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I have two young girls and I hear of other parents spending a fortune at Christmas time, so I was wondering is there a set amount I should be spending on each of my kids? Any suggestions of what you spend?


Posted anonymously, 22nd October 2014


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  • mom81879 I agree that is totally true !


  • I hink you need to set a budget, one that YOU can afford, and stick to it. You shouldn’t be influenced by what others do or say.


  • I spent $350 for a shared present between the 6 of them and then around $50 per child. For my hub I spend around $200 and then for friends $300 (I’ve no family here), so all with over $1000. Too much !!


  • I personally don’t have a set amount , but at the same time I dont spend a fortune on my kids at Christmas, I just don’t believe in it. There’s are so many children in this world that go without. I get my children to help me fill a shoebox with gifts for children that go without. I thinks its more important important to teach kindness and genorisity.


  • We spend what we can afford at the time but try and make the presents special and thoughtful.


  • I have 2 girls and for them I probably spend about $150 each. For my nieces/nephews around $50-$60 each.


  • It all depends on how old your kids are, how financial you are and all others how close they are to the family. There is no set amount


  • I grew up getting LOTS of presents, and I realise now I grew very unappreciative, I EXPECTED to get everything I wanted. I got some great advice that a gift is something someone wants to GIVE ME. Not something that I want that anyone can give me.

    So for our kids we ask for a top 3 and that’s (usually) what they get within reason, if it’s too expensive it might be split amongst birthday/christmas or a shared “major” present.

    We usually give
    1. A handmade toy/craft because as my children grow they love looking back at sturdy toys that last like that
    2. Their 2-3 toys they requested
    3. A shared “major” present like a basketball hoop, trampoline etc.
    4. A stocking filled with cheap things, pens, bouncy balls, chocolate etc.

    Probably amounts to less than $200 per child.


  • It depends. For my daughter around 100-150 dollars. For my husband around 50. For other people no more than 20.


  • I wouldn’t spend more than $50.00 per child


  • I try to buy through out the yr and get most things on special so normally no more then $200.
    For the last 2 yrs.
    And for family members $50 a family.
    I used to only spend $60. But boys are now 8 &10 and in to motor bikes.
    We also have a birthday straight after Xmas too.


  • Its hard as everything is so expensive these days I am only spending on family only kids husband and my mum and dad that is all I can afford


  • If you do a budget and figure out what you can spend without going overboard you could spend what you want. and if you already know other parents are spending fortunes on their kids I think you will be ok with what you get your kids.
    I would recommend toy shopping in the July sales as they are the best prices you will get in a year!!
    I believe if you get the kids something they want and something you want them to have your child should be grateful they are getting anything at all. this is what I tell my kids.
    This year I’ve told my kids they have a choice ( because they are older now ) Christmas presents…or overseas trip….I don’t need to tell you which one they chose. But I will still get them something small I’m not a total monster lol.
    FYI – my children have NEVER gotten a brand name anything from shoes to clothes to toys or sporting equipment and they are happy.
    Good luck.!!


  • Id say about 40 each member of the family. if you can get something marked down from a more expensive price. I just got my bestie a $169 ring marked down to $40 bonus!!


  • Stick within your budget would be my advice, dont be concerned with what the Jones’s spend. I buy a large priced item for each child (normally from Santa) – then I buy reasonably priced items to compliment the santa gift. By the time to add in what relatives will buy the children then they do end up with way too much! I also pick from the category of toys/themes that my kids are into right before christmas that way I know that what I get is actually going to be played with/worn etc – good luck and happy shopping


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