It may be the most wonderful time of the year for retailers, but the holiday season can be stressful for consumers on a budget. Everyone expects a gift, cousins and co-workers alike. And statistics say you’ll get into the giving spirit, regardless of monetary constraints--only 27 percent of gift-givers plan to actually stick to their holiday spending budget, according to a national survey of more than 500 parents ages 25-64 conducted by Upromise, Sallie Mae company. Another 27 percent don’t even have a holiday spending budget.

But when push comes to shove, would people rather spend their gift money elsewhere, like vacations or children’s college budgets? Check out the infographic below to find out:


Infographic courtesy Upromise by Sallie Mae