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How many gifts do you usually give each child for Christmas? Is there an amount which is WAY to much? How old are the kiddos and does age make a difference in the amount?
We spend the same money amount per child and it doesn't matter how many gifts there are under the tree for them. The older ones are 15 an 13 and the little one is 18 months. Obviously we can get more gifts in our range for the little one.
1) we have the same budget for each child.
2) we give three gifts from US and St Nicholas does up the stockings.
3) Stockings will have one COOL gift and then toiletries and/or sweets. EVERYTHING in the stockings are wrapped - because little kids LOVE unwrapping things.
We do the same # of gifts. Typically, we try to spend similar amounts on all the kids but some years it is not possible. DD is getting a laptop as her big present this year and while I got it for a good deal at $299 + her other presents, there is no way we would spend that same amount on all the kids this year. DD needs a computer for school and since I'm pretty much on my laptop doing school work myself in the evenings she really can't borrow mine all the time. DS absolutely doesn't need that much spent on him, we probably spent $120 on him total. Yet SD's big present was $130.
We do same # of gifts because all our kids care about is that they aren't sitting back watching someone else open a bunch of presents when they only got a few. So that means, like in this year's case DD gets much cheaper other presents since her big present is so much.
When LO is older we will do the same amount. As for now, we spent waay less on her because her 2nd bday is a week after christmas and she is about get bombarded. She got 3 nice gifts this year. SS happened to get 4 bigger gifts. We decided to do that this year instead of a ton of smaller things.
Both kids will get stockings with gadgets and candy.
We probably spent $250 per kid. I have been trying to get DH to understand that we need to cut back with the boys -- I'm pretty happy with our budget this year. DH grew up in a family where holiday were magical events of being showered with insane amounts of gifts and cash. It set up unreasonable expectations and I don't want to try to live up to that.