Post # 1
I’m happliy married going on 4 months now. We’ve had 6 Christmases together already and although I make more money (significantly more!) my frugal nature usually has me low-balling the amount of money I spend on his Christmas gifts compared to what he gives me.
I always figured when we got married (and before kids come, that great money-suck that they are), that I’d ramp up my gifts for him. Clearly this isn’t the most important thing in the world (or our relationship, for that matter), but I’m curious what sort of range you pay for his Christmas gifts? Obviously, it depends on your current financial situation. Over the years, the amount has ranged from $50 (at the beginning) up to nearly $200 as my income has grown. He routinely spends $200+ on my gifts.
Post # 3
We don’t typically set limits. It depends on the year and what we know the other person may want that year. There has been years when we only spend $50. Years where gifts have been $300+. It all depends, but usually it’s a mutual $ that we agree on since we have had combined finances forever.
There have been years we get the other one really good on a gift that we know the other person really wants and it completely blew the other person out of the park! But it’s not like a upstaging thing just a we know the other person would really like it kinda thing.
Post # 4
It honestly depends. Normally we don’t go crazy on gifts though. I try to keep it under $400 TOTAL. That means present for Mom and Dad, gifts for my husband (usually work clothes, maybe a new video game or concert tickets) and the rest is for our daughter.
Post # 5
Yes, that’s going to be interesting since we combined our checking accounts after the wedding. However, we still maitain our own credit cards, so while I see how much he has put on his card when the bill is paid, I don’t actually see what all he’s bought. (I’m the financially-inclined one in our household, so he probably doesn’t even have a clue what I spend most of the time!)
Post # 6
It reallY depends. one year I set a $30 for him because I wanted him to get creative, he usually buys something easy and expensive. so that year was fun anticipating what he would find for that price. He hated it cos he had to spend longer shopping. This year I dont think there will be any limits
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I love giving gifts to all of my peeps, and will go all out in the process. Mr. LK, on the other hand, comes from a background of more frugal gift giving, and is uncomfortable receiving generous gifts. So each October we discuss of b-day gift and Christmas gift budget (1 b-day in Nov, Christmas in Dec, and another b-day in Jan). Last year we agreed to forego b-day and Christmas gifts for one another in favor of buying a laptop for both of us to use. This year we have agreed to a $100 per person/event limit, but 2 years ago we lavished each other with expensive birthday trips. So it really all depends on our financial goals for the year. This year, with a plan to start house shopping in February and taking a big family vacation in April, we are keeping it small.
Post # 8
I voted for $300 plus. The past years, I have always splurged on Fiance. We don’t have kids and we both make a decent amount of money, though he def makes more than me. Normally i soend $500, sometimes up to $600 but thats my max so far. It really just depends on what Fiance wants. He NEVER tells me, so I have to be sneaky and ask his hunting buddies what he’s been eyeing. He doesn’t spend large amounts of money on himself so I like to get him things he won’t get himself. He has a hard time buying for me. Sometimes I get clothes, sometimes jewelry. He usually doesn’t spend as much on me but he also doesn’t get all Christmas crazy like I do. Now that I have my amazing engagement ring I want nothing else from him, I would never think of spending as much money as he did on one gift. Once we have kids I’m sure I’ll spend less on him and more on kids.
Post # 9
My family doesnt really do gifts so thats easy: $0. For his family, we do a name draw and the limit is $50. For my husband, there isnt really a limit, but we also have only been together for 3 Christmas’s and did gifts twice. He’s REALLY hard to shop for cause he truely doesnt really want anything, so I dont waste money getting him something just for the sake of it that he wont really want/use/like. For me, he has been great and gotten me a pink sapphire pendant I wanted the first year, then second year a diamond eternity pendant. We didnt do anything the 3rd year and considered our month long vacation enough as a ‘gift’ and didnt want to spend anymore. This year… i have no idea yet. We may just stop doing gifts since we usually just buy what we really want anyways.
Post # 10
We set limits. So last year Darling Husband and I were allowed to spend $250 on each other.
We typically spend $60-$75 on siblings and parents and $50-$65 on the gifts for the people we draw in the extended family exchanges.
Post # 11
I have delibrately downsized my X-mas budget. I feel like way too much importance has been assigned to gift-giving and not enough to the actual enjoyment of the holiday. For most friends and family, I give a tree ornament that funds the planting of a tree. FH gets a stocking and a nice article of clothing and that’s it.
Post # 12
We don’t usually set limits, but I would say around $200, maybe more. Darling Husband is SOO difficult to buy gifts for though, so the amount really varies. If he wants something, he usually just goes out and buys it for himself. When Christmas rolls around, there’s rarely anything he wants that he doesn’t already have! Frustrating lol.
I, on the other hand, very rarely buy myself ANYTHING. Darling Husband has it a lot easier when it comes to buying gifts.
Post # 13
My Fiance and I have always been quite extravegant gift givers. We both find it quite easy to think of good things to buy, whether it be jewellery, perfume, concert tickets, lingerie, holidays…. This year we are going on a $6000 cruise over NYE which is part of our Christmas gifts and then we will just buy eachother something small too. Our limit is around $2000 each, this year being an exception of course!! haha!!
Post # 14
We’re pretty broke right now. We just had a baby and bought a house that we’re working on. We need a new roof and have tons of other projects we want to do. So gifts this year will be very cheap, if any.
Plus, his birthday is in Nov. so I also have to do that for him. I’m throwing him a nice birthday party and buying him a fun tshirt.
Post # 15
I put $100-$200 as I honestly believe most people have exactly everything they want/need these days already so spending too much is unecessary. Plus we can’t afford that much, it’s a childrens holiday really, the adults get to enjoy the food and the wine 😉
Post # 16
Usually no more than 200 dollars & no less than 50. It depends though because this will be our 6th Christmas together. The first Christmas we had only been together ten days & I don’t even remember what I got him but it was probably small if anything. lol He got me a necklace that year that was around 20 bucks. (Gold plated.) Also we was 15 & 17 our first Christmas together. haha
Last year I don’t remember how much because I got his big gift early (Playstation3.) Then for Christmas got him a few games for it & a controller, then little things for his stocking.
He got me a wii & games to go with it last year, then smaller things like a pearl necklace & matching earrings. It really just depends. Our 1st wedding anniversary is this December (the 11th) so we will do bigger gifts that day than we will Christmas.