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?

McChristmasPants2012 Sun 02-Dec-12 11:09:24

what i can afford smile

LaQueen Sun 02-Dec-12 11:10:16

To add, we don't go into debt for pressies, and we don't tend to spend a lot on the DDs on a weekly basis. So at birthdays and Xmas we're fairly generous with them.

Splatt34 Sun 02-Dec-12 11:11:58

Well I'm glad I posted this. If nothing else it has made me think how much more I'll need to save when she's older!!

catgirl1976geesealaying Sun 02-Dec-12 11:12:28

DS is only one

I don't think we will get him anything really as he's just had his birthday and doesn't need anything

We will probably get him a token thing to unwrap and put some money on a savings account

I would be classed as spending an obscene amount too but I agree that it has to be seen in the context of earnings, what else they get and how you live life generally. I can't abide some of the judgy threads on here where little miss pious declares that her children get a knitted sock with a satsuma and are so delighted that they sing and dance all day.

I must feel guilty about it subconsciously though because I always donate the equal amount to charity at Christmas <channels pious behaviour to a whole new level>

<channels piousness to a whole new level>

lookingfoxy Sun 02-Dec-12 11:16:09

Far too much by reading what others spend on here!
Have spent £300 on ds (7) and still to buy new shoes/shirt for parties.
Will spend about £100 each on dp and my mum.
Neices and nephews £20 in a card.
I put £20 by every week throughout the year to pay for it all which is sometimes a struggle to find, I really love christmas and seeing ds's face when santa has been smile.
I don't really buy him anything apart from a kids magazine throughout the year, he saves up from the odd pounds that people give him if he wants anything.

Groovee Sun 02-Dec-12 11:17:59

We've spent £225 on both children including stocking fillers etc.

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Sun 02-Dec-12 11:21:55

2yo DS is getting a scooter and helmet from us this year and a WOW Ernie fire engine from his sister so about £90.

DD will be 7 weeks old. I've bought her a toy she can use when she's a few months older and a rattle from DS, so about £20.

DH and I both have large and generous extended families so we decided to keep things simple at home. Last year we hosted Christmas and DS was overwhelmed with all the presents he received. He ended up not opening our present to him until a few days later as we wanted him to open presents from relatives while they were there and he just wanted to play with them, which was fine.

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Sun 02-Dec-12 11:24:02

Oh, and both children are getting books from us too so the total is something like £150. It's amazing how much it all adds up to isn't it?

Arisbottle Sun 02-Dec-12 11:26:31

This year we have gone a bit mad, in part prompted by threads on here. Last night I gave in and bought an x box for the children to share. So about £50 each.

I may go utterly mad and put some books in their stockings so all in all £70 per child .

MsElleTow Sun 02-Dec-12 11:29:22

I have spent about £400 each on my boys (16&18 by Christmas) they are having a new iPod Nano, a couple of PS3 games, and clothes. So many clothes that I probably won't have to buy any more until they need a couple of pairs of shorts in the Summer. We don't buy things through the year normally (did this year, but that was a one off) so they appreciate what they get.

ZeldaUpNorth Sun 02-Dec-12 11:30:54

I've spent about £100 each on my 3. £10-15 each on most other family members, though usually buy my nan that little bit extra as she doeesn't have much money, but always manages to buy my kids something. (i tell her not to bother but she wants to)

freddiefrog Sun 02-Dec-12 11:31:21

We also save all year round for Christmas so we never get into debt over it

I suppose the spend depends how old your kids are and what they want/need

DD2 has outgrown her old bike and helmet so we've bought her a new one for Christmas, not much change from a hundred quid

DD1 asked for a kindle, we bought her the kindle fire when they were on offer on Amazon, then add a couple of board games, some books, maybe some clothes it soon adds up

Their stockings, we probably spend about £50 each, they get new knickers, socks, hair clips and little stocking-filler-type stuff like colouring pencils, fart putty, etc

When they were younger, a main present was around £25, but as they get older their presents increase in price in direct comparison to their decrease in size

Arisbottle Sun 02-Dec-12 11:34:38

DH has just said that the x box is for him as well, back down to about £60 per child!

MissCellania Sun 02-Dec-12 11:46:58

there are countless threads on this subject in the xmas topic.

