How much roughly do you spend per child for christmas presents?

United States
November 19, 2007 8:34pm CST
My dad used to spend a good 300-500 dollars per kid for christmas, that is including the presents from Santa Clause. Of course I do not have the kind of money to do that with mine. Not this year anyway. i just want to know the average amount of money a parent should spend per kid? I do not wanna get them too little this christmas. So I just need an estimate.
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@Redzilla (21)
• United States
20 Nov 07
Personally 2 years ago when things got tight, I sat down with my kids and told them what the meaning of christmas is and that its not how much you money is spent on them or what they get. This seemed to work very well...The first year was kinda rough but then I reminded them again...Now its cute cause they would rather make stuff for everyone and they go to the dollar store and spend like $10 to $15 on each other and get little things that they need in everyday life...They know that I am not made of money either and they would rather have my love and still be able to do things together than have a big christmas...A couple of days ago my daughter came up to me and said how she knows I have bought her this and that through out the year, so she just wants make-up, a new calendar and small things like that....I also try to wrap everything up individually to make it look like more. Hope some of this helps
• United States
21 Nov 07
That is great that you done that. And it did help me with the x-mas thing. My 2 year old will not understand the meaning of x-mas but my 4 year old will. I had to explain to her today the meaning of thanksgiving. I told her we were going to nanny and papa's for thanksgiving dinner tomorrow and she wanted to know what it was, and I think that she understood it, so yeah this will help a lot. Then maybe as they get older the will appreciate it more.
• United States
21 Nov 07
If your 4 years old is a girl, then you are set, the necklaces and play make-up at the dollar store are great...they have so much dress up stuff....you could overwhelm her and she wouldn't even know it. If the 4 year old is a boy then they have so many cars and games to interest a child beyond your needs. I think you can make it work.
@jennysp8 (855)
• United States
20 Nov 07
Honestly, Ihave two children, a girl who is turning 6 and a boy who just turned 4. I spend about $250.00 on each kid and this includes the gifts from Santa. Of course, on top of that, there is usually a big gift left from Santa that is for them to share so it probably evens out to about $300 per kid. I think I go overboard though. I think a reasonable amount is $150 or so. Just get creative with the types of gifts and with $100 or so you can have several presents under the tree.
• United States
20 Nov 07
Yeah we always got something on the side for all of us to share too. Okay so I will use 100 - 150 as a amount to go with I think that is pretty fair, especially for a 2 and 4 year old. Thank You.
• United States
21 Nov 07
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@Sillychick (3282)
• United States
20 Nov 07
There is no set amount that anyone 'should' spend. If you pay attention to what your kids like, want and need, and make sure they get enough to be satisfied, but not everything, they will have a wonderful Christmas. I don't even know how much I spent on my son last year- I didn't keep track, and I don't have a set budget this year. I just think of the things he likes, what he wants and compare that to what I am able to do. Sometimes sacrifices have to be made, but that's ok. If you get your kids everything they ask for, they will not be as grateful for what they have, and they will end up wanting more.
• United States
21 Nov 07
Yeah I agree with you on the last comment. And mine are 2 and 4. They need clothes but there are only so many toys that they can play with. I think I'll try to save up like 50 a piece to buy them things.
@armywifey (883)
• United States
20 Nov 07
This year our kids are going to be lucky to get $50.00 each for christmas. I am hating the Army at the moment. My husband had ato go to a month long class in November, and they made him buy all kinds of supplies out of his own pocket, then on top of that they took out $250 from his pay for the month. They sure picked a good month to do that. We usally spend aroun $100.00 per child, can;t afford more than that with 6 kids.
• United States
21 Nov 07
You have 6 children. Man, that is a lot of hugs and kisses. I bet that it is wonderful. 2 was as many as I could handle. That is aweful that happened to your family.
• India
20 Nov 07
hello surverymom.... I am not a parent or not a kid.But i know Christmas is a well known celebrated program. if u want to do something then u please think about the poor kids because in the Christmas there is nobody to gift them. otherwise u can spend near about $100 or $150 for the kids.
