How much do you spend on birthday gifts for nieces/nephews?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How much do you spend on birthday gifts for niece/nephew?

    Under $15

    $15-$30

    $30-$50

    $50-$100

    $100+

    Other/depends

  • Post # 2
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    Sugar bee

    $50 is my standard. 

    Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I think $30 is fine! I don’t have nieces/nephews but my Fiance has two half sisters I’ve known since they were ages 5/7 and $30-$50 is what we gift them on Birthday or Christmas.

    Post # 4
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: July 2018

    I don’t think $70 is too much, particularly if most of it is going in his college fund.  However what is appropriate to spend is relative and there is no “right” amount to spend. 

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    lula0508 :  I don’t set a dollar amount – I get the gift I want to get and some years are bigger than others. For a 2 year old I wouldn’t spend much at all. They don’t really know or care yet! If anything I’d be more apt to get a $5 toy and make a deposit to their college fund at that age. That said….my three year old niece is about to get a red corvette from me and her other auntie for her upcoming birthday. It’s expensive. But it’s awesome. And she’ll love it. And I likely won’t get her another gift that expensive until she’s much older. 

    Post # 6
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I don’t have any technically, but I spend on my besties kids as if they were. Price varies based on what I want to get them and ages. Usually it’s a book I know they’ll enjoy, nothing too out there. I’d probably spend up to 30, but not higher unless I was getting a ‘need’. Just because they are related doesn’t mean they need to be smothered by too many toys, clothes, etc. one or two items should be sufficient IMO 

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee

    We’ve always done $50 for every child…sometimes I throw in a little more if I can.

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee

    $50 or under. We don’t necessarily gift the same value to both kids, since they are too young to understand value vs amount. Their birthdays are within days of each other so we get them the same amount of presents (1-2). We gift our friends kids $30 or less.

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing bee

    I do what I am able to do for them. Sometimes that’s a dollar store toy and a Happy Meal or sometimes its $50 gift card. 

    Post # 11
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    Bee Keeper

    I’m gonna look cheap compared to pp’s here but $25.

    Post # 12
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    Newbee

    I don’t have a set amount I spend. But I really don’t think 70 is a lot or “too much”. Especially if you’ve only got two neices/nephews.

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee

    Typically I spend between $25-50 but it’s not about the cost. If I find what I think they would like on sale, I’m not going to add more things to my list just because I didn’t spend an x amount.

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    lula0508 :  I wouldn’t worry about what the mother thinks of you – think of what the kid would want. I agree that a million toys is just clutter and junk. 

    And I would personally be pissed too if someone set up an account for my kid! It can impact their financial aid eligibility down the road (parental 529s are parent assets, but anyone else setting it up counts as the child’s money which is more heavily weighted). Plus then THAT person is telling other people “oh it’s for Sally’s college” when really they can spend it however they please too. Either trust me to do it or don’t give my kid cash. 

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2020 - Windermere, Cumbria

    Usually €30-50 but sometimes more if we can afford it. 

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