We’ve combined the latest census data along with the cost of the most popular snacks and drinks left out for Santa across the UK for 2023 compared to what it cost in 2022.
To see how many treats are left out in your local area, how much it all costs, and how much it’s gone up since last year, enter your postcode below.
Over eighteen million (18,620,275) snacks and tipples are expected to be left out for Santa on Christmas Eve, at a cost of more than £5.2m (£5,242,438). We analysed how inflation is impacting the cost of Santa’s snacks and drinks this festive season, focusing on 9 popular treats families leave out for Father Christmas, and how their costs have changed between 2022 and 2023 – including carrots, mince pies, milk, biscuits, beer, sherry, whisky, wine, and other drinks.
Based on the number of households with dependent children from the latest census data, the research also revealed how many treats of each type are predicted left out in each local area, how much it is likely to cost, and how much it’s gone up since last year. Inflation means that the treats left out for Santa this year are expected to cost more than £450k extra (£466,791) this year than in 2022.
It is a tradition to leave out treats for Santa on Christmas Eve, as a way of expressing gratitude and appreciation for the gifts he would bring. Whilst many families love to uphold this tradition, there’s no doubt that the cost of living is impacting people across the country, making it increasingly difficult to do so. We developed this tool to take a light-hearted look at this serious issue.
Many businesses are feeling the pinch too, but there are flexible benefits which employers can provide to their workforce that can ease the cost of living, such as discounts at leading retailers, or other benefits that can reduce the combined tax and national insurance costs for both the employee and employer. The festive period is a great time to show your appreciation to your employees – with Zest you can personalise your employee benefits platform for every employee, and help drive benefits uptake with targeted communications.