what is your budget for Christmas shopping on your kid(s) ?

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Terri - posted on 09/27/2011

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I have an excel spreadsheet it has EVERYONE we have to buy for, what we are buying them, how much I expect it to cost where I plan on buying it, then it has the actual cost, and a box to check when its wrapped. I start shopping early and keep it with me in hard copy when I go shopping. I shop clearance racks and try to spend as little as possible. I have 5 children and 4 nieces/ nephews. And that is just kids! Its not a dollar amount but a number of gifts. Some kids gifts will be covered with $25 others will cost upwards of $200. But they all get the same number of gifts and approximately the same size in gifts as well. I can email the spreadsheet if you'd like it.

Jodi - posted on 12/12/2011

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I think anyone who can spend $3000 on ONE child for Christmas should think seriously about giving a large portion of that towards gifts for a child in need. You can buy a lot of cows and goats with that money. Just my opinion.

Vicki - posted on 11/12/2011

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last year we spent about 3 thousand on our child but we only have 1. I am not sure about this Christmas. I would be guessing around $1000.00 I wish he would realize who Santa was... :D

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for family like nephews & neices, our kids used to draw names out of a hat & that would be who we would buy for. There was a price limit of $15 too. It worked out pretty well until we all had so many kids that nobody could afford to buy outside of their own little family.

Sarah - posted on 09/29/2011

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@ Sara Hopkins, you could get a vibrating teether and other teething type toys and bibs/socks for your stocking stuffers for your 9 month old. Just thought about that when I was reading your post and thought I would share. :)

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User - posted on 12/20/2011

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I have 4 girls and this year we set a goal of $700 total for all of them. And I went over a little.

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I have 4 girls and this year we set a goal of $700 total for all of them. And I went over a little.

Sheri - posted on 12/13/2011

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for me and my hubby we wait till tax returns befor we get anything. we worry about uor kids for christmas

Amy - posted on 12/13/2011

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$100 if that, depends on what we get for hubby... usually something family orientated

Jenni - posted on 12/12/2011

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This year we're spending more than previous years. My children are all young; 18 months 3 yrs and 4 yrs. Around $100 each. They get presents from their grandparents on both sides as well as Christmas money from relatives. This year they got $350 in Christmas money. So we're using it to buy winter clothes for them.



They get so many toys during the holidays! And half their toys they barely play with. So we use Christmas as a reason to get rid of a good lot of their toys they don't really play with and give them to goodwill (which I'll be working on this week, sorting through their toy boxes and rooms). I can't wrap my head around the excess of Christmas nowadays and how much some parents spend. I guess teens are more expensive to buy for but how much crap do kids need? I mean we spent $100/child this year and they are getting a lot (imo) because on top of that, their relatives buy for them. I can't imagine spending $3000 on one child. That'd be like buying half of everything in the store!

Sherri - posted on 12/11/2011

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Wow I don't know how you guys do it I could never. I spent roughly about $1,200 for all three and that will only be around 4-6 gifts each + stockings and nothing for my husband and I.



Edited to add: My children are a bit older also 14, 13 & 5.

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That is no way makes you a bad mom, Quita. ♥

Our focus has never and will never be on 'stuff'.

Tanya - posted on 12/11/2011

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Our budget is between us and Nana so its about $500 per child and My youngest has his bday before christmas so its about $250 for his bday too.

Liz - posted on 11/16/2011

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I set a budget for $100-- he has the highest allowance out of everyone :) just bought him a vTech Innotab and i'm going to get him Lego Duplo's!

Sheri - posted on 11/14/2011

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we spend about 200-300 per kid we have five they get about 6-8 presents a peice depends on what they want.

Jenn - posted on 11/14/2011

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Holy cow Vicki!! Just out of curiosity how old is your child that you spent 3000$ on?? That could buy a decent car!! What did you buy?!?! My whole entire X-mas budget isn't near that!!! :)

Jenn - posted on 11/14/2011

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I don't really have a set budget either, but I spend around 400-500$ for both of my kids. They usually get one big gift each, two or three medium sized and then a few smaller things, plus stocking stuffers. I try to get them things i know they will need though (especially my daughter since she is only 2, like clothes, new snowsuits, boots, etc). I have definitely had to scale down a bit with the hubs side of the family, he has eight nieces and nephews, plus my side family, even at just ten bucks per person it adds up quick!! My kids always get tons of gifts from the family as well though so i could probably buy nothing and they would never know:P

Torie - posted on 11/14/2011

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We usually have a $100 budget but we have 3 kids at home and one other child (husband's 11 yr old daughter) out of state to buy for so it just depends. My husband is making pretty good money right now and says he wants to try and spend $300-400 per child. Whoa. That's a lot, even for me. My kids have e=never had a big Christmas. They are 5 and 3 and now we have my step-daughter who is 12 so it adds to our costs.

