How much money will you spend on your kids for Christmas?

United States
October 29, 2008 12:30pm CST
How many gifts will they recieve? Will it be a few expensive items such as video games and cell phones, or will it be cheaper items? If you have more than one kid, do you make sure they each get the same number of presents? I do not buy my kids the expensive items like video games, unless they're used. The big expensive video games are for the family, not for a particular child. For Christmas my kids will each get a couple outfits (mostly from thrift stores) and some books as well as some toys. I used to get them 5 outfits and 5 toys each, but since I've had more kids I don't get quite as much. I don't really pay attention to the number of gifts they recieve, but I do try to keep it as even as possible, especially for the older 3. The younger 2 probably won't recieve as many presents as the older children.
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@camomom (7535)
• United States
29 Oct 08
We will spend little to none. We are so super broke right now that we are getting gifts for them through outreach programs and I am making gifts from items I already have at home. They are both under 3 yaers old so they won't know the difference. I will, I feel bad but if you can't afford it, you can't afford it. That's not what Christmas is all about anyway.
• United States
29 Oct 08
Those outreach programs helped us out so much the first few years we had the twins. We're finally getting able to handle it on our own, but the little 2 don't get very much, because it doesn't matter too much to them.
@camomom (7535)
• United States
30 Oct 08
That's why I don't feel too bad about it this year. Since mine are so young, they won't know the difference.
@camomom (7535)
• United States
31 Oct 08
Thanks for BR
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
31 Oct 08
I don't ever really spend much on Christmas. Last year I think I spent about $100 total on both kids. I get them several smaller gifts and not any really big gifts. They both have birthdays in January, so they are getting gifts then too.
• United States
31 Oct 08
My twins have a birthday in November, and the youngest has a birthday in January, so they're pretty lucky. The other 2 have birthdays in May and June, which I think is perfect. That way I can get them summer clothes and toys for their birthdays, like bikes and skates and such. It just makes it easier. You can't give a bike for Christmas, or a November birthday.
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
30 Oct 08
I usually spend less that fifty dollars on each member of the family, including my granddaughter. My sons's birthdays are coming up and I was thinking of getting them a gift certificate each, but for Christmas, it is a bit of a problem. I have no idea what to get them. Since they both have their own houses, maybe it will be something to fix up the house. Like what I used to get for my husband = all those screwdriver sets, etc. or maybe dvds. I will get a toy for my granddaughter. She loves dancing.
• United States
30 Oct 08
If your sons are married you can get them a "couple" gift for the house, like a center piece for their table, or artwork for their walls. We do that with couples that we know. You could also get them a nice sweater or something of that nature.
@gemini_rose (16192)
30 Oct 08
On average in the past a year we spend about £200.00 ($312.26) on each child, I have four kids. This year I have saved all year for christmas but will be trying not to spend as much on them for different reasons. My eldest being 17 now will not get as much, I will probably buy him clothes this year so I will be saving there. My littlest one is two and so she does not need too much so far I think I have spent about £100.00 ($153.16) on her I just have a few more things I want to get her. My boys have asked for a nintendo ds lite each, they have wanted one since the beginning of the year and because they have been so good and worked so hard at school I have got them one each and they want a fisher price digital camera so I am getting them all one of them each and then it is just stocking fillers and bits and bobs. I will probably end up spending just a bit less than any other year but they will get all the things that they have asked for.
• United States
30 Oct 08
We also spend about $200 per kid, at least that's what we set out for, but in the end it's usually a bit more. As I said, the little ones get less because it's not as important to them. The oldest will not get anything expensive, probably just some clothes and other small things.
@sunshine4 (8707)
• United States
29 Oct 08
I have 4 children and my oldest son lives with his girlfriend, so Santa brings her gifts here too. I usually get all of my kids 10 gifts. There is usually one bigger gift that costs about $50 and the rest are smaller. This year I am buying my one son his lettermans jacket ($150) so he will get just some small items along with that. My 20 yr old wanted an air compresser and I found a used one for $60, so that is his big gift. I don't buy the girlfriend a big gift, but I do buy her the same amount as my kids so it is all even. I try to keep the money amounts pretty compareable too.
• United States
29 Oct 08
Well it's nice that you buy the girl friend gifts as well. I probably would only get her a few small things and not a whole lot of stuff.
@Chevee (5914)
• United States
30 Oct 08
Thank goodness those days are over for me I don't have to rack my brains trying to figure out what I can afford and can't, and then when I couldn't afford what they want they got disappointed. I remember when boom boxes popular and my son wanted one, I went shopping by myself and bought this boom box for him . He came home crying because the kids was teasing him about the box being so small I ended up going back to the store to get him a larger one. I now have to buy gifts that's all.
