Aussies turn to Net for Christmas

Australians are turning to the internet for their Christmas shopping to avoid crowds and queues, a survey has found.

About 96 per cent of the 405 online customers surveyed by eBay said they were frustrated by Christmas shopping. Pet hates were crowds, queues, parking, high prices and the constant Christmas jingles.

About six million Aussies shop online, spending a total of $11.35 billion, or around $1900 each, a year, according to the online auction company

The ninemsn shopping website expects a 50 per cent increase in users from mid-November to mid-December.

The research found that on average, Australians will spend about $9.5 billion on 200 million presents this holiday season.

Those surveyed mostly believed women were the best gift-givers. Only 22 per cent nominated a male family member as the best gift-giver. Wives were named the most difficult people to buy for, while husbands were awarded the title of worst gift-givers.

Husbands looking for tips should take note: women listed books, perfume, cosmetics or toiletries and clothing or shoes as their preferred stocking fillers. Men wanted DVDs or CDs, electronic goods and laptops, PCs or accessories.