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QOTD Tuesday

Jenn I hope you don't mind me doing this but it's something I'm thinking about and working so I thought I'd post it here.

How much money do you plan on spending on your lo's for Christmas?

I know it's only August but I have to put money away each week or I cannot afford Christmas. With my entire list I need $1000. It seems so disgustingly expensive. I have "budgeted" $150 for each of the girls and that seems excessive also, but with the prices of things these days I don't know what else to do, I'm open for suggestions, please!

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Wow! That is a lot.

We don't have a set amount planned out to spend, but I'm trying to do only 3 gifts. Something to wear, something to read, and something to play with. And maybe one large shared gift. Plus, stockings.

I don't know if my plan will work forever, but I remember seeing my nephews, when they were little blazing through gift opening and barely glancing at what they got or saying thank you. They were so use to having mountains of gifts and were so bratty. I don't want my kids to think Christmas is just about presents.

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For the new LO I don't plan to buy her anything as she may not even be here yet. If she is then she can have things re-gifted from her showers, LOL.

Not sure about Deacon yet. We always blow the budget with him.

Amber - last year we bought a $20 road map rug thing and brought out all his cars that he got for his bday and his play room and put them all under the tree. Fortunately he was too young to realize these were things he already owned. Smile

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We have no set budget, we just try to stay frugal. Only thing is DH and I want an iPad, so we'll probably get one to share and maybe something little alongside. Jackson, we'll only buy him something small because I feel his gets enough from the family. If we were to buy him stuff also, I think he'd be overwhelmed and not appreciate stuff. I honestly can't stand buying him toys, I'd rather save to go somewhere as a family and he won't notice the difference. Colby, I'll probably only get a few things for his stocking.

So I guess that doesn't really answer the question, but we'll probably be under $1,000 for all of us. Only person we HAVE to buy something for is MIL. I try to get her something small and print pictures as a gift. (even though last night she was complaining that she didn't get a thank you from her other grandkids for their Christmas gifts, but I put a lot of thought into hers last years and didn't get so much as a thank you either. I don't think ill be putting that much thought into it this year.)

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Kristen - just remind her that her that either 1. her grandkids are too young to read and write or 2. she should show them how by writing hers first Wink

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Kristen reminded me, when people ask me what to get the kiddos this year, I'm asking for memberships and day passes to museums, zoos and other play areas. My kids hardly play with the toys they have. the last thing I want is a lot of new toys cluttering up our already small house. I'm going to try to do the same for my nehews this year too. Lord knows they have enough stuff already!

For our family, we do a gift exchange. Generally it's a neurtal gift with an agreed upon amount that gets opened white elephant style. So become a fun activity as well. With the inlaws we draw names. I wish we'd do white elephant exchages with them too. They all are so hard to buy for.

Dh and I generally get a large ticket item. this year it might be a T.V for the basement. I think next year we'll add some smaller stuff for us to open with the kids Christmas morning.

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Not sure yet, I have alot of nieces and nephews and my kids get spoiled so I'll probably do something from Santa, something from mommy and daddy and something from each other to each other (sister gift) but Santas is always the big gift. plus stockings. I"m hopping to not spend too much. Claire is getting spoiled for her BD this year and Addis BD is as you all know (darn NOv babies) so close to christmas that I have no ideas anyways so wont go crazy

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It's a lot to think about. I'm going to go over the list again and see what I can get and what else I have to buy. I'd really love to just buy for the girls and no one else but some of the grown ups are bigger babies than the children.

I'm doing home made gifts for the teachers this year.

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Lori - any chance you family would go for drawing names, so you don't have to buy for everyone. We do this with my family, not only does it save time and money, but you get better gifts. We always have everyone make a Christmas list (on Thanksgiving), and then draw them out of a hat.

The kids don't draw names, everyone buys for them.

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"hotdiggit" wrote:

Lori - any chance you family would go for drawing names, so you don't have to buy for everyone. We do this with my family, not only does it save time and money, but you get better gifts. We always have everyone make a Christmas list (on Thanksgiving), and then draw them out of a hat.

