How much do you spend on average per child at christmas
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Jackie - posted on 11/23/2009
I spend way too much apparently. I think all together between gifts from us and from santa I spend about 400-500 per child. (ages 17 and 10). I am not wealthy and should probably cut back but it is the one time of year that I get to shower my children with gifts. It brings me so much joy to see their happiness as they are opening the gifts. I will say that I never spend more than I can afford-I do not use credit cards for gifts.
Whitney - posted on 11/22/2009
I purchase about $100 per child... this is toys, clothes, and stocking stuffers for Christmas. Any more than that and I put it into a college fund for them. I even tell people who want to buy them gifts to send cash for college. You would be surprised how well this works out... its like two birds with one stone.
Melissa - posted on 12/10/2012
Wow apparently im crazy! I have a 3 year old son and so far have spent over 1000.00. However i do feel that since i bought him a nook and a tv and some other bigger presents it is not excessive. Usually i buy things i know he will use for years to come :)
Aimee - posted on 12/10/2012
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thanks for your time and have a happy holidays
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Lynn - posted on 12/10/2012
i think i spent too much this year, probably 500 per kid which is crazy because we took a big vacation also, but that does include clothing which i would buy anyhow. oh well i am not going to stress about it. its Christmas so what the heck? the thing i hate spending money on is lego...wow that stuff is so expensive and you have to buy those sets to get the little guys, they put those sets together once and then it all goes in the big box in pieces never to be put together again. But then the kids really play with it and make such wonderful imaginative ships and trucks of their own creation. But really i feel held hostage by Lego and their outrageous prices.
Amanda - posted on 11/25/2012
Ive heard some parents spend 3000$ on one kid. If my mom could do that for me id ask her to get me the same computer she bought for herself and to enroll me in first aid classes and sign language classes. If she did that and chose to give me the rest in cash id save some of it, donate some to charities & the humane society, the rest id combine with other christmas money and hopefully have enough to get an ipad.
Jenny - posted on 11/23/2012
I have 3 children aged 1, 8 and 10 we have a budget this year of 300 pounds on the two older children and 100 pound on the baby, we dont really buy the children many toys throughout the year so we try to make christmas as magical as possible.It is tough but its worth it
Jessica - posted on 12/09/2009
I know my parents always spent around 100-150 each for my sister and I. So I spent about that for my son. I go black friday shopping and only buy stuff on sale/clearance so I usually get alot for him. Seems to be a happy medium!!
Angela - posted on 12/01/2009
I don't think its the amount you spend. I think its the quantity, especially if you have more than one child. Keep it equal and when they are young set the tone. 5 presents or 10 whatever you can afford. Also, start early. Look for sales. This year I started early and got 3 free barbie dolls with purchases of other things such as movies or dolls. I have a 4 yr old and 3yr old and they each have 11 gifts and I have only spent about $300.00 total.
Anna - posted on 11/24/2009
I have two kids, a nine year old son and a 6 year old daughter. This year I am going to end up spending about $200 per child. That included stockings. Which is cutting way back from what I have done in the past. We are trying to cut back, the kids always end up with SO MUCH stuff with the Grandparents buying them things to. They just don't need more than that.
Jessica - posted on 11/19/2009
The last three years I went crazy at Christmas time for my son.....the first two years my husband was in Iraq so I 'made up' for my husbands absents and went crazy!! This last year my husband was home with us for the first time on Christmas and he went crazy because he missed out two years!!! This year we have our son and our daughter! I do plan on spending more then $100.00 BUT my sons birthday is February and my daughters is January....so what we buy will be split between the two days for each of the children!
I love Christmas time and it is the one time that I like to just go for it...lol....I try to save money all year for this time of year!
Marla - posted on 11/19/2009
The recession has hit my family very hard, so this year - we do not have a budget for Christmas. I've discussed this with each of my children (11,15,23,25). We will have a Christmas style Easter. It can not be about the money, it has to be about the Celebration of Christmas.
Sondra - posted on 11/18/2009
I have older children: 27, 17 & 14. We spend about $120 on each child. We draw names for the adult siblings on my husband's side, I only have 1 sister so we buy something small, less than $25, we all combine funds for the parents gifts. I look for deals all year on items for stockings, and for charitible giving trees. I hope that helps.
Michelle - posted on 11/17/2009
I make a point of not spending more than $100 on my 3 yr old, I look out for bargains in the sales and managed to find a bike reduced from $130 to $49! with all the other gifts from family he really doesn't miss out on anything.
Jessica - posted on 11/17/2009
That is a lot of money for each child! I get them one gift apiece that I know that they will like...and they still end up with lots of gifts for Christmas. Don't go so overboard! Why not buy your kids each a nice gift and then have the kids take the rest of the money that you have set aside and then go and purchase gifts for needy families?
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