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  Christmas stocking cost pulled up
Updated 07 December 2003, 16.13
Christmas decorations
Loads of kids love getting a stocking on Christmas morning - but now the cost of stocking fillers has hit 80!

A poll shows thirty years ago, the average cost of stocking fillers was 8.50, nearly 10 times less than today.

But in 1973 stockings held things like nuts, socks and handkerchiefs. Kids today can expect to find CDs, DVDs and mobile phone accessories.

The poll asked 200 people about their spending. Organisers said kids had become more sophisticated.

Another poll also showed that kids aren't the only ones to get more pressies - pets are being pampered at Christmas.

Nearly one third of pet owners would spend 40 on their creature.

The same amount said they'd spend more on their pet than on a relative!

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