NEW YORK — Holiday spending among Americans ages 8-18 is estimated to total $5.1 billion this year, according to a just-released online survey of 1,177 youths, conducted Oct. 17-22 by Harris Interactive.

Youths making holiday purchases plan to buy 10 presents on average, and spend an average of $116. Not surprisingly, planned holiday spending grows significantly with age. The 16-to-18-year-old group is aiming to shell out $182, while those ages eight and nine are budgeting $52 for seasonal shopping.

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