Christmas Day is less than two weeks away, and the majority of people across the Bay State are still making their lists and checking it twice as the push for gifts is now in the hyper phases of the holiday.
Using the ‘Topics’ feature within Google Trends, BetMassachusetts.com took a break from Massachusetts sports betting to see who people find it difficult to shop for. We found the top related topics and queries to “Christmas gift” for the last 90 days (Sept. 7, 2023 to Dec. 7, 2023) and ranked the top 5 according to volume.
Who are People Struggling to Shop For?
Don’t Forget Mom
Of course, mother topped the top 5 list. Mothers don't want anything except love and kindness from their children. They want nothing in return material-wise, but deserve everything they get. No matter what is on the list and what they receive, they will be happy with their gifts, but you better make it a good one. Otherwise…. (I don’t even want to think about the consequences).
Wife comes in second. The old saying goes “Happy Wife, Happy Life” and according to a study conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2021, Massachusetts ranked No. 50, only behind Puerto Rico (3.9%), for the lowest divorce rate in the country at 4.3%. Maybe that’s because, their husbands knew what to buy them every December! The wife gifts on the list also coincide with the mother wishes — they will be happy with whatever you get them, as long as you get something for them and there was some actual thought put into it.
Rounding out the top five list: friend at No. 3, grandparent at No. 4 and sister at No. 5. Friends are probably the easiest to get on the list as they are probably not expecting a gift but appreciate one if given. Grandparents can fit along the same lines. They just want to be remembered and are happy to be included for whatever you may decide and purchase.
Sister. This is tricky. Love is already a given between brother and sister, but once older: is a brother expected to buy presents for their sister? Will the sister buy their brother a gift? Gotcha thinking, didn't I?
A good rule of thought: always err on the side of caution — which is also wise advise when using Massachusetts betting apps. Happy Shopping!
Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.