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What do you spend on dc's?

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sallystar1976 Thu 24-Nov-16 08:14:57

Just wondering what the average people spend on dc's at Christmas?

alwayshappy101 Thu 24-Nov-16 08:28:57

DD is 1,I have spent £100 on her.
Ds is 6,I have spent £150 on him.
I was wondering myself if this was enough...
but then you have to take into account that they will get lots of presents from other people.
I'd also like to know what others spend.

yummycake123 Thu 24-Nov-16 09:25:17

DS is nearly 4, spending £60 this year.
Last year we spent £40 in one big present and he loved it. He gets a lot from family as well so that's why we try to limit ourselves.

sallystar1976 Thu 24-Nov-16 09:54:42

Think I'm spending too much thenblush but i don't really have family to buy for them.

Floralnomad Thu 24-Nov-16 10:03:15

What is an average person ? I have older DC and I've always more or less got them what they wanted , or what I thought they wanted which means some years I've spent £200ish and other years I've spent £1200ish or more . We don't price match ( never have) as I figure it works out over the years , and never spend more than I can comfortably afford ( no credit cards / debt) .

J3NN1 Thu 24-Nov-16 10:09:27

I don't think there ever is a correct answer to this, and no such thing as the average person. Some people like to spend £10 or less some people like to spend £1000+
You just do whatever is right for you and your family. There are so many variables such as income, bills, savings, area, number of siblings, age of child etc
As long as the child is appreciative and you don't get yourself in debt for Xmas then there is nothing to worry about.

atticusclaw2 Thu 24-Nov-16 10:09:33

About £375 each this year but that's because there is one big ticket item (full size multi games table) which is really a whole family present. DH and I are only doing token gifts as a result. Generally we spend about £250 each.

PP is right though - "average person" is difficult to define. Even if you go on average income people have different levels of outgoings. I suspect our household income is far higher than most.

amorita Thu 24-Nov-16 10:09:42

We will spend £150 on our ds. He get a main present and then some smaller ones. He is only 3 so is is the first xmas where he knows whats going on. He has grandparents who will spoil him rotten too. Spend as much as you can afford or are comfortable with. Its really not worth getting yourself in debt everyone for xmas.

AlwaysNeverOnTime Thu 24-Nov-16 13:07:26

£300 each including stocking and Christmas eve boxes pjs ect. They are 3 and 5. That's what I can afford so that's what I spend. Everyone is different. I have one friend who spends less than £50 on hers and another friend who spends nearly £1k.

Shinyshoes2 Thu 24-Nov-16 13:09:57

About £600.00 between the 3 of them

Ragwort Thu 24-Nov-16 13:11:47

There are so many variables - most importantly, what can you afford?

Just wait until the New Year and read all the threads about people getting into debt over Christmas ................ happens every year.

There will always be people who spend loads and people who live frugally - I don't think you can measure how enjoyable your Christmas celebrations are by the amount of money you spend. I know this will sound pious but I make sure my DS knows that the 'present' part of Christmas is not the main point smile

Greenfingeredfun Thu 24-Nov-16 16:27:04

Inc stockings and xmas eve bags.. about £350 each on our two ds's

Greenfingeredfun Thu 24-Nov-16 16:28:09

Oh god no.. it's prob nearer to £400 each this year. Wow confused

Clickclickclick Thu 24-Nov-16 16:32:38

Ds1 about £450 and ds2 about £120.

Ds2 is ten years younger.

talksensetome Thu 24-Nov-16 16:39:33

About £500 each has not 3 dc but I have been saving all year for that.

SatsukiKusakabe Thu 24-Nov-16 18:58:14

100 each and then stockings on top but mainly food and some useful and silly bits in those so not much more. They are only young still and we're not into consoles yet, so I think they've done well out of that.

Everyone has a different budget and different ideas of what to get for presents.

Bobsmum02 Thu 24-Nov-16 19:06:23

DD about £400, 8 years younger DS about £300-350 plus a bit extra for Christmas Eve box. Next year I will have nieces or nephews to buy for too so this might go down. It's variable depending on how much we can afford each year.

Sunshine59 Thu 24-Nov-16 19:12:27

Probably between £200/£300 between the three of them, but we have grandparents, aunties and friends that all buy as well. Now they are older I'd rather have more money left to do things with them in the school holidays days out etc, then spend to much money on things purely for the sake of it

Shemozzle Thu 24-Nov-16 19:34:50

Approximately £200 each without stockings, advent calendars and Christmas Eve gifts.

Shemozzle Thu 24-Nov-16 19:36:51

I home school mine though so do think I spend more on books and educational type toys than I ordinarily would. Lots of science kits etc

NapQueen Thu 24-Nov-16 19:39:28

It's all relative.

Dd will be 5 and I've spent about 100. Ds will be 2 and I've spent about 80.

I assume once they are older the stuff they'd want and like will be more expensive. So at age 8-12 I'd probably spend 2 or 3 times that because games consoles etc are pricier than wooden train track and play food.

Crispsheets Thu 24-Nov-16 19:41:11

£500 each this year.
I can afford it.
I do not go into debt or put it on credit cards.
They get no other gifts from family

SerialReJoiner Thu 24-Nov-16 19:47:18

We have 5 DC and have spent on average £100 each. I've already finished my list, but whenever I finish shopping early I end up getting them more things. I'll probably do the same this year...

PandoraMole Thu 24-Nov-16 19:57:52

I like to think I spend £75-100 on main present/s for DD and about £50 on a stocking.

Realistically it's probably more and now she's 12 it's harder to find tiny stocking fillers and big presents tend to be more expensive.

I've spent about £100 so far this year but none of her gifts really have the wow factor iykwim.

unlimiteddilutingjuice Thu 24-Nov-16 20:10:14

From years of similar threads, there is no average spend. The amount depends on so much:
Income, obviously. But also:
Age of children.
Whether the child will be getting gifts from other relatives.
Whether you buy throughout the year or if Xmas is a whole years worth of toys in one day.
When the child's birthday is and how much they will receive for that.
Who else you need to buy for.

MIL is known for going overboard (bless her) and both DC will receive an entire santa sack from her plus numerous other gifts from assorted relly's. To reciprocate DH and I have numerous other people (adults adults nd children) to buy for. I am therefore buying the kids just one thing each:
Ds (4): Octonaut bundle off eBay 39.00
Dd (1) : Peppa pig train and weebles 25.00

If I was buying all their presents I would consider somewhere between £70 and £150 to be reasonable.

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