With only a week and a half to go until Christmas, 30 percent of Americans have yet to buy a single present. But the third installment of the Consumer Reports Holiday Poll of 2016 also suggests you might want to skip the mall and give those special folks on your list a meaningful experience rather than a sweater, tie, or another gizmo or gadget. (Check out our first and second Holiday Polls of 2016.)

Much like destination weddings have become the rage, so too have gifts that focus on unique experiences, like skydiving lessons, a meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant, or a private museum tour. Half of survey respondents said they would rather be the recipient of a material gift, but a total of 43 percent—48 percent of women and 37 percent of men—said they’d prefer the gift of a special experience.

Of the respondents, 82 percent desired a practical gift rather than a luxury splurge. The percentages were similar among men and women, and shoppers of various ages.

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Not all Americans are procrastinators when it comes to shopping, however. Approximately 13 percent of all respondents have wrapped up their gift buying. Almost 50 percent have done at least half. Overall, men and millennials, the youngest age group we surveyed, have been the slowest to kick off their holiday shopping.

In our first poll, released around Black Friday, we reported that per capita spending was expected to average $563 ($628, on average, for men and $508 for women) this holiday season. Based on the second poll, it appears that many consumers are tightening their belts. We’ve revised the median to $468 per person ($503 for men, $443 for women), or 17 percent lower than the previous results.

The reasons for the expected cutbacks aren’t clear. Among those feeling stressed about holiday preparations, 36 percent  of respondents cited a fear of having inadequate funds to cover their expected bills as their major source of holiday stress. However, almost three-quarters of those surveyed are unruffled by the hectic nature of the holidays, saying they have everything under control. Among those stressed about holiday preparations, a notable percentage fret this time of year, over trying to nail down good gifts to give; not having enough time to buy gifts; and a lack of energy to get everything done in time.

Nor is it likely that the recent presidential election is having much of an impact on spending and holiday cheer. Sixty percent of respondents said the campaign had not dampened their mood. Twenty-two percent said the election and its aftermath made their mood more negative, while 19 percent said it made them feel more positive. When Consumer Reports asked the same question before Election Day, 21 percent of respondents said the prolonged and often acrimonious campaign made them feel more negative at the time, and just 4 percent said it made them feel more positive.

Holiday Poll Methodology: The Consumer Reports National Research Center designed a survey to explore general sentiment and shopping behaviors for the 2016 winter holiday season. In December 2016, ORC International administered the phone survey to a nationally representative sample of over 2,000 randomly selected adult U.S. residents; 78 percent will be shopping this holiday season. The data were statistically weighted so that respondents in the survey were demographically and geographically representative of the U.S. population. The margin of error for holiday shoppers is +/- 2.5 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. Fifty-three percent of the sample was female, and the median age was 44 years old. The October/November CR holiday poll was administered by ORC in October and November, 2016 to a nationally representative sample of over 2000 adults; 84% will be shopping this holiday season.