(Closed) Christmas presents for SO

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Post # 2
3766 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I guess it all depends on how much you’re comfortable giving. That early in our relationship my husband and I had a rule of $100 for gifts. 

Post # 3
3169 posts
Sugar bee

We’re buying each other a pair of PJs lol


Post # 4
39 posts
  • Wedding: December 2014

5 months in Darling Husband and I spent around $100.00 on gifts. This year I’m getting him a personalized Yeti tumbler which totals about $50.00 and then we each put $150.00 in our “travel” account for holidays and birthdays. That way we can have a little weekend getaway when the weather gets warm again ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
592 posts
Busy bee

My first Christmas with my Fiance we were around 5 months and I spent around $50, if even. It’s up to you, but at 5 months I probably wouldn’t be spending several hundred dollars on a game console. 

The most I’ve spent was over $1000 for Christmas for him but that wasn’t until three years in. It was super excessive though. 

I’m trying to not spend a whole lot this year since we have a wedding to pay for next year. This year I’m doing 12 days of Christmas for him and I’ve already bought 9 days worth of gifts and have spent less than $80 so far. I Probably won’t spend more that $150, hopefully. 

Post # 6
510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

At our 1st Xmas we had been together for about 9 months or so,  less than a yr I remember that…anyway SO really wanted a collection of my favorite music burned so he could listen to it and really ” figure me out”.  Now we’re approaching the 3 yrs mark in the spring so this yr our gifts have gone up a bit in cost…I got him a  $500 camera  (with bag and lenses). I don’t know what he’s getting me.

Post # 7
485 posts
Helper bee

Our first Christmas my SO and I had only been together around three months and I think we spent like $30 on each other.  This past Christmas, we didn’t openly discuss a budget, and I wish we had. I spent like $75 on him, thinking that was a decent amount since we aren’t big gift givers and don’t exchange for birthdays, anniversaries, or anything.  He blew me away and spent like $125 on me and then also got both of my parents gifts since we celebrate at their house.

THIS year, I told him not to get me anything because I want him to put whatever he’d spend on me toward a ring. ๐Ÿ˜›  I’m getting him the new iPad, which is his Christmas present + (pre)engagement present.

Post # 8
7131 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it all depends. My Darling Husband has always made considerably more than me. He used to REALLY spoil me at Christmas and go way overboard, while I always spent a pretty modest amount. We’ve been together so long now we honestly don’t really do Christmas presents for each other. Maybe something small here and there but that’s it. 

Post # 9
511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Our first Christmas I got him a watch that cost me about $120, but was worth $300+ (yay black Friday). He got me a pair of Ray Bans. If you can get a great deal on the console then do it! He will love it and you don’t have to pay full price ๐Ÿ™‚ but I would say that you should try setting a Christmas budget with him, he might feel really bad if you give him such a great gift and he got you something generic.

Post # 10
3822 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

Our first Christmas together was 9 months into our relationship, and I still only spent $50 on him lol I felt a little bad when I realized how much he spent on me, but it’s hard shopping for the man that has everything, and he has a hard time letting me spend a lot of money on him (I’m in grad school making no money). 

This Christmas, we plan on spending a reasonable amount of money on each other because we are saving up for a house and our “weddingmoon”. Neither one of us can think of expensive things that we’d want from each other. Our priorities have changed. He proposed in Jamaica this October, and I’ve been on cloud nine ever since. I don’t want him to spend a lot on me this Christmas because he already made my year and I’d much rather save up for our future ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 11
3470 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

It really depends on what you’re comfortable spending – everyone’s financial situation is different so one person’s budget might be WAY more than another wants to spend. 

This year I’m doing a 12 days of Christmas thing, by getting him 11 little gifts in the $5-15 range and 1 big one that’s $150.  The list is: 

1. Pair of fun socks

2. Wallet

3. Book of his favorite comic strip

4. Darth Vadar & son book (our 1st is due in Jan!!!)

5. Grow your own mushrooms kit

6. Whiskey rocks set

7. wine bottle stoppers

8. Game of Thrones shirt – his favorite! 

9. Game of Thrones card game

10. Smoked Salmon cookbook

11. History of Food in 100 Recipes book

12. Fancy ham slicing knife (He’s been wanting this so it’s the “big” item I’m getting him)


All told I’m spending somewhere between $250-300 – but then again we’ve been together almost 10 years now, and are going all out on Christmas this year since it’ll be our first year away from our families and I’m having a rough time with it.  (Hence why I’m dragging out gifts for almost 2 weeks!) 

Last year and 7 yrs ago we decided to get a dog, so those years we didn’t exchange gifts, our dogs were our gift to each other.  The year we graduated college and the year we bought our house we limited our gifts to stocking stuffers.  One year I sent him on a hunting trip to Texas.  One year we just went out to a nice dinner… Early in our relationship we were both broke and in college, so we never really spent much on gifts and instead focused on experiences together which were more attainable and rewarding because it not only was within budget but it also brought us closer together.  

Post # 12
3171 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

wantingafuturebonz:  It depends on what you make and want to spend.  You could ask him. 

Post # 13
571 posts
Busy bee

I budget for everyone. They say that 2-5% of your income is what you can spend on gifts, so I do 2% since I figure throughout the year I probably make it to 4%. I will put down what I have for everyone else, and then what is left I will tailor his budget accordingly. When we were first together in collge we budgeted around $50, and now I spend up to $300 on him. A lot of the stuff ends up being things we both use, though, like housewares or cooking things (he loves cooking) so it kind of evens out in the end, honestly.

Post # 14
2110 posts
Buzzing bee

 This is my first Christmas with SO – I’m spending $250.

We live together and have done for  5 months so I feel comfortable spending that amount.

Post # 15
1054 posts
Bumble bee

We usually spend around $50. The longer were together the less gifts we get each other, though. This year he’s getting nothing. Lol. 

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