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Some hamper shoppers may have used a cheque to pay for gifts
Published on 23/12/2010

Almost eight million Brits have revealed they may have to send cash to loved ones to avoid delivery delays, a new report has indicated.

According to the Payments Council, many retailers have been forced to halt deliveries because of the weather, so people have now decided to avoid disappointing their friends and families.

However, 51 per cent of those aged 35 and upwards have claimed they would prefer a surprise gift - which may include a luxury Xmas hamper.

Sandra Quinn, spokesperson from the Payments Council, said the younger generation would probably prefer money to boost their finances.

"Electronic payments can be processed straight away so there's no risk of your loved ones going without on Christmas day, and no delivery that can get caught up in the snow," she added.

Elsewhere, with just two days to go until the big day, Mark Huggins, director of AA Financial Services, urged people to take advantage of the pre-new year sales, which have started early.

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