How many gifts should "santa" bring?

Morgan - posted on 12/21/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )

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I am a new mommy and this will be my daughters first christmas,
shes getting 4 gifts from Santa and 4 from mommy and daddy, with all our family and friends she has over 25 gifts under the tree, and her 1st birthday is in 3 weeks!!
what do you think is a fair amount of gifts?
is it ok to hold onto some of the gifts for later in the year? ( for little ones)
does it depend on how much money you have or do you have a limit?

I think we went a little overboard this year, but it is our first time :)

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Sharon - posted on 12/21/2010

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We do 1 gift from santa. Its generally a big gift.

Then there are a couple of gifts from mom & dad and a gift from the sibs. My mother goes crazy overboard. My brother gets them dvds & video games every christmas.

We tend to spend two or three hundred per person.

Laura - posted on 12/22/2010

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We do one present from Santa and some stocking stuffers. And the rest from us. Grandma and Grandpa and aunts and uncles go way overboard but that's how it always was in our family. Why should Santa get ALL the credit when I work my but off :)

If they are under a year old your just going to be opening most of them anyway if their are to many. Or you could spread them out over a few days(weeks/months whatever) She'll probably get bored opening them anyway.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 12/21/2010

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I have actually saved some gifts for my son to open later on in the New Year because he had so much…

This year for our 8 year old, we got him the things he wanted the most…we spent $482.35
He got the things he wanted the most…6gifts all together, and that’s just from us

I actually had to make my hubby promise not to go over board with gifts….because I think when you get a child what they want the most…everything else just pales in comparison..no matter how expensive it is or how many things they get…

For our 9month old…
We spent $300 toys and clothes combined

I think you should do what EVER you want…

If its one thing, or 100….its your money, your child(ren)
I believe in being spoiled rotten….because I am :-0)

Bonnie - posted on 12/21/2010

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Morgan, I say you can spread it out a bit. Give her some now and some later. She is little and probably wouldn't know where to go first with everything anyways.

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We just this year implemented a "Christmas like Jesus" where the boys will get 3 presents each, like Jesus who got 1 present from each of the wise men. Santa brings 1 gift and it is a gift that could be made by elves (not the best buy elf) so the gift is typically a wood toy... We also buy them a gift and mark it from my Dad because he is on a super fixed income and feels bad for not having gotten them anything over the years...this year he got them a combined present because we are currently limited financially. I also tend to put a small toy in the stockings along with a toothbrush and goodies :) I think if you wanted to save some of the gifts to give her later in the year that would be fine, maybe save them for an easter present or bday? its easy to go overboard on the first one if you are not financially limited ;)

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Sherri - posted on 12/22/2010

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Santa gives each of my kids 1 gift each.



However, this Christmas we have spent close to $3,000 but that was for hubby, mom & dad, my 3 kids, and then 7 nieces and nephews.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/22/2010

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It iw your 1st x-mass...very easy to go overboard. That is alot for a little one to open though. You may be saving them by default. she is probably going to get bored before they all get opened.

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we spent over 600$ on christmas...We didn't mean to spend that much, i started picking things up in july here and there. Then i took it all out and realized what i got! Its going to look like walmart threw up in my living room....She has 14 aunts and uncles all together who will get her stuff too. And shes the only grand child so far. I don't know what im going to do with it all.



Edit* the only grandchild on daddys side, i have a nephew, man i keep forgetting about him! He is new :D

Caitlin - posted on 12/22/2010

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Wow.. My first got SOO spoiled last year (she was 13 months old) it was almost embarasing!



This year, my girls each got 2 things, she still doesn't get santa, but i labeled them that anyways. Each of their gifts cost me less than 70$ including stocking stuffers. They will both get spoiled from the gradparents though, it's funny because I ask them to dial it down, but that never happens!

Tara - posted on 12/22/2010

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We have only ever given one gift from the big fat man. lol
The rest we take full credit for.
Santa usually gets them the biggest thing on their list.
The rest of their presents come from us or family.
We don't put anything under the tree until Christmas eve, that way they are totally surprised at what is under there even if it's on the lean side.
:)

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Oops, my daughter hasn't gotten anything from Santa this year! She's only 14 months, she won't notice. We don't even have a proper Xmas tree this year because I couldn't be bothered. I just decorated a rubber plant that was already in the lounge! LOL

We only got 3 presents for her this year (some books, a trolley/block thing to push and a xylophone/piano thing). Last year we got her nothing! She's the only grandchild with THREE sets of grand parents. They spoil her enough. And THEN there's the uncles and aunts and family friends.

