(Closed) Spinoff: How much do you spend on Christmas gifts?

posted 8 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: How much do you spend on Christmas gifts in total?
    < $100 : (1 votes)
    2 %
    $100 - $200 : (6 votes)
    11 %
    $200 - $300 : (7 votes)
    13 %
    $300 - $400 : (6 votes)
    11 %
    $400 - $500 : (8 votes)
    14 %
    $500 - $600 : (3 votes)
    5 %
    $600 - $700 : (3 votes)
    5 %
    $700 - $800 : (2 votes)
    4 %
    $800 - $900 : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    In years past we have easily gone above $1500 total. But last couple years we(I!) have been trying to keep it under control. It’s so hard with those dang kids!!! I want to buy everything for them!

    I “try” to keep couples to $100 and individuals for $50-$75. But the things I want to get them always end up being like $100 at least.

    We have 5 nieces and nephews to buy for and we usually end up spending at least $150 per kid. I use to go more crazy but now that there are 5 of them I’ve promised my husband I’ll keep it under control. Embarassed And next year I will have another nephew and our own child!

    We have 15 people to buy for not including a small gift for our bosses and neighbor kid.

    Post # 4
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    2890 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I have no average per person. I buy things I know they need/want regardless of the cost. I shop all yearround so that helps make it affordable and I find great deals. I also am an avid black friday shopper. This year I got my girlfriend an adorable antique doll bed from a thrift store that cost me $3 plus some wood glue to tighten things back up. She is an avid antique doll collector so I know it will be her best gift this year. I spent $75 on a pair of winter boots for another friend who is struggling to make ends meet and walks to work thru the snow. It really varies. Some years I spend $300 total other years I have spent $2000 it just depends on my finances and what people really need.

    Post # 5
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    2025 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think I tyipcally end up right around $400-$500 or so. I hate spending even that much. It’s not about the money, but about the fact that half the time you buy someone something just because you feel obligated. And it seems like those are the people you have the hardest time shopping for and they end up not even liking/using the gift. It’s just a waste half the time. 

     

    Post # 7
    Member
    2114 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I am around $2500 give or take … we have about 15 “immediate family” to buy for and I spend around $150 for each person ..and then bottles of wine/baskets for some of our friends and neighbours .. every year we say we are going to do less.. but it doesn’t happen. Christmas is still my favourite holiday.

    Post # 8
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    6996 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    this will be the first christmas as husband and wife with combined incomes – I have a horrible tendancy of overgifting (thanks mom!). I can’t help it, i love buying things for other people – my husband and i had a conversation last night about this actually –  we decided $100 each for each other – $200 for his family and $200 for my family. He comes from a HUGE family -13 kids- so normally they do a secret santa and then a “family gift” so our whole $200 will go to one big gift for the family. I on the other hand have 5 kids in my family, including me, so i will divide the $200 (maybe more if i can convince him) between my family – looks like gift cards this year which really makes me sad haha so i’ve been researching some DIY gifts – time to break out the sewing machine!

    Post # 11
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    2114 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @pinky44: SO true , there are definitely family members we only spend that much on because we know they will be spending the money on us. Although one person I refuse to buy anything for is my sister-in-law / nephew baby mama … My mother still gets a gift for her and puts my name on it to keep the peace . Its a surprise to me every year as to what I “bought” her Wink

    Post # 12
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    13095 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We spend somewhere around $1300 probably.

    Darling Husband and I are allowed to spend $250 on each other.

    We typically spend $60-$75 each on siblings and parents (3 siblings and 4 parents in total) and $50-$65 on the gifts for the people we draw in the extended family exchanges (4-6 total depending on how they are designed).

    Post # 14
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    2114 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @MsBrooklynA: You know the people that hate going to the mall because of all the stores having “Christmas stuff” and “Christmas music” – that is why I LOVE going to the mall! (minus the hoards of people) . I love decorating too! we bought our first home last year so had our first real tree and I went to Michaels and bought ALL of our tree ornaments.. I literally handed my lung to the cashier but was SO excited!! and I justified it because we will have them forever 🙂 .. I am getting all excited even typing it out *shakes*

    Post # 15
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    2114 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @MsBrooklynA: That is an entire thread in itself… she is an ungrateful, greedy, gold digging little witch.

    Post # 16
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    4824 posts
    Honey bee

    It changes per person, and I shop year round and try to get great deals that would normally be a lot more money. (IE I bought some pants for my cousin for $25 that are normally $65)

    But we buy for 

    2 sets of parents

    4 sisters

    2 brothers

    1 girlfriend

    1 kid of girlfriend

    1 brother in law

    3 cousins

    1 aunt

    1 uncle

    (Already done is 6 presents purchased, and confirmed ideas for another 5, but waiting for a sale)

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