Six types of festive-season shoppers
It’s still summer, you say? Not on Pinterest. Pinners are already thinking ahead to the end-of-year festivities. In fact, UK searches for the festive season increased 147% in April compared to last year.1 And if you reach Pinners early, your campaigns will win out. 66% of weekly US Pinners say that the ‘inspiration phase’ of shopping influences what they buy.2
Not every festive-season shopper is the same, so we used our global data to find the nuances. Here are the six types of festive-season shoppers on Pinterest: Who they are, what they’re into and how you can reach them.
Curious about what type of festive-season shopper you are? Take our quiz to find out.
Most people on Pinterest are planners, but the early bird takes things to a whole other level. Before they’ve even stowed away this year’s Christmas décor, the early bird is already plotting next year’s festivities. Always on the lookout for bargains, they’ll snap up gifts and other festive items all throughout the year. They’re also already looking into festive-season travel – and will pull the trigger on buying tickets as soon as they feel that it’s safe to move around.
April searches on Pinterest for ‘Christmas gift ideas’ in the US were up 3x year over year.3
Top searches to target4
Early bird in her 30s, US 5
A stickler when it comes to festive customs, the traditionalist pretty much follows the same rituals year after year. Still, they do love finding fresh takes on old favourites – a new way to fix a roast, a toy that reminds them of their childhood. When it comes to their celebrations, they crave comfort and familiarity. There’s no way in holly hell that the traditionalist is going to skip their traditions this year. If anything, they’ll be looking to the festive spirit to help them to regain a sense of normalcy.
60% of monthly Pinners in Germany like decorating a Christmas tree6
Top searches to target7
Traditionalist in her 30s, Australia8
Mindful that the festive season can bring stress as well as joy, the self-gifter looks out for number one. For self-gifters, the festive season means ‘me’ time just as much as it does family time. Self-care days are a festive-time staple. And why wait for Santa to bring you what’s on your list when you can buy it yourself? The self-gifter finds a way to make the festive magic happen, on their own.
30% greater likelihood among weekly US Pinners to give themselves a special gift than non-Pinners9
Top searches to target10
Self-gifter in her 30s, US11
With festive-season travel likely to be up in the air, many will find themselves thrust into a new role: The amateur host. These newbies will need help – and lots of it. They’ll be looking for festive cocktails and easy-to-make starters, along with winning suggestions for festive staples. They’ll also need to get geared up with everything from wine glasses to decorative lights. In short, they’ll be on the hunt for anything that can help them to move from amateur status to pro status – as quickly as possible.
20% increase in searches in the US for ‘hosting Thanksgiving first time’ compared to June 201912
Top searches to target13
Amateur host in his 20s, Australia14
Wary of stepping into brick-and-mortar shops, the delivery-first shopper stocks up on all their festive necessities online. Things on their nice list this year: Free delivery, click-and-collect, generous return policies and helpful customer service. In some places, this shopper may be worried about COVID-19. In others, it may be just about steering clear of the festive-season crowds. Whatever the case, the delivery-first shopper is looking to minimise the hassle of the festive season so that they can maximise time with friends and family.
73% more likelihood among Pinners in France to say that they’ll be shopping online more frequently post-pandemic than non-Pinners15
Top searches to target16
Delivery-first shopper in his 30s, Canada 17
With this festive-season archetype, nothing is overlooked. Raising the bar every year, the next-level party planner won’t sip their first coupe of champagne until the home is sparkling inside and out. Party outfits for everyone in the household – no matter the age – are an absolute must. For this host with the most, every festive meal that they cook up could grace a food magazine cover. Thanks to their total domination of the festive-season scene, the next-level party planner can cause the rest of us next-level envy.
3x higher likelihood among weekly US Pinners to create and celebrate a made-up celebration with their friends or family than non-Pinners18
Top searches to target19
Next-level planner in her 30s, France20