My husband told me last night he wants to buy them a lot this year and have the living room filled with gifts for them. We have had a really hard year financially and so the kids have had to do without a lot of things, including birthday gifts. He just wants to give them some happiness for Christmas this year. We will just have to wait and see what happens. BTW, I LOVE his idea. It would be great for them to have a wonderful Christmas in which they get everything they ask for...even if it is a bit extreme.

Nafisa - posted on 11/13/2011

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No budget really. My husband and I* have Two boys 18 months and 6 months so i just go through the website and look for things I would like to get them both. this christmas they will be getting about 7 to 10 gifts total. Still havent made up my mind. I .may end up spending between $100 to $150. Beside my husband has two other kids that live with their mom so he will be sending cash for their gifts as well. Don't know how much.

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I do one big gift, a smaller one or two then clothes, socks, underwear etc. And pjs on Christmas Eve :)

Antoinette - posted on 11/13/2011

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Holy Moly Vicki Frye what does $3000 get a kid for christmas? How old is your child? Oh to have that much to spend in total for christmas everythings let alone on one person!

Dana - posted on 11/11/2011

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We are going to Disney World for two weeks just before Christmas and that is their BIG gift. I am thinking about $100-$150 for smaller stuff they want and need.

Casi - posted on 11/07/2011

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lets see on my 19 year old $60 gift will do she has a job and lives on her own and i feel can afford to get what she wants when she wants it.
My 13 year old well She has no job and at this age you need thebest of everything so she will get some uggs and she wants a bever hoodie and some santa stuff so about $300 oh and cash for after christmas sales $40 .
then my 11 yr old well i will buy her a kendle and clothes and $40 for after christmas shopping. And stocking stuffers..Like dsi games
10 year old like dolls so easy 4 dolls and a duck hoodie costs less but looks like more and $40 for after christmas shopping.
my only son is 8 he gets xbox360 games and underarmor clothes so maybe $200
as for me and my man we well spend on us what ever is left over from all my nices and nephews , we only spend $20 each on them.
Not to bad ...all year long we buy them stuff but its mostly sports stuff like new basketball shoes, wrestling gear,baseball/softball stuff,volley ball shoes and soccer gear so that makes them happy and us well happy they are busy.

Sherri - posted on 11/06/2011

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Well you only get them three gifts but what about others, such as aunts, uncles, grandparents etc. and Santa Quita?

Quita - posted on 11/06/2011

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wow I feel like a bad mom. we dont have a budget , I only get my kids 3 gifts.1 that I make for them. I want it to be super special (honestly they still have all of them unlike the toys) 1 they will use to help them like 2 of the boys like drawing some they get drawing stuff and their gift well they have to decide on 10 items they really like and we choose one for them. I tell my kids they r blessed and need to b happy with what they have and we also go through their stuff to bless others with. also they are taught that Jesus only got 3 gifts and after all we are celebrating His Birthday.

Michelle - posted on 11/05/2011

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I'm a single mum with 3 daughters, plus I have to buy for 2 god daughters. I don't have much money so, as much as I would like to go out and spend loads, I have to limit it to about £50 each. I tend to spend more on birthdays as then there is only one child to buy for.

Connie - posted on 11/04/2011

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my husband and i didn't set a budget. we just set a limit for the amount of gifts. we try to do atleast 10 per child (i only have 2) so 20 gifts total. then we do the rest of the family starting with the younger kids.

Hollyanne - posted on 10/31/2011

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We don't have a set budget, but we try not to spend a ton. Especially this year since we just bought a house. Our son is 1, so he won't remember Christmas anyway. He has had a growth spurt and needed new clothes recently, so for Christmas we are going to get him clothes that he still needs and then a couple toys. I want to get him a toy box so that might be a gift from one of his grandparents. Also we want to get the Crazy Coup Truck which is expensive so maybe another grandparent. For my husband and myself we get each other stuff that we need. For example this year he needs a new pair of shoes and a sweater to wear in the winter since he doesn't wear a coat. For stocking stuffers we get toothbrushes, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. Once our son gets older we will most likely have a budget but right now he just keeps growing...so clothes are definitely on the list. We don't buy a ton of toys year round either so he will get a couple from us and a couple from Santa.

