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Many Canadians planning to celebrate the holidays virtually this year

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Many Canadians planning to celebrate the holidays virtually this year

Are you planning a Zoom Christmas this year?

A recent survey commissioned by Staples Canada found many Canadians won’t be visiting family this holiday season due to the pandemic.

According to the findings, 84 per cent of Canadians reported they will see fewer family and friends in-person this holiday season.

However, that doesn’t mean Canadians won’t be celebrating with friends and family—47 per cent of respondents said they will be shipping and delivery for more of their gifts this year, while 39 per cent said they plan on having a virtual celebration.

“The holidays will be altered in a big way this year, and it’s important for us to understand how we can better support Canadians when it comes to gifting,” David Boone, CEO of Staples Canada, said in a news release.

Additionally, 62 per cent of respondents said they will be doing more of their shopping online this year than in years past.

Further, 81 per cent of respondents said they would only shop in-store from retailers that have appropriate physical distancing measures in place.

“As part of our commitment to offering a safe shopping environment, we have an expanded assortment of gifting solutions available on staples.ca this year. From the latest technology to stocking stuffers and pack and ship solutions through our delivery partners, we’re doing what we can to serve our customers safely and confidently,” Boone added.

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