Waiting in long queues and battling for parking spots will be equally the most frustrating thing about Christmas shopping this year, according to a survey by Getprice.

The survey, which was completed by almost 3,000 respondents, found that large crowds, trying to decide what to give people and items running out of stock were also contributing factors of a frustrating shopping experience.

Getprice CEO Chris Hitchen said Christmas shopping does not necessarily have to be a bad experience.

“The top three shopping headaches can easily be avoided if people shop online for their Christmas presents,” he said.

“By going online, consumers can compare offers from thousands of stores from the comfort of their own home. Finding the perfect gift is quick and painless and getting a bargain has never been easier.”

The survey also found that more than one third (38 per cent) of respondents prefer do their Christmas shopping in advance to avoid crowds while still benefiting from good deals.

Additionally, 69 per cent surveyed said they take advantage of price matching as they do Christmas shopping.

Of the trends revealed from the survey, Hitchen said retailers should still enjoy a fruitful Christmas period.

“A healthy 37 per cent of respondents said they were willing to spend up to $1000 on Christmas present shopping while one fifth said they expect their spend to increase from last year,” he said.