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to ask how much you spend on DCs christmas presents?

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Splatt34 Sun 02-Dec-12 07:50:39

Just that really.

DD is 2 & have finally decided what to get her. Adds up to around £70 in total.

how about the rest of you?

marleybrodie Sun 02-Dec-12 09:23:00

When they were under 2years very little.
Now 9 and 12 approx £300 each.
But we can afford it- and we don't spend much on them the rest of the year- if they want a computer game etc they have to save pocket money.
Even with a decent budget I still shop around for the best prices and deals.
The eldest hasn't come up with much of a list this year so we have agreed money not spend on gifts can go into their bank account and if they decide they want something later in the year they can use it.

bedmonster Sun 02-Dec-12 09:23:43

Probably £350 on each dd, 7 & 8 and &150 on ds 1. Sounds like a lot compared to some, to others it will be not a lot. None of it has been bought on credit, all paid for outright. No debts here.
I think you spend what you can afford.

soundevenfruity Sun 02-Dec-12 09:24:02

We are the only ones who give Xmas presents. My side doesn't give anything and DH's just token style ones so we tend to overcompensate for that. About £150 (if I can get a decent balancing bike cheaply on eBay).

akaemmafrost Sun 02-Dec-12 09:24:29

Loads but same as altinkum. I don't get into debt for it. Save up a few months beforehand and I don't spend much on myself at all. Clothes have to be falling off me before I buy new ones and when I do its always in the sales.

When it was just DD1 I could spend upto £300. However, now we have DD2 I've budgeted £130 max on them each and that is only because I can afford to at the moment. I wouldn't get into debt for it tho.

CheerMum Sun 02-Dec-12 09:30:08

We've spent about 850 on dd, but we haven't gone into debt and she is a lovely unspoilt girl. I plan a lot for Chrimbo and did almost all my shopping in October when Argos had a 3 for 2 so spent about 500 but got toys worth 750 ( I love a bargain)
She doesn't have a big extended family so this is all she'll be getting. Plus, she has had health problems all year so I wanted to indulge her a bit.
Merry Christmas everybody! smile

nappydaysagain Sun 02-Dec-12 09:31:30

I think we've probably spent £300 on DS1&2 (11&7) and £200 on DS3. We aren't particularly well off compares to some but DH and I save for Christmas each month throughout the year and its all been bought out right. I would really struggle to spend less than £100 as a new out Xbox game can be £30-£40. The oldest 2 are very appreciative off what they do get.

nappydaysagain Sun 02-Dec-12 09:32:41

of not off confused

pinkyp Sun 02-Dec-12 09:35:21

I spent about £120 on ds2 who is 2 next week so will get lots then for his birthday and £160 on ds1, ds1 is 5 and wanted a tv which is why his is slightly more.....

But everything I bought was on offer or in the sales so I know they have presents worth at least double what I spent smile

VestaCurry Sun 02-Dec-12 09:36:05

2 dc's. Around £70 each. No grandparents alive now, who were always generous. They have Aunts and Uncles who buy for them so by the time those gifts are factored in, we figure they have a very decent amount of presents under the tree. We just don't feel comfortable with spending more, not sure specifically why, probably lots of reasons along the lines of don't want to get too much into the whole rampant consumerism of the season etc.

MonsterBookOfTinsel Sun 02-Dec-12 09:42:31

About £100 on ds, 4 years. Wii, 2 games, Thomas tank take and play, imaginext castles, poundland colouring books.
About £150 on ds, 2 years, she has a bike,helmet, Mrs potato head, dolls house and poundland colouring books.
We do it onaking sure they have the same amount of presents, not amount.
The Wii was second hand off my sister for £30 grin

BegoniaBigtoes Sun 02-Dec-12 09:43:09

Prob £70 ish each, plus stockings. No "main" presents this year as there is nothing big they want, so we are getting a selection of smaller things, some they want, some surprises. Exciting as there will be more to open!

MonsterBookOfTinsel Sun 02-Dec-12 09:44:07

On making

MonsterBookOfTinsel Sun 02-Dec-12 09:45:15

My post is awful, of amount of money!

The dc were attacking each other grin

Psammead Sun 02-Dec-12 09:47:59

About 75 pounds, probably. DD (almost 3) is getting a magnetic fishing game, snakes and ladders, a puzzle, PJs and a big garage thing.

About another 25 on her advent calendar which I make myself.

So about 100, all told.

oneofthosedays Sun 02-Dec-12 09:49:54

We save all year for pressies and food for xmas. Have spent £200 each on DS and DD but that includes clothes, new bedding etc. Relatives, i buy for our parents and nephews/neices only and budget £30 per person. Dh and i don't tend to buy for each other apart from a token DVD or something as we really don't need anything and tend to mooch the new years sales for clothes/shoes etc. That leaves £50 for each Dc's birthday presents and £100 to spend on xmas food and booze.

plim Sun 02-Dec-12 09:51:24

About 200 on each of the older children and 80 on the toddler

LadyLetch Sun 02-Dec-12 09:59:39

I agree with Strawberries though that it is ridiculous to compare lists without seeing the bigger picture.

Who else buys for the child? If its just the parents, they're bound to spend a lot more than someone who has lots of family to do it for them.