• United States
21 Nov 07
Yeah, I try to help anyone if I can. Right now I am sitting on an empty tank of gas and .56 cents. So I can not do too much. There is this thing at my neighborhood church where you can donate used toys for the kids that do not get any for x-mas, so I went through the girls toys and gave some of them away to the church. I think all kids need a little bit of toys.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
20 Nov 07
Well, honestly it just depends on how much you CAN spend. I think parents feel too much pressure to outspend their kid's parents or their own parents, and that doesn't do anyone any good. I think that if you can afford it, you can buy your children great presents for a hundred dollars apiece. We have two boys and we are spending 150 on each of them. Last year we were tight on cash, and we spent about 100 dollars on each of them, we got them one big present (a train table with all the accesories) and then some smaller, seperate gifts. My kids always get a ton of gifts from our extended family, that we know they'll get enough. And honestly, I would hate to put my family in debt for one day of giving. Christmas can quicly become more about gifts and less about family and God, you just have to decide what your priority for the season is, and go with that. Ten years from now, they won't remember that they didn't get as many gifts as their friends, but they will remember the other stuff, like the snowball fight they had with grandpa, or the sledding race they won against mom. In the long run, the money really doesn't matter.
• United States
21 Nov 07
That is true. My kids like to help decorate the tree, I think that will be something that they will always remember. I still remember doing that with my step-mom.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
20 Nov 07
I probably only spend $50-75 on my son every year. This will be my daughters first Christmas, and she is really still too young to understand it, so she will only get a few small things. My son already has too much stuff and he gets presents from everyone else too, so he still makes out ok.
• United States
21 Nov 07
Yeah last year I did not have to get my youngest one much. She really did not know any difference. But this year she wants everything that sister has, and she tries to be so much like sister.
• United States
20 Nov 07
wow well apparently I have the spoiled kid. I spend between 500 and 700 on him. he's my only one. And I figure why not, its only comes once a year and hes my only one
• United States
21 Nov 07
Wow, that is a lot to spend on 1 person. You must be very wealthy. =) As long as it makes him happy I guess.
• United States
20 Nov 07
I usually try to stay under $100 per kid. Last year i stayed within $50-$75 per kid and that included a gift from Santa and gifts from us. I don't buy gifts for the kids from each other. My oldest was in school last year and did Santa's workshop and got her siblings gifts which was fine but I don't go out of my way to have them pick out gifts to each other. She didn't complain at all that her brother and sisters didn't get her anything in return and thoroughly loved that she picked out the gifts herself and wrapped them. I'm looking to spend the same amount this year. Even at $50 per kid that is a total of $200 for our family which is a lot for us right now. I don't think I have ever spent more then $100 on just one kid and that was taking into account family/group gifts.
• United States
21 Nov 07
Okay from most of the posts, I am getting a $50.00-$75.00 range. That sounds better than 300-500. And I am sooo on a budget. Lol.. Thanks for the reply.
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
20 Nov 07
At most we have ever spent on our son for Christmas is around $100. He gets presents from his grandparents and other family members too so in all he gets quite a few gifts. Sometimes we go to the dollar shop and let him pick out 10-20 items, he loves it because he gets to pick the items himself and they are cheap too! They might not last long but he likes them because he chose them :) I think $300-500 is way too much for one kid but everyone is different.
• United States
21 Nov 07
Yeah the dollar tree is a great place to go when you want to get them A lot of items but keep it cheap. Because you can get 20 toys for 20 dollars and some change compared to 1 item for 20 dollars.
@academic2 (7011)
• Uganda
21 Nov 07
About $50 is what i spend on each of my two boys and they are uually very contented with what I give them. They know my financial status, and am very happy with them because they dont compare themselves with other well to do families around us.
@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
20 Nov 07
To be honest, when my daughters were young, their grandparents would send them things. then, when I sent them to my folks, I would spend roughly $50-100 on presents for them. One Christmas, I sent them Barbie dolls, and the nightgowns to go along with them. My eldest who is now 17,still talks about that Christmas.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
20 Nov 07
even when we had good money never would think of spending that much they get a toy and clothes thats it might come to #100 each and might not. its the thought not the price!
@breezie (1249)
• Canada
20 Nov 07
We used to spend in totoal well over $400 per child . This year we won't be spending anywhere near that ammount as we just don't have it. We are trying to get the kids the one main thing that they want as well as a few small things. We have already told them that this Christmas will be smaller than other years, so they are expecting it. We will probably spend around $100 each maybe less, plus their one big gift together.
@carlaabt (3508)
• United States
20 Nov 07
We've spent about $75 so far on our son. We will probably buy him a few more small things. Maybe even one more big thing, but most likely not. We're not going over $150. Our little one isn't even 2 yet, though. As he gets older, we might end up spending more money on him.