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How much we spend on Christmas gifts remains a mystery, especially to our spouses, survey says

Nearly 50 percent of Americans don't tell their partner how much they're spending, according to a new survey.

Tis the season to spend, spend and spend some more. But a new survey by Swagbucks found how much we're dishing out on Christmas gifts is a mystery, a truth we keep from our spouses.

Nearly 50 percent of Americans don't tell their partner how much they're spending.

And here's why: debt.

Sixty-three percent of Americans rack up holiday debt. For most it's about $250 to $500 worth. But 8 percent of people end up owing more than $1,000. And 1/3 of us are able to pay it off in under a month.

The National Retail Federation found the average person is spending $70 more on gifts this year compared to last year.

And the classics are still cool. Barbies and Legos top most popular toys for the kids.

But it's gift cards breaking records this year. The average shopper will buy four of them this year, each worth $50.

The biggest surprise this year though is that 75 percent of people say they plan to self-gift and buy things for themselves this Christmas. Chances are most will keep that a secret from their spouses, too.