Vikki - posted on 10/29/2011

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we got 3 children and plan on spending £150 each or kinda around that but we kinda go over and it tends to be more like £ 250 each

Kelly - posted on 10/25/2011

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This year will be the first year that my son gets Santa presents. His birthday's in November, his first Christmas, I think he got a rattle and a teddy bear. He was 5 weeks old and I didn't see the point in spending money I didn't have on toys he wasn't going to be old enough to play with for nearly 6mths. Last year, he got a suitcase with a handful of lollies and little toys from Santa, but5 that was merely because we had older kids around and I had to make a show of it for them. I have a big family, so he get from everyone else, he wouldnt even know what was from me yet anyway. I don't evenink he will be understand santa this year, but next year he will be MORE than older enough, so We might as well get it started this year.

Janice - posted on 10/24/2011

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I think its important to explain to children that Santa will not bring them everything on their list but will do his best to make sure they get some of what they asked for. It is extremely hard not to be materialistic in the world we live in but parents shouldn't have to feel bad for not giving their children "enough" presents. As soon as my daughter is old enough to recognize differences like 'who got how much' I will tell her that Santa really only brings each child one gift and that the rest are from their parents. I will also insist she keeps that our little secret.
I think the memories and traditions you create with your family will stick with your children more than how many presents they got.

Melissa - posted on 10/24/2011

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i guess ive been doing this all wrong because the more childern i have the cheaper were getting i use to spend almost 300 plus on my first then it gets cheaper every year, every child added on i guess my fault i feel guilty not having them open up tons of gifts like i did , but i was a only child and now i have two and one on the way help i feel guilty, not only the prices going up but you cant make childern understand what unemployed means or theres another baby on the way , they dont understand money and even beyond that they still believe were not evenspending money on them ( santa ) so its not like we can say santa in broke this year, lol which he is but !!!!!

Karen - posted on 10/23/2011

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$100 Aus per child ($50 from santa & $50 from mum & dad) We've only got a 2yr old and will hav a 2month old. i dont' see the point on spending crazy amounts on kids sooo young, i think as they get older they seem to want more expensive things.

Kelly - posted on 10/22/2011

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I don't have a budget exactly, but I put everything on christmas layby in july during mass sales and I usually end up with atleast a $500 layby. My neices and nephews get $20ish spent onn them, but i have 5 brothers and sisters so there are a fair few children to buy for. Us adults dont buy for each other, its just gotten too expensive with all the kids now.

Cheri - posted on 10/19/2011

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$500 each kid and $10 for other ppl kids only because I have about 13 other kids to buy for besides my own

Sharlene - posted on 10/17/2011

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Make a long story short,this is my and hubbies second time round between us we have 7 kids oldest 9 youngest 6 months premmie we usually spend $3/4000 dollars and that does not include family members all the best

Leah - posted on 10/17/2011

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i have two kids and we have a limit of $500 each when we had only one child we had a $800 but with two kids it just to much to go over that

Harmony - posted on 10/17/2011

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I buy all year round so my limit is usually around 50 per perosn. we only have one child so its not too big of a deal. I consintrate on all of those whom helped us through the year so i have to buy everyones presents starting in about feb to march.

Raechil - posted on 10/16/2011

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My son is 4 months and havent done christmas yet but ive always been fairly opinionated on this subject :) lol. I think christmas and birthdays should be a big deal. For kids that its not as they get older they begin to feel left out and inadaquet when it comes to kids at school and talking about everything after christmas break. Thats not my only reason but a somewhat important one, peers influence has alot to do with how children develope and learn. If they arent accepted or teased its going to scar them emotionally. Why let it be over a holiday?

But My main reason for it is growing up christmas was a big deal for our family. It was the one time of the year we really got new things and we loved it. But we werent bought toys constantly throughout the year like some kids nowadays (which i dont believe ppl should be doing becasue then there really is no point in christmas). Its more of a happy tradition kind of thing in my mind and I want to give my son the same thing.
No, im not saying it should be all about presents, it is a great family time, but I do intend to go all out (in both areas) for many christmases to come.
Just my opinion though (:

Emily - posted on 10/16/2011

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We have 3 kids, 4, 11, and 13. We save all year for Christmas, and typically spend around 300-350 on each of our kids. Our budget allows us to do so, because all year, we spend nothing, and then at Christmas time, blow it..lol

Kristel - posted on 10/12/2011

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Our daughter is almost two and we are expecting around her birthday which is late November. We usually don't get her much but what she needs, and I do stock pile on deals here and there for her birthday and Christmas. If we set a limit it would probably be 40 to 50 per child, we try to let our kids know we value family more than presents... One year we couldn't really afford anything so my husband and I set a limit of like 5 dollars per person outside our family and 15 for us and went to the thrift store and gift shopped for each other, it was probably the best Christmas we had. Part of the fun of Christmas is enjoying your family and we did playing Catopoly my huband bought for me @ the thrift store, I still have that game. LOL. Haven't had one yet like that with our kids but if we did I would want them to be happy for family instead of gifts.

