Do you spend a lot for Christmas gifts?

@bingskee (5237)
Philippines
November 30, 2010 7:30am CST
If I have money, I spend for Christmas gifts. Though it seems to me that the season is commercialized here in the Philippines, I consider this time of the year to give gifts especially to children. There is no prize equivalent to the sparkle of their eyes when they receive the gifts. Even if the recipient is a shy little girl or boy, you can see the excitement. Back to the question, I don't really spend a lot for Christmas gifts. If I can look for gifts which will save me a lot, I'll go for them. Gifts need not be expensive. It's the thought that counts. Cliche but still true. And gifts for children need not even be expensive. Children are not demanding. The parents are. ha ha
14 responses
@thesids (22357)
• Bhubaneswar, India
30 Nov 10
Hi Bingskee, I am not a Christian but I do celebrate Deepawali - a big festive occasion in Hindu culture. As a kid, I always wanted small gifts - mostly comic books and chocolates. As I grew up, things and needs changed too. But I always realize Gifts are Gifts and should never be a show off that I can buy expensive gifts just because I can afford. I believe that gifts should go with the age to whom you are gifting - today's kids may demand a Hi-fi cell phone but what is the need when the same thing can be achieved with a simpler phone. Regards, theSids.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
1 Dec 10
that is one important note to remember, thesids, it should go with the age to whom the gift will be given. but they dont have to be expensive.
@thesids (22357)
• Bhubaneswar, India
2 Dec 10
Yes, but unfortunately many people in today's world forget the very meaning of "Gifts" - these days they are much more and maybe everything else than a show of your love and feelings. For me, Gifts are still gifts - priceless - no matter what you gift me - maybe even a leaf out of that grass in the garden. It is that feeling that matters most. Regards, theSids.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
3 Dec 10
I feel like I spend a fair amount of money on Christmas, but I really don't go nearly to the extent that many other people do when it comes to what they spend on Christmas. I would say that I average spending about $500 on Christmas. However, that sum of money includes everything that I get for everyone. My own two children, my nieces, my siblings, mother and my husband. I do spend significantly more on my kids than on anyone else, but I wouldn't trade that look of joy on their faces for anything.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
9 Dec 10
$500 dollars is already a big amount. i used to spend a lot for this occasion. but we have to learn to tighten the belt when needed.
@Elixiress (3893)
1 Dec 10
This year I am spending about £450 on gifts, but that includes my boyfriend's and father's birthday presents as they are both close to Christmas, so I include them under the umbrella of Xmas shopping. I have saved up half of that in my paypal account over the year and the rest of the money will come out of my wages. I am only buying presents for adults and my sister (14) so not really a "little girl".
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
1 Dec 10
hmmm... this is a different aspect. i will not be spending so much for the adults now. except for some special people.
@hanni711 (243)
• Philippines
1 Dec 10
I do really want to give gifts to my nieces, nephews and grandchildren this CHRISTmas.It doesn't necessarily be expensive but if I have more budget I'll buy them toys they really wanted. Besides, there are toys that are less expensive and yet with quality. I just want to make them happy that's why I give them gifts.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
1 Dec 10
the season is always for the kids, hanni. what a joy to see the happiness in their eyes!
• United States
1 Dec 10
I do not make it a habit to spend large amounts on Christmas gifts. Actually I don't usually have the extra money anyway! I will try to get my grandson and kids something but I don't go too far away from the budget to do so.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
1 Dec 10
it's alright, macdingolinger. we cannot really go far away from the budget!
@jinjer168 (1599)
• Philippines
1 Dec 10
Hi! I don't really spend much on my gifts during Christmas because me and my husband have do many godchildren waiting for us to gave them presents every Christmas. I had 35 and he had 40+ plus our nephews, nieces, immediate relatives, office mates, neighbors and acquaintances that was always present in our house every Christmas. I can't just imagine if I will spend so much for gifts, our budget will surely be not enough. I'll just shop the whole year round especially during mall sale and keep the gift items first, after then, I will just wrap them one by one when Christmas season came. To our god children who's much bigger already, I usually gave them cash inside the red envelope for I know they will appreciate it more than gifts. Christmas is a season of giving, I always look forward and prepared myself for it even if its much far away from coming. Its a once in a year celebration of the birth of our Lord so its really something to look forward to. Advance merry Christmas to you and your family!
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
1 Dec 10
there can be problems with buying the gifts in advance, jinjer. when you buy clothes, they can be smaller so one has to have a good estimation of how the receiver grow up, it could be out of fad, too. when you buy toys, you would discover that it is not what the receiver wanted. though i have been thinking about it and maybe consider gifts that could be of use for any season. thank you for the share, had me thinking.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
1 Dec 10
No, I'm not spending any money on Christmas, and I don't really plan to ever. But if I know any kids, I'd like to give them gifts. I would like to give them hand made ones. Maybe make some with them. But I don't know any kids at the moment so.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
1 Dec 10
hello, Lore. handmade gifts are so special for me.
