I agree that the stocking stuff can add up. Santa shopped at Justice this year, and though he hit the sales it was still about $25/kid. My girls got earrings and a matching necklace (kiddie jewelry), lip gloss, a mini-notebook with pen, body wash and body spray from B&BW, and hairbows. We don't do candy in the stockings. We still have a huge pot left over from Halloween!
Our kids both have summer birthdays, so for birthday and Winter Solstice, they each get three gifts: something they want, something they need, and something we want them to have. Or: something to wear, something to play with, and something to learn from. Never all toys, though, and we always make sure they open the "boring" thing first. Sometimes I'll put multiple things in one gift, like three outfits in one box or two games wrapped up together. I don't limit myself to the same dollar amount per child, but I do try to keep things fair. Santa fills stockings. I spent about $200 total on both kids for Winter Solstice, including stockings, and then another $40 on a few little stocking stuffers for DH, MIL, and myself. That $200 included some shipping charges because I did it all online & couldn't find enough things at any one store to avoid it.
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Jace got a decent amount of stuff but def not 20 or 30 things. His birthday being Dec 27, I normally divide the gifts up from me, Santa, and then 2 things from me for his bday. It's tough having a holiday birthday.
I agree that Holiday Birthday's are hard! Seamus' is Dec. 30th. His mother said that she always tried to make the effort to take the tree down and make it a completely separate celebration every year just so he never felt like his birthday was skipped over.
I've always tried to be good about that too...admittedly this year was kind of glossed over, we drove home from NY on his birthday and never really celebrated. Fortunately he seemed to not care too much, but i still feel bad about it!
Cecilia's is Jan 10th. Just soon enough afterwards to totally catch us off guard. I feel like Christmas just ended and her birthday is next week! Ack.
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