5madthings Sun 02-Dec-12 11:47:48

I havent actually added it all up but quite a bit but with 5 children its not.going to.be cheap!

we are getting a nexus 7 as a shared present.

Ds1 is getting a new mobile.

Ds2 is getting lego.and some science/physics kits.

Ds3 is getting lego.and crafty stuff and his bday is 23rd dec and he is getting rolletskates they were £55

Ds4 imaginext batman rangeand iron man costume and play doh.

Dd ben and holly stuff, fuzzy felts, happyland farm. Her bday is next weej and she us getying micro scooter, doll and pushchair.

They will.all get stockings and some little bits and pieces and shared presents of board games, lego games, games for the xbox (will buy some of those second hand)

And they will get plenty from relatives, who tend to spend £50-70 per child.

The older ones end up with less presents but what they get is more expensive and the little ones have less spent on the but they already have all their elder siblings stufc to play with.

Pochemuchka Sun 02-Dec-12 11:47:51

About £100 each so far but that includes a wooden play kitchen for the two of them to share (reduced from £150 to £80) and a bunch of accessories to go with it (food, washing machine, plates, kettle etc)

Will buy them some Christmas PJs and some pants/vests and DS needs a few more stocking pressies to even it out by number.

DC3 is expected to arrive over Christmas and I have bought a baby grow with a cuddly toy etc just in case!

Other two DC will also get a rag doll each from baby when they're born.

TBH the DC don't get many presents from family as we're a v small family. We don't tend to spend much at birthdays either (about £50 - usually on useful stuff with a couple of token toys) but we do buy stuff throughout the year when it's needed.

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Sun 02-Dec-12 11:58:52

wink aris

I don't think the amount spent or the number of presents matters as much as the way in which they are received. Some children will get a mountain of presents and be thrilled, others will get 1 present and act like brats.

LaQueen Sun 02-Dec-12 12:13:49

"I can't abide some of the judgy threads on here where little miss pious declares that her children get a knitted sock with a satsuma and are so delighted that they sing and dance all day"

This ^ ^ ^ ^ ...because of course...of course...that means you love your child much, much more...and they are a much happier, well rounded, more spiritually evolved child - than the child of some hapless, shallow, materialism-obsessed parent who has the temerity to spend more than £11.99 on them at Christmas hmm

Oh do fuck off.

Fifis25StottieCakes Sun 02-Dec-12 12:24:10

I have 3 so start in January, probably sounds a lot £200 each probably although im not sure i would need to add it all up, it's chucked behind the fridge for a year. I couldn't afford to just go out and buy. DD1 is hard as the other 2 are younger so i just buy any half price toys i see. DD1 changes her mind now so I put 2.50 in a jar behind the microwave with a lid i cant take off and have just put it towards a BB and a pauls botique bag on ebay because i wont pay for a new one. I also ebay like crazy, amazing what people buy. Last year i sold absolutely loads and raised about £250. If i take off what i sell on ebay against what i buy i wont spend £200 but there's probably about £200 worth of stuff there. I also shop at tesco all year and use my points to buy the xmas food shop. Last year i got £40 back

Theicingontop Sun 02-Dec-12 12:28:37

I've spent £150-ish. Most of that went on one big present though, a lovely wooden play kitchen. The rest were little things I got on sale.

SoWhatIfImWorkingClass Sun 02-Dec-12 12:29:34

DS will get in between £175.00 - £200.00 spent on him and DSD will get in between £175.00 - £200.00 spent on her. I still think this amount in very steep and £150.00 each sounds more like it with our household income. Next year DS2 will be here and 3 kids to buy for will mean a very expensive Christmas! They get tons off both sides of the famil anyway.

IfNotNowThenWhen Sun 02-Dec-12 12:42:16

shock
I am spending £25 on ds. His aunties/uncles will give me £10 each towards extra stuff to put in the stocking. He is getting one thing he really wants so I think will be happy.
Would love to spend more, but cant. Although I don't think I would be spending £200, simply because ds is already deeply materialistic!

loopylou6 Sun 02-Dec-12 12:47:25

Maybe about 250 each (two DC) but we only spend about 50 on their birthdays and they don't get bought presents through the year.

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