Christmas spending?

Annie - posted on 11/25/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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How do you decided how much you get your kids for Christmas? We are a blended family. We have a two year old little boy and he has a 14 year old and a 19 year old.
I feel that it is important that we spend the same amount on each of the kids. For some reason my partner feels like we should spend more on my 14 year old step-son. I understand that the things he wants are more expensive, but I think it is important to be "fair".

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Tamara - posted on 11/25/2011

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We dont spend the same on the kids, because if we did then we would end up with a bunch of stuff, What my oldest son wants is more then the little ones. But the wants mean the same to them all. So to us getting the wants is more going to mean more to them on Christmas morning them more gifts just to make sure we spend the same amount.

We do make sure they have the same amount of things to open under the tree. so its fair in that aspect. Kids Do not understand dollars and cents but they understand whats and the amount of presents.

LEAH - posted on 11/26/2011

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I have a 15, 7,5 and two one year olds. I never really worry about what I spend on each of them. I get them some of the things they asked for and some things I think they will like. It usually works out just fine.

Alicia - posted on 11/26/2011

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I only have 1 child, she is almost 2 1/2. were not looking at money so much this year as #of items. I plan on buying her 3 things. 1 for in her stocking for st.nicks and 2 for under the tree. 1 from my husband and i and one from "santa" however if we had 2 children, say the 2 yr old and a 14 yr old. the 2 yr old wants barbies, 14 yr old wants an ipod..get them both what they want. no way in hell would i spend 200 dollars on my 2 year old whos going to play with the toys a few times and end up getting more excitement from the box it came in! spending that kind of money on a teen is completely different because theyre going to enjoy it and respect it.

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I've got two girls who will be 10 by Christmas and a 3.5 year old son. I spend the same on the girls cuz they're usually getting/wanting the same things. I never keep track of trying to keep the spending or the # of gifts even between them and my son. I just get what I think they would like and be done w/ it. It 'usually' works out to about the same # of items.

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Katherine - posted on 11/26/2011

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My girls have SO many toys it's hard to shop for them. I think I'm going to take the majority down to the basement and make way for new things.
I also think it doesn't matter how much you spend on each child, as long as one doesn't have more than the other. I always try to keep it even.

Serena - posted on 11/26/2011

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We have 6 kids total, and my husband is getting his hours cut at work. So, needless to say, Christmas this year will be tight! We are planning on $40 per kid from us and $120 for under the tree from the "Big Guy." I don't really think the amount matters, its important to know they were thought of and the gift was picked specially for them. Plus, with the grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc I don't worry about them not getting enough!

Bonnie - posted on 11/26/2011

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My boys are 3 and 5. They are at the age where everything they see in a flyer or on a commercial they want, so really we just take into consideration what they enjoy and get what we want to get them. I agree that there shouldn't really be anything expensive for a two year old. You could spend $40 on him and he wouldn't know the difference.

Shelly - posted on 11/25/2011

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My parents spent 100 on each of us regardless of age/gender. I think you should spend the same amount on each child so there is no favoritism.

Ashley - posted on 11/25/2011

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Sounds bad but really what does a 2 year old want that is expensive? We do spending disparages with our 2 and they are 4 and 17m b/c we know they don't notice that stuff. My little one will likely get smaller inexpensive stuff and our oldest a bigger more expensive gift. As they get older I will get them about the same things.

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