When she's older, she'll get a stocking (oh wait, I did do a stocking this year...Man I'm useless with this whole Xmas thing) and one present from Santa. It's not that we can't afford it, its just that I think a few well thought out presents is better than a heap of crap that they play with for 10 minutes and then never play with again.

Meghan - posted on 12/21/2010

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My son's Christmas was WAAAY overboard. It took way too long to open everything and we had to take breaks.
I do one big gift from santa and then lots of little ones. We were always raised with lots to open...and it was little stuff. My mom just likes a full tree.
It all depends on finances and how much you feel your kid "needs"
Most of his gifts from me are clothes and the few toys are from Santa, Mrs. Claus or the elves. hehe

Nikki - posted on 12/21/2010

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I know it's bad, so not like me either. The next poor kid will be getting a cake from the supermarket and a packet of party mix lollies!

Nikkole - posted on 12/21/2010

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$1000 WOW i would have died lol! My sons birthday is on the 31st and im only spending about $100 for his presents all together me and my mom are splitting a little tykes kitchen set for him and food and plates and stuff to go with it im glad he wants it that way i can keep it and use it for my daughter it kills two birds with one stone :) but i still have to buy the party supplies :P

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Holy smokes thats a lot Nikki. My hubby says I'm bad because I will spend about $300 on gifts and party supplies when it comes to birthdays.

Nikki - posted on 12/21/2010

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I am stingy with my daughter for Xmas, she is only 13 months. I only spent about $50 on her this year and about the same last year. I buy her things all the time, so she doesn't really need anything. Plus our families get her heaps, and she has no idea what's going on, so I would rather not spend heaps of money on stuff she doesn't need.

As she gets older I will spend more, in my family we always got one big present, a few smaller ones and then some stocking fillers and lollies. I will most likely do the same.

I went overboard with her birthday, I wanted her to have lots of special keepsakes for her first birthday, so she was very spoiled all up on her presents and birthday party I almost spend $1000, I almost died when I realised how much I spent. To make matters worse she got chicken pox the day of her birthday and we had to cancel! I learnt my lesson, they don't need that much!

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My kids get one big gift from Santa, usually 2-3 from us each. With my first I went way overboard and it was a lot for her. I ended up opening 90% of her presents because she was done after 3 or 4. I've noticed over the years that its kinda pointless to do a lot because grandparents, aunts, uncles, and close friends, get one or two gifts each and always ask me what they want or need. They also make sure I know what they bought so nobody gets the same thing. Don't be too surprised if she more interested in the bows, boxes, and wrapping paper.



My youngest is getting a spin top toy, a sippy cup, and a box of baby mum mums. But he's not my first child so have fun;)

Nikkole - posted on 12/21/2010

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I spent $400 on both my kids and my mom spent about $500 on them they get a lot but my 3 year old is very appreciative of everything he gets even if its socks he acts just as excited



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For got to add my sons birthday is December 31st lol so i still have to get him something for his bday and party supplies his party is on the 8th :P

JuLeah - posted on 12/21/2010

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A baby won't enjoy more then one or two gifts at a time. It will be too much for her. If you work this right, you can give her gifts every few hours for days. Make sure non of the gifts are living, like a puppy, cause that could suck if it were the last opened :)

Joanna - posted on 12/21/2010

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Man I feel like a cheapy, lol. I spent $25 on each kids. BUT I put them in giant boxes - the box is always the best part to a 3 year old, why spend a fortune on what's inside?

Jenn - posted on 12/21/2010

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My kids get 2 - 3 gifts from Santa, plus about 4 from us and then their stocking.

Amanda - posted on 12/21/2010

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My parents always went big with us when we were kids! My oldest and only boy will be 7 on Christmas Eve and this yr we're doing his party on Sun so he will usually get a gift or 2 less than the girls. Santa brings the big toy, this yr a boombox & cds for my oldest, a new bike for my oldest daughter who is 4, and trykes for my 2 youngest girls. They will also get things in their stockings from santa like tbrushes, tpaste, candy, juice, cookies, socks, underwear(older 2), and lipstick/chapstick. The rest are from us! :)

Morgan - posted on 12/21/2010

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We spent about 400 on Addilynn but shes our only one :)

Is it ok to put some of the toys away for later, or should I give her everything?

