mbgreenwalt:I do one gift for birthdays and they get an activity/experience the day of their actual birthday
- Ava - 11-29-11
- Violet - 10-9-13
We also did an experience for her birthday. We went to Build a Bear and she picked out a bear. No outfits or sounds and it cost us 15 bucks or so. I plan on spending much more for Christmas (want, need, wear, read gifts). We had fun as a family. DD was a bit young to appreciate the experience and was a little scared of the fluff machine (similar to our vacuum noise which she doesn't like), but we started a tradition. :-) She got so many presents from friends and family; she didn't need more.
DD got one present from us (her parents) and a book from her brother. Then the rest of the family gifts. Cost was $35 plus $200+ for party.
For Christmas, we'll have 4-5 things from santa plus a stocking. We'll probably wrap a big box of diapers too so the pile looks similar to her 5yr old brother's. Cost will probably be around $100-$125.