Roommates and Neighbors Top List of Gift Recipients Specific to Apartment Living survey reveals renters’ holiday gift-giving plans

December 14, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
CHICAGO – A recent survey conducted by revealed holiday gift purchase plans for individuals specific to the renter lifestyle. Thirty-nine percent of renters stated that they will purchase a gift for their roommate; fifteen percent of these givers will spend more than $50.

The survey further revealed that thirty-six percent of renters will give a gift to their neighbor and one-third of renters will give a gift to their postal carrier. Thirty-five percent of survey respondents plan to give to those who directly service their apartment building. Property managers/landlords topped the list of gift recipients, followed by maintenance personnel and doormen.

In addition, nearly seventy-eight percent of renters indicated that they will spend the same or less on gifts this year compared to 2005. Six percent will spend $1000 or more, eighteen percent will spend between $501 and $1000, twenty-six percent will spend between $101 and $500 and less than twelve percent will spend under $100. Barry Boone, CEO of provides the following advice for those renters looking to stay on budget as they shop for holiday gifts:
• Prepare before you shop. Think about your gift recipients and make a list of things you would like to purchase for each person on your list.
• Go online and research your gifts. Through shopping search sites you can find and compare items from multiple stores as well as find special coupon codes, rebates, free shipping and other offers.
• Avoid the impulse buy. If it’s not on your list, don’t get it.

As part of its monthly “What Renters Want” series, surveys renters on various topics. For more information on these surveys or to receive a copy of survey results, please contact Lisa DeVries at

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