Pets beat in-laws in present wish­list

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MORE than half of Brits would rather buy a Christ­mas present for their pet than their in-laws, a new study has found.

A dot­ing 52 per cent be­lieve their cats, dogs and rab­bits are more de­serv­ing of a gift than their mother- or fa­ther-in-law.

But fear of caus­ing of­fence means we are ac­tu­ally more likely to pur­chase a present for our rel­a­tives – and spend more do­ing so.

The av­er­age pet owner shells out £25.55 on their mother-in-law and £24.26 on their fa­ther-in-law – but only £16.32 on their an­i­mal.

These fig­ures fol­low a com­mon trend of spend­ing more on women than men, the study of 2,000 adults by MORE TH>N Home In­sur­ance found.

Matt Per­net, from MORE TH>N, said: “Even with the squeeze on fam­ily bud­gets, peo­ple are clearly still in­vest­ing a lot of time and money on the per­fect gifts for their near­est and dear­est.” 1 Child, £104.10 2 Part­ner/spouse, £82.60 3 Mum, £37.20 4 Dad, £33.62 5 Mother-in-law, £25.5 6 Sis­ter, £26.77 7 Fa­ther-in-law, £24.26 8 Brother, £25.62 9 Grand­mother, £23.12 10 Pet, £16.32

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