As Christmas approaches and I start to think of getting my child presents I was wondering what kind of trend I should be setting. Last year was my child's first Christmas and we didn't get him a lot of presents because he didn't need a lot. But this year I know he "needs" some new toys as he is growing out of his other ones but don't want to spoil him. I was wondering how other parents handle buying Christmas presents for their children. Do you spend a certain amount of money and then keep that amount year to year? Or do you do it on "need" basis each year? Just looking for ideas as I feel that we should decide what we are going to do!

asked 13 Nov '09, 22:47

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I don't think it's necessary to use a monetary value. I think it's good to be able to identify what your child "needs" that year and do that.

So far we have used Christmas as an excuse to purchase "big" items for our kids. Last year we got them a play kitchen, this year the jump-o-leen (thanks to bbrown's answer to my indoor sport activity question.) Plus we have a lot of family members who buy lavish gifts for our kids. hehe, I used an British term in my answer. ;)


answered 14 Nov '09, 11:20

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I try to get some nice new new clothing (rather than new to them clothes) for Christmas as well as one or two $15 - $20 items (ie a dvd or game they would enjoy). For the rest of it, I get about $10 for each kid and go to the dollar store.


answered 13 Nov '09, 22:58

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I recall with my both my older two that at their second Christmasses (their birthdays are both January, so they were each nearly two yrs old) they were overwhelmed by the quantities of pressies and eventually refused to open any more. So you might want to keep the actual number of things to open as low as feasible, whilst also getting him what you feel he "needs". If you have relatives who will buy for him too, you might want to take that into account.

I have a number of things that they get in their stockings each year - a small christmas tree ornament, a decorative candle, chocolate coins and a satsuma. They get other things as well, but I like creating that tradition and that there are certain things that they will not grow out of.


answered 14 Nov '09, 16:37

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I imagine we will spend $150 - $200 on our daughter for Christmas this year - her 2nd Christmas. By the time we do a stocking and a few gifts we will end up around that mark. I have also decided to go crazy with the wrapping as I know that that is half the fun for them so we may do a few boxes inside of boxes, lots of ribbons and bows, etc. We want her to be dazzled by the wrapping but at the same time keep the gifts kind of practical.

One trick I did last year was buy stuff that I had to buy anyway and wrapped it up and put it under the tree (new bottles, sleepers, etc) that she enjoyed unwrapping but didn't cost us any more than we were already budgeting.

I have friends that only spend $50 per child each Christmas though and have kept this routine since the kids were infants so they don't know any better and that works for them.


answered 14 Nov '09, 00:45

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