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.
Thatâ€™s no small sum, especially when you consider that most Americans are paying more for gasoline these days.
â€śThough the price of gas is on everyoneâ€™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,â€ť said Matthew Shay, the federationâ€™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