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How much do you spend on gifts for kids this Christmas?

Just looking on what’s the average costs per kid depending on the age & whether it’s your own, a godchild, a relative, a friend’s, etc. Please share your thoughts. I found the link below as I google it. https://pinholepress.com/blog/the-complete-guide-how-much-should-you-spend-on-childrens-gifts/

  • Ashley
    Dec 19, 2018

    We spend about $100 on our own kids, and at the most $50 on friends kids / other family members kids. But typically only about $20 per kids that are not ours.

  • Elena
    Dec 20, 2018

    I spend about a $100 on my boy and about $50 on family members kids. If it is a friend I'll spend about $20 if they don't ask for something specific. I usually go for essentials rather than toys because they'll get toys from most of people. So I ask what are they in need of or just get something they can grow with rather than something they would only play or use for a couple of months.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 20, 2018

    I’ve spent more this year than any other year on my three kids about $1,000 for all three. Plus I’m getting gifts for my parents, my sister and her husband. I’m doing couples gifts this year. Also for my husband, his grandma and mom. I don’t buy for my nieces and nephews I have 13 so I do something special on their birthdays instead and have asked people not to buy for my kids on Christmas as well

  • Jordon
    Dec 20, 2018

    $100 on my toddler

  • Savitha
    Dec 21, 2018

    This is the first year my 3 year old and 5 year old actually had a list of what they wanted. We spent about $200 on each but Christmas is usually the only time we buy toys. It’s not like they get spoiled with things all throughout the year. We do a lot of family trips and experiences together so they don’t really even think much about presents. I think it’s hard to put a dollar amount of what you should spend bc expensive is relative to your circumstance. Don’t ever feel obligated to spend outside of your comfort level for things that kids probably won’t even think much of by the next year.

  • Stacey
    Dec 21, 2018

    We have two young kids and spend $300-$400 on each kid. I have 4 nieces & nephews and 2 little cousins so I spend about $30 on each. My brother and sister and I don’t exchange gifts with each other because we buy for the kids.

  • Stacey
    Dec 21, 2018

    Also a tip from my mom was to make sure each kid has the same number of gits so they don’t think one got more than the other. Kids don’t usually understand the difference in value.

  • Aje
    Dec 21, 2018

    I would say 20-40 each for other relatives kids. For my own this year we spent about 150.

  • Cherish
    Dec 21, 2018

    My husband and I spend about $300 on our toddler. We both have children from previous relationships. We spend around $100 for each of his girls plus either plane tickets for them to visit us or we drive up and get a hotel for two days to visit them. Plane tickets run around $800 so the girls understand that’s part of their Christmas plus they have Christmas with their mom. Last year we splurged on universal for Christmas between tickets, travel, hotel and food it was about $2500. My daughter is grown and I normally spend between $100 - $200 on her. On our nieces we spend no more than $50. On close friends children we spend no more than $15. We don’t do presents for adults by family agreement and just focus on the kids.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 21, 2018

    I spent about $1000 on my kids this year. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit it as I cringe at excessive materialism. I will say I purchased one big gift for all of them and splurged on a higher quality (fully assembled 🙌🏻) product to save myself the headache on Christmas Eve. I also purchased lots of $1-5 craft type items/toys that their elf brings sporadically. I’ll say this after the first morning the elf left an activity - (for young kids at least) they were so excited - they really could care less about how much they got. It was all about the magic! As for other kids, I really only buy for nieces/nephews, but typically spend about $50 on each, but I try to focus on something they’ll like vs price. Some years I spend a bit more, some years a bit less.

  • T
    Dec 21, 2018

    No more than $50 on my godsons. For mine it can vary depending on what they’ve requested. This yr i went all out for mine over $1700 on three chaps....

  • Anonymous
    Dec 21, 2018

    Thanks everyone for your comments! Just celebrating my 1st family christmas reunion w/ the in laws & their kids & also our almost 1 yr old baby’s 1st christmas so it’s a big pressure on my side but I know my husband & I have to stay true to what we can afford & at the end of the day, it’s more about celebrating it w/ your family, friends & loved ones. Happy Holidays!

  • Anonymous
    Dec 24, 2018

    I don't have any family or friends to spend holidays with so it's just my toddler and I. We didn't get to have a Christmas the last 2 years so I have some things that I bought but was not able to give him, so between that and a few newer things I'd say @$300. He's all I have and Christmas was always really special for me growing up, so I was hoping to make it that special for him, despite the lack of people. Though they are what made my holidays memorable, and there's no real substitute for that. I'm hoping I can find a way to create that same magic, between gifts and activities for us. I definitely don't have it like that to spend all the time and having presents left from prior years helps in a backwards way but this is not the norm. However, how do you not spend over $100 at least with toys these days? Some are well over that amount for 1 silly toy, then the lil ones love the cardboard box best. lol I cant..🤦‍♀️