(Closed) Spinoff: What is your gift giving budget for one another?

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We don’t buy for each other at Christmas because we but for each other all year.  We save it for family and friends etc

Post # 4
15348 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Anywhere from 500-1500.  We typically splurge on one big ticket item a year and call it our Xmas gifts.

Post # 5
1094 posts
Bumble bee

More or less 1000$-1200$ but there is no “set” budget. Bigger budget for birthday, then smaller for anniversary, and smallest for Valentine’s Day. (We are Jewish and don’t celebrate Christmas, as a result, birthday presents are quite substantial) 

Post # 6
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are poor students, so usually it’s about $100 each for birthdays/Christmas. This year it is down to $50 because we are poor students who got married, moved and are going on a substantial holiday. I imagine we’ll spend more when we have real jobs.

Post # 7
1578 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

Last year we had a budget of $200… I tried talking to Fiance about this last night. He doesn’t want to set a budget. I got upset… 

“I can’t spend as much money as you can on gifts, so that’s not fair.”
“Why is that not fair? I make more money than you do.”
“It’s still not fair!”



Post # 8
1083 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

100 bucks tops. Saveing for a house so its less then we have spent on each other in the past.

Post # 9
2959 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

$100 – $150. Frankly, I make more money than he does and I can usually afford to buy myself what I want. I like to concentrate far more on celebrating the holidays than on buying or receiving gifts. I buy a few trinkets for other folks, give out gift cards and do Christmas stockings, that’s it!

Post # 10
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We go on international vacations ~2 x a year and weekend trips about once a month so we’re pretty frugal otherwise.  We stopped giving each other actual presents this year because of the wedding and him buying my engagement ring.  Last year ~$200 per occasion.

Post # 11
3457 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

No budget.  Some years we haven’t given each other anything, other times we agree on an item to get ourselves.  Most has been $200.  Average maybe $25-50?  We have good jobs, just tend to get things more for family than splurge on us.  This year I’m thinking of spending a little more. 

Post # 12
10450 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

We don’t really have a budget, some years are big ticket items or trips, other years we just don’t do anything exciting. I usually spend at least $200 though.

Post # 13
8035 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Brideonabudgetlauren:  This year he’s spent about $500 on me so far (I picked out a new handbag when we were on vacation as my Xmas pressie – can’t wait!), and I think I’ve spent around $200 on him so far. Might get a couple more things still… but nothing crazy expensive. We’re not really tit for tat. I think last year we spent around $200 each. We like to splurge on vacations so don’t normally spend a lot on Xmas. He did buy me a lovely pair of diamond earrings on our first Xmas together, though… but that is not a yearly thing unfortunately haha.

Post # 14
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Keep in mind we are both in college and will graduate in may and marry in June. That being said we do $20 for every holiday anniversary and v-day we save money from our eating out budget so we have $50 to go out to a nice dinner.


We are super poor.

Post # 15
132 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We have never set a budget. He regularly buys me things all year as well as things at birthdays and christmas. I’m sure he goes into teh thousands. But I am so aweful at buying gifts. I’ll buy him things if he points it out in the shop, but other than that after knowing him for 7 years I am buying him his first ever surprise present for christmas this year!

Post # 16
2742 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

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@missmorganista:  My Fiance makes more than me, he spoils me. At first this was a major issue to me too but I realised its not a dollar ammount that matters but the thought. So just realised its not about money but that he can buy you these things.

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