What do you buy all year round - do you regularly see something in town and just give it to your child? Or do you put it away for Christmas? A parent who does the latter will naturally give more at Christmas, but they won't necessarily spend more over the course of the year.

What do you give for birthdays? If you spend more on birthdays you are likely to spend less at Christmas, or do you prefer to spend more at Christmas?

Finally, what's included in the presents? Purely toys or do you include practical stuff too? Things like pants, socks, vests etc soon add up in cost, but its not giving anything extra iyswim.

I probably spend about £200 each at Christmas, (I dare say more, I don't add it up!) but I fit into the latter group of most of those questions. I don't buy magazines or give gifts all year round (everything goes into the Christmas box), they don't get any big presents for their birthday (I pay for the party, and a few little bits) and they get all the essentials for Christmas. This year, I've spent about £30 each on underwear bits (pants, vests, socks, tights), £15 on new Wellies another £15 on a new outfit.... That's £60 gone, but I can't believe other people don't buy these things for their children - they just don't give them out at Christmas.

I probably fit into one of those parents who others would describe as giving an 'obsene' amount at Christmas, and my children do get one hell of a lot, but when I look around at those friends who often say the same my children don't actually own anymore, in fact I think they own far less tat, because I never just pick things up when I see them and give, I really think "will DD still like this at Christmas" and I think that actually cuts back on a lot of the tat! I honestly don't give any more, I just give differently.

oneofthosedays Sun 02-Dec-12 10:22:51

ladyletch I agree, generally year round dcs only get bought what they need with the odd cheap treat i.e £2 or less. If they want something they need to count up their spends and see if they have enough. For ours at xmas, family have never been one to go overboard and grandparents on both sides have 6 dgcs to buy for so our presents form the bulk of what they get.

For dd's birthday in Dec she wants an ipod touch, she has been told budget doesn't stretch to that and therefore has saved £50 to put towards along with our 50 and relatives are also giving money towards as well. It's harder as they get older as what they ask for gets more expensive and they want what they see friends getting.

PearlyWhites Sun 02-Dec-12 10:29:39

£150 for the two eldest dd age 14 and 8, £80 for dd age 23 months and
£20 for ds 4 months( he also has dd baby toys wrapped up)

CheerMum Sun 02-Dec-12 10:31:08

I buy gifts throughout the year, but I'm frivolous like that grin
But I never spend money we haven't got iyswim
I tell myself it's cos dd has health issues so they are little rewards for getting through the days, but I think, deep down, I just love shopping for her hehe
She'd be just as happy with a book token ( she gets that from tight arise Dh wink )

armani Sun 02-Dec-12 10:38:53

I haven't actually added it up yet, but don't set a budget. I tend to try and buy an equal amount of gifts for each dc and not worry about how much it costs as the dc don't understand that an iPod costs £150 and a barbie costs £10.
Dcs are 6, 3 and 2 and have about 10 presents each plus a stocking from Santa. They also have a new outfit for Christmas Day and new pjs for Christmas Eve. I haven't bought any tat and shopped wisely in the sales!
Dd 6 yo has -
iPod touch
Argos design a friend
Monster high dolls
Brave DVD, book and rag doll
Hello kitty art box

Ds age 3 has-
Elc rescue station (£56 bought in sale!)
Batcave
Gotham city jail
Playmobil police van
Bat mobile

Dd age 2 yo has -
Elc cupcake pram set
Happy land boot (£16 in sale!)
Baby annabelle
Lala loopsy
Peppa pig playset

Plus they all have stockings from Santa!

3bunnies Sun 02-Dec-12 10:39:47

About 100 each, but they only get presents for birthdays + christmas, and don't have huge families. Again we don't go into debt for it.

bondigidum Sun 02-Dec-12 11:07:06

A lot. Way more than I should have done blush.

DC3 is nearly 4 months and I didn't really know what to get her at that age because soon enough she'll have grown into her siblings toys. I got her a few little bits and a couple of bigger things that were more necessity. Spent about £200 on her. Older two are both toddlers and share their toys and books as they're into same stuff. Probably spent about £300 on them both.

To me that isn't tooo bad but DH thinks i'm terrible. We don't really buy them things throughout the year though (I mean toys and such) so that is my justification. I do admire people who spend very little, I wish I could be more like that.

LaQueen Sun 02-Dec-12 11:08:09

DD1's main present this year is a compact video camera - £185 (but MIL is also contributing)

It's a lot to spend on a 9.5 year old, but we've have talked it through, and she already knows how to use basic video editing software - so we know she will get a lot of use out of it. We've explained that if Santa brings her a video camera, she won't get many other pressies - which she's happy with. So, she'll just get an outfit, a few books and then a stocking with sweets/little knick-knacks/sparkly hair-grips/toiletries in etc.

DD2's main present is a DS Lite 3D - £138.

Again, it's quite a lot, but she has played her original DS Lite to death. She'll also get an outfit, some books, a stocking with sweets/trinkets in (also probably need to put a couple of DS Lite 3D games in it) and then also a new Build A Bear.

They'll get pressies/money from 4 sets of Aunties & Uncles, too. And, also pressies from my Mum, some of their godparents, and from a couple of my best friends...

Every year, I think we've been quite frugal/sensible...every year I realise they get far too much hmm

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