new Easter outfits.

That’s no small sum, especially when you consider that most Americans are paying more for gasoline these days.

“Though the price of gas is on everyone’s mind, Easter is one of the few holidays some consumers are willing to stretch their budgets, especially because many children look forward to treats and new outfits on Easter morning,” said Matthew Shay, the federation’s president and CEO.

To help the budget stretch further, we have rounded up some ideas for Easter gifts that cost less than $25. Click ahead and get some inspiration.

By Christina Cheddar Berk
Posted 21 March 2012

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