The kids don't draw names, everyone buys for them.

We used to do this until it got to the point where I'd get my brother who wanted soemthing that he could only get in the US so I'd tell him to buy it and I'd pay him for it, then I'd need cloths so whoever had me would tell me to buy it and pay me...it got to the point where we were buying our own things and just swapping money LOL. :rolleyes: so we decided NOT to buy for the adults (except my parents) and just buy for the kids (nieces and nephews). (since in my family there are 6.5 of them Wink ) We still buy for my parents and they buy for us.

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"mama22Girls" wrote:

We used to do this until it got to the point where I'd get my brother who wanted soemthing that he could only get in the US so I'd tell him to buy it and I'd pay him for it, then I'd need cloths so whoever had me would tell me to buy it and pay me...it got to the point where we were buying our own things and just swapping money LOL. :rolleyes: so we decided NOT to buy for the adults (except my parents) and just buy for the kids (nieces and nephews). (since in my family there are 6.5 of them Wink ) We still buy for my parents and they buy for us.

Yep, on dh's side we would draw names and everyone would swap gift cards. So we stopped participating. My family did a name drawing once but then set a crazy high amount to spend so that was pointless. Now my brothers and I agree not to buy for each other or our spouses and only the kids, our mom and our grandparents.

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Well Christmas at my parents is bigger then Christmas morning sometimes in terms of number of gifts, the kids get three (one from each aunt/uncle set) and then two from grama and grampa (cloths and a toy) so 6.5 kids with 5 gifts each (minimum) its crazy. Thats why we just do three main gifts (plus stockings) (Santa, mom and dad and sister) I mean once and a while I might toss something extra under if we have the $$$ but they have Chris' family too and some friends of mine so they get ENOUGH. lol

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We save $100 a month for Christmas all year, so we have a $1,200 budget total. We did pretty well staying in that budget last year, and that includes EVERYONE we buy presents for, friends, family, etc, and the cost to ship the gifts when necessary. We have a couple of gifts that we ship to other countries so shipping alone is usually at least $100. I can't remember how much I budgeted for Sophia last year, but $150 sounds about right. I probably ended up spending closer to $200 or so on her including stocking stuff, but now that we have 2, I will have to stick to $150 for each. DH and I usually don't spend much on each other, just stockings and a couple of little things. Most of our budget is for our families. We buy presents for mine and send money to DH's family in Ivory Coast.

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My family would never go for the picking names since they feel there isn't a lot of us. My parents get gifts but usually do not buy for me and DH they only by for the kids. I hate to sound selfish and childish but I get the short end of the stick and it sucks. LOL>

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This year we are taking the kids to Disney World for Xmas & will probably spend around $150 bucks on each of the boys. Prolly won't spend much on Ava as she's too little to know this year. Danny & I aren't buying for each other this year. We don't buy for Danny's family but we do for mine b/c they buy for us.

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We don't spend too much on Miles, since he gets so much from everybody else and he doesn't know the difference yet anyways. We'll probably get him one gift from us, one from Santa, and his stocking.

We also do exactly what Tisha said for my side of the family. Our limit is $30 per person. And then we buy for all of the kids (6 total), and then of course our parents. Dh and I don't buy for eachother. I usually only spend $15-$20 for each of the kids though...I usually just keep my eye open for sales during the year.

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Yeah every year we talk about picking names in my family and every year we (or some of us) say we don't want to. One of my brothers only buys for my parents and no one else, but my other brother and I like to buy for everyone. We enjoy doing it, and don't want to be told we are only allowed to buy a gift for one person! So we fight the exchange Blum 3

I am perfectly fine with my parents only buying for my kids...it's all about them anyway, but I like to give gifts and I don't like to "only buy one gift for one person that costs x amount of dollars" I don't know to me that's not fun... I could see why it could be necessary in big families but I only have my parents, two brothers, and their families.