More

    Cash is king for younger generations at Christmas

    Photo: iStock

    More people would prefer a gift card or voucher if they were to receive a financial gift this Christmas, new research published tby ATM network LINK has shown. However, despite the growing ubiquity and convenience of digital payments, cash was the most popular financial gift for all age groups under 45.

    When asked what they would prefer to receive, gift cards and vouchers (42%) was the most popular followed by cash (39%). One quarter (25%) prefer to receive a bank transfer, while more than one in ten (11%) would eagerly await a cheque.

    With higher interest rates compared to last year, 14 per cent said they’d like money to go straight into a savings account with a further 8 per cent opting for Premium Bonds.

    Cash was the most popular gift to receive for age groups under 45. Over half (52%) of 16-24 years olds surveyed, so-called Generation Z, said they’d prefer to receive cash as a Christmas present compared to a bank transfer (45%) or voucher (42%). Interestingly, this age cohort gave a strong response to receiving a cheque too, with 22 per cent responding positively. The UK average is 11 per cent.

    Alongside receiving gifts, LINK also asked about giving presents with nearly 8-in-10 people (78%) considering giving a financial gift this Christmas. When asked what type of financial gift people would prefer to give, the most popular present would be a gift card or voucher (42%) followed by cash (36%). Both come in ahead of a bank transfer at 16 per cent.

    On average, UK customers typically withdraw around £1.6 billion a week. This year, LINK expects the busiest day of the year to be Friday 22 December with an estimated £500 million likely to be withdrawn.

    “Christmas is always the busiest period for cash machines with lots of people withdrawing money to pay for shopping, a round or two at the pub or as a gift,” Graham Mott, Director of Strategy, LINK, said.

    “The busiest day for cash machines on the LINK network was actually back in 2016 on 23 December when £730m was withdrawn in one day. While more people now pay for things using their phones or cards, we’re still expecting somewhere between £450m and £500m to be paid out on Friday the 22 this year.

    “Looking at the data, we can definitely see the preferences between generations with younger people very much open to cash gifts, which perhaps should not come as a surprise. However, it does go to show you the popularity of receiving a few notes rather than giving someone a voucher or a present that may not want!”

    Latest

    McCain Foods acquires plant-based frozen food brand

    McCain Foods has acquired Strong Roots, a plant-based frozen...

    Vape restrictions in Tobacco and Vapes Bill undermine public health goals, says Responsible Vaping APPG

    Government should take a comprehensive evidence-based approach to vaping...

    SPAR South West partners with FareShare to fight hunger

    In the fight against food waste and hunger, SPAR...

    Don't miss

    McCain Foods acquires plant-based frozen food brand

    McCain Foods has acquired Strong Roots, a plant-based frozen...

    Vape restrictions in Tobacco and Vapes Bill undermine public health goals, says Responsible Vaping APPG

    Government should take a comprehensive evidence-based approach to vaping...

    SPAR South West partners with FareShare to fight hunger

    In the fight against food waste and hunger, SPAR...

    Major new Lucozade masterbrand platform unveiled

    Marking the biggest relaunch in Lucozade’s history, the brand...

    Post Office scandal: Ex-boss apologises for ‘subbies with hand in the till’ comment

    A former boss at the Post Office said he will “regret for the rest of his life” writing in an email suggesting “subbies with...

    McCain Foods acquires plant-based frozen food brand

    McCain Foods has acquired Strong Roots, a plant-based frozen food manufacturer based in Ireland. The move builds on a deal announced in 2021 that saw...

    Vape restrictions in Tobacco and Vapes Bill undermine public health goals, says Responsible Vaping APPG

    Government should take a comprehensive evidence-based approach to vaping regulation, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Responsible Vaping has said, ahead of Second Reading...