COLONIE - Sammi Gelhaus searched for the perfect Webkinz for her little sister at a Hallmark store Tuesday, and she wasn't worried about the price.
Last Christmas, Sammi was unemployed, but now that she's working in her family's business, there's more money to spend.
"I guess I'm just more confident in buying stuff this year because I have a more stable job," she said.
That sentiment was reflected in a new state wide Siena poll, that surveyed New Yorkers about their holiday spending plans.
Seven percent said they expect to shell out more this year than they did last year, up from four percent.
34 percent planned to cut back on gifts this year, not as many as a year ago.
55 percent said they will spend about the same as last year.
The manager at the gift store Pearl Grant Richmonds in Stuyvesant Plaza said they're already seeing an uptick in spending.