• United States
30 Nov 10
I believe adults in society truly hype and glamorize the gift giving for Christmas way too much. I know as I always was one who went all out and made sure I gave the perfect gifts. However I am so strapped for the first time in my life and truly sadden as I do not know what to do. So I will be limiting specifically to my children and my boyfriend. But I still have a bit of a dilemma as I do not much money. I know they will understand but it is not who I am and well I am dealing with my feelings. So I am trying really hard to come up with ways to be creative in such that perhaps the high dollar will not be so important.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
1 Dec 10
hello, girl. do not be sad about it. inevitable things happen, you know. the key is acceptance and appreciation of whatever we have. also, it is just a one-day celebration. the reason for the festivity is Jesus. i dont think He would force you to produce a lot of gifts when you cannot afford it. i believe it is all about love and that is what is important - to make our beloved ones feel that they are loved and are very important. happy holidays. smile!
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
30 Nov 10
i try to make as many Christmas gifts as i can because it is cheaper that way. i also used my mylot earnings to buy some things off of ebay and i also shop at thrift stores and shop all year round, so no, i try not to spend too much at Christmas time.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
30 Nov 10
very wise move, cher!
@unique16 (1531)
• United States
30 Nov 10
hello bingskee, I was watching Tv over the Thanksgiving holiday and about Black Friday and people were sepnding $3,000 or $1,500 on Christmas presents. My boyfriend and I said if we kept $100.00 a month it would only be $1,000 if we were lucky. How do people spend and get this kind of money with USA economy beingf so bad and people being unemployed etc... We are lucky if we have $300.00 to spend for Christmas. He has two children and I have two children and plus parents. it is not easy and we were flabber ghasted at the amounts people were saying this in Philadelphia and suburbs. Our children are 18 and 21 and they just want cash which makes it simple for us. Thansk and have a great day! Sincerely unique16
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
30 Nov 10
wow... i can only spend a lot when i have a lot. but not that much. well, we can only sigh while being amazed and we can never question that. maybe they have lots in store. but it is wiser to save for the days to come. after all, it is just a one-day affair.
• India
30 Nov 10
I spend money that helps me make a little of 20-25 children happy for christmas.Me and my friends save money for this through out the year,we put some money apart for this.We see to that at least some children get something new for christmas.But this time i have to manage this all alone as my friends no longer live here.Hope this christmas is merry.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
30 Nov 10
i have to agree with scully, ashiwinanand, that is a nice idea, to save for the gifts. been trying to this year but i failed.
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
30 Nov 10
Hi, Christmas day is just like another day for me to go. Nothing special and no christmas present too. I hardly shop for CHristmas since I moved back to my husband's hometown. Only when I was in Singapore and still working,then I did lot of shopping during Christmas period because most of the stores in Singapore were having great year end sales and I just could not resist myself not to shop. I buy lot of things for myself and my family.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
30 Nov 10
hello, shia88. a friend told me that it is just one of those days that will pass. with or without the gifts, it will happen. cheer up!
@SilverKing (1023)
• Canada
30 Nov 10
I usually spend a resonable amount on Christmas gifts but I try not to spend more than I can afford to give.On average I spend on average around 500 dollars in all on gifts for my family , relitives and friends.I try to get something that they would like and most likely not return to the store after Christmas. I get gift cards for some of my family and friends if i am unsure what they likey exactly and for people that I really am close to like my parents i know some things thay they would enjoy like Tim Hortons coffee and a coffee maker or some computer accessories for my dad.Christmas is my favorite holiday and I really enjoy the time of and the fact I can be at home with my friends and family for a week or two.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
30 Nov 10
hello to you. here in the Philippines, work days continue until the 24th and resumes after the 25th. it is up to anybody if he or she wants to consume the vacation/sick leaves for the occasion. sad but true. like you, Christmas season is always a favorite of mine. though i am almost convinced that Jesus's birth, which is the primary reason of these festivities, did not happen on a December.
@toniganzon (53392)
• Philippines
30 Nov 10
Now that I'm earning a lot, I'm very generous to my nieces and nephews. But I don't spend that much! I just love giving them toys that are good quality toys on a sale price. I don't want them to play with the toys once and then it gets broken. I agree that nothing could beat the feeling when you see the child's eyes light up upon receiving the present.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
30 Nov 10
very true, toni. for me, Christmas is always the time of the year for the little children.