For the first time, the Canadian public is getting an inside look at the gifts that Canadians give to their friends and family.
The Globe and Mail’s Inside the Gift Network is tracking the gift giving habits of the general population.
In the past, it has found that Canadians tend to give a bit more than the average for their age group, and give gifts in proportion to the needs of their friends, spouses and families.
The survey, which was conducted online from Oct. 1 to Oct. 4, found that the average gift was $18.36, with gifts ranging from $9.38 to $14.68.
That figure was up from the $17.72 it gave in 2013.
The most popular gifts, however, were gifts for young children.
Children in their teens and early 20s are the most common age group to give gifts, with gift recipients in their 20s and 30s most commonly giving.
Among the younger age groups, seniors were the least likely to give.
The average gift for the 25- to 34-year-old group was $7.79, while the average was $12.80 for those over 65.
The oldest group to have given gifts, the 35- to 54-year group, was the most generous, with a gift of $14,200.
The number of Canadians giving gifts has been on the rise in recent years.
The amount of money they give is up 4.2 per cent from last year.
However, a big reason is that the gift market is getting more crowded, as Canadians are choosing to give less and less of their income.
As the population ages, the number of people giving gifts is expected to drop further, and some economists believe that Canadians are getting more and more of their money from other sources.
As a result, Canadians are now spending less and fewer of their disposable income on gifts.
While people who are younger are more likely to be gifting money, older Canadians are also more likely.
According to the survey, nearly half of Canadians under 65 are giving gifts, compared with just over a third of those 65 and over.
A similar percentage of people over 65 are gifting, but they are giving less than the number over 65 who are 65 and older.
The Canadian Survey of Family Growth (CSGF), an independent organization, found in its 2017 study that Canadians have become more self-reliant.
In addition to spending less on gifts, Canadians have also become more responsible with their money.
The CSGF’s survey found that only 19 per cent of people who gave gifts were more or less careful with their spending and 19 per, 31 per cent were less or the same.
Another 15 per cent said they were more careless with their finances.
In a similar study, the Fraser Institute found that less than half of Canadian households are spending more on a single item than they used to.
While Canadians are no longer giving more, the amount of time they spend on gift giving is increasing, according to the CSGF.
People who are older have the highest rate of gift giving, followed by seniors (24 per cent), people who live alone (22 per cent) and people who have children (20 per cent).
For more information, visit the Canada Gift Survey website.