Socks..? We’d rather have a holiday!

Santa Claus hat on a beach

Santa Claus hat on a beachThe song may insist that all we want for Christmas is you, however a poll has revealed that a holiday is the gift that just keeps on giving for many people this year!

When autumn brought falling leaves and dark nights most of us briefly enjoyed the novelty, getting excited about Halloween, Bonfire Night and, of course, Christmas.

However, after more than a month of coming and going from work in the dark many of us are beginning to flag. If you agree you may well be among the quarter of Britons who'd rate the gift of a holiday above anything else this year.

The little, and not-so little, ones at home may still be sold on the latest gadgets, such as iPads and Kindles, however the allure of a sun-kissed beach has proven too much for many mums after a year of working, cooking, cleaning and nurturing. Basically, being an all-round superstar.

The TravelSupermarket poll of 2,500 found that a holiday was the second most popular on a list of gifts people wanted to receive.

The dream holiday was pipped to the post by money and vouchers, perhaps unsurprisingly considering the squeeze on family finances seen this year. Around a third of those polled said these would top their list.

However, before you rush out and book a holiday for your loved ones' Christmas gift, you may want to listen to the advice of a TravelSupermarket expert first.

Bob Atkinson said: "After what has been a tough year for many, it is unsurprising a break away is front of mind for one in four of us. The prospect of spending time with friends or loves ones, experiencing something new and also having something to look forward to is, without doubt, very appealing.

"However, if you are planning to surprise a loved one with a holiday this Christmas, think carefully about the timing of your trip. Springing a well-intended break on someone may not be the winning gift you intended if you have not sorted out dates with care. But with a little planning and buying, say, a guide book or a small gift that relates to the destination, you can easily make up something to open on the big day that will be well received.

"Make sure you give yourself enough time to research the destination and to shop around for the best price for your trip. Use the internet to find the best bargains and look out for promotions as we head towards the busiest booking period."

Bearing Bob's advice in mind, why not take a look at our guide to grabbing a bargain on your next summer holiday?