Post # 17
This is our first Christmas together really (we were dating last Christmas but the relationship was pretty new) so it will also be our first Christmas exchanging gifts (and my birthday is a month before Christmas!). We should probably set a budget, though, excellent idea ladies. 🙂
Post # 18
We don’t exchange gifts. It’s great. No pressure, no unmet expectations, and no needless junk cluttering the apartment. I’m so glad my husband feels the same way!
Post # 19
Wow! No way do I spend that much! We usually spend $100-150 on each other for Christmas; typically that means 1-2 items.
Last year I got him a watch ($120) and a pair of nice grilling gloves ($30). He got me an art print of a papillon from Etsy & a pair of earrings.
Post # 20
Because I’m usually a much earlier shopper than him, I basically tell him how much I spent on him and he works from there. It’s usually around $100-$125. I’ve thought of spending more on him, but I think it would just make him feel bad if he couldn’t reciprocate.
Post # 21
Since our wedding is January 20, 2013 and we leave for our honeymoon on January 21, we will not be exchanging gifts with each other this christmas 2012. We will buy our family and close freinds gifts as normal and enjoy the true meaning of christmas, thinking of our lord (more me than my SO), spending time with the ones closest to us, our gift to each other this christmas is simply being happy and spending time with the ones we love. I know it may sound corny, but its all me can afford this year, and really this time of year is not about gifts, but about being with the people that mean the most to you. 🙂
Post # 22
I budget in general, but last year I went all out….I bought him a new TV and it was just under $1000.
This year since we are saving for a wedding, we are going a lot less. We are Jewish so we give a gift each night of Chanukah and each night we are not allowed to spend more than $5 and on the last night (which we normally exchange a “big” gift) we can go up to about $20, so total will be around $55.
Of course this just means I have a new challenge…to get the best deal possible on his gifts as I will start shopping on Black Friday 🙂
Post # 23
Im in such a predicament about xmas. I love the holidays and i always worked hard to make sure he always got something he loved. but were getting married 2 weeks beforehand, not sure what we will do. last year i bought him a laptop tho.
Post # 24
We haven’t exchanged gifts in several years. However, mostly because I don’t work and I feel like it’s just strange to use the money he makes to buy him gifts. So when I quit working to go to school we decided to just buy one big thing that we both wanted, or I get something big and so does he. Last year I got a handgun, and a video camera. He got a new phone. I should be working again before the holidays (hopefully), but I doubt it will be any different because the money is still coming out of our one account. Plus we always just buy the things we want. I do like others ideas of doing a $50 stocking limit. We also get each other a small gift from our daughter to each other. When we did do gifts, I usually spent around $400, and I’d say he did too.
I think that while I understand you want to spoil him, that it will have the opposire effect and he will feel guilty that he didn’t do more for you.
Post # 25
I’m not sure how much I usually spend on SO $200 maybe? He probably spends about the same on me. I would probably spend more like $500 on him if I could afford it but my kids come first and this Christmas looks to be a little on the lean side 🙁 I am in a pickle because this summer I told him I wanted a right hand ring for Christmas and now I think I might be getting an e-ring instead. Don’t get me wrong I would be happy with just the e-ring but it would be nice if I got some Santa gifts too, my kids always get upset that I don’t have any presents on Christmas morning.
Post # 26
We don’t have a strict budget, but we’ll only buy things for each other that are ~$200 just for the sake of not spending too much money on things we clearly don’t need.