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How much do kids care about monetary value vs no of presents?!

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Shitonyoursofa Tue 01-Nov-16 21:20:23

I am childless, two DNs to buy for. When they were smaller I just used to buy whatever I thought they would like best, without giving too much thought as to whether I'd spent the same amount of money on both of them. However now they are a bit older, aware of what things cost, able to use the Internet etc, I'm a bit worried if I take that approach it will cause problems.

I've chosen something for DN1 which I know she will love, cost c £75. DN2 I find much harder to buy for, so asked for suggestions from DSis, and apparently the thing she would like the most costs about half that. But then if I get something else she will have 2 presents and DN1 only 1. But at the same time I'd like to try and spend equal ish amounts on both. They get a bit competitive about things at the best of times! They are 6 and 8 btw. Are they very aware of monetary value at that age?

d270r0 Tue 01-Nov-16 21:25:48

No, certainly the 6 year old will have very little idea of monetary value. Do the 2 presents look similar, forgetting cost completely- same size, etc. If they are just go for the 1 present for dn2. If you want to spend the same amount on them, you could always just give the parents the extra money to go in dn2s bank account.

Tiggles Tue 01-Nov-16 21:38:36

Mine don't have a clue about monetary value (Well the 14 year old does but not the 10/8 year old). If they got what they asked for - whether it be worth 50p or £50 they would be happier than if they didn't get something they asked for but cost a lot more if that makes sense. They do tend to compare number of packages though.

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