Post # 1
Many of my friends are having pared down Christmases this year, when it comes to gifts. Not because they have to for economic reasons, but simply because Christmas can get so out of control.
FI mentioned a couple of weeks ago (after meeting with our photographer) that maybe we should go easy this year, with a wedding to pay for in 9 monthsr. (He joked that we should get each other a photographer for Christmas, but I don’t think she’ll fit under our tree 🙂 )
I’m not even sure what “pared down” means. We didn’t actually agree to go easy. We both find that our parents and families are very hit and miss with buying us things we actually like or will use, so I do like to ensure that there’s a bunch of stuff under the tree to him from me that I know he’ll like.
Just curious what is normal for other people, especially folks who’ve got weddings to save for
Post # 3
Probably about $250, just a rough estimate.
Post # 4
Maybe $100 when you add everything up. We just graduated from college and spent the entire summer unemployed so money has not been the best. Especially since we bought a new car and an E ring.
Post # 5
I voted $100-$150, but it doesn’t really apply. We’re doing stockings with a $75 limit – but we always buy one big joint gift for ourselves. This year is was a new mattress/box spring which was waayyy over $600.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club
I’ve spent between $150-200 this year on FI.
Post # 7
Well, if you count the airfare to fly over here to visit him for a few weeks, then over $1,000. If you’re just counting actual wrapped presents, then maybe $75 – $100.
Post # 8
DH is a big spender on Christmas. He just loves figuring out what to get everyone. We had a discussion about finances and we are spending around $150.00 on each other. He was disappointed but after a few discussions he saw the light. 😀
Post # 9
We were only supposed to spend $200 plus stocking stuffers, but I spent more like $300 on everything. What can I say? SO is a tiny bit spoiled.
Post # 10
I voted $100-250, but it isn’t accurate. $100 was our limit for each other. I spent about $85-90.
Post # 11
You should add a 0-100 option to you poll.
I spent around $200 on him this year. I usually spend about $300, but just didn’t have the cash this year.
Post # 12
I’d say total value maybe $100. What I paid $10 total. Thanks to those jcpenneys buttons!
Post # 13
$150 maybe? But I think that’s an outrageous amount to spend on Christmas…. I didn’t want to spend that much. Your poll choices are pretty high!
Post # 14
$140. We usually spend on whatever it is the other person really wants but there are years where we skip gifts for a trip or something. There isn’t any set amount. One year, I got a Nook Color ($249); and, another year, the DH got a winter driving course ($350).
Post # 15
Christmas is usually a free for all for us. We spend way more at the holidays than we do on bdays or really any other time. I’ve budgeted about 1k for this year. It’s an exorbitant amount, I know, but I love to spoil her rotten this time of year.
Post # 16
I spent like $250. Our first year together DH went kinda nuts, he got me a PS3 (yes, I know in most relationships this would be for the guy, but he really never uses it or plays games), a necklace with a diamond pendant, and a few other things. So the next year I went nuts and he spent what was a more reasonable amount. So the next year I went down to his more reasonable amount…and he spent even less. This seems to be the pattern for us, it kind of irritates me. For our first anniversary I got him a really nice watch, and he got me a book (a baby book, really for both of us since we’re expecting), and a movie. I was less than thrilled and he knows it. We probably should start setting dollar limits because otherwise he’s annoyed I spent too much and I’m annoyed I feel like he cheaped out on my gifts (he’s definitely the penny pincher in our relationship.)
This year I did not take my own advice and set a dollar limit, but I ended up spending about $250. He’ll say it’s too much, but he gives me ZERO ideas for gifts. The only thing I could come up with on my own were concert tickets, and they were expensive ones. I know he’ll be thrilled, but if he tells me I should’ve spent less, he should’ve given me an idea of something he wanted that was less expensive!