JuLeah - posted on 12/21/2010

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Well, she is just a year. That might overwhelem her. Maybe let her open two, wait a few hours and open two more .... save them to be opened as the days go on ... donate some to homeless shelters if she doesn't love 'em. That is a lot of thank you cards you will be writing :)

Joanna - posted on 12/21/2010

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We always got 1 present from Santa. My daughter is 3 and we don't really do Santa though (we just never started, but we nay do it next year). Me and daddy got the girls 2 gifts each. Their grandparents always go overboard so we don't buy too much.

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Year one we went overboard.



Year two we set a price limit of $100. She liked the $1 ball.



This year we didn't set a price limit, but decided Santa would bring a swing set. Since she needs one, she's getting a folding canvas chair for when we go camping. We picked up a little flashlight to go with that, just for fun. Her stocking will be filled with cookies and juice boxes and a Disney DVD I found on sale several months ago.



So after three years of trying to get it right, my answer is I don't know...lol! Two things I tried to keep in mind this year...



1. Quality over quantity. Kids don't NEED that much to be happy and thrilled on Christmas morning. In fact, too much stuff can overwhelm a kid.

2. Don't spend what you don't have.

April - posted on 12/21/2010

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My son's birthday is tomorrow (Dec. 22) and he already got a ton of presents on Sat. when we threw him a party. There isn't even space to store all of it...so we got him 3 presents. 1 will be from Santa. I feel that's enough because he is the only grandchild of both of our parents...both sets will spoil him for sure! Pretty much I think we are going to stick with 3 gifts every year because of his birthday too (sorry little guy...enough is enough...lol)

Mrs. - posted on 12/21/2010

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My daughter is only 17 months and I hate a similar issue of not knowing. So, we just got her three presents, some age appropriate markers, a toy stroller for a doll and a stuffed animal dog she loved in the shop. Not too fancy. Her grandparents and aunts/uncles will probably get her something but she will just get into the paper more than the toys.

Now next year....I may be in trouble.

I think I'd limit it still to 3 presents.

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I'm with Kate. Santa brings every kid one present at Christmas (and maybe any smaller things to go with it). Mind you we don't really 'do' Santa at our place, our son is only 17 months old. But this year, Santa is bringing him a ride on wagon and some wooden blocks to put in the carry basket. Everything else is from mama and daddy, family and friends and yes, the dog also gives everyone a gift as well (he gets one too, so all's fair). As for how many presents in general, that really is up to every family, how they celebrate, what they can afford, what they need etc.

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My daughters first present was way over board for a 2 month old. She was our first thought and we just couldjn't help our selves.
All our presents are from Santa, they will know when they are old enough that we are santa.
They get one Bigish kind of present and a few small ones from me and hubby. My parents tend to go over board but i don't mind as it makes up for the lack of giving or visiting on my hubby's side of the family.

Sunny - posted on 12/21/2010

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Noah gets one big one from Santa, plus his stocking. A few from mum and dad (mainly things he needs like clothes and shoes ect.) he also get one big one from both lots of grandparents than smaller thing from friends and extended family. Really at the end of the day he wont remember it, he's only 3.

Stifler's - posted on 12/21/2010

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i think whatever you can afford at the time should do. kids don't need a huge christmas every year. 8 gifts is a fair amount of gifts!! it's my son's first christmas and he got a bag of megabloks, a snail thing that sings, my first toothpaste, new bigger plastic spoons, metal spoon and forks for when he's old enough, big boy plastic plates, an activity table from aunty dez and something else i forget. we didn't have a tonne of money this year thanks to wet day pay and logan will live.

Morgan - posted on 12/21/2010

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LOL Jocelyn me too!!!
and at 26 years old I still get gifts from Mikey my grandmothers cat!!!

Erin - posted on 12/21/2010

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Wyatt normally gets 2 from Santa but this year he has done so well with his potty training that he will be getting 3. The rest is from mommy and daddy and the grandparents.

Jocelyn - posted on 12/21/2010

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My kids get two medium sized presents from Santa. All the rest are from family/friends/animals (yes I address presents as From the Dog)

Kate CP - posted on 12/21/2010

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In my family the kids get one "big thing" from Santa and maybe one or two smaller things that go with it. This year my daughter is getting a princess vanity from Santa. Everything else is from Mommy, Daddy, and other family members.

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