Post # 1
This year we’ve decided to cut back on how much we’re spending on gifts, and I’m still trying to wrap my head around how to do this and still cover all of my bases. Last year we came in at about $2300.00. About $1800.00 was for gifts for each other, and the other $500.00 was for family and friends. This year we are determined to do all of the gifting for under $1000.00! We will be buying for:
- His Mom
- His Brother
- My Mom & Stepdad
- My Sisters (3)
- My Brother
- My Grandma & Grandpa
- My Uncle
- My Niece
- My BFF’s Kids (2)
And then if there’s extra, we’ll get something for His Dad, and My Dad & Stepmom.
So how about you ladies?
Post # 3
@SincerelyShe: That seems like so much money to spend on gifts!
Last year, I pinterested it up to save. I made our parents and cousins edible gifts (i.e. jelly, homemade candies, etc.) and packaged them together. It took some time, but I had it and not the money. They seemed to really love it 🙂
Post # 4
We probably have spent between $1000 and $2000. We have:
- Each other
- His grandma and her partner
- My local grandmother
- His parents and my parents
- His sister & my sister
- My dogs
- Two people in the family draw (my family)
- My cousin
- Aunt and uncle on my dad’s side
- Their eldest daughter and her husband and their two kids
- Their youngest daughter and her husband and two kids
- My godfather
Post # 5
We buy for: Moms (3), Moms SO (1), Dad (1), Aunts (2), Uncles (2), Brothers (2), Sisters (2), Nephews (3), Gpa (1), Gma (1) = 18 people. Our budget is $600. Anything extra we can spend on ourselves but i doubt there will be much extra. This is our first Xmas budgeting together but we only have a few gifts left and def will not go over our budget.
Post # 6
we buy for:
my dad (his is deceased)
always spend over $1000 but I’m never sure of the total
Post # 7
I usually spend about 500. I buy for
His 3 siblings
7 pets (between everyones)
Post # 8
I always overspend despite lists & budgets. I just get caught up in Christmas songs & feeling festive & boom…overspend. We’re going to a Christmas market this weekend & it’s going to be so lovely & Christmassy….think wedding…think wedding…stay away from the foodie treats & gifts.
Post # 9
@SincerelyShe: Okay so I answered the poll wrong 😛 I spent roughtly $600 on SO last year, but I will spend about 1k or just over this year, its a big gift this year he’s been aching to get! I will also be getting my mummy dearest the bestest present ever, a brand new rocker recliner 🙂 About $900 worth there. I havent bought for her for some time though so this is a pent up spend on her. She’s gone from the falling apart-rocker she used from before I was born till a few years ago, to free recliners from friends and such. She doesn’t like to spend on herself so I will spoil her instead 😉
As for other people, I max out at a few hundred. My siblings and I normally forgoe gifts and SOs family does smaller gifts between close relatives only.
Post # 10
I’m not going to list my entire family but I’d say $4,000 at least. We don’t really track it.
Post # 11
We try to stay away from the materialistic aspect of Christmas because none of us really needs MORE stuff. Everyone has a $100 limit. This year, I bought DH a nice coat, my mom gets a Kate Spade bag (thanks to their surprise sale) and my sister gets a bottle of perfume and boots. Who knows what I’ll get? Then DH and I always treat ourselves to a trip over New Years with the money we DIDN’T spend on Christmas. This year it’s Napa Valley.
Post # 12
I am giving edibles to my parents, sister and in-laws. So maybe 60$ for groceries and gift boxes/papers.
To my FI I want to give a few little items, I have less than 100$ budget and that’s plenty. We are both extremely tight and try to save for tuitions in January, and the wedding. So there’s no way we’ll splurge for gifts, even to each other.
Post # 13
I dislike adding things up like this. It just gives me anxiety, and we don’t spend beyond our means, we save a good amount. If I had to guess, it’s probably close to $1000 once everything gets added in, especially if things like postage is included.
We buy gifts for our immediate families – 4 people on my side, 4 on his not including us. His family does a Secret Santa with extended relatives, so there’s another two gifts. I also send things to relatives on occassion, this year I’m sending stuff to my grandparents. I’m involved with a Secret Santa, DH might have one too, and I give a gift to one friend.
Post # 14
We have a child with a December birthday and a parent with an early January birthday, so including those with our Christmas gift spending – somewhere around $300. We barely bought each other anything this year other than a few house things, bought our daughter about $150 of Christmas/birthday, and then small gifts for my parents, his mom, his dad/step-mom and his sister. We spend less than $30 per person on anyone other than our daughter.
Post # 15
@QueenOfSerendip: I love the way you do Christmas! I love the idea of going on a trip together with the Christmas money that you don’t spend. I may have to talk my SO into doing something like this next year.
@aliavenue: & @NauticalDisaster: I like your ideas of making things as gifts, and who doesn’t like edible treats? I might get a little crafty myself this year? What projects have you ladies planned so far?
@AB Bride: I dislike adding things up like this myself. We typically don’t do it. But this year the budget is tight. We’ve got a ton of things going on, and honestly as much as I love Christmas time, its starting to feel like a huge inconvenience right now. With trying to save money to launch our business, trying to up our wedding fund, and everything else I really just had to make lists & budgets this year. It’s nice that you guys manage to stay around $1000.00 every year. This is what we are aiming to do.
@kittyface: Oh goodness, I didn’t even think about the holiday birthdays coming up. Its great that you include those into your Christmas Shopping List. I normally forget about those until the last minute. But then again you probably don’t have much of a choice, since one of those birthdays is your kid.
Post # 16
@SincerelyShe: A few months ago I bought a kit to make macaroons. Some website says it’s impossible to do, and some other websites say ”do not get those websites to intimidate you, it’s not as difficult as it looks”. So I’ll try to do macaroons ! And since it can be frozen, I’ll just take them out of the freezer before we go to my in-laws’ and parents’ and after a few hours in the fridge they’ll be ready to eat. Fingers crossed I’ll be talented enough, LOL !