How much do plan on spending on Christmas Presents for your children?

United States
October 17, 2006 12:44pm CST
Is it fair to spend the same amount on each child, or should parents get the same amount of presents? Just curious. I usually try to spend about the same amount of money on each child for Christmas, but my oldest doesnt think its fair. Because she wants bigger things, so she doesnt get as many presents as the younger ones. Wanted to see how other parents do for Christmas, or any advice on how to explain this to a 7 year old. I always try to be fair with them all.
14 responses
• United States
18 Oct 06
it all depends on what i can afford i know that is a prob bad thing to say but when money tight what do u do
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• United States
18 Oct 06
I have to agree. Money is VERY tight for my family right now. I am hoping to somehow come up with something to get all my kids so they will all be happy. I always try to get as much as I can and what they want. Good luck to you being able to get what your kid(s) want. Thanks for responding
• United States
18 Oct 06
have u tried salvation army they have adopt a angel or something were u sign up ur children and someone adopts them for christmas and gets them stuff that is what we are doing this year
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• United States
18 Oct 06
I have heard of these before, and this year I am going to give it a try. Hoping that someone will get them what they need, that I cant afford. We have the angel tree where I am at. I have heard lots of good things about it. I hope both our kids get what they need from this.
@bhbirdie6 (1771)
• United States
18 Oct 06
I don't think it matters as long as the kids can't tell. As long as you're buying roughly same quality items and items that you know each of your individual children will like, I think price isn't that important.
• United States
18 Oct 06
I think it is very fair that you spend the same amount on each of them, that is a wonderful idea. I think she will uderstand better with time. I plan on spending $100-$200 on my son this year, but he is an only child.
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@mcmomss (2601)
• United States
18 Oct 06
I usually try to get them the same number of things, they were too little to care about how much I spent, just who got more. Now my oldest one wants things that are more expensive so I told him he won't get as much and he's ok with that.
• United States
18 Oct 06
I have tried explaining to my oldest that same thing. It happened last year too. Yet she was still dissapointed. Even though she got what she wanted most. I am hoping that this year will be better and she will understand better. Thanks
@indiandevil (2100)
• Rothesay, New Brunswick
17 Oct 06
I donno, I guess it depends on how much I get him before I run outta money. I never think I just buy.
• United States
18 Oct 06
Thanks to all for letting me know. I am still not sure as to what I will do. But like you I will have to wait and see how much money I do have to spend. Thanks Again!
• United States
18 Oct 06
I am not going to be spending much this year, it's way too tight for us. They will get stuff from their grandparents hopefully. I think that bigger priced items should be enough for an older child. It should be quality, not quantity.
@rlporter (516)
• United States
18 Oct 06
I think it's good to spend about the same and try for the same amount of gifts.
• United States
18 Oct 06
That use to happen to me when my children were younger. My son is 7 years older than my daughter and he use to always get upset because, he thought she got more presents then he did but, his gifts were more expensive. I spent the same amount on each of them.
• United States
18 Oct 06
i think that what matters most is that they get the same number of gifts and close to the same amount of money, but its hard to spend the same amount on everyone, i would just try to keep it as close as i could
@Karinne (1224)
• Australia
18 Oct 06
Yes i think it's important to treat them the same or make it look like they got the same amount.
@peavey (15767)
• United States
18 Oct 06
My kids are old enough not to care now, but when they were young, I tried to get them the same number of presents. They didn't know or care how much I spent on them. I think more important than that is how appropriate the presents are and how much they wanted them.
@utopia (324)
• United States
18 Oct 06
no children still........ :)
@BuffMom (2215)
• United States
17 Oct 06
I guess it will just depend on how much money I have by that time.
• Hyderabad, India
17 Oct 06
i love to send some amount to them