Holiday and Seasonal Trends

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Holiday and Seasonal Trends

Since 2003, NRF has partnered with Prosper Insights & Analytics to gauge consumers’ spending intentions and celebration plans for American holidays — from Valentine’s Day to Christmas — and milestone events like Graduation and Back to School. Click through each holiday to dig deeper into shopping trends.

Mother and child holiday shopping
 
Winter Holidays

All of NRF’s holiday resources in one place. Find links to the latest news, consumer spending surveys, historical data and planning guides for the retail industry’s busiest season.

 

Super Bowl
 
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NRF has been conducting its annual Super Bowl spending survey since 2005.
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Valentine's Day
 
NRF has been conducting its annual Valentine's Day consumer spending survey since 2004.
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St. Patrick's Day
 
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NRF's annual St. Patrick’s Day survey is released each year in March.
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Tax Returns
 
NRF's annual Tax Returns Survey is released each year in February.
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Easter
 
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Graduation
 
Results of NRF’s graduation spending survey are released each year in May.
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Mother’s Day
According to NRF’s annual survey, 86 percent of Americans said they will celebrate Mother’s Day in 2018 and spend an average of $180 per person. Individuals ages 35-44 will be the biggest spenders at an average $224 per person.
 
Father’s Day
As consumer confidence continued to rise in 2018, 77 percent of Americans said they will celebrate Father’s Day and spend an average of $133 per person, treating dad to special outings, clothing, gift cards, electronics and more.
 
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Back to School

Survey results and consumer insights related to retail’s second biggest spending event of the year, updated with the latest articles, press releases and resources.

 
Over 216 million Americans planned to observe Independence Day 2018 and expected to spend $6.9 billion on food.
 
Total spending for Halloween is expected to reach $9 billion in 2018, with an average of $86.79 per person.
 

Top holiday stories

 
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Gift trends for the holidays
Episode 90 of Retail Gets Real: Discover the most popular gifts purchased over Thanksgiving weekend.
 
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Holiday Special: Thanksgiving weekend and beyond
Episode 89 of Retail Gets Real: Retail saw a strong start to the holiday season.
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Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving weekend multichannel shopping up almost 40 percent over last year
Multichanell shopping during Thanksgiving weekend was up 40 percent over last year.
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