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    • samphe
    • By samphe 9th Nov 11, 7:02 PM
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    Spill the beans..
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    • 9th Nov 11, 7:02 PM
    Spill the beans.. 9th Nov 11 at 7:02 PM
    Spill the beans... how much do you splash out per child for Xmas?

    Is your spending higher than Santa flies, or do you have tips to keep it cheap? Is it in proportionate to income and do you spend the same on each child?

    Thanks to samphe for starting the original discussion...


    It's suprising how the cost of the presents add up. I have 2 children age 13 and 9 (but almost 10!). They have a stocking each which they open upstairs first and then a sack/bigger presents downstairs.

    As they've gotten older the overall volume of the presents has gone down drastically but the cost certainly hasnt!

    I feel embarrassed to say that I have added everything up and have spent about £320 on each child.

    I just wondered how this compares to other people?


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    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 15-11-2011 at 7:52 PM.
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    • Kantankrus Mare
    • By Kantankrus Mare 9th Nov 11, 7:24 PM
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    • 9th Nov 11, 7:24 PM
    I guess we spent more on ours when they were younger but since they have become older teens (the last couple of years) ...............we have said to them that they can have £150 each and choose whether to have that in presents or cash.

    It makes them really think what they would like and its an amount we can comfortably afford.

    Even if we could afford more, I would not be keen on splashing out willy nilly as it makes for greedy kids that dont appreciate money.

    They are 18 and 16 by the way.

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    • mcja
    • By mcja 9th Nov 11, 8:37 PM
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    • 9th Nov 11, 8:37 PM
    I'm going to feel really tight now but £10 (ish) on stocking - 10 things for about £1 and the nabout £50 on each for their presents under the tree
    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 18-11-2011 at 9:55 AM.
  • cookiedough38
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    • 9th Nov 11, 9:03 PM
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    • 9th Nov 11, 9:03 PM
    Around £100 each this year, I personally think its up to the individual! If I had £320 to spend each on my two I definitely would!
    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 9th Nov 11, 9:06 PM
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    • 9th Nov 11, 9:06 PM
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    • 9th Nov 11, 9:06 PM
    we spend about a grand on each of our children...aged 6 and 12....ill put my hard hat on now but if u have it spend it i say....we spend about this every year
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    • mcja
    • By mcja 9th Nov 11, 9:07 PM
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    • 9th Nov 11, 9:07 PM
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    • 9th Nov 11, 9:07 PM
    me too. I would love to get them everything I see but hey ho. Sure costs will go up when they want things other than scooters, or a pink bouncy ball!!
    • Jinx
    • By Jinx 9th Nov 11, 9:13 PM
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    • 9th Nov 11, 9:13 PM
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    • 9th Nov 11, 9:13 PM
    My daughter has a budget of 250 quid, she can choose whatever she wants for that money and I throw in some stocking fillers. She gets pressies at her dads too as we're divorced. She has had this budget for a number of years from me after her dad and I added up how much we spent on xmas and it was in the region of 1000 quid! We were appalled and vowed not to do it again.
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    • mumof3plusoh
    • By mumof3plusoh 9th Nov 11, 9:15 PM
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    • 9th Nov 11, 9:15 PM
    I have 3 kids and they get £100 each from myself and hubby. I spend £10 for each as a present from them to each other and they get a small stocking that just has chocolates and sweets in it.

    If they want anything that costs more than that I ask other relatives and friends who buy for them to give them money so that they can buy it themselves. They have bought a Wii, Ipod touches etc in the past.

    Been very MSE this year for the youngest, bought a bike from a friend for £45, it is like new so it will look like she has more than the others!
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    • gravitytolls
    • By gravitytolls 9th Nov 11, 9:16 PM
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    150, less on the younger ones. Argos ebay outlet is a godsend.
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  • Lynn11
    I have a DD who is 4yrs and bought all her presents and wrapped them. I have spent roughly about £130 (actual cost is nearer £200 as got reasonable deals) and hopefully able to still get new pjs from us for christmas eve. I have bump who will be born in the next 2-4weeks and I have spent a total of £10 for 3 items (as DD wants to write a list for santa for new sibling) and will be putting a bit of money in their bank account when born. I have this debate every year on if how much and if the bundle looks big enough. I am crossing my fingers that DD likes her bundles as she gave no ideas until last week and its all bought now since we will be busy near christmas with a newborn.
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    • anibell
    • By anibell 9th Nov 11, 9:23 PM
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    My son's only asked for one thing and that's a computer game around £35
    I'll buy him a couple of other things or give him some money to buy some clothes etc he likes (about £50). I don't buy him too much as I have a rather large family who always buy for him. I now have a new fiance and his side of the family will spoil my son rotten!
    At the most I'll spend £100 on him although I know I could get away with just the game
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  • toffeeapple
    Our budget is £250 each on main presents downstairs (2 kids aged 7 and 9) and then £100 in stocking fillers to open on our bed upstairs!