Jessie - posted on 10/11/2011

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We tend not to focus on the present and more on the atmosphere. We live pretty far away from our extended family, so holidays tend to be just the three of us (mom, dad and our little girl). That being said, we like to make it as holiday-esque as possible. We spend more on a really nice dinner, a tree, lights, baking, etc. Being our daughter is an only child, she tends to get presents throughout the year, so for Christmas I like to get a lot of little cheaper things, and leave the big present for her birthday. She has more fun opening lots of little presents. My favorite is to go to our local half priced books and get about 1/2 dozen new story books. Then I wrap them in various different sized boxes and bags. This works great, for now anyway, as this is really only her 3rd Christmas.

Katrina - posted on 10/11/2011

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it really depends on what my daughter needs. last year was her 1st christmas, and i think we spent 800. she needed alot of clothes, her new bed, carseats (she grow out of the infant seat) etc. this year im going to spend around 200 but thats just me her dad on the other hand probably alot more, he wants to take her on a disney cruise. and her nanny spends about 75 a child (she watches 6)

Janine - posted on 10/10/2011

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I have 6 children... as you can imagine christmas can be chaotic in that respect.. We usually spend around $100 on them for a birthday present and $50 or more on christmas prezzies but we also spend around $20 on each for stocking fillers aswell. It all adds up.... arrgh! Thanks for reminding me it's just around the corner too :)

Khara - posted on 10/10/2011

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We always overspend which is a problem... Our kids are 5, 7, & 9... They usually are into the same expensive stuff so if we get something for one we have to get it for all or "it wouldn't be fair." lol For example last year they all wanted a Nintendo DS. So at $150.00 a piece well you do the math lol So $450.00 just for the system then $50.00 each for a game to go with it... So that's $600.00 but let me tell you this Santa did not get that glory!! lol we bought something cheaper from Santa & wrapped the DS's. but of course we wanted them to have more to open than just two things so I think we probably spent around a thousand just on our kids... Not including family... We really need to get ourselves under control this year because we always tend to put ourselves in debt around Christmas! UGH! I hate to be a scrooge but dang! Also I am one that tends to buy things a little at a time a few months before Christmas so I don't have to spend a billion dollars all at once I guess that makes me feel better about the situation.. If it were all up to me I wish that with family outside of my household like on my dad's side we would just have a nice dinner & spend time together... Because what is the point of me spending $20.00 on you & you spending $20.00 on me?? I'm spending money that I don't have to spend... LOL I see it as being kind of pointless. It's not about the gifts.. But when it comes to the kids it's different. & on my mom's side we started playing dirty Santa... Which is great because that side of the family is huge! All the adult's bring one present for their own kids to open so they don't feel left out.. Then you bring one guy gift, one girl gift wrapped. You draw numbers & the first person chooses a random gift. Then the second person can either steal that gift or pick a new one... If your gift gets stolen from the next player you pick a new gift. So on & so fourth. & you can't steal the same gift in the same round. It's fun & saves soooo much money!!

Shannon - posted on 10/09/2011

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We try to do $150 per child then we do some gifts together for both. I shop all year long for clearance items. And for all my little cousins which i have 5 and i get them like $5 each. And I have one niece who i do about $25.

Medic - posted on 10/07/2011

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I am horrible with this!!! I am also totally guilty of buying for the kids all year. I am addicted to resale shops especially since we live in a cluster of small towns and they all have wealthy people who resell their kids clothes at the shops so I go shopping rounds to all of them about twice a month...sometimes more. This year our kids will be 5 years and 23 months so who knows. My parents shop they same way and my dad likes to fix up stuff now that he is retired. My daughters birthday is January 25th so she gets slammed at once. Last year we probably spent $2000+ between my parents and us. I grew up with over the top christmases and we always got things we wanted and things we needed. Stockings are stuffed overflowing with socks, underwear, little toys, oranges and apples, and whatever little gadgets my mom finds. Last year the kids made out like bandits with a full 4 piece wooden kitchen set (found at a garage sale and my dad refinished it) all the stuff to go with that and a nursery playset to finish our their house. My extended family tends to be the same with all of us. I guess if my kids didn't play with all of their toys or I was having to get rid of a lot of stuff throughout the year I might cut back. But hey they are only kids once I love that we can do the magic for them now. Every year my dad says its going to be a tight christmas and my husband agrees and every year we blow the budget. I think we also end up screwing ourselves because we have a few collections we keep adding too.......books, train sets, computer games for the kids(educational), legos, blocks, and puzzles. I do however think its easier to spend more when you shop resale because of all the deals, I am very confident that if I were paying new store prices I would be more conscious of what I spend.

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