How much are you spending on gifts this Christmas?

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: How much are you spending of gifts this Christmas?
    less than $100.00 : (20 votes)
    10 %
    $100.00 - $250.00 : (32 votes)
    16 %
    $250.00 - $500.00 : (55 votes)
    28 %
    $500.00 - $1000.00 : (48 votes)
    24 %
    $1000.00 - $1500.00 : (15 votes)
    8 %
    $1500.00 -$2000.00 : (11 votes)
    6 %
    $2000.00 - $2500.00 : (4 votes)
    2 %
    $2500.00 - $3000.00 : (2 votes)
    1 %
    $3000.00 - $3500.00 : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    2062 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @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
    9204 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2018

    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
    219 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013


    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
    8720 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    we buy for:

    both moms

    my dad (his is deceased)

    1 grandma

    my sister

    his sister

    each other

    always spend over $1000 but I’m never sure of the total

    Post # 7
    176 posts
    Blushing bee

    I usually spend about 500. I buy for 

    My so

    His parents

    His 3 siblings

    My parents

    My sister

    My BFF

    BFF’s mom

    My uncle

    7 pets (between everyones)

    Post # 8
    5087 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    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
    1167 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @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
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    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
    820 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    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
    2878 posts
    Sugar bee

    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
    10454 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    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
    1867 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    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 # 16
    2878 posts
    Sugar bee

    @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 !


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