    I am almost done, just a few 3ds games that aren't out yet, but have gone a little over budget yet again!! I think its about £300 each for main presents now due to the price of silly games.
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    • loopylass
    • By loopylass 9th Nov 11, 9:30 PM
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    i have 4 children
    boys 13,19 and 23( well he will be on the 23rd dec)
    daughter 17

    we give them each £150 in money and stocking fillers which usually costs between £100-£200 each

    We save the money throughout the year otherwise we wouldn't be able to afford to do it
    Last edited by loopylass; 09-11-2011 at 9:35 PM.
  • victory
    we spend about a grand on each of our children...aged 6 and 12....ill put my hard hat on now but if u have it spend it i say....we spend about this every year
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    • carlamarie
    • By carlamarie 9th Nov 11, 9:49 PM
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    ds1 and dd have had roughly £200 - £250 each spent on them and ds2 has had £100 (he will be only 7months at xmas)

    they then get a christmas eve hamper which contains new pjs, bath stuff, character towels, cups, dvd and sweets etc

    and then stocking which i spend about a tenner on each
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    • zagfles
    • By zagfles 9th Nov 11, 9:50 PM
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    I have a DD who is 4yrs and bought all her presents and wrapped them. I have spent roughly about £130 (actual cost is nearer £200 as got reasonable deals) and hopefully able to still get new pjs from us for christmas eve. I have bump who will be born in the next 2-4weeks and I have spent a total of £10 for 3 items (as DD wants to write a list for santa for new sibling) and will be putting a bit of money in their bank account when born. I have this debate every year on if how much and if the bundle looks big enough. I am crossing my fingers that DD likes her bundles as she gave no ideas until last week and its all bought now since we will be busy near christmas with a newborn.
    Originally posted by Lynn11
    When our DD was 4 we'd got her a load of presents but on the last day at school she brought back a letter she had written to Santa saying she wanted a "tedy". So we rushed out last minute and found one in a charity shop for 50p, it was her favourite present

    We never really think about the amount, it varies wildly from year to year, sometimes maybe £300 other years maybe £50, and sometimes vastly different amounts on each depending on what they want or need...
  • Tracey2609
    My son is 16 and I have set myself a budget of £300.00 for him this year (I've been saving money throughout the year -so this year I will not be using the credit card), in previous years I've brought things as I've seen them and totted up the receipts after Christmas (all on the credit card by the way)

    To be fair I may not spend the whole £300.00 on him as I do like to shop around for bargains - and it depends on his list...

    I think that it's about being honest about what you can afford (and it's easier when children are younger - when times were really tight I brought my son gifts from car boots and charity shops), my son does not get pocket money throughout the year - although if he asks for a magazine or a cheap game occasionally he'll get it but if he asks for something which I think is too expensive I will tell him to put it on his Christmas list. More often than not he'll forget !
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    • Mudbath
    • By Mudbath 9th Nov 11, 10:15 PM
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    We probably spend about £50 on each of our two children for their stocking but this has always traditionally included their favourite smellies, a couple of books, underwear and a few joke toys (always a bath duck! - we have hundreds of them now!). So a lot of what they get in their stocking is things that i'd have to get anyway. The main present can vary from £20 (when my son was desperate for a darts board and I happened to get one in the sale) to this year when my DD is saving up for a laptop to 'help with school work'. We're putting £100 towards it, both sets of grandparents are contributing and she's paying half - she doesn't know we're doing this yet so shhhhhh!
    • gizzie121
    • By gizzie121 9th Nov 11, 10:57 PM
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    Wow - some lucky children of the parents on this thread!! We tend to spend about £50 on each of our two children, until my husband decides to get 'tree presents'. Not sure where that idea came from, but he started it 3 years ago, laying to waste all my carefully budgeted presents.

    However, we just bought my daughter a flute that was £1500, and apparently, that's not even a good one by flute standards, so she'll be getting a very small present this christmas for sure.
    • kippers
    • By kippers 10th Nov 11, 11:06 AM
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    We spend approx £70 on each of my two dd's, this includes stocking fillers. This year we have a christmas eve box which contains a new dressing gown, PJ's and a christmas eve dvd to curl up and watch but they are desparately in need of the dressing gowns and PJ's and i have hung off giving them these so it seems like they have got more at xmas.

    I wish we could spend more on them, but if they moan about not having more expensive things for xmas or birthdays, i give them the choice of me going out to work (coming home to an empty house after school, going to childcare in hols and no more friends round or hockey clubs after school, homemade cakes breads biscuits etc etc) or a limited budget on presents and me at home for them...they always choose the way we are lol

    I don't think it does them any harm to have a limited budget spent on them, infact i think it makes them appriciate what they have...there are far more children worse off than my dd's. Also, we are not in debt in January and i'm very proud/grateful for that!

    (My dd's are 11 & 13 yrs old)
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