Where Are Consumers Shopping?
When it comes to where most of the shopping will be done, big box stores like Wal-Mart or or Best Buy reign supreme. Of those surveyed, 39 percent say they plan to do or have done most of their holiday shopping at the big box retailers, though the percentage has fallen from 42 percent in 2011.
The internet takes the number two spot with 28 percent planning to do most of their holiday shopping online, up just one percentage point from last year. (Read More: Merry Shoppers, Shallow Pockets)
Department stores like Macy's or Sears come in at number three with 23 percent, which is regaining some ground from last year with just 19 percent said department stores would be the destination of choice.
The Season's Hottest Gift
Many retail analysts will tell you the hot item this Christmas is the tablet, and the survey shows 21 percent of shoppers do plan to buy a tablet in the next three months.
Of those who plan to buy a tablet in the next three months, the Apple iPad is the favorite with 7 percent, followed by the Android tablet and the Amazon Kindle tied with 3 percent each. But digging a little deeper into the data, reveals a much closer race between the iPad and the Android among 18 to 34 year olds, where 8 percent plan to buy the iPad in the next three months, and 7 percent plan to purchase an Android tablet. (Read More: Apple's iPad Owns Tablet Market...But Not For Long)