@ebsharer (5516)
• United States
30 Oct 08
Well I have a blended family so my step kids get presents from "santa" "mom" and "dad" so we don't buy as much. Last year those 2 got four presents each the first present was about $50 and the others varied. My daughter since she only gets presents from us - we don't do Santa with her she got 6 presents. Each of them get all kinds of stocking stuff. I don't know how much I spent because I shop all year long. It saves me a ton. We normally get one family present too like last year we got a game table. I make sure each kid has the same amount of presents to open. And really I know I try to keep the amounts the same or just about the same. Like last year they each got a $50 present and each a $20 then the other 2 presents were about the same. Now let me say this. I am an avid clearance shopper and I shop all year for Christmas, birthdays and whatever else I know I will have to buy for. You said that you shop at the thrift store - have you tried clearance racks? JcPenny alwasy has stuff on clearance CHEAP like I just went there last week and got 6 shirts for $15!!! Even Target has good clearance for kids!
@Mare73 (1335)
• United States
30 Oct 08
Well, we're going to be redoing our girls room, with a tv, game system, bunk beds, the works...so who knows what that will end up costing!
@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
30 Oct 08
We usually spend $1500 or a little more these past few yrs but the kids being older now get more expensive gifts too..This yr though I'm not sure how much we'll be able to spend BUT the kids are cool with that because they want to go spend the holidays with my bf in PA so part of the Xmas money will go towards that (they've not seen him in 6 yrs)..The hubby and i are figuring around $1500 this yr but probably not more than that..however I will be using my Points, online money etc as well towards gifts and i'll most likely make some gifts again this yr too..
• Philippines
30 Oct 08
geez, is still dont know how much will i spent this christmas but i guess it will not be that much since money is so hard to earn this days . Maybe just enough to buy him and her a new dress i dont know .
@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
30 Oct 08
well you distribute it nicely, giving them toys and books too. I have three kids, they are ages 5, 3 and 5 months. I guess for my two older boys I will give them toys or shoes, their shoes is now two years old and is about to break, so we will bought them each from a warehouse sale of kids items (they only open days before Christmas) and then maybe buy them some new clothes and some toys. I still have my two nephews whom I will give gifts too. MAybe for y two nephew some toys too or an outfit. As for my youngest, oh it is hard to think one for him as he is so small still. I just bought him some nice outfit last month from an online store. but well I plan to spend my online earnings for them, I have set a goal of 200 dollars before Christmas, so maybe, I will spend it all for them.
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
30 Oct 08
The game systems are for the whole family but a lot of times the kids like different genre of games so they do get video games for Christmas. They get clothes, toys, shoes... We usually sit down and make a list together then I pick and choose from there. I also pay attention to what they like when we are in the store. I don't have a set amount of money to spend and I don't set a number of gifts either.
@lisa0502 (1726)
• Canada
30 Oct 08
I have alot of kids as well. I have 8 kids. I try to make sure that the gifts are fairly even as well. I can not afford to get them expensive gifts at all. I do alot of garage sales, auctions etc. I do not think that they need brand new stuff, just stuff that I know that they will love. Besides my husbands parents and my parents buy them all of the good things. I do however find that it is getting more difficult to buy for the older kids as they are getting older and want the new technology. But they seem to be happy with what we get them.
@hildas (3031)
30 Oct 08
I always spend too much on my four daughters at Christmas time. This year it will be different. With the global crisis we have been hit hard. I usually get them a big present like a phone or camera and then a few smaller ones. This year I have explained that they will just be getting smaller items, as Santa is feeling it too. They seem to be ok with that, as they are getting bigger and will probably just want clothes soon. Yes I always like to keep the ammount the same with them too. My daughters share a games consol and I always look out for the used ones, as they can be very expensive here new.
• United States
29 Oct 08
We have just one 9yr old daughter...For Christmas she'll be getting my camera passed down when I buy a new one. Then she'll get a telescope or microscope and then a few odds and ends..Just 1 large gift and about 5 small gifts..Then my husband likes to get something special just from him.
@laglen (19779)
• United States
29 Oct 08
I have 1 child. I try to get everything n her list. this year I am broke broke broke. So I am hoping to get her a Wii, I already got her a video game, with my mylot earning no less! and then some extras. She needs a new guitar but I am not sure I will be able to do it! Good luck!
@Shar1979 (2723)
• United States
29 Oct 08
I really have no idea. I have an only child so I spoil her a lot. I would probably give her a lot of gifts this Christmas although I still have a lot of gifts to buy for some needy kids back in my home